We are extremely grateful to our supporters

For a full list of our donors, please click here. Please read the stories below about two of our longtime donors.

Betsy inspires innovation

When Betsy was seven, she would hop on a bus near her Cleveland Heights home and travel 30 minutes to Red Raider horseback riding
camp in Novelty, just like many kids did back then. This experience was the beginning of a life-long love of horses. Later in life, Betsy went on to a successful career as a dressage rider. Today she operates two well respected dressage farms and her horse, Salvino, likely will be tapped to go to the Olympics next summer.

Betsy’s drive for excellence also permeates her professional career. When she graduated from college, Betsy started a legal services company,
Litigation Management, Inc., which has grown from a one-person shop to one of the largest companies of its kind in the country with 600 employees. The combination of her professional expertise and love of horses has had a lasting impact on Fieldstone Farm. In the late 1990’s, soon after Fieldstone Farm moved into its state-of-the art facility, Betsy was recruited to help chart the program’s long-term strategic plan to ensure a healthy future. Betsy jumped right in and before you knew it, she was on the Board, becoming Board Chair in 2013. Her leadership helped Fieldstone become one of the largest and most respected therapeutic riding centers in the country.

Her focus on innovation spurred new programs and operational procedures which led the industry. She also helped to manage the
transition in the early 2000’s when Lynnette Stuart became CEO of the organization. To this day, Betsy still consults on various organizational and human resource matters.

Over the years, Betsy has been involved in many ways, but she is most proud of how Fieldstone’s culture has become one of national leadership and innovation, which has been a crucial part of the organization’s
long-term growth and service to the community.

 

Tom believes in the power of horses

Tom MurphyFor Tom Murphy, and his family foundation, the Thomas W. Murphy, Jr. Fund of the New York Community Trust, giving to Fieldstone Farm fits in with their family’s passion for horses. Tom’s grandfather was one of the most decorated harness horse racing jockeys and trainers in the history of the sport. Tom, too, loves horses and became one of the top riders in the region and competed in college. He knows the power of having a partnership with a horse firsthand. And he loves hearing the stories of how our students are progressing at the Farm.

It is because of this belief that Tom and his family foundation were major contributors to our recent endowment campaign. In addition, they also funded a state-of-the-art heating and cooling system to help regulate the temperature in our indoor riding arenas. Tom knows just how cold it gets in Cleveland in the winter months, and how hot it can be in the summer. Sometimes we do not ride in the extreme temperatures for the safety and health of our horses, students and volunteers. But with the new heaters and the large industrial fans, we are able to keep the temperature comfortable for everyone.


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