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Holley Groshek, Executive Director

Holley was recently the Director of Administration and Equine Relations for the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games Foundation where she developed, marketed, and managed the Equine Village Partner program. Additionally, she spent eight years as Executive Director of the Kentucky World Trade Center. Holley holds an MBA with concentration in Marketing and International Business from Binghamton University (N.Y.), as well as a B.S. degree in liberal arts (with emphasis in biochemistry). An avid equestrian, Holley grew up in upstate New York and has more than twenty years of experience riding and competing as an amateur rider. She serves on the Kentucky Equine Humane Center Board of Directors.

Working for ELCR holds a particular interest for Holley because she believes that loss of land for equine use is one of the most critical issues facing the horse world. Holley lives in Lexington with her three dogs Nika, Gucci and Peggy May. She enjoys riding in her free time.


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Abby received a Bachelor of Science in environmental science from Georgetown College (Ky.) in May 2015. Abby spent a semester as an intern for ELCR where she found that equine land conservation is a perfect niche for her, combining her passion for the environment with her passion for horses. No stranger to the nonprofit world, she has also interned with Equestrian Events, Inc., the organizers of Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and an ELCR Conservation Partner. Abby previously founded and spent several years devoted to VBC HERO Ride for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society targeted for an equestrian audience and part of the network now known as the Hope Equestrian Relay Organization, Inc. She has additionally interned with Kentucky Equine Research, where she spearheaded a research initiative alongside the international equine nutrition, research and consultation company.

Abby is a lifelong equestrian, growing up with horses on her family’s farm in the Ozark Mountains of northern Arkansas. She lives in Georgetown, KY and enjoys riding and bringing along her young buckskin Quarter Horse Appendix gelding Jack.