Horses as our partners in facilitation provide powerful learning and healing opportunities for humans.
Dr. Charlyn BelluzzoFounder
Charlyn founded Belos Cavalos (501c3 non-profit) by integrating her expertise in healthcare, desire for compassionate service, and love of horses. During her 30-year career, she works across the spectrum in; clinical care, bio-medical/pharmaceutical research, and global health roles that address population health. Charlyn is a certified facilitator in Equine Experiential Education by E3A Association. Charlyn guides the vision, purpose, and values of Belos Cavalos.
Jose Angel Contreras General Manager
Angel has keen attention to detail, and is able to multi-task a vast variety of objectives in a single day. He applies his skills in business, leadership, finance, personnel management, equine husbandry, agriculture, construction, and machinery operation. Angel is currently working towards his business management degree along with his Equine Experiential Education training from E3A Association. Angel is the “mind” of Belos Cavalos, executing all operations.
Erica Tom, Ph.D. Director of Arts & Education
Erica is an artist, scholar, and educator, with over 25 years of experience with horses. She brings her passion for research to the development of both the herd and programs at Belos Cavalos. Erica is a leader in our trauma-informed programs. As the Director of Arts & Education, she also produces, artistic performances, community gatherings, and equine experiential educational workshops. Erica is the “spirit” of Belos Cavalos. Guided by the vision, she creates events, programs, and experiences that fulfill the mission of Belos Cavalos.
Francisco Ramirez Equine & Property Services
Francisco’s fingerprint is on every aspect of Belos Cavalos operations. Seven days a week, Francisco feeds and cares for the horses and their environment. He works every aspect of the farm and contributes labor to all construction projects (including the beautiful stonework found throughout the property). He cares for the landscape and maintains the security of the property. Francisco is the “hands” of Belos Cavalos, often working behind the scenes, yet absolutely critical to our success and safety.
Karli HennemanArt and Social Media Director
Karli is a mixed-media visual artist, currently based in New York City. Karli’s aesthetic curates the visual narrative of Belos Cavalos through images, videos, and social media. At a very young age, Karli began riding horses. Over the years, her appreciation for and relationship with horses has been a constant inspiration in her creative life. Karli is the “visual voice” of Belos Cavalos. For more of Karli’s work visit karli-henneman.com.
Born in Brazil, Secreto is a stunning Lusitano gelding. As head of our herd, Secreto watches over the largest to the smallest, animal and human. He is schooled to a high level in classical dressage, yet is proud to do his part, “ponying” Heliodoro (the youngest member of our herd) learning to carry a rider for the first time.
Born in Portugal, Xilena is a Lusitano “brood” mare (meant to have many foals). She is a wonderful mother and has birthed several foals, including Heliodoro. Her temperament is kind, her ground manners are polished, and her courageous heart makes her a trusted partner out on the trail.
Born in the Netherlands, “Zao” is a Friesian and the newest member of our herd. We call him the “watchman.” He is the first to acknowledge someone entering the property. He loves to play, run, and jump in the air. He is schooled in dressage, yet willing to carry almost any level rider. Zao is a gentle giant.
Born in Louisiana, Sam is a registered Quarter Horse Paint, and a southern gentleman to the core. He is extremely charming, bright, quick-witted, yet a little mischievous. Sam loves challenges and is incredibly social. When there is a serious job to do, Sam steps up and exceeds your expectations.
Born on a Thoroughbred farm in Idaho, “Tec” was destined for an early life on the racetrack. However, he is part Appaloosa and did not want much to do with racing. Regardless of his life on the track, Tec remains a true athlete at heart. He is an excellent jumper, and even played some polo. Tec is the elder of our herd (soon to be 30 years old). His age does not slow him down much, so be prepared for his high energy and confidence. He is a champion.
“Helio,” our youngest Lusitano, started traveling early in life. He was conceived in Portugal, traveled to Belgium, the Netherlands, and finally to California still in Xilena’s (his mother’s) womb. Helio was “imprinted” at birth, making him accustomed to human interaction. He is super social, very sharp-minded, and is learning to carry a rider with relative ease. He is growing into an extraordinary young horse.
Also born in Portugal, Fidalga is an elegant Lusitano. Starting life as a bay-colored filly she is maturing into a beautiful rose-grey mare. In the years to come this unique mare will turn bright white. Fidalga is sensitive, keenly aware of her body and surroundings.
Bearcat is a loving and kind gentle soul. In Bearcat’s 30 years of life he has been a Thoroughbred racehorse, polo pony, trail horse and companion to many both horse and human. He has a strong spirit and is full of fun. Like Amtec, Bearcat is an athlete through and through and loves a good romp in his pasture with his pasture mates.
Chloe is a miniature horse. She is about thirty-three inches tall. She is the “lead” mare of the herd, and earned the position despite her petite size. Chloe can be a little feisty, so be mindful around her. She will love your attention. Chloe was originally grey in color, but has matured to bright white. We don’t know much else about this little gal (age/ breeding/ background). Chloe adds a lot of love and personality to our herd, we are so grateful to have her.
Coco is an adorable chocolate colored miniature horse. Her tiny frame is only thirty inches tall. When Coco rolls, she looks like a truffle, dusted in cocoa powder. She is just as sweet! This little horse is very smart and very kind. Like Chloe, we don’t know many details of Coco’s background or early life. We appreciate her presence at Belos Cavalos everyday.