Thank You, 
2016 Donors!
Dec. 2016 - Apr. 2017
President's Circle
Chicago Equestrians for a Cause
CP National Horse Show
The Gochman Family
The Hamel Family
Peter W. Wetherill Trust
The Rusis Family
Jennifer & Roger Smith
WM Craig & Teneen L. Dobbs Charitable Foundation
Kimberly & Ted Yarbrough

Chicago Equestrians for a Cause
The Parkes Family
Samantha Ruttura 
Our Rental  Pumps LLC
Jennifer & Roger Smith

Baxter Hill LLC
The Bonnie Family Foundation
Bradford Renaissance Portraits
Jennifer Burger
Capital Challenge Horse Show
Pamela Covington
Sherri Crawford
Cross Gate Gallery
Deeridge Farm
Ellen Kelly
Meredith Lipke
Peacock Ridge LLC
Cindi Perez
Ponies and Palms Show Stables
The Morton & Beverly Rechler Family Foundation
Valerie Renihan
Shadowood Animal Clinic
The Stratton Foundation
Suzanne Stroh
Clayton A Struve
Ann & Ronald Turnicky

MJ Anderson
Colleen Brombach
Leslie Butzer
Diane Carney
Odysseo Cavalia
The Clothes Horse
Kelly Desaye
Kennedy Duke
Mandy Faulkner
Elizabeth Frankel
Vivian Golden
Great Lakes Equestrian Festival
Marisa Jenkins
Karen Healey Stables
Knightsbridge Farm
Shane Ledyard
Lannie Lipson
Stacia Madden
Marcie Marcus
Sarah Markman
Colleen McQuay
Erica Moe
Douglas Mutch
Palm Beach Equine Clinic
William Rube
William Schaub
Tara Shea
Kathleen Strang
Thomas Struzzieri
Tryon International Equestrian Center/Tryon Tack
VanderMoore Designs, Inc.
Voltaire Design USA, Inc.

Alice Adams
Randi Aitken
Antares Sellerie de France
Ariat WEF
Automation Concepts Inc
B.J.'s Hunt Room
Marielle Babington
Blair Balmer
Julia Patterson Barnes
Amber Bauman
Sarah K Baumgaertner
Paige Benigno
Ulrike Berzau
Emma Brown
Marianna Buto
Penny Carpenter
Cathi Carroll
Janet Cartmell
Julie Cates
Charles Ancona Equestrian
Catherine Chinery
The Courtyard Farm, Inc.
Teneen Dobbs
Jil Edwards
Tao Enkin
Equestrian Sport Productions
Find A Judge
Juliette Fixsen
Freedom Charitable Foundation
Ellen Gates
Carli Gentile
Jennifer Gorall
Abigail Gordon
Sharon Griswold
Nancy Hansen
Lyric Hersh
Julia Hogan
Carolyn Hudkins
Hunt Ltd
Monica Hunt
Pamela Hunt
Nicole Husky
Heather Irvine
Jennifer Johns
Lee Johnson
Jenny Karazissis
Michelle Kaupp
Amy King
Marianne Kutner
Marnye Langer
Olivia Lawton
Carlisle Lipke
Anne Marie Marino
Connie Marquez
Sharon Matecki
Dorothy Matz
Lisa McCarthy
Duncan McIntosh
MDC Stirrups
Cyndi Merritt
Laura Lee Montross
Charles Moorcroft
The Morales Family
Pamela Richdale Morris
Brenda Mueller
Neue Schule USA
Betty & Ernest M. Oare
Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
The Paisley Magazine
Gerri Parker
Pony Tail Bows LLC
Premier Equestrian, LLC
Kathleen A Rice
Shari Rose
Steve Rosenberg
Robin Rost
Stacie B Ryan
Karen Saad
Mickie Sage
Richard Scarlett
Mari Schmidt
Tracy Schmidt
Ann Shawver
Billie Steffee
Ken Stien
Ali Sweetnam
TheraPlate Revolution Therapy Platforms
Susan Tomlinson
Christine Trigger
Stephen Waskey
Chad Watridge
Caroline Weeden
Stuart Winston
Claudette Yarbrough

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

Cindi Perez

Louise Serio

Jennifer Smith

Geoff Teall

Caroline Weeden

Bill Woodson
The USHJA Foundation staff 
are here to help. 
Contact us any time.

Funds Development Director

Foundation Coordinator

Look Out: Exciting Events Are Coming Up

Join Us for a Fabulous Breakfast at Tiffany's Brunch
Table sales are now open for the 2017 $25,000 World Championship Hunter Rider West Coast Hunter Spectacular Breakfast at Tiffany's Sunday Brunch Gala at

The elegant affair will provide spectators with the best views for watching the $25,000 WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular, which will be on Sunday, June 11, during the Blenheim June Classic I Horse Show at Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano, California.

Table sales support the WCHR Program, which in part benefits the USHJA Foundation Horseman's Assistance Fund. 
Additionally, spectators can be a part of the class by participating in the USHJA Foundation's High-Score Challenge. The challenge is simple: spectators choose a dollar amount to pledge for every high score earned in the class to make a charitable donation to the USHJA Foundation. Anyone who wants to participate can do so by texting the word HUNTER to 91999, clicking the link that is texted back and completing the form on their phone.
During the WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular, every score of 85 will constitute a "High Score." Following the event, all donors will receive receipts directly to their phones with the tax deductible amount of their donation.
The Ponies Are Coming! 
Week 5 of the Tryon International Equestrian Center's summer series will feature  the inaugural USHJA Foundation Pony Spectacular, offering pony riders the opportunity to prepare and practice in a large, competitive atmosphere before USEF Pony Finals later in the summer. 

"Pony riders are the next generation. We get so focused on the Grand Prix or International Hunter Derby, but these riders need to be highlighted," said Jennifer Smith with Tryon Equestrian Partners and a USHJA Foundation board member. "We are looking forward to this being a great opportunity for them to compete at a facility that will prepare them for Pony Finals and have a lot of fun."

A $10,000 Pony Hunter Derby will highlight competition in the George H. Morris Arena on Friday, June 30, ahead of a full line-up of Pony Classics hosted in the main arena on Saturday, July 1, and a $1,000 Pony Jumper Classic on Sunday, July 2. 

An array of family friendly activities and entertainment, including a Pool Pizza Party and Pajama Movie Night, will be incorporated into the event, providing competitors and their families a weeklong getaway focused on pony competition!

Entries close June 18.

For more information visit
Brandywine: Where Charities Meet
Brandywine Horse Shows, June 28-July 2 and July 5-9 at the Devon Horse Show Grounds,  will again be supporting the USHJA Foundation. This year, proceeds from the competition will support the USHJA Foundation Horseman's Assistance Fund and Danny & Ron's Rescue. 

The competition offers an array of classes, from a USHJA Pony Hunter Derby to the USHJA International Hunter Derby. The competition is recognized by NAL, WIHS, THIS, Ariat, SJHF, PHSA, MHSA, M&S, EPPHA, CPJHSA and PJA.

Entries close May 26. 

We hope to see you there. For more information visit

History in the Making at the Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic
The Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic, July 6-16 in Moreland Hills, Ohio, supports several charities, including the USHJA Foundation.

Spectators can be a part of the Grand Prix on Sunday, July 16, by participating in the USHJA Foundation's Clear-Round Challenge. The challenge is simple: spectators choose a dollar amount to pledge for every clear round earned in the class to make a charitable donation to the USHJA Foundation. Anyone who wants to participate can do so by texting the word JUMPER to 91999, clicking the link that is texted back and completing the form on their phone.

Entries close June 19. 

We hope to see you there. For more information visit

Support and Inspiration Abound
Marley Jordan and Andre Dignelli at WEF. Photo by Jump Media LLC
Since the beginning of the year, the Foundation has been hard at work supporting USHJA members, helping inspire and support them in their greatest times of need. This is all possible through the generous support of individuals and organizations, like those donors listed on the left-hand side of this newsletter. 

We have awarded more than $79,000 in grants to support members in various ways from helping members recover from natural disasters like fires and floods to creating inspiring experiences for members facing adversity.

Youth Committee is Spreading the Word
By The USHJA Foundation Youth Committee
Ella Doerr holds a USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Study Party and Foundation Awareness event. Photo courtesy of Ella Doerr
With summer on the horizon, the USHJA Foundation Youth Committee is ready to spring into action. You can expect to see the presence of the youth within the Foundation drastically increase in the coming weeks, months and years.
While the Youth Committee is constantly evolving and expanding, we are pleased to introduce our newest additions. With the support and guidance of the greater USHJA Foundation, co-chairs Kirstie Dobbs and Hailey Johns have selected the first group of Youth Committee Ambassadors. We are proud to introduce Alexis Bauman, Hana Bieling, Ella Doerr, Kennedy Duke, Johanna Jessen, Charlotte Novy, Stevi Ann Thompson, and Lizzy Traband. Each of these young women bring to the table a unique set of abilities and insights that will help take the USHJA Foundation to the next level.

With a range of ages and backgrounds, the Youth Committee Ambassadors aim to connect all sectors of the equestrian community to the opportunities available within the USHJA Foundation. From speaking at 4-H and Pony Club meetings to organizing fundraisers at AA horse shows, the Youth Committee is determined to increase Foundation fundraising and awareness.  

Grant and Scholarship Applications 
Under Review
The USHJA Foundation has been overwhelmed with the response to both the USHJA Foundation Gochman Grant and Hamel Scholarship for Further Education with more than 110 applications to the two programs. 

Our review panel has begun the review process and has been humbled by the incredible members who submitted applications. Selected recipients will be announced in July, and we thank everyone who submitted an application!
A Wonderful Winter
The USHJA Foundation received incredible support through the winter months from a variety of events that helped us gain awareness and raise funds! Read all about the fun and philanthropy.

Cocktails and Art: A Giving Combination
February 16, 2017
Mason Phelps, Ron Neal, Jennifer Burger, Bill Rube and Kate Cattani. Photo credit: Lenore Phillips/Phelps Media Group

Mason Phelps and Ron Neal hosted a lovely cocktail party and charity art sale to benefit the Foundation at their Wellington, Florida, home. Cross Gate Gallery offered select pieces for sale at the event! 

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

2017 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular Gala Goes Country
February 18, 2017  
Colin Syquia, Roger and Jennifer Smith, Randi Goulding, and Jennifer Hannan. Photo credit: Jack Mancini

During Week 6 of the Winter Equestrian Festival, the Spectacular Hunt Gala Committee put together a wonderful farm-to-table dinner at the 2017 $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular Gala.  The gala benefited the WCHR Program and in part the USHJA Foundation Horseman's Assistance Fund, which helps our fellow equestrians in times of need. 

Special thanks 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!

Deeridge Derby Weekend
March 3-5, 2017
Peggy Jacobs, Melissa Jacobs, Jeremy Jacobs, Katie Jacobs Robinson, Lou Jacobs) Photo credit: Bill Rube

The three-day Deeridge Derby Weekend, which supported the USHJA Foundation, was an exciting and elegant competition featuring a USHJA International Hunter Derby, Welcome Stake and more, and offered a lovely VIP experience for spectators. 

Special thanks to Katie Jacobs Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Jacobs & Deeridge Farm for their support and making this weekend possible.

USHJA Pony Hunter Derby and Dare to Dream Party
March 10, 2017
Kate Cattani, Chloe Reimer, Shereen Fuqua, Tara Bieling and Kirstie Dobbs. Photo credit: Bill Rube

O n March 10, the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, held a USHJA Pony Hunter Derby and Dare to Dream Party to benefit the USHJA Foundation. Pony riders and families enjoyed a fun-filled day and night.

Special thanks to Tara Bieling for organizing the event, event sponsors GumBits, Peacock Ridge, and Ponies and Palms, and the USHJA Foundation Youth Committee.
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!
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