Our Team

Below are the Board members and team that made Heart and Hoof happen and keep it running today. They could not have done it without the help of many friends, some of whom are listed on the “Friends of the Farm” page on this site and to whom we owe tremendous gratitude.

All of these people are bound together by a love of horses and a dedication to see that these magnificent animals, many of whom came to us abused, neglected, or unwanted, are able to live out their lives in peace, with dignity, and surrounded by love and their fellow travelers.

None of the team receives any monetary compensation from H&H for the work they do for the sanctuary.

Beth Bates

Beth Bates

Beth has spent a lifetime caring for people as a nurse and has now turned her attention to caring for these animals. Beth is the president of our Board and, as the picture with Binky shows, she is also Chief-in-charge of giant horse hugs.

Ella Muhlenberg

Ella Muhlenberg

A life long race horse trainer, Ella was at the farm caring for Nancy and Binky before the inception of Heart and Hoof. With Nancy’s passing, and Binky’s urging, she agreed to stay on as the manager of Heart and Hoof full time in her retirement. Ella knows a lot about race horses but, though known as the horse whisperer, she is still occasionally befuddled by the donkeys.

John Schaefer

John Schaefer

Reverend John Schaefer is the senior pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Hummelstown, Pa. He brings a lifetime of community service and charitable work to the farm and is also the chief assistant hauler and lifter of hay, feed, and bedding

Bob Watkins

Bob Watkins

Bob is the president of Watkins Tax and Consulting in Hummelstown, Pa. It was his business skills and work that got Heart and Hoof up and running and keeps us going into the future. He is pictured here consulting with the Heart and Hoof finance committee.

Mark Bates

Mark Bates

Mark is chief in charge of lifting and hauling and can be found occasionally doing other unskilled labor around the farm. He doesn’t know as much about horses as Ella or the other Board members and can often be found, as in the picture, receiving good “horse sense” advice from Peanut on the subject.

 Binky

Binky

Binky, along with Nancy and Les Hicks, were the inspiration for Heart and Hoof. Binky is president Emeritus of Heart and Hoof. He passed last year and was buried here on the farm where he had been born almost 40 years before.