About Our Organization

The people and vision that make this possible

To date over 650 annual scholarships averaging more than $2,000 have been awarded since the Fund was established. Over $1,400,000 has been 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.

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.

I would like to thank the many contributors who have so generously supported and valued this remarkable group of young scholars and our Fund.

Over the years we have received significant contributions from the Carl Pollard Foundation, Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, KTA, Kentucky Owners and Breeders, Thoroughbred Charities of America, Godolphin, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm, Race For Education, the Crafty Prospector Syndicate, W.T. Young, The Hilary Boone Foundation, William Marquard, and many other individual donors.

Investing in these great 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.

Thank you very much.”

-Tom Evans, President

Jeffrey D. Thornbury 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.

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Board of Directors

Tom Evans
Co-founder, President
Trackside Farm

Dan Pride
COO Godolphin, USA

Judge Wilson
General Counsel for Berea College

Mary Ryan
Board Member and Treasurer
Educator and Horsewoman

Rob Whiteley
Co-founder, Board Member
Liberation Farm

Stu Pollard
Board Member
Educator and Filmmaker

Chet Blackey
Board Members

Carl Pollard
Advisor to the Board

Muffy Stuart