Meet the Board of Directors

Elizabeth Dawsari – Elizabeth Dawsari joined the Institute Board in 2017. She is a long-time breeder of predominantly Straight Babson Egyptian Arabians and an enthusiastic supporter of the ridden desert horse. She has also been registrar of the Society for the Preservation of Desert-Bred Salukis and was instrumental in bringing dogs from countries of origin to the US. Elizabeth is also Librarian at the Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesan West, in Scottsdale, AZ.

Crockett Dumas – Crockett Dumas joined the Institute Board in 2013. He served on the Board of Directors of AERC for 22 years, including 2 years each as Vice President and President. Crockett was a mounted ranger for the National Park Service and Forest Service for 35 years. He is a long-time endurance horse breeder and rider, having been inducted into the AERC Hall of Fame in 2005. Crockett resides in Escalante, Utah. [More…]

Anita Enander – Anita Enander is a founder of the Institute and served as Chair from 2008 through 2012, resuming that position in 2017. Her love affair with the Arabian horse traces to her reading of the Walter Farley “The Black Stallion” books as a youth. She has been involved with the conservation of Desert Arabian horses since 1995 and has a particular interest in genetics. Anita starts and trains her own horses in Northern California, riding principally dressage and endurance.  [More…]

Bruce Johnson – Bruce Johnson was a founder of the Institute. He served as Chair from 2013-2016 and served as Vice Chair from 2008 through 2012 and again beginning in 2017. He also serves on the Registration Commission of the Arabian Horse Association and is a former Trustee of the Purebred Arabian Trust. He is also active with Arabian show management in Arizona. He has bred Arabians since the early 1980s, devoting themselves principally to those of Babson bloodlines. [More…]

Susan Mayo – Susan began her love affair with Arabian horses more than 40 years ago, exercising horses for Linda Tellington. She has offered schooling and rated shows at her farm in Texas for more than 30 years. Susan has helped an extraordinary number of people train their own Desert Arabian horses, believing that the tractable nature of the Desert Arabian makes it particularly suitable for such an approach. She has a long and enviable record of success in the show ring, riding in many disciplines. [More…]

Jon Michael – Jon is a founder of the Institute and serves as Treasurer. He is passionately devoted to the conservation of the Desert Arabian horse and is attached at the hip to his beloved stallion “Manabi.” Jon previously established one of only two purebred American bison herds in the US. Jon also is an advisor to the Marion County (KY) Cooperative Extension Service.  [More…]

Mark Rustebakke – Mark Rustebakke is a second-generation Arabian breeder, having grown up under the tutelage of his father Morris Rustebakke. Mark breeds his own horses in Wisconsin, where he is also active with the Wisconsin Egyptian Arabian Horse Association. He serves as Vice Chair of the Institute. [More…]

Debra Schrishuhn – Debra Schrishuhn has ridden since childhood and became involved with the Desert Arabian horse through her work with Col. John Fippen in researching the Egyptian and Blunt horses of the pre-1914 era. She is an art historian and archivist, as well as editor and database designer, and serves as Secretary of the Institute. She resides in Illinois.  [More…]