Thank You, 
2016 Donors!
Dec. 2015 - Dec. 2016
President's Circle
Chicago Equestrians for a Cause
The Gochman Family
The Hamel Family
The Rusis Family
Jennifer and Roger Smith
Kimberly & Ted Yarbrough

Patricia Brutten
Sandra & Hal Epstein
Heidi Molea in honor of Charlie Moorcroft and Geoff Teall
The Parkes Family
STS Foundation in honor of Diane Carney

The Bonnie Family Foundation
Brandywine Valley Summer Series
Stephanie Bulger
Capital Challenge Horse Show
Pamela Covington
Cheryl "Sherri" Crawford
Abigail Friedman
GGE Foundation
Hunter Jumper Association of Michigan
Wendy Janesky
Lannie Lipson
The Morton & Beverly Rechler Family Foundation
Yvetta Rechler-Newman
Lisa Revers
Armins Rusis in honor of Cynthia Rusis
Karen Saad
The Stratton Foundation
Ann and Ronald Turnicky
Paul Weisman
Peter Wylde

Patricia Adikes-Hill
Margaret Atkinson
Debbie Bass
Baxter Hill LLC
Katherine Bellisimo
Doug Boyd
Andrea Brackett
Colleen Brombach
Hope Glynn & Kimberly Brunson
Kimberly Brunson
Diane Carney 
Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show, Inc.
The Charles Cohn Foundation Inc.
Bob Crandall & D.J. Johnson
EQUUS Foundation
The Faulkner Family
Cynthia Kellogg
Langer Equestrian Group
Marnye & Larry Langer
LEG Insurance Solutions LLC
Sarah Markman
Mary-Go-Round Equestrian
Harriet & Lewis McCauley
Colleen McQuay
Susan Moriconi
Ohio Hunter Jumper Association
Andrew M. Pope
Katie Jacobs Robinson
Cynthia Rusis in honor of Lily Rusis
William Schaub
Louise Serio in honor of Mary Warner
Billie Steffee
Kathleen Strang
Thomas Struzzieri
Voltaire Design USA, Inc.
John Walker

JT Tallon Memorial Equitation Grant Supporters
Barbara & Robert Bays
Honore & Richard Hastings
Amy Jacobs
Lydia Kirchner
Elizabeth Leonard
Betty & Edmund Lesko
Richard Lesko
Lynda McGarry
McKee Family Foundation
Amy Nolan
Elizabeth O'Donoghue
Sheila O'Donoghue
Cindi Perez
Mary H. Principe
Roanoke Valley Horsemen's Association
Ann Shawver
Susan B. Tallon
Ann and Ronald Turnicky
Karen & Stephen Waskey
Sandra Wolf
Karyn Zambrano-Clifton

Alice Adams
Lori Askew
Susan Baker
Blair Balmer
Sarah K Baumgaertner
Paige Benigno
Margaret Benjamin
Annie Bennett
Alex Boone
Tory Helen Bova
Jennifer Bredehoft
Clementina Brown
Emma Brown
Oliver Brown
Kristen Buckingham
Jennifer Burger
Janet Burt
Marianna Buto
Shelley Campf
Pat & Jenny Carleton
Penny Carpenter
Cathi Carroll
Julie Cates
Lee Cesery
Jane Cinquini
Randee Cherner
Catherine Chinery
Annette Clear
Tricia Conahan
Katie Cool
Carol Cutrone
Kiki Daffan
Kristin L. Dance
Shawna & Michael Dash
Carol Depew
Michelle Decker-Rumanes
Harriet Deleyer
Elizabeth Derose
Kelly DiFiglia
Sara Dishman  in honor of Mary Babick
Sara Dishman
William "Craig" Dobbs
Damico Dominique
Mary K. Donner
Ashley Dooley
Kayce Douglass
Tony Durpetti
Deborah Duvin
Jil Edwards
Allison Eneguess
Robin Faircloug h
Elizabeth Fath
Holly Faulkner
Michael Felton
Juliette Fixsen
John & Renee Flynn in honor of Meghan Flynn
Ellen Gates
Ned Glynn
Vivian Golden
Randi Goulding
Edwina Graham
Sharon Griswold
Patricia Grove
Amy Guth
Kathryn & Robert Haefner
Peggy Hallman
Penny Hallman
Lisa & Steve Hankin
Jennifer Hannan
Nancy Hansen
Jennifer Hayes
Julia Hogan
Rachel Howell
Dominique Hopkins Damico
Constance Hunt
Nicole Husky
Heather Irvine
Autumn Janesky
Lynn Jayne
Jennifer Johns
Lee Johnson on behalf of Jason Parker
Dale Joiner
Konstantino Karazissis
Jenny Karazissis
Meghan Kaupp
Erin Keating
Ellen Kelly
Linda Ketcham
Amy King
Melissa Kirkpatrick
Deborah Klutts
Melissa Kneipp
Tara Krishnamurti
Joanne Kurinsky 
Marianne Kutner
Megan Lacy
Jesse Lang
Liz Lattimore
Michael Lavigna
Anna Lawrence
Olivia Lawton
Dana Lee
Susan Lightner
Carlisle Lipke
Meredith Lipke
Britta M Lippert
Tracey London
Monica Lucibello
Amanda Lyerly
Sue Lyman
Didi Mackenzie
Sarah Markman
Lori Martin
Sharon Matecki
Kalea & Daniel Maxwell
Britt McCormick
Duncan McIntosh
Rob Meadows
Cyndi Merritt
Michael Morrissey Enterprises LLC
Joseph Miraglia
Erica Moe
Nina Moore
Ariana Morales
The Morales Family
Caroline Moran
Pam Morris
Margaret Mueller
Brenda Mueller
Betty & Ernest M. Oare
David & Kathleen Oberkircher
The Paisley Magazine
Gerri & Jason Parker
Jessica Pasmore
Julia Patterson Barnes
Sindy Paul
Rachel Penner
Cindi Perez
Pony Tail Bows LLC
Angela Porter
Lori Proch
Denise Quirk
Valerie Renihan
Susan Rentz
Wendy Repchick
Kathleen A Rice
Kimberly Risser
Johnny Robb
Laura Rombauer
Shari Rose
Steve Rosenberg
Hermine Rothman
RRL Medical Practice P.C., Rania Rifai
William Rube
Cheryl Rubenstein in honor of The Classic Company Ltd.
Cheryl Rubenstein in memory of Osczar  
Naomi Rubin
Cynthia Rusis
Samantha Ruttura
Stacie B Ryan
Mickie Sage
Susan Schieszler 
Tracy Schmidt
Karen Schneider
Susan Seabury Aselage
Callie Seamen
Mary Semmer
Cyd Shald
Hunter Siebel
Robert Sims
Heather Sinclair
Kalli Smith
Suzanne Smith
Cynthia A. Stasek
Janette Steiner
Mary Steele
Robyn Stiegler
Sarah Stith
Emily Heisley Stoeckel
Jillian Stuart
Rhonda Sykes
Michael Taylor
Elizabeth Tepas
Cindy Taylor Terrill
Jim & Ellen Toon 
Constance Tramm Hunt  in honor of Bill Rube
Karen Trione
Linda Valetic
Elizabeth Van Dyke
Keith Vonalt
Monica Ward
Caroline Weeden
Lauren Weiss
Hannah Whiting
Margaret Wiederseim
Jon Williams
Elizabeth Wilson in memory of Highfields All
Julie Winkel
Kathy Winter
Peri Wolfman
Sally Yacka
Claudette Yarbrough
Chloe Yelkin
Caroline Young
Alexandria Zell

USHJA Foundation Board of Directors

Jennifer Burger

William Craig Dobbs
Chairman & Treasurer

Cheryl Rubenstein


James Anderson

Mary Babick

Lynn Jayne

Marnye Langer

Charles Moorcroft

Yvetta Rechler-Newman

Louise Serio

Jennifer Smith

Geoff Teall

Caroline Weeden
The USHJA Foundation staff 
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Funds Development Director

Foundation Coordinator

Welcome, Kate Cattani!
The USHJA Foundation is pleased to welcome Kate Cattani as the Foundation coordinator. 

Kate hails from New Jersey and has been involved in equestrian sport for more than 10 years as groom and "horse show mom extraordinaire" to her daughter who rides competitively in the hunters and jumpers. 

With a professional background in marketing and advertising, she hopes to help the Foundation generate greater awareness and continue to grow. 

When not working, Kate enjoys spending time outside with her dog and visiting her horse at the barn, where all of the horses know her as the "treat lady." She's also pretty good with power tools and has a passion for refinishing and repurposing old furniture. 

Kate will be working closely with Foundation Funds Development Director Bill Rube, as well as the entire Board of Directors. She will be at Week 6 of the Winter Equestrian Festival for the Palm Beach Spectacular Gala, so be sure to stop by the USHJA tent. 
Apply for the $25,000 USHJA Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education
The Hamel Family. Photo courtesy of the Hamel Family.
Hunter/jumper equestrians are known for their passion, hard work and pursuit of excellence in riding, and these skills developed throughout one's riding career translate exceptionally well to a variety of career paths inside and outside the industry. 

The USHJA Foundation, through the generous support of the Hamel Family, offers USHJA members the opportunity to follow their dreams of higher education with a $25,000 scholarship.

The USHJA Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education isn't just for recent high school graduates; it's open to any member who has been accepted to a college, graduate, professional, or trade school for the 2017 fall semester. 

If you know someone who would be a fit, encourage them to apply. Applications are due April 30. For more information, click here .
Applications for the USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant Now Open 
Applications are now open for the USHJA Foundation will open applications for the USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant at the US Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm .
USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant recipients Judy Dettore, Riley Hogan and Cecillia Machado at the 2016 US Pony Finals Presented by Collecting Gaits Farm. Photo credit: USHJA Archives

For more information, click here .
Get Involved at Our Upcoming Events
The USHJA Foundation has several exciting events coming up this winter in Wellington, Florida, where you can make an impact! Join us to make a difference in our sport.

Cocktails and Art: A Giving Combination
February 16, 2017
Are you in the market for incredible artwork? Cross Gate Gallery will have specially selected pieces available for sale at a charity art sale and cocktail that benefits the Foundation!

This fun evening for Foundation supporters held at the home of Mason Phelps and Ron Neal will take place on Thursday, February 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Wellington, Florida. 

RSVP by February 8 to

Special thanks to Cross Gate Gallery, the CP National Horse Show, and Mason Phelps and Ron Neal for hosting this unique opportunity. 

Watch the Top Hunters Compete for $100,000 in Prize Money in Style
February 18, 2017  
For the 21st year, riders will compete all week to qualify for a spot in the coveted Saturday night class under the lights during Week 6 of the Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida.

The Spectacular Hunt Gala Committee invites you to a farm-to-table dinner and the best seats in the house to watch this exciting class.  The gala benefits the WCHR Program and in part the USHJA Foundation Horseman's Assistance Fund, which helps our fellow equestrians in times of need. We thank our many supporters each year who have helped raise more than $1 million.

Thank you to the Spectacular Hunt Gala Committee: Honorary Chair Bryan Baldwin, Co-Chair Caroline Moran, Co-Chair Jennifer Smith, Margaret Benjamin, Jennifer Burger, Stephanie Danhakl, Laura Lee Montross, Glen Senk, Lynn Walsh and Tammy Williams!

Don't miss your chance to purchase tables and tickets online at or by phone at (859) 225-6721. Discounts are available to WEF season table holders.

Deeridge Derby Weekend
March 3-5, 2017
Don't miss this beautiful Deeridge Derby Weekend that supports the USHJA Foundation. 

The three-day event features a USHJA International Hunter Derby, Welcome Stake and more, and offers a lovely VIP experience for spectators. Don't miss the excitement and elegance! 

For more information,  click here .

Giddy Up at the USHJA Pony Hunter Derby and Barn Feud
March 10, 2017

O n March 10, the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, will host a USHJA Pony Hunter Derby and Barn Feud to benefit the USHJA Foundation. Pony riders and families will enjoy a fun-filled day to remember.

The Derby kicks off at 9 a.m. followed by a themed party at 6 p.m. for children and adults. The event will feature the exciting inaugural Barn Feud! 

For more information on how to enter the Barn Feud, sponsorship opportunities, or for table and ticket sales, contact Tara Bieling at or (239) 200-2230.

Donor Spotlight: The President's Circle
Through fundraisers, one-time donations or multi-year commitments, donor s are making a difference in our sport by supporting the USHJA Foundation.

As the Foundation was established in 2008, several supporters were instrumental in getting the Foundation off the ground and since then many more have demonstrated their commitment to ensuring the long-term financial strength of the Foundation by becoming President's Circle members. 

We invite you to meet the USHJA Foundation President's Circle:

American Hunter Jumper Foundation
Chicago Equestrians for A Cause
Wm. Craig and Teneen Dobbs Family Foundation
The Gochman Family
The Hamel Family
The Rusis Family
Jennifer & Roger Smith
 United States Hunter Jumper Association
Peter W. Wetherill Trust
Kimberly & Ted Yarbrough

Thank you to these and all of our donors. If you're interested in more information about the President's Circle, contact Bill Rube at or  (859) 225-6731.
Give and Get with USHJA Foundation Supporters!
Did you know we have some special supporters who are making it easy to give (and get) by donating to the Foundation with every purchase?Check out these exciting opportunities!

Portraits Pay It Forward
Painting of David and Becky Gochman's Catch Me by Weatherly Stroh. Photo credit: Megan Lacy/USHJA Archives
During WCHR Week at WEF, Week 6, artist Weatherly Stroh is donating 20 percent of each commissioned work to the Foundation. Stroh, who comes from a long lineage of artists is an oil painter and sculptor who specializes in animal portraits and landscapes. Her work is found in public and private art collections around the world, and recent works can be viewed on her website at She donated a beautiful painting that will be on display at the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular Gala of David and Becky Gochman's Catch Me, last year's winner of the class. She will again be donating a portrait of the class winner.

Good Read Gives Back! 
Whether your New Year's resolutions included more time for reading or not, you won't want to miss this tale of perseverance and courage, based on a true story. Horse Gone Silent follows the life of champion show jumping horse 'Calebo' as he climbs to the top of the sport and then suddenly finds himself moments from death by slaughter.

Thank you to author Shane Ledyard and everyone who purchased a book in December. Every book purchase in December resulted in a $1 donation to the Foundation.

Click here to purchase your copy today!  
Pony Tail Bows Pair Giving with Fashion
Foundation Director Bill Rube, Pony Tails Bows Founder Tracey Currey and Foundation President Jennifer Burger. Photo courtesy of Tracey Currey
When you buy a pair of Pony Tail Bows, a percentage of your purchase comes back to the USHJA Foundation. 

Pony Tail Bows are perfect for the show ring or just for fun! Y ou can buy your favorite colors or show your love for the Foundation with the Foundation-branded bows in our signature burgundy, tan and forest green. 

Visit  to purchase yours today!

The Paisley Magazine Snaps Up Support
The Paisley Magazine is giving $1 to the Foundation for each of its adorable Paisley Pony Snap Tags sold. These fun accessories can hook onto your key chain or backpack to show your pony power and support for the hunter/jumper community.

They come in a variety of colors and can even be customized for your barn! 

The tags are available until the 2017 US Pony Finals. Order yours today at

Silent Auction Makes Noise at USHJA Annual Meeting
The 2016 USHJA Foundation Silent Auction held during the USHJA Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California, raised nearly $7,000 for the Foundation. Meeting attendees again raved about the items available. We extend a special thank you to our generous donors and to all those who bid. Your generosity is making a difference!

Congratulations Auction Winners!
  • The Clothes Horse Sofa Pillows: Bill Schaub
  • Omega Alpha Products (1 gal Healthy Horse, 1 tube Chill Ultra, fly scrim): Jil Edwards
  • VIP Experience, Odyesso Cavalia "The Great Adventure" Book & DVD (4 tickets): Penny Carpenter
  • MDC 'S' Classic Stirrups 4' 3/4": Charlie Moorcroft
  • MDC 'S' Classic Stirrups Pony: Charlie Moorcroft
  • VanderMoore Designs, Inc. Sterling & White gold overlay earrings with 6.11 carat multi-color sapphires: Tom Struzzieri 
  • Signed George H. Morris book Unrelenting: Bill Schaub
  • Signed George H. Morris book Unrelenting: Carl Weeden
  • Signed George H. Morris book Unrelenting: Duncan McIntosh 
  • Der Dau Jacket, Polish, Conditioner, Shine Sponge: Kathleen Rice
  • Antares Halter: Robin Fairclough
  • B.J.'s Hunt Room Cashmere Silk Wool Scarf: Cynthia Rusis
  • Charles Ancona Hat, T-Shirt, Pony Pad, Banner: Shari Rose
  • Claudia Nichole Cashmere Dress Topper: Maureen Buto
  • Gold Toggle Necklace with Tortoise Charm: Jenny Karazissis
  • Horse Gone Silent: Cynthia Rusis
  • Horse Gone Silent: Cyndi Merritt
  • Charles Owen Helmet Gift Certificate: Erica Moe
  • Charles Owen Helmet Gift Certificate: Colleen Brombach
  • Men's Cashmere Sweater: Carl Weeden
  • Ladies Cashmere Sweater: Carl Weeden
  • Professional's Choice, Pro Performance Open Front Boots with TPU Fasteners: Colleen Brombach
  • Great Lakes Equestrian Festival VIP Table for 6: Heather Irvine
  • Neue Schule Bit: Bill Schaub
  • Private Riding Lesson and Dinner for Eight with Karen Healey: Nicole Husky
  • TheraPlate Cross Ties: Colleen Brombach
  • Hawaii Vacation Package: Diane Carney
  • Ginger Snaps Bracelet: Betty Oare
  • Print from Bill Rube & Joe Miraglia: Robin Fairclough
  • Premier Equestrian, LLC, Kids Jump Set: Colleen Brombach
  • VitaFlex Mounting Block, Mixed Horse Products: Shari Rose
  • Beval White Baby Pad, Beval Double Elastic End Australian Nut Panel Girth 50: Cathi Carroll
  • Beval LTD Halter Chestnut Horse, Base Ball Cap: Nancy Hansen
  • Beval Heritage Padded Fancy Stich Bridle, Horse, Base Ball Cap: Erica Moe
  • One-Year Membership to Find A Judge: Ellen Gates
  • One-Year Membership to Find A Judge: Stacie Ryan
  • USHJA Foundation Pony Tail Bows: Cynthia Rusis  

The first phase of the new United States Hunter Jumper Association Wheeler Museum exhibit, "Medals, Memories & Milestones: Great Moments in American Show Jumping," is open at the USHJA Headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky. The USHJA plans to continue expanding the exhibit into early 2017 to include interactive features, audio, video, and a catalog of books and articles on show jumping.  

The exhibit follows the history of the United States Equestrian Team from its founding in 1950 through the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. On the national scene, the exhibit highlights the growth and importance for riders, owners and spectators of grand prix series, such as those organized by the American Grandprix Association and the United States Grand Prix League. The exhibit will also feature the history of course design and fun facts about special classes such as the Puissance and bygone pairs and "doubles and trebles" classes.
The USHJA Wheeler Museum is supported by individual donors to the  USHJA Foundation, especially USHJA Foundation Legacy Circle Founders Kenneth and Selma Garber, the Gochman Family, the Hallman Family and Merrylegs South, the Oberkircher Family, and Roger and Jennifer Smith.
For more information, please visit