Equestrian Arts Foundation

Equestrian Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 Non Profit organization.

We are a Public Charity governed by a Board of Trustees and managed by dedicated volunteers.


Equestrian Arts Foundation was founded in Dayton, OH by Maria Elizabeth Smith in 2005.  And now, we are excited to call Benson Oaks Farm in Blacklick, OH our new home.

Equine Assisted Development

Our Mission is to bring people & horses together...

in ways that allow them to bring out the best in each other.


  • dummy People learn about themselves and develop positive life skills by partnering with horses to solve puzzles & achieve goals together.
  • dummyHorses & Riders learn to connect their hearts, minds, and bodies with gentle, science-based horse training teachniques.
A Culture of Connection

Our Vision is a Culture of Connection.

Connection with ourselves, with others, and our world.

Horses happen to be a very special part of our world, and they have so much wisdom to share with us about relationships, authenticity, and cooperation (among other things). 

“Who we are is how we lead.”

~ Brené Brown


...is to improve the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of people and horses by bringing them together for mutual benefit.


Meet Our Board Members

Michael McGee London
Michael McGee LondonTrustee / Chairman
Maria Elizabeth Smith
Maria Elizabeth SmithTrustee / President
Cathryn Young
Cathryn YoungTrustee / Vice-President
Mark R. Smith
Mark R. SmithTrustee / Advisor