About Us

Board Members


Board Members


Beverly Dickerson – President

A resident of Oakton, Virginia, for over twenty years, Beverly is President and a co-founder of Fairfax4Horses.  She leads the effort to establish public riding lesson facilities on Fairfax County Parkland. Beverly has served as President of Hunters Valley Riding Club, where she led the organization in establishing both a jumping ring and a dressage arena after its original riding area was sold for development. She has been featured in a video sponsored by the Friends of the W&OD, where she spoke of the importance of riding in Northern Virginia.  The Hunter Mill Defense League named her the Ron Stanton Citizen of the Year in recognition of her participation in parks, trails, and environmental issues. Her interest in trails is also reflected in her participation in Fairfax Trails and Streams, the Environmental/Trails committee of the Hunter Mill Defense League, and the Advisory Committee for the Cross County Trail.  She is on the board of the Hunters Valley Association (HVA)  and received its Good Neighbor Award. In addition, Beverly is on the board of the Potomac River Greenways Coalition and participates in the Fairfax Hunt. Her professional work is focused on government contracting and information technology.

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Linda Wineland Byrne – Vice President

Vice President and a co-founder of Fairfax4Horses, Linda helps develop the purpose, aims, objectives and activities of Fairfax4Horses. She also develops liaison with elected officials and county agencies.  Linda facilitates cooperative programs with therapeutic riding organizations, service providers for at-risk youth, and other potential partners.  She has received professional training as an instructor in dressage, jumping, and cross-county riding and is a recipient of the Horse Master Certificate from the Potomac Horse Center.  She was also the office manager of this facility, which is a 90-horse public riding center in Montgomery County Maryland which provided riding lessons, a residential instructor training program, and horse boarding.  In addition, she was a riding instructor at several commercial stables and has been a horse owner and breeder for many years.  Linda developed the opportunity for a “first-time” donation of residential and commercial property valued at $1.2 million by a private developer to Fairfax County as a public library site.

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Nancy Rice – Secretary

Nancy Rice is Secretary of Fairfax4Horses. She prepares the minutes for the board meetings and writes our quarterly newsletter. A board member of the Hunters Valley Riding Club, she has been active in issues related to maintaining a viable equestrian community in a suburban environment. She is also active in the Friends of the Oakton Library and other community groups.

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Judy Lamont – Treasurer

As Treasurer of Fairfax4Horses, Judy maintains records of financial donations and provides reports and analyses.  She also assists the organization with public relations activities such as writing press releases and coordinating contacts with the media.  Judy has been active in citizens groups that are concerned about the pace of development in Fairfax County, and is past president of her homeowners’ association in Vienna. She is a free-lance writer and consultant specializing in knowledge management and other aspects of information technology.

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Board Members

Laura Batts

Laura Batts serves Fairfax4Horses in a variety of roles, including assisting with outreach, fundraising, and developing content for our website. She raised her family of four children on a horse farm and is an enthusiastic equestrian. Laura participates actively in the equestrian community in Fairfax County and surrounding areas as an instructor, judge, and rider. In addition, she is the author of Love Your Pony, Love Your Planet, which combines education about horse care with environmentally friendly practices. Her experience as an equestrian nutritionist have provided her with an extensive background in equine health care. Laura holds an M.S. in Environmental Science with an emphasis on the equine sector.

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Marcia House

Marcia is a board member and a co-founder of Fairfax4Horses. She has 23 years experience as an instructor was an adjunct professor in the American University Physical Education Department teaching riding for six years.  Marcia has owned horses for 25 years, and has over thirty years of experience in barn management and horse care. She has published numerous articles in equestrian-related magazines, including Equus Magazine, Practical Horseman Magazine, and Virginia Horse Journal. Her professional expertise has been highlighted in an article published in the Washington Post, “Taking the Reins: Learning to Ride.” In addition to serving as a board member for Fairfax4Horses, she is Secretary and a board member of the Northern Virginia Coalition of Equestrian Organizations (NVCEO) and a member of the Virginia Horse Council.

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Lisa Mulville

Lisa is a board member and a co-founder of Fairfax4Horses. A lifelong resident of Fairfax County, she is a long-time horse owner who competes in cutting cattle on her quarter horse, and enjoys riding the extensive network of trails adjacent to her home.  Lisa’s professional background includes a degree in marketing and management, as well as experience in HR, training, and government contracting. She brings these skills to Fairfax4Horses by providing advice on how to reach members of the equestrian community and general population, and directing the participation of Fairfax4Horses in local events such as parades and contact with schools.

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Rachel Rice

Rachel is the first junior board member of Fairfax4Horses. She has been riding since she was eight years old, and graduated from James Madison High School in June 2010. She has ridden hunt seat and has recently has begun studying dressage. Her role on the Board is to help with outreach to younger riders and give local youth a voice on a county-wide issue. She also manages the Fairfax4Horses Facebook page.

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Rebecca Brown Thompson

A board member and co-founder of Fairfax4Horses, Rebecca has provided support to Fairfax4Horses in a variety of ways. Her dedication to the cause of preserving and expanding equestrian space in Northern Virginia is based on her belief of the importance of opportunities for people of all ages to learn to ride and reap the multiple benefits of being with and caring for horses. Currently posted to the Philippines for the State Department, she has been riding for the past seven years in such diverse locations as Argentina, Northern Virginia, and El Salvador. She offers Fairfax4Horses over a decade of experience in public relations that includes writing, press event planning, and networking with other interested organizations and individuals.

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Jean Voss

Jean Voss is a native of Fairfax County who remembers when draft horses were still being used by local farmers.   Her first rides as a toddler were on the back of her grandfather’s Percherons.   A lifelong lover of all things ‘horse,’ she has continued to support and participate in a variety of equine activities and organizations.  She is currently president of the Clifton Horse Society and a member of various other equestrian groups.   Ms. Voss is very concerned about the diminishing availability of horse related activities for children and adults in the county and sees the Laurel Hill facility as an opportunity to provide a wide variety of experiences for both participants and spectators.
Ms. Voss was trained as a clinical psychologist and spent her career as a therapist, instructor, and administrator in various aspects of the field.  She has a special interest seeing horses used as a positive motivator for youth, as in Pony Club, 4 H, therapeutic riding, and programs for at-risk youth.

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In September 2001, several equestrians testified at a hearing of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, supporting the need for public riding facilities in the county. Numerous riding stables had closed as a result of rising land values that had made it impractical for many facilities to remain in business.

In October 2002, a meeting was held at the Grange in Great Falls, where one of the largest riding stables had closed. A coalition of equestrians and individuals interested in maintaining open space in the county began organizing to create opportunities for horseback riding by establishing public riding facilities on county parkland.

Fairfax4Horses was incorporated in September 2004, and received status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in May 2005. During this time, the organization regularly attended planning meetings held by the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA), supporting the idea of public riding facilities.

Laurel Hill Park, formerly the site of Lorton Prison, was identified as a promising location for a riding facility. In July 2004, the FCPA approved a master plan for Laurel Hill Park that included a site for an equestrian center. A parcel of about 60 acres was set aside for a stable, indoor arena, outdoor rings, and pasture.

Fairfax4Horses and the FCPA signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in June 2006 to work officially as partners on the development of the Laurel Hill Equestrian Center. In May 2008, the FCPA announced that the Laurel Hill Equestrian Center would receive some funding from a  bond issue and from proffers by developers in the Lorton area. Current activities are focused developing a site plan and infrastructure.


Fairfax4Horses is dedicated to the establishment of public riding facilities on Fairfax County parkland. Because  many stables in the area have closed as development has expanded, many individuals who would like to enjoy the benefits of horseback riding are not able to do so. Fairfax4Horses is working with the Fairfax County Park Authority, the equestrian community, private organizations, and others to establish riding facilities at which residents can take lessons and board horses.


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