Formed in 2015 and officially becoming a 501c3 in January of 2016, Hickory Hill Farm is excited to charge in to the new year! Proudly hosting popular children’s camps and programs throughout the year and with a well known, established equine rescue program, the mission remains the same while some leadership roles will be changing.
Hickory Hill Farm recently named Emma Jones as their Rescue Director. “I am really looking forward to stepping into this new role and being able to help many more animals. Seeing how much we’ve grown this past year, I can’t wait to see what we will accomplish in 2020,” Emma excitedly shares of her new role. Co-Founder and former volunteer Rescue Director, Shea Hutsenpiller, continues to volunteer and remains on the Board of Directors currently.
At its most recent board meeting, four new members were added to the Board of Directors. Lee Ann Weatherford, Stephanie Schroyer, Rhonda Caskey, and Tricia Dapelo will join the organizations governing board starting in January of 2020, joining returning members Shea Hutsenpiller, Jenna Gibbons, Frank Duncan, Stephanie Cox, Emma Jones, and Malia Pack. Additionally, talented horse-woman, Maegan Eldridge, will fill the important role of Equine Training Coordinator.
“When we sat down and formed Hickory Hill Farm in 2015, our goal was to develop an organization that would serve the community as an equine rescue and provide a retreat like place for children and adults to take part in various activities including the animals. I am incredibly proud to see how far this organization has come in just under five years. While it is time for some of us to take a few steps back, I have full confidence in Emma’s ability to do great things and continue Hickory Hill Farm’s life saving work with equines. It is a dream come true to see new people with a passion for Hickory Hill Farm’s mission joining the cause,” Hutsenpiller states about the recent role change.
Outgoing Board President and co-founder, Jenna Gibbons, added, “Our paths crossed for a reason in 2015, and we hoped that HHF would be successful. With the help of the community and our volunteers over these past few years, it has truly done just that. Our vision of a farm that would offer a place of peace and happiness to both animals and people became a reality. We know that these new leaders and the rest of our team will continue to carry out Hickory Hill Farm’s mission. I am so proud of our non profit and excited to see how many more lives we will change in the future.”
To date Hickory Hill Farm has saved 146 equines and other farm animals. The organization is currently caring for nearly 20 horses, 2 pigs, and 5 ducks, most of which are available for adoption. Therapy minis Tom and Dream stay active with their handlers in the community and the main facility in Lebanon, TN hosts monthly “Stall Tales” Reading with Rescues sessions. Hickory Hill Farm is funded through private donations. Learn more by visiting www.hickoryhillfarmtn.org or facebook.com/hickoryhillfarmtn . Support Hickory Hill Farm’s mission by donating at www.hickoryhillfarmtn.org/donate .