The Horse Farm Workers' Educational Assistance Fund is a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Charity




The Horse Farm Workers’ Educational Assistance Fund has awarded 30 scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year to children of full-time workers on central Kentucky Thoroughbred breeding farms. Scholarships are for education after high school and are based upon need, merit, essays, and personal interviews. To date 548 annual scholarships averaging more than $2,000 have been awarded since the Fund was established. Over $72,000 has been awarded this year, with $1,101,845 awarded since 1996. Over 140 Farm Workers’ Scholars have graduated from college and or technical programs, several with honors and one as a 4.0 valedictorian.



About The Fund

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Board Of Directors

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Scholarships are also available for full-time horse farm workers who wish to take equine courses or training related to working more effectively with horses in their current farm job.

The Fund was founded in 1996 by Rob Whiteley of Liberation Farm, Tom Evans of Trackside Farm, and Fred Seitz of Brookdale Farm.

According to Whiteley, “These kids and parents are an industry treasure. Farm workers are the backbone of the breeding industry which is the foundation of the entire Thoroughbred industry. The parents of these scholars have instilled an incredible work ethic in their children. Year after year, these outstanding young people impress the Board with their ability, motivation, energy, enthusiasm, and accomplishments. In many instances our scholars are the first in their families to pursue post-secondary education, and some could not attend without our financial assistance.”

 “Most of the scholars work one or more jobs in addition to attending classes, and many of them have worked 20 or more hours per week while carrying a full course load. As these great kids pursue their dreams, our main goal is to award enough money so that they can make school work their number one priority without incurring a huge burden of long-term student loan debt.” 

Tom Evans, co-founder and Vice President/Treasurer, states, “I would like to thank all of the contributors who have generously supported and valued this remarkable group of young scholars. Over the years we have received significant contributions from the Carl Pollard Foundation, Clay Hancock, William Marquard, W.T. Young, Darley, Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm, Thoroughbred Charities of America, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland,

the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club, Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders and KTA, Race for Education, and from many other individual donors.” 

“Investing in these young people is also an investment in the industry. Many of our scholars have successfully completed their studies and returned to pursue careers in the Thoroughbred industry. Several have already distinguished themselves, including a Director of Racing at a major North American track. Many of those who have chosen careers outside of the horse industry have made their mark as teachers, nurses, social workers, pastors, and business professionals.” 

Board members include President and co-founder Whiteley, Vice-President/Treasurer and co-founder  Tom Evans, Secretary Judge Wilson of Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs and Berea College, John Stuart of Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, Dan Pride of Darley America, Chet Blackey, DVM, and John Sikura of Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm. Carl Pollard serves as an informal advisor. Muffy Stuart is coordinator of the Fund and provides personal follow-up support to all scholarship recipients throughout the school year. 


The Horse Farm Workers' Educational Assistance Fund is honored to announce the creation of the Jeffrey D. Thornbury, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

Since its inception in 1996, the Fund has provided educational assistance funds for a deserving group of young people who possess an outstanding work ethic and dedication to the equine industry. Jeffrey D. Thornbury, a former Horse Farm Scholar, was the embodiment of the Fund’s collective mission.

The Chet and Kim Blackey family have provided initial funding for this Scholarship. (Full press release).


Tax deductible contributions may be made to HFWEAF, 2938 Four Pines Drive, Lexington, KY 40502. The Fund is run on a volunteer basis. 92+% of donor monies flow through to scholarship recipients. Applications are available in April with a deadline of July 1st prior to scheduling personal interviews. Inquiries may be made to 859-269-1719.


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