Mary Herbert

Camp Owner & Director

Mary Herbert founded Forrestel in 1980. She is a fifth generation member of the family which built Forrestel Farm into the magnificent working farm and summer camp that it is today.

An Experienced Horsewoman and Dedicated Camp Director

Mary Herbert is an accomplished rider with many successful years competing in shows and events. A graduate of Boston College, Mary oversees every facet of Forrestel, working year-round to assure campers have fun-filled programs with an outstanding staff.

My love affair with horses began at an early age! I received my first horse when I was fourteen. Competing in shows as a young adult gave me the experience to direct the riding lesson program for the nationally recognized Hurdle Hill Farm. At the 1978 opening of the Kentucky Horse Park, I was asked to be a score-board keeper for the World Event.

I started Forrestel in the summer of 1980. Since then, I’ve never looked back! I continued to pursue horsemanship with the masters, apprenticing with Olympian Edith Master and then Sydley Paine. Now, I spend more time teaching than riding, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! What’s better than sharing what you love with people that are dear to you?