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



The Fund was created in 1996 to provide scholarship assistance for education after high school to the children of full-time Thoroughbred horse farm workers in central Kentucky.  Through 2014, over 548 scholarships averaging $2,000 each have been granted and $1,101,845 has been distributed to a deserving group of dedicated young people who possess an outstanding work ethic.  The scholarships provide important assistance to the recipients, and also serve a practical purpose for the Thoroughbred industry as many of the scholars eventually return to work with horses.


The Fund also provides financial assistance to full-time horse farm workers who seek equine related training aimed at increasing their horse knowledge and on-the-job effectiveness. 



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October 4,  2015

Twenty-six children of full-time horse farm workers are pursuing higher education this year with the assistance of the Horse Farm Workers’ Educational Assistance Fund. To date 574 annual scholarships totaling $1,173,845 have been awarded since the Fund’s inception.

Scholarships are awarded for education or skill training after high school and are based upon financial need, merit, biographical essays and personal interviews. Scholarships are also available for full-time horse farm workers in central Kentucky who wish to take equine related training or courses to help them be more knowledgeable and effective while working with Thoroughbred horses.

Three recipients also distinguish themselves as Pollard Scholars: Tara Wolfenbarger and Olivia Carter at UK and Michael Greathouse at Centre College. In addition, Jeffrey Hamilton has been awarded the Jeffrey Thornbury, Jr. Memorial Scholarship which is given to a scholar who most resembles Jeffrey’s remarkable qualities: a wide variety of interests, skills and achievements; an exceptional work ethic; and a caring personality that positively impacts others every day.

Farms represented by scholars:

Qualifying parents of scholars are employed full-time by one of the following Central Kentucky Thoroughbred farms:

Adena Springs, Ashview, Ballyrankin, CASA, Claiborne, Coolmore America, Darley-Gainsborough, Darley- Jonabell, Darley- Stonerside, Donamire, Fares, Glencrest, Hermitage, Indian Creek, Lane’s End, Miacomet, Millenium, Preston Stables, Shadwell, Stonestreet, Stoneway, TaylorMade, and Upson Downs.


December 19, 2014

The Jeffrey D. Thornbury, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

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. (Read full press release).


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