Horse Farm Workers’ Educational Asst. Fund Passes $1M in Scholarship Awards

by | 10.04.2013 | 1:01pm

The Horse Farm Workers' Educational Assistance Fund has awarded 36 scholarships to children of full-time workers on central Kentucky Thoroughbred farms for the 2013-2014 school year.

Scholarships for tuition are granted for education or skill training after high school and are based upon need, merit, biographical essays, and personal interviews.  Scholarships are also available for full-time horse farm workers who wish to take equine or training related courses to work more effectively with horses in their current farm jobs.

To date, 518 annual scholarships averaging $2000 each have been awarded since the Fund's inception in 1996, totaling $1,029,845.

Four of the HFWEAF scholars are also Pollard Scholars, three at the University of Kentucky and one at Centre College.

Jennifer Arreola – BCTC*                Patrick Autry – U. of Kentucky
Courtney Baxter – U. of Kentucky            Josh Branham- Campbellsville U.
Kesley Brumley – U. of the Cumberlands        Lindsay Brumley – Thomas More College
Mary Ruth Callaway –     U. of Kentucky            Sofia Calleja – BCTC
Nathan Carter – Eastern Kentucky U.            Cheli Castillo – U. of Kentucky
Garrett Davis – Asbury U.                Josh Davis – Morehead State U.
Riley Davis- Fashion Institute of Design        Justin Drury – Southeastern U.
Haley Fordham- U. of Kentucky            Michael Greathouse- Centre College
Nicholas Greathouse – Transylvania U.        Jeffrey Hamilton- Campbellsville U.
Elaine Hampton- Georgetown College            Clare Hogan – Eastern Kentucky U.
Katie Lockhart – U. of Notre Dame            Lauren Logan – Berry College
Sarah Marks – U. of Kentucky                Cian McEntee – U. of Kentucky
Olivia Perkins-Mackey- Wake Forest U.        Allie Rankin – Eastern Kentucky U.
Trent Rankin – U. of Louisville                Alexis Reese- Jefferson Comm. & Tech.
Jesse Rodarte- U. of Northwest Ohio            Bayleigh Routt- Transylvania U.
Jose Salazar – U. of Kentucky                Viridiana Salazar – U. of Kentucky
Victoria Tipton- BCTC                    Yesenia Torres – BCTC
Sam Wells – Western Kentucky U.            Alex Woodrum – U. of Louisville
*Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Farms Represented:

Qualifying parents of these scholars are employed full-time by the following farms:

Adena Springs, Ashview Farm, Bally Rankin, Blackwood Stables, CASA (2), Claiborne (4), [email protected] (2), Crestwood, Darley, [email protected], [email protected] (4), [email protected] Dubai Millenium, Donamire, Gainesway, Gaulstown Stud, Glencrest (2), Hagyard Farm (2), Hope Springs, Indian Creek, Magdalena, Miacomet, Overbrook, Padua Stables, Shadwell (2), Stone Haven Steadings, Stonestreet Farm, and Stoneway Farm.


The Fund was founded in 1996 by Rob Whiteley of Liberation Farm, Fred Seitz of Brookdale Farm, and Tom Evans of Trackside 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, accomplishments, motivation, and enthusiasm. In many instances our scholars are the first in their families to pursue post-secondary education; and in some cases, they 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 more than 20 hours/week while carrying a full course load. Thus, our main goal is to award just enough money to help them make their dreams happen and to also allow them to make school work their number one priority.”

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, the Crafty Prospector syndicate, the Kentucky Farm Managers' Club, Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders and KTA, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, Race for Education and Thoroughbred Charities of America as well as from many generous individual donors.”

“Investing in these young people is also an investment in the industry. Many of our scholars have returned to pursue careers in the Thoroughbred industry and several have already distinguished themselves, including a director of racing at a North American track.”

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, Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, Dan Pride of Fasig-Tipton, Chet Blackey, DVM, and John Sikura of Hill 'n Dale Farm. Carl Pollard serves as an informal advisor. Muffy Stuart is coordinator of the program and provides personal follow-up support to all scholarship recipients.

The Horse Farm Workers' Educational Assistance Fund is run on a volunteer basis and over 92% of monies donated flow through to the scholarship recipients. Tax deductible contributions may be made to HFWEAF, 2938 Four Pines Drive, Lexington, KY 40502-2969. Additional information about the Fund may be found at Applications are available in April and inquiries can be made to 859-269-1719.

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