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December 2015 - June 2016
The Gochman Family
The Hamel Family
Jennifer and Roger Smith
Heidi Molea in honor of Charlie Moorcroft and Geoff Teall
Sandra & Hal Epstein
Armins Rusis in honor of Cynthia Rusis
Hope Glynn & Kimberly Brunson
Cynthia Rusis in honor of Lily Rusis
Louise Serio in honor of Mary Warner
JT Tallon Memorial Equitation Grant Supporters
Barbara & Robert Bays
McKee Family Foundation
Mary H. Principe
Roanoke Valley Horsemen's Association
Susan B. Tallon
Ann and Ronald Turnicky
Karen & Stephen Waskey
Shawna & Michael Dash
in honor of Mary Babick
William "Craig" Dobbs
Lee Johnson on behalf of Jason Parker
Kalea & Daniel Maxwell
Gerri & Jason Parker
RRL Medical Practice P.C., Rania Rifai
Cheryl Rubenstein in memory of Osczar
Constance Tramm Hunt
in honor of Bill Rube
Elizabeth Van Dyke
Elizabeth Wilson in memory of Highfields All
USHJA Foundation Board of Directors
William Craig Dobbs
Chairman & Treasurer
Hamel Family Establishes $25,000 Scholarship Through USHJA Foundation
||Sydney, Jake, Kristen, Jim and Nick Hamel. Photo courtesy of the Hamel Family
"We are thrilled to be able to offer a national scholarship like this to USHJA members, all thanks to the Hamel Family's generosity" said Jennifer Burger, president of the
. "For the first time, members from across the United States will be eligible for scholarship funds that allow them to pursue advanced education."
Pony Finals Dreams Come True for Three Young Equestrians
Board of Directors is pleased to award
2016 USHJA Foundation Gochman Family US Pony Finals Grants to
Judy Dettore, Riley Hogan and Cecillia Machado. Each grant recipient will be given an opportunity to compete at the 2016 US Pony Finals.
"We had many impressive applicants this year, and we're very excited that with the support of the Gochman Family we were able to award this grant to three young equestrians," said Jennifer Burger, president of the USHJA Foundation. "We are excited to bring this special opportunity to such deserving riders and hope it inspires young equestrians everywhere to continue pursuing their passion."
Dreams Come True at the Historic Devon Horse Show Grounds
The show grounds known for being "Where Champions Meet" also became the show grounds where dreams come true this summer. The Brandywine Horse Shows held at the historic Devon Horse Show grounds hosted two USHJA Foundation Making a Dream Grant recipients:
Sophia Koolwick and Adam Edgar.
The USHJA Foundation Making a Dream Grant offers unique opportunities in the hunter/jumper sport to USHJA members who face significant adversity, such as mental, physical or emotional challenges; resource limitations; or other challenges. Sophia and Adam became the two latest equestrians to have their dreams fulfilled through this program.
Sophia Koolwick has been riding since she was six years old, but she never had a chance to compete at a Premier horse show, until now.
As a single mother, Sophia's mother Annalisa Sokol worked hard to give Sophia opportunities, and Sophia worked hard for opportunities too. Through junior high and high school Sophia helped her trainer school horses as a way to supplement her lessons. She worked hard for every opportunity and even founded an equestrian team at her high school, which went on to win a District championship.
The USHJA Foundation Board of Directors awarded Sophia the
Making a Dream Grant
in honor of David Q. Wright, and created the opportunity for her to show at a Premier hunter/jumper competition for the very first time.
During the Brandywine Horse Show, she rode with Troy Hendricks of Kimber-View Stables and showed Steel City, loaned to Sophia for the experience by owner Elaine Hendricks. Sophia piloted the 9-year-old American Warmblood gelding to third place in the NAL Washington Adult Amateur Hunter Classic and earned fourth place in the Ariat Medal.
A special thank you to the donors who made Sophia's experience possible: Brandywine Horse Shows, Jennifer Burger, Charles Owen, Raine Clark, Troy Hendricks, Elaine Hendricks and Wendy Janesky.
||CWD generously donated a CWD saddle to support Adam's experience. Photo Credit: Wendy Janesky
Adam Edgar always dreamed of going to the US National Junior Hunter Championship, and as a Making a Dream Grant recipient, he just completed his first Junior Hunter Championships.
Adam rode UpCountry Charmer, owned and donated for the experience by Jamie Stryker and UpCountry Farm. He and UpCountry Charmer just clicked after showing the weekend prior at Brandywine to prepare for the Championship.
The pair put in beautiful rounds during the Championship, and under the instruction of long-time trainer Bill Schaub, they finished in fifth place overall in the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 at the Championship. The experience wasn't just about competition though. Adam had the chance to meet and talk with Olympian Peter Wylde; he connected with new and old friends throughout the experience and was welcomed with open arms by his fellow competitors.
He described it as "an absolutely surreal experience."
Thank you all of the donors who helped make Adam's experience possible: Jennifer Burger, Cathrin Cammett Photography, Charles Owen, CWD, Wendy Janesky, Charlie Moorcroft, Bill Schaub, Molly Sewell Schott, and Jamie Stryker and UpCountry Farm.
Read more about Sophia and Adam's experiences in the September issue of USHJA In Stride magazine.
USHJA Foundation Horseman's Assistance Bridges Gap for Equestrians
Paris "Smitty" Smith
Paris "Smitty" Smith has been in the industry for many years, as a USHJA Life member, farrier, former Licensed Official, trainer and all-around horseman. He survived cancer only to be met with a back injury this year that resulted in multiple surgeries, leaving him unable to return to the work he loves as a farrier. Another injury to his back could leave him paralyzed.
While he's unable to work and beginning a new career path, the USHJA Foundation is helping him with daily living expenses. We look forward to helping him stay healthy and engaged with the sport as this new chapter begins.
The Foundation Forms a Youth Alliance
By Kirstie Dobbs and Hailey Johns
The virtuous horsemen and women who comprise the USHJA are truly inspirational. The USHJA constructs its meaning and goals as an organization behind a constant drive to improve the livelihoods of horses, riders, and other industry community members. One particular cornerstone of this vision is the USHJA Foundation's vision, which "embraces, supports, and protects the people and horses that give their hearts to this sport." In times of unfathomable strife and tragedy, the Foundation supports, aids and connects horse people of all kinds, in order to achieve a greater good. It provides opportunities and changes lives in a way that truly impacts the USHJA membership.
The Foundation has touched the lives of horsemen such as the Bauman Family, who state "We are truly blessed with all the experiences we have had, and it's because of the Foundation... the Foundation provided us with not just financial support, but social, and emotional support as well."
On November 22nd, 2014, the Bauman family's life was forever changed; their world literally went up in flames.
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