About Us

Mission Statement

The Fenway Foundation for Friesian Horses is a not for profit corporation created to preserve and enhance the longevity and quality of life of Friesian horses by accruing pertinent equine, more specifically Friesian, information to educate the public and offering assistance regarding Friesian horses and their owners throughout North America.

Vision Statement

The Fenway Foundation will:

  • Develop rescue facilities across North America to save, adopt and rehabilitate Friesian horses in need of assistance.
  • Accrue health and longevity information pertinent to the Friesian Horses
  • Create alliances with equine experts in both North America and Europe to proactively work towards a common goal, the preservation and protection of Friesian Horses.
  • Develop a comprehensive education program for Friesian enthusiasts.
  • Establish a network of reliable, authoritative Board of Advisors to assist in Friesian Health, Genetic and Rescue issues.
  • Assist Friesian Horses and their stewards in whatever area possible to enhance the horse's quality of life and the stewards' Friesian experience.

The Fenway Foundation for Friesian Horses Inc., founded in 2010, was developed to improve the experience of both Friesian Horses and their stewards. The Foundation is divided into three areas of focus, Equine Health Care and Maintenance, Genetic Studies and Friesian Horse Rescue. Each of these areas of endeavor will offer educational opportunities to those needing assistance, depending on the intended goal.

Our Current Team

Scott & Shelley Kelnhofer - Founders
The Kelnhofer's passion for Friesians and the issues that they are faced with prompted them to found the Fenway Foundation for Friesian Horses.

Dr. Katherine Fox, DVM, Head of Research - Dr. Fox a 1995 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Medicine Program is the primary liaison at the Foundation between Friesian horse owners and veterinary researchers/equine practitioners across North America and The Netherlands.

Jamie Van Linn, Veterinary Technician and Equine Manager - Jamie's background as a Vet Tech, coupled with her vast practical knowledge lends invaluable experience in the day-to-day management of rescued Friesians. This practical knowledge will offer common sense approaches to long term Friesian care and maintenance.

Board of Advisors

Eric Smith, Breeding Expert - Eric’s copy-written formulas advise prospective breeders on the best choices to their mare to minimize genetics flaws and maximize the opportunity for a healthy foal.

Dr. Sheila McGuirk- Nationally renowned as a leader in equine cardiology, Dr. McGuirk, a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, offers a wealth of knowledge to address the cardiac issues faced by Friesian Horses.

Dr. Scott Hopper- A Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Hopper works at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital located in Lexington, KY. Dr. Hopper’s specialties are equine lameness and equine stem cell therapy.

Jim Rupple - Master Farrier whose career included working on the World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the foundation is fortunate to have Jim offer his advice on therapeutic and rehabilitative trimming and shoeing.