Meet the Rescue Team!
LISA C. MCCONATHY,
Owner/Operator of McConathy Farm, LLC and Executive Director of McConathy Farm Rescue Team, established November 2014! Riding EMMA an owner surrender Belgian Draft Mare!!!
"I have had horses since I was a little girl and got my love of horses from my father, the late James E. McConathy, Jr. I've lived on the farm at Whites Lane for 15 years and raised two sons, Elliott (25) and Sammy (20) as well as a ton of other kids along the way. I started out with my own horses and way too many to ride.....then began foaling out for other folks. Then boarding became a way to supplement income and meet new friends to ride with. I've always taken in people and animals in need and feel it is what I'm here on this earth to do. You will most likely find me with a camera in my hand as that is my next favorite hobby!
In November 2014 I was certified as a 501(c)3 charity which enabled me to take donations and offer a tax deduction to those who helped us rescue horses. We get calls regularly and have had many experiences taking in owner surrender horses, etc.
MICHAEL DAVID MCMILLAN
David joined McConathy Farm in the winter of 2014. Winters are hard and when you have 30+ horses they can be plain old exhausting! Thanks to his help we make it through ugly winters just fine.
Lisa and David were married October 2015. David is now Vice-President of the Rescue Team.
He likes to say in his former life he had no purpose or direction and that the horses and rescue team have given him new motivation to make a difference in the world one horse at a time!
He has a son (21) Hunter McMillan and David rides his horse Miss P every chance he gets.
Amanda began boarding horses at McConathy Farm back many years ago with Flex. Then she brought along Jake and then Marshall came later. . . she has her own farm now just down the road but is a continued presence at McConathy! She has been a big part of the rescue since its beginning. There is not much this girl can't do with a horse. Starting riding at just 4 years old she has owned many horses over the years, still keeping around her mothers very first rescued horse, Jake, who is used as a baby sitter when needed. She has ridden in both 4H and Pony Club and ridden english, western and done mounted games! She currently owns 4 horses, her mothers rescued appaloosa, a pony from the stock yard, an off the track thoroughbred, and her most recent a rescued quarter horse nursemare foal! She is skilled in working with horses that range in age and breed, and loves every second of seeing these rescues bloom into the horses they are meant to be.
PAIGE THOMAS: "I started riding horses when i was 7 years old. Horses are my passion and life. Since my first lesson I know that horses are what i wanted to do. "I believe horses should be rescued because it is unfair that they have to suffer because their owners can't care for them. I also think that every animal deserves a second chance."
Paige has been a wonderful asset to our team learning how to train and care for these horses. Paige has a passion for these horses that is hard to find. When the pony she leased became extremely sick and was unable to be ridden she not only helped care for him, but took her time off from riding and is helping us here at the rescue! Paige volunteers with her mother Claudia Thomas who is always willing to help do anything we need done from helping with maintenance to holding horses!
Bertha Stamper: Bertha is not only Barbie's lifetime sponsor and Popcorn's, but also a VERY important part of our team! She is the head spoiler of our rescues! She is also very known for spoiling our team members too.
Bertha adopted Barbie when she fell in love with her and keeps her boarded at our facility. She makes sure all of our horses have everything they need and that our team members are well taken care of during, and after long days on the farm. She brings many wonderful ideas to the table and we are so blessed to have her as a part of this team.
JJ SILLMAN volunteer for all of the activities from trailering in, grooming, to photographing, etc.
She is also the proud owner of one of our first rescues, Liam, who is now trained to ride !!!
More to come later . . .