This program’s beginnings were in California under the name of Spirit Oaks Ranch in 2002. Cheryl Farrar and her husband, Randy Farrar, held classes with a small number of students at their ranch until 2011 when they moved to middle Tennessee.
Spirit Oaks Ranch, while not incorporated and run entirely on a pro-bono basis was the genesis of White Fawn Farm. With the new location and property, they are able to serve a larger population of guests.
Cheryl grew up with horses since the age of eight and has served on two different equine related non- profit boards. She has participated in fundraising, put events together, served as secretary and held vice president positions on both boards. In addition to serving as the President of White Fawn Farm, she is also a member of Tech Bridge Tennessee Leadership Board.
The Farrar’s have a history of supporting local equine programs and have participated in two major California horse show events for people with disabilities – Calnet and Special Olympics. They have a heart for people dealing with disabilities and other life challenges as well as compassion for these families’ concerns. Before beginning this center, they both volunteered at two Williamson County equine therapeutic centers. In the summer of 2018, the founders of Take the Reins, just one mile down the road, decided to retire and
close their equine therapeutic center. They offered to entrust their horses, riders, staff and volunteers to White Fawn Farm. This is one of the two centers where Cheryl and Randy volunteered for a number of years. Having great admiration and respect for the work that started with Jerry and Sharon Clement, the Farrars and the White Fawn Farm Board agreed to combine the two centers. This merger allows for the expanded capacity to offer more lessons to more people. We expect the transition to be completed in the Summer of 2019.
Cheryl is a former native Californian and now two-time resident of Williamson County, Tennessee. Cheryl and her husband, Randy, are happy to call middle Tennessee home. She has over 15 years of IT leadership experience in the areas of application systems development and maintenance, enterprise strategic sourcing and service provider management, as well as establishing a global program management office.
Her business competencies and experience are focused in enterprise change management acquisitions and divestitures. Her merger experience includes three major entertainment company transitions that included accountability for revenue synergies, transition services agreements and cost savings.
She worked in the music industry for 14 years previous to her aerospace career of 13 years. Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Administration.
In light of her professional experience, Cheryl launched White Fawn Farm to leverage her business acumen while applying it to this specialized non-profit space.
Her love and life-long experience with horses and her passion for working with people with disabilities and other challenges is the perfect combination for her to fulfill her life’s ambition.
Having spent her childhood and college life in Texas, Betty made her way to Tennessee where she met her husband, Andy.
Now a resident of Williamson County for over 20 years, Betty and Andy have two wonderful daughters. Betty is presently Principal of Hawkins Insight, a healthcare consulting firm.
She is a top-performing Sales, Marketing and Business Development Executive with a proven ability to drive business expansion through aggressive sales initiatives that deliver revenue growth, market share and market penetration.
She is a strategic thinker who plans and implements sales, marketing, and business initiatives to support corporate objectives. Betty is particularly strong relationship management, team building, and general business acumen; verifiable track record of success driving unprecedented revenue and profitability gains with highly competitive organizations, industries, and markets.
Betty shares the founder’s passion for helping others that are faced with challenges and has a passion for serving the community in this special way.
Belle is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, Belle chose to remain in Nashville where she met and married her husband, Tim.
Now a resident of almost 35 years, Belle and Tim have two daughters and call this community home. Belle is presently a Business Systems Manager at Ford Motor Credit Company with over 20 years’ experience at Ford developing and implementing large scale systems projects.
Prior to working at Ford, Belle worked for 10 years in banking. Belle is skilled with designing and rolling out of process improvements, managing difficult conversations and developing comprehensive business requirements, all while working with a geographically diverse team.
Belle shares the founder’s passion for horses having owned several and ridden competitively before college. Now, Belle combines her love of horses with her business expertise to support this worthwhile organization.
Jerry Clement is the former Executive Director of Take the Reins Therapeutic Riding Center joined White Fawn Farm in January of 2019. He serves as the Member at Large.
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