ABOUT WARHORSE LEGACY FOUNDATION
The Warhorse Legacy
Warhorse Legacy Foundation was founded in Northwest Arkansas in 2018 by three women whose passion for serving veterans and their families collided with their passion for horses. Betty Jones founded the Arkansas Equine Foundation in 2001. She was then recruited to develop a program for veterans by another local NWA nonprofit. Valorie Jones was raised around horses, and came out of management in both cruise ships and the nonprofit sector. Valorie and Betty came together with an anonymous Angel Donor who had worked with Betty for 15 years on horse welfare projects. In early spring of 2018, these three women developed an idea to found a therapeutic recreation organization for veterans in the hills of the Ozarks. Warhorse Legacy Foundation was incorporated in July of 2018, and WLF purchased Warhorse Ranch in late 2018. From there, WLF has been developing the Ranch to meet the needs of veterans’ and their families.
Valorie Jones | President and CEO
Formerly the Associate Director of Production at Walton Arts Center, Valorie has more than fifteen years in public assembly operations and management, as well as eight years in nonprofit management with one of the state’s largest and fastest growing nonprofits. In addition, Valorie brings previous experience running a large-scale equine operation that included over twenty horses on more than 1,000 acres. Valorie served as a volunteer for the Arkansas Equine Foundation and the Arkansas Horse Council for more than 15 years. She studied equestrian sports at home and abroad under instructors certified by the British Horse Society.
Betty Jones | Vice President and Director of Operations
For more than 17 years (and still going) Betty has been the Executive Director and Founder of the Arkansas Equine Foundation, Inc. Betty has implemented programs like Second Careers for Horses and the Black Stallion Literacy Program. For 22 years Betty was the President of the Arkansas Horse Council where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the state’s current equine activity liability laws and the Equine Infectious Anemia compliance laws. Those laws are enforced by the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission for whom Betty crafted the Certified EIA Verifier Program. From 1980 – 1991 she successfully owned and operated Footloose Farms, a twelve-hundred-acre equine breeding and training operation.
Danny Belcher | Consultant in Farm Management
Danny is retired from the University of Arkansas where he served as the Supervisor of the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center for 16 years. He holds a master’s degree in animal sciences from Oklahoma State University and had an accomplished career managing some of the largest and most esteemed ranches in the country.
Dr. Nancy Jack | Consultant and Equine Specialist
Nancy is an emeritus professor from the University of Arkansas where she developed the curriculum for the University’s current equine sciences program. Dr. Jack was a founding member of the Arkansas Equine Foundation and the Second Careers for Horses program.