Our Leadership

Horse Farms Forever, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation registered with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as well as a 501(c)3 with the IRS.

 Our mission is to inspire the conservation of horse farms by preserving the natural pasture land for horses and their habitats, and to protect the soil and water on which they depend, while minimizing land use conflicts in Marion County.

 To achieve this mission, Horse Farms Forever is overseen by a dedicated Board of Directors, and operates with a Communications Director and a Director of Community Affairs.



Nick de Meric
Rob Desino, Ocala Horse Properties

Tom Grabe
Bernard Little
Paul Kaplan
Linda Bammann



Sara Fennessy

Sara Fennessy

Director of Community Affairs, Horse Farms Forever

Sara is a former hunter-jumper competitor
and lifelong horse show and racing enthusiast. She has spent time involved in outreach,
communication and promotion in the local community and equine industry.

A fifth-generation equestrian, Sara has a life-long family history in the horse business. Her
mother was a saddle bred competitor and Thoroughbred horse trainer. Her father has been a
lifelong member of the Thoroughbred world and industry executive.

Sara is also acting Office and Community Outreach Manager at Live Oak International and continues to be a member of the Live Oak International team.

A graduate with honors from The College of Central Florida, Sara’s educational background is in paralegal studies.




Director of Conservation Strategies

 Busy Shires Byerly

Busy Shires Byerly

Busy Shires Byerly is a land conservation professional with 16 years’ experience facilitating land conservation projects. Her goal is to work with landowners, agencies, and land trust partners to protect farmlands for future generations. Busy’s family owns and operates Gold Leaf Farm in Alachua, FL. She is married to Mike Byerly, an Alachua County Commissioner, and they live in Micanopy, FL with their daughter.