Sonny is the legal representative of the Association, and its institutional relations manager. He directs the general administration of IHP. He supervises the daily management of the horses, in which he plays an active role, and selects and coordinates the volunteers. He liaises with the public prosecutors in relation to confiscated equines maintained by IHP, handles reports of possible mistreatment and organises the IHP investigations.
Sonny has been a LAV (Lega Anti Vivisezione - Italy's most important animal rights association) volunteer for many years up to the present, covering various offices starting from 1999. Among other things, he was a LAV National Directive Council member from 2002 to 2006, LAV President from 2004 to 2006, and the National Manager of the LAV Equine Sector from 2004 to 2008. He was Director of the Flaminia da Filicaja Foundation in 2009, before founding IHP.
Up to 2007 Sonny worked in a bank, rising to the position of Branch Manager, before the radical life-changing decision to work for his abiding passion, horse welfare.
Ethology and horses management AIE
She graduated in Natural Sciences, Nature Conservation (University Federico II, Naples) in 2005. Specialized in Ethology: animal welfare and management (University of Florence, prof. Dessì).
She approached IHP in 2017. She fine-tuned her knowledge about horses mainly through field work and the management of free-roaming horses at IHP, in particular by working with some "problematic" horses who showed fear or aggressiveness because of the abuses suffered in the past.
She has always been a great lover of nature and animals and has been committed to fighting against animal cruelty and environmental degradation for many years. Anna is a member of the IHP Board.
Members and donors administration
Since she was a child she has always had a deep love for animals, especially horses, but she has never been able to interact with them except in stables due to other commitments.
In 2018 she graduated in Motor Sciences in Padua and, as part of a personal growth path, she decided to do voluntary work with horses as she felt the need to re-approach them and to come into contact with them in a real way.
That's how she got to know IHP. From the very beginning she felt she was part of an association that really cares about the wellbeing of horses and works every day to try to raise people's awareness of the rights of horses.
After the voluntary experience she chose to remain in the IHP team, even from a distance, to be an active part in the mission of protecting horses. Francesca is a member of the IHP Board
Since November 2020 IHP has been collaborating with Galli Torrini comunicazione, a communication agency that in recent years has established itself at a national level as one of the most powerful tools to give a voice to and communicate the strategies of organisations, companies, associations and events. An authoritative, varied, and numerous staff, made up of freelance and professional journalists, present throughout the country and in sectors ranging from politics to economics, from fashion to artisan crafts, from social welfare to health, from sport to food and wine.
Horse management Rescue Centre, medical treatment, adoptions
From a very young age, Giulia has always had a passion for animals, especially horses. After a few disappointing experiences in traditional horse riding, she changed her perspective also thanks to studies and insights. She came across IHP in July 2017, when she was looking for associations for which she could volunteer. All the horses rescued from a terrible life and IHP's philosophy made her fall in love with this world and decide to be an integral part of it, with a particular focus on horse care and fight against mistreatment.
Horse management Rescue Centre, medical treatment, maintenance
Benjamin arrived from Burkina Faso as an immigrant in search of a better future.
He joined the Association in 2018 and has since then been active in carrying out various tasks, becoming more and more familiar with horses, with their daily management and even with their medical treatment.
It wasn't the first time that IHP was involved in helping a young boy from Africa to go through a process of integration into society and employment: previously, there were positive collaborations with Vito and Francis.
For Benjamin, IHP has been a safety net and has given him new hope, given the strong risk that the increasingly restrictive rules would force him to return to Africa.
His integration was rather quick, as was his job training and learning of the Italian language.
After high school, she worked as a beautician for 5 years in various beauty salons. However, since she has always had a passion for animals and especially for horses, in 2011 she left her job and made a new start. In 2012 she took with her the grey Asterix, to whom she dedicates herself body and soul: thanks to him she experimented with the concept of natural management, starting from the possibility of keeping horses free and in herds until she chose to keep him barefoot, initially meeting the criticism of those who still have a vision of horses linked to their use rather than their needs. In this search for new and more natural horizons for horses, she came across IHP, which promotes the idea of respect and protection and which strives every day to try to improve the life of these beautiful animals.
She first encountered IHP a few years ago and initially followed their activities from afar without being an active part of the association. Later she had the opportunity to get to know the association from the inside as well as the world that pivots around horses. The deep respect for IHP and the people who work there led her to propose herself as a translator, to bring IHP's communication abroad and to strengthen international cooperation.
Susan has lived in Italy for over 30 years. Born in England, she caught the horse bug at a tender age and has never recovered! Susan uses her translation skills to contribute to the betterment of horses' lives, supporting IHP horse care information campaigns and the battle against equine abuse. She has a diploma in horse behaviour (Warwick College, GB).
Dr Emanuela Valle, DVM, PhD, is an Associate Professor of the Department of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Torino. She is European Specialist in Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition of the EBVS (European Board of Veterinary Specialisation®). She teaches equine welfare, equine nutrition for wellbeing, and animal nutrition. She is vice-coordinator of the School of Specialisation in Pathology and Healthcare of Companion Animals. She is the delegate of the Director as President of the ECM Commission (Continuous Learning in Medicine) of the Veterinary Sciences Department. She heads the equine nutrition for wellbeing section of the Specialised Teaching Unit of the Veterinary Sciences Department, and is on the teaching team for the doctorate. She has been a horse lover, and a keen observer of them from childhood, putting her passion into practice caring for her horses and her dogs.