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Denise S. Polydor, Founder/President

Iron Gait Percherons

Denise has raised, bred, rescued, trained, and showed Percherons for many years.  She first became a member of the Percheron Horse Association in 1998 and is a member today.  She earned the titles of Supreme Champion, Champion, and Reserve Champion for 5 consecutive years at county fairs in Pennsylvania for her Percheron yearlings.  She has also rescued Thoroughbreds from the track, and barrel-raced with her Quarter Horse Bandit “Jet” for several years.

Denise is the spokesperson and primary caregiver for IGP.  She participates in board meetings and leads planning of the overall direction of the organization.  She is responsible for organizing and supervising all operations and fundraising events.  Denise is also in charge of advertising our program and serves as a liaison with horse trainers, adoptions, veterinary care, stabling and other necessary day-to-day activities.

"My love for horses always has been undescribable and unconditional."

"I have devoted my life to the well being of these most noble animals and believe that with ANY horse you need to take your time.  Earn their trust and you will then earn their heart. All of your love and many many hours of patience is the way to do this.  Once you have done it, nothing will ever compare to the warmth within your heart.  You will NEVER recieve a better reward than the devotion of a loved horse."

"I have had numerous people tell me, that when they shall die, they pray to come back as one of my horses. :)"


Eric Beach, VP and Treasurer

Eric Beach for Iron Gait PercheronsEric brings over 25 years of business, technology, and creative experience to the organization.  Many of these years were spent in senior-level leadership roles in both large and small companies. Eric has a Masters degree in Management and Technology, and has played an integral role in the successful startup of two companies.

Eric participates in board meetings and planning the overall direction of the organization.  He is in charge of organizing financial matters, accounting, overseeing our budget and expenses, and keeping financial records.  He also assists as needed with the daily operations of the rescue.

In addition to his responsibilities at IGP, Eric is a Partner in an International services company headquartered in Georgia where he currently holds the position of Chief Technology Officer.


Billie Mitchell, Director

Billie Mitchell with Iron Gait PercheronsBillie has a long track record of involvement and dedication to volunteer work. For the past few years she has volunteered at two horse rescues and adopted four horses of her own. Her and her husband Greg adopted "Scotty", a registered Paint gelding, and "Angel", a 5 month old Paint filly, both from IGP.

In addition to her work with the horses, she has fundraised and co-curated several art shows to raise money for CERF (Craft Emergency Relief Fund), which provides assistance for artists who have gone through emergencies. She worked in Belize as an organizer and teacher of pottery to Myan villagers. She also volunteered for the Olympics and Special Olympics in Atlanta.

Billie assists in decision-making, fundraising, daily care, rescuing, and transporting horses from the Veterinarians and hospitals.


Additional Directors Pending