$1 Million Gift is the Largest Ever to the UVM Morgan Horse Farm
RELEASE: March 20, 2008
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: Brian Sosby
The University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge, VT, has received a pledge of $1 million from the Amy E. Tarrant Foundation. The gift, the largest ever to the historic facility, will be used to create an Amy E. Tarrant Endowed Fund for the Morgan Horse Farm, with $800,000 to establish the endowment and $200,000 designated for current operating needs. Earnings on the endowment will provide funding for the farm in perpetuity.
"We are so very grateful to Amy Tarrant for her gift," said UVM president Daniel Mark Fogel. "The Morgan Horse Farm is an important part of the history and culture of the University of Vermont and indeed the entire state and region. This endowment will give the farm a margin of comfort it's never had in meeting its annual operating expenses and investing in the maintenance of its historic buildings."
The Morgan Horse Farm was given to the University of Vermont in 1951 by the federal government, which had operated the Morgan breeding program since receiving the farm from publisher and philanthropist Joseph Battell in 1907. Battell had begun breeding Morgans on the farm in the late 1870s. Today, the UVM "government" line of Morgan horse is considered one of the best in the world. In addition to operating a commercial-scale breeding program, the farm serves as a laboratory resource for UVM's equine science students to learn about foaling, breeding and animal care.
"The Morgan Horse Farm is one of Vermont's treasures, and I'm very pleased to be able to help ensure that it's preserved and maintained for future generations," said Tarrant.
Stephen Davis, long-time director of the UVM Morgan Horse Farm said, "Through her incredible generosity, Amy Tarrant is helping to insure the legacy of the UVM Morgans and the one-of-a-kind home of our state animal."
Three of Tarrant's five children are UVM alumni—Jerry ('89), Richard ('90) and Brian ('93). Her past support of UVM has included funding for the Ellen A. Hardacre Equine Center at UVM, named after her mother, and for the renovation of the remount barn at the Morgan Horse Farm.
"Words cannot adequately convey our gratitude to Amy Tarrant for this gift," said Rachel Johnson, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. "Our students, the visiting public, and those beautiful Morgan horses will benefit from her philanthropy for generations to come."
Jay P. Goyette