Remembering Dr. Kathleen Lennon

Posted: March 14th, 2023

The Ohio Quarter Horse Association is saddened to announce the passing of long-time member Dr. Kathleen Lennon on Monday, March 13th. Kathleen was an intricate part of the Quarter Horse industry throughout her horse show career, as well as an advocate for equine welfare as a veterinarian. 


Kathleen grew up in Amston, Connecticut, where she began her involvement in the quarter horse industry. She then attended Purdue University, earning first a Bachelor of Applied Science in Animal Science before attending veterinary school at Purdue as well. Upon graduation, Kathleen worked for many top veterinarians around the country, including Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Hassinger Equine Sports Medicine, Elgin Veterinary Hospital (where she completed a veterinary internship), and The Pony Express Veterinary Hospital. In September of 2022, Kathleen founded her own practice, Lennon Equine Services, based out of New Albany, Ohio. 


Kathleen had a passion for the American Quarter Horse and was an accomplished equestrian, earning multiple Congress Championships, Top 5 and Top 10 placings, an AQHA World Championship, multiple AQHA World Show placings, an NSBA Reserve World Championship, an NSBA high point title, and an AQHA high point title.


"Kathleen was a beloved daughter, sister, and friend," say Judd and Jennifer Paul. "She was a respected veterinarian who had a deep love of the American Quarter Horse. She was a talented equestrian. Kathleen's passing is a tremendous loss for the equine industry. Please pray for her family and friends."


The Ohio Quarter Horse Association extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Dr. Kathleen Lennon. 


There will be a visitation, service, and reception at IronGate Equestrian Center, 12298 Croton Road, Croton, Ohio on Sunday, March 19th. Visitation period is from 11am - 2pm, service begins at 2pm, and a Celebration of Life reception will follow immediately after.


Kathleen's family would appreciate it if you would honor Kathleen with a contribution to one of the following in lieu of flowers:

1. NOMV - Not One More Vet - a foundation to prevent suicide by veterinarians. 

2. Scholarship in the name of Kathleen Lennon to Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine, to help alleviate the huge financial burden of becoming a veterinarian, for which there is little financial aid. Scholarship memorial contributions may be made online here or via mail made payable to Purdue Foundation, sent to the College of Veterinary Medicine Development, 625 Harrison Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906 in memory of Kathleen Lennon.

3. The Ohio Quarter Horse Foundation, which provides a multitude of resources for scholarships, crisis funds, education, and health and welfare.