Originally from Long Island, N.Y., Kathleen Crompton moved to Virginia in the 1950s and became deeply involved in the horse world, with a respect and lifestyle that has remained with her throughout her life. Her father, Rigan Mckinney, is a member of the steeplechase Hall of Fame and her mother, Jean, was a well-known show ring rider giving her all the ingredients to foster her love of horses and riding herself.
In the 1970s, Crompton bought her first broodmare with partner Marshall Jenney and did well with several other mares they had together, selling the offspring at various sales. Crompton also owned a few racehorses, the most successful being “A Little Luck,” a Grade II winner on the grass.
Crompton became active in equine fundraising and philanthropy when friends Herb and Ellen Moelis started a 501 (c)(3) called Thoroughbred Charities of America, which grew to become the largest equine charity in the industry. TERF, which grew out of the work with Thoroughbred Charities of America, was a natural transition for Crompton, as she became interested narrowing the fundraising focus on equine education and research. Crompton is now a board member of TERF.
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