About Labrador Hill Sanctuary
“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other Nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the Earth.”
—Henry Beston, The Outermost House
—Henry Beston, The Outermost House
Labrador Hill Sanctuary Inc , established in 2000, is dedicated to providing land and sanctuary for the long-term care, training and rehabilitation of equines-donkeys, horses, ponies and mules-and to providing a humane education program for students of all ages and abilities. We are committed to the preservation of animal life-within the context of our own organization and as a societal approach to the guardianship of non-human cohabitants of the Earth. At the Sanctuary, we provide a natural setting for both wild and domestic animals with an eco-friendly approach to property and facilities. Relationships between animals and between visitors and animals are of paramount importance and the preservation of friendships within the Herd is central to the animals’ health, well being, and ability to relate to people.The Sanctuary, therapeutic for all visitors, is particularly enriching for special needs students who, like horses, struggle to communicate without conventional human language.
We are committed to a comprehensive approach to maintaining the sanctity of the horses’ place in the community-working with zoning officials,attorneys,bankers, the NJ State Department of Agriculture, the USDA, local builders, landscapers, craftsmen, musicians, artists, photographers, hay growers and dealers, neighbors, schools, and adult and teenaged volunteers to spread the word. We believe that equines belong on our land, on public lands, in suburbs and in rural communities, and have the right to our guardianship throughout their lives, whether rideable or not, retired or youthful. We view riding as an extension of the relationship between equines and humans-not an end goal but rather a part of the journey to understanding the universe and emotional life of this ancient species.
The Herd itself is the greatest instructor-no visitor to the Sanctuary leaves without a breathtaking vision of another world view-one which hopefully will inform and enrich our existence with its timelessness, persistant commitment to its own agenda as opposed to ours, and peace. The animals, most rescued from sure slaughter, neglect, or simply the winds of financial misfortune, issue a welcome to you. They are curious, sociable and communicative and only ask that you give them a fair hearing so they can continue to exist. Welcome to their Labrador Hill Sanctuary!
Sarah Rabinowitz Mognoni
Founder, Executive Director, Instructor
Sarah Rabinowitz Mognoni , Executive Director, Instructor, and 24/7 animal manager says she has never met an animal she didn't like.She started the Sanctuary when daughter Liz was 4 as a response to unsatisfactory experiences at traditional riding stables, drawing on her childhood vacations at Southwestern ranches and her father's love of the outdoors to create both a humane and a realistic environment for animals and people .Becoming educated in the horrors of the horse slaughter pipeline compelled Sarah to provide sanctuary-permanent safety, permanent herd friendships, permanently secure relationships with humans for the many equines who have found refuge at Labrador Hill. Natural horsemanship has become Sarah's mantra-providing a means for communication between people and horses unmatched by any other approach to equine education.Sarah loves her family, (human and non-human!), her students, gardening, entertaining, wine and murder mysteries-look for her every day at Labrador Hill!
Russell C. Mognoni
Russ, known for his dry humor and his lifelong love of great deals on excellent wine, adds a truly irreplaceable skill to the Board of the Sanctuary. Having navigated 36 years at the NJ State Department of Health in infectious diseases, Russ has unmatched experience in grant writing, government relations, and the interrelationship between elected officials and the public health sector. Since his stroke in 2012 and subsequent retirement, Russ has been a behind the scenes contributor to organizing and helping to structure the Board's growth. His experience on the Barnegat, NJ, Planning Board as Chairman in the 1990's has been valuable to every aspect of the Sanctuary's connection to Waterford Township and to local officials. Currently he also holds sway over the household animals-McQueen the Cavachon, Lucky the Collie, Casey the Australian Shepherd mix, Flint the Coonhound, and Lana, Tinkerbelle, Tommy, and Kitkat all look to Russ for guidance on weighty issues..Look for Russ this Spring photographing lessons !
I grew up on Noah’s Arc. I was never without my four-legged friends. The animals have remained a central part of my life, and I’m so thankful for them. I will be working alongside my mother at Labrador Hill Sanctuary as an instructor, teaching natural horsemanship to children of all ages. I recently started my own petsitting business and I am looking forward to meeting new clients. Also, I am becoming certified as an animal assisted therapist at the Animal Behavior Institute.
Moira Poper Esq
Public Relations Chair
Moira came to Labrador Hill 2 years ago seeking a low impact horsemanship program-she stayed and offered her compassion and kindness to the Sanctuary as we grew into a non-profit. Moira resides with her husband in Cherry Hill, loves skiing and all animals, and has the most infectious laugh on the Board! She is an invaluable asset to the Sanctuary, with equal measures of good humor and common sense.
Sanctuary Manager, Graphic Designer
Paul Mahoney is a freelance graphic designer from Cherry Hill. Born and raised in Scotch Plains, NJ, a graduate of Syracuse University, Paul was the Senior Art Director for FOX Broadcasting in Los Angeles before returning to New Jersey. His award winning work includes several children’s books, corporate logos, billboards, CD’s and countless ads for everything from The Simpson’s and King of the Hill to Labrador Hill. Paul loves spending time outdoors with his family hiking, biking and taking photographs. His flexible schedule allows him to spend time volunteering at the sanctuary. He loves the hard work and the feeling of accomplishment that comes from helping to provide a natural life to all the members of the herd at Labrador Hill.
Carolyn Hall Edwards is a native of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. She graduatedfrom Upper Darby High School, and attended Penn State University for her BA. She later attended the University of Scranton for her MS. After graduation from Penn State she married her husband Jeff and spent three years as a Navy wife, moving to a variety of states in the East Coast. After settling in New Jersey, Jeff and Carolyn raised their three children—Jeff, Jenny, and Laura—in Waterford. Carolyn has taught English in Moorestown at William Allen Middle School and Hammonton Middle School, and is currently teaching English at Hammonton High School.
Living in Waterford has allowed Carolyn to immerse herself in country life, a new experience for her. She has always enjoyed art, music, dance, and travel, but living in Waterford has given her a chance to add gardening to the list of her hobbies and activities—and country life has also allowed her access to dogs and horses! Thanks to Labrador Hill Sanctuary, Carolyn has been able to learn to ride horses, which is something that she has wanted to do all her life, and her black Labrador, Bailey, has enjoyed meeting new friends. This love of animals has led to her involvement with the Board of Labrador Hill Sanctuary.
They say that home is where the heart is. If that’s the case, then wherever there are horses, I’m home. I’ve had the pleasure of being around non-human animals all my life, and my mom taught me from a young age to treat all animals as equal beings. It was this belief that, thirteen years later, led me to Labrador Hill Sanctuary. Appalled by the practices of the horse slaughter pipeline, I vowed to do everything in my power to help as many horses as humanly possible live a happy, healthy, and long life. I was introduced to the sanctuary on a May afternoon last year and my world has never been the same.
I spent a few months as a regular volunteer, helping with hay, clean-up, etc., before joining the Youth Volunteer Corps. There, I learned that there was more that I could do to help the sanctuary than I had previously realized. I attended an advocacy camp that summer after which I began to think of fundraising and event ideas for the sanctuary.
I’m incredibly excited to be the Chairman of the Youth Volunteer Corps for, and on the board of Labrador Hill and looking forward to helping the sanctuary provide our ever-growing herd with all the joys of life. Because if anyone, they deserve it.
Nicole Renee' Huber
Nicole Renee Huber, newest board member of Labrador Hill Sanctuary, is a 6th grade Language Arts and drama teacher for Vineland schools.
I am an animal lover, vegan, and activist. I never learned
proper horsemanship nor did I understand it.
At age 5, AnaLeigh choseLabrador Hill because the horses didn’t have those “things in their mouths” (bits). She also fell in love with Ms. Sarah who has become her dear friend as well as mine.
Now four years later, and I still enjoy volunteering and the
friendships I have developed at Labrador Hill Sanctuary, both human and animal. I can now step into the field with over 60 horses at once and feel safe.
Sarah has taught me so much about how we can communicate with the animal. The way the animals feel is evident in their behavior. They feel at home. The love they show me every time I visit is such a beautiful experience. I am so blessed to be part of this amazing herd.