Flying Horse Farms to open in 2010

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Flying Horse Farms will deliver year-round experiences at its custom designed facility opening in 2010, while providing off-site camp opportunities until then.

Flying Horse Farms will serve up to 2500 children and families of all ages each year with arthritis, severe asthma, cancer, gastrointestinal diseases, heart disease, hemophilia and related blood disorders and sickle cell disease. Its on-site, first-class medical facility will be staffed by doctors and nurses from area children's hospitals. It will be commonplace for a child to receive treatments, daily infusions or medications at the camp, allowing thousands of children to attend camp who otherwise would be unable.

The camp itself is situated on a property of rolling hills, lakes, woods, trails, meadows and wetlands which will serve as the perfect backdrop for an array of traditional camp activities such as swimming, boating, ropes course, arts and crafts, music and drama, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, building friendships and lots of laughter.

Flying Horse Farms was founded by Jenni and David Belford, who, through a series of experiences on their own farm with Adventures for Wish Kids, were moved to build a permanent, year-round camp for children with serious illnesses. The camp is a provisional member of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, the world's largest family of camps for children with serious illnesses, founded by Paul Newman. Flying Horse Farms' name is inspired by the storybook The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown where a "golden flying horse" was the weather vane on top of a barn on a farm where children and animals played freely.

Until the camp is built and fully functional in 2010, off-site camp programs will be offered such as Flying Horse Away, an initiative that has sent 140 campers to other Hole in the Wall camps since 2006. An innovative hospital outreach program designed to introduce Flying Horse Farms to potential campers, families and health care providers will bring the spirit of camp to children in the hospital in 2009.

Call or visit our website to learn how you can support Flying Horse Farms:, (614) 505-6161.