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Our Board of Directors and Officers ensures that we are delivering on the organization’s mission and values. To get in touch with a board member please call the ELCR office at 859-455-8383.

Dot Moyer, President

Chair: Governance & Nominating Committee
Resource Development Committee

North Carolina

Dorothy (“Dot”) Moyer was raised on a large cattle farm in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Riding, foxhunting, boarding and training horses and showing 4-H steers, she developed a lifelong interest in horses, agriculture and nature.  After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, she kept her OTT TB in Wissahickon Park in Philadelphia, and learned about the challenges of keeping horses in a city environment.  In 1990, her family relocated to Flat Rock, North Carolina.  When the equestrian trails were built over there, she moved down the mountain to the Tryon area, where she met people from around the country also looking for places to ride and keep their horses.

Dot has represented and served on the boards of many community-based nonprofits during her career.  Now retired, she focuses her efforts on preserving land and equestrian access.  She is an active member of Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, the Polk County Soil and Water District Advisory Committee, and previously an active member of the Pacolet Area Conservancy, serving on its Land Committee.  She has served on the Board of the Foothills Equestrian Trails Association, and focuses on its easement program to protect the trails.

 

John Blackburn

John Blackburn, Vice President

Vice President
Co-Chair: Mission, Outreach, & Public Engagement Committee

Washington, D.C.

As principal of Blackburn Architects, P.C., John Blackburn has over 35 years of experience in the practice of architecture. He is responsible for the overall firm management. His award-winning designs include a full range of project types and services, from programming, existing facility evaluation, and master planning to new construction, adaptive reuse, and historic preservation.

In the field of renovation and restoration, John has a special sensitivity for historic structures and an interest in the adaptive reuse of existing structures for new uses. His conversions have garnered awards from the AIA and Southern Living magazine. Licensed in more than 25 states, John has experience working with differing building types, building codes, and historic preservation requirements.

John’s experience in equestrian architecture positions him as a leader in the niche. His equestrian work, which encompasses more than 160 projects, ranges from polo barns to thoroughbred and training facilities to therapeutic riding centers: all of which employ key principles of passive design to create highly functional, sustainable facilities that nurture, inspire, and protect both owner and horse.

 

Rebecca Brown Thompson, Secretary

Mission, Outreach, & Public Engagement Committee

Virginia, Arkansas

Rebecca’s dedication to the cause of preserving and expanding equestrian space comes from her own belief that people of all ages who learn to ride reap the multiple benefits of being with and caring for horses.

Rebecca enjoyed a 28-year career in the Foreign Service with the Department of State which included overseas assignments. Rebecca also brings with her nearly three decades of experience in public relations that includes writing, press event planning, grant work, and networking with other interested
individuals and organizations.

In the years following her Foreign Service career, Rebecca has participated in trail riding and competed in dressage events in such diverse locations as Argentina, El Salvador, the Philippines, Mexico, Venezuela, Northern Virginia, and Northwest Arkansas. She is a co-founder and Board Member of Fairfax4Horses (https://fairfax4horses.org) an equestrian nonprofit organization in Fairfax County, Virginia. In 2002, following the closure of one of the largest area riding stables, Rebecca and a coalition of equestrians and individuals interested in maintaining open space in the county, began organizing to create opportunities for horseback riding by establishing public riding facilities on county parkland. As a
result, Fairfax4Horses was incorporated in 2004. Recognizing that many individuals in the area are not
able to enjoy the benefits of horseback riding due to the closure of many local stables as a result of expanded development, Fairfax4Horses remains dedicated to the establishment of public riding facilities
on Fairfax County parkland.

Rebecca is also an active member of Hunters Valley Riding Club in Northern Virginia and the Northwest
Arkansas Dressage Club in Northwest Arkansas.

 

Dale Brown

Treasurer
Chair: Finance & Administration Committee

California

Dale Brown is currently a Vice President at ServiceNow, a San Diego/San Jose-based leading provider of cloud-based services to automate enterprise IT operations. Dan previously was the Vice President of Finance at Data Domain, which was acquired by EMC Corporation in July 2009, from January 2006 to December 2011. Prior to that he worked with major companies in the Silicon Valley and other parts of the country.

Dale is a CPA and has worked with non-profits in his past life, one of which was Path, International, where he served on the Board and Finance Committee. Dale brings over 25 years of finance and accounting experience to the ELCR board. His goal is to assist and equip non-profits for the ever changing world of regulatory issues, audits and reporting to donors and government regulatory departments. He greatly appreciates the efforts of ELCR to educate others on the dangers of the loss of open land.

 

Rob Banner

Chair: Resource Development Committee
Governance & Nominating Committee

Virginia   

A lifelong horseman, Robert Banner grew up in Tennessee foxhunting, showing hunters and jumpers, and riding in owner/rider timber races.  After graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1980, he began a career in equine publishing.  He spent his first 5 years at The Horsemen’s Journal (a national racing magazine,) then 5 years as Ad Director of EQUUS, (the leading national horse care magazine,) and ended his publishing years as Publisher of The Chronicle of The Horse, (a leading national newsweekly) for 18 years.

For the last 10 years, he has served as President of Great Meadow Foundation in The Plains, VA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to “preserve open space for equestrian and community service.”  During that period, he has doubled the land holdings of Great Meadow and built a world-class all-weather arena that today hosts the first FEI Eventing Nations Cup in America. Construction complete, he placed a conservation easement on the property to protect it in perpetuity.  Banner continues to fox hunt and show jump avidly.  His life in the Piedmont Valley of Virginia is dedicated to protecting it for the equestrian activity we all embrace.

 

Dawn Davis

Mission, Outreach, & Public Engagement Committee
Resource Development Committee

Illinois

Dawn Davis currently resides in the prominent equestrian community of Barrington Hills, Ill., where she and her husband, J.R., preside over Barrington Hills Farm. They are both avidly devoted to preserving land for horses in the village of Barrington Hills.  Dawn and J.R. are actively involved in equine rescue efforts in the Chicago area through their alliance with HARPS (Hooved Animal Rescue & Protection Society). Ms. Davis is Vice Chairman of Davis Bancorp and also contributes time to many other civic duties, including serving as director of the Chicago Zoological Society (Brookfield Zoo), Chicago Crime Commission, Chicago Cultural Mile, and the Smith Museum of Stained Glass and American Art.

 

 

Libbie Johnson

Co-Chair: Mission, Outreach, & Public Engagement Committee

North Carolina

Libbie is a life-long horse lover, starting in 1961 with organizing a fan club devoted to Derby winner Carry Back. She claims to be a mosey-along rider. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, she has worn various career hats including art gallery director, school teacher, social worker and founder of Johnson-Powell Public Relations Inc. and Johnson-Powell Lecture Group. Libbie is currently serving as the Economic Tourism Director for Polk County, NC.

As one who believes that “service is the rent you pay,” Libbie has been involved in her communities serving in various volunteer positions with Community Development, Travel and Tourism, Planning and Zoning, PTA, Planned Parenthood and Food Rescue.

In equestrian circles, past and present memberships include American Horse Council, North Carolina Horse Council, North Carolina Dressage and Combined Training Association, United States Dressage Federation, United States Eventing Association, United States Equestrian Federation, Foothills Riding Club, Foothills Equestrian Trails Association, North Carolina Horse Protection Society, Cardinal II Pony Club and River Valley Pony Club. Currently, Libbie serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Pony Club. She is also involved in implementing and hosting the first national symposium on Equine Economics for spring 2007.

On the home front, Libbie and husband Jerry are parents of three grown children. They share Far Side Farm in Tryon, NC with a collection of middle-aged horses, motley dogs, and moody cats.

 

Warren Wilson

Mission, Outreach, & Public Engagement Committee

California

Warren Wilson is a resident of Escondido, CA and President and CEO of California Horsetrader, a thriving niche horse publication and an award-winning media company serving the equestrian industry since 1990. Raised on a historic San Diego County homestead and with a publishing career largely devoted to the horse industry, Wilson has a broad perspective of the equine land conservancy landscape.

Wilson studied literature and writing at the University of California San Diego. Before California Horsetrader, Wilson’s publishing career began in newspapers. He was editor of his hometown weekly, the San Marcos Courier, at age 20. He moved on to a San Diego area morning daily, the Morning Press, first as Sports Editor before being named Managing Editor at age 26. In 1990, he purchased California Horsetrader magazine.

In 1997, he founded Horsetrader.com working with architects, engineers and developers to create an enterprise-level platform for advertisers to provide concurrent online exposure in sync with printed insertion orders. This led to the development of online delivery of content as well as web-based business systems for publishers that remain a daily part of companies nationwide. Today many American Horse Publications (AHP) member magazines, websites and corporate members use technology his team developed.

Wilson is well known and respected in the equine publishing world as both an innovator and an amazing collaborator. First appointed to the AHP Board of Directors in 1995, Wilson served as AHP President from 2000-2001. In his role as AHP President, he led numerous AHP workshops and panels on wide-ranging topics including editorial management, technology and business development.

In 2014, Wilson was honored with the AHP Champion Award and recognized for his 25 years in equine publishing that have provided technical innovations bridging the transition from print to Internet and for his collaboration in the industry. Today’s collaborations extend outside the print realm, as Wilson and the Horsetrader team also now work with non-publishing AHP members including trade shows and associations to engage their audiences with online and mobile marketplaces and video contests.

His childhood home, the Borden Homestead in San Marcos, CA, remains an active equestrian and agricultural enterprise. The 14-acre ranch is the home to his mother, Carolyn Read, a well known equine land use advocate and preservationist.