Over the next few months we'll be introducing our new Zone 8 Committee Members! They are already working hard for the zone. Take a minute to get to know them, and stay tuned for more introductions!
Tracye Ferguson, Chair
Tracye, of Golden, Colorado, has been involved in the sport since she was a young girl. She owns and trains at Meridian Riding Club and is also an "R" judge in hunter and equitation. As a committee member, she wants to work toward and see the zone grow. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, reading and is crazy about cooking. If she could have dinner with one equestrian, she would choose Gordon Wright to hear his insights on the sport today. Ironically, Tracye is allergic to horses.
Laurie Grayson, Vice Chair
Laurie, of Boulder, Colorado, has been in the industry about 50 years and is an "R" hunter, jumper and equitation judge, steward, trainer, rider and coach. She serves on the board of several affiliate organizations, and owns Just A Little Farm. Outside of the sport, Laurie enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, snowmobiling, scuba diving, traveling and hanging out by the camp fire. As a committee member she wants to focus on horse welfare and hopes to continue educating members about the opportunities the sport has to offer and encourage them to also focus on horse management skills.
Betsy Checchia, Member
Betsy, of Tucson, Arizona, has been riding for nearly 60 years. She is the president of the Arizona Hunter Jumper Association. Since she retired from being an Army officer in 2009, she has been showing regularly in the amateur owner hunter and modified amateur jumper divisions. As a committee member, she wants to be a voice for riders who don't have the money to attend many of the rated shows. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, bird watching, baseball and reading.
If she could have dinner with one equestrian, she would choose Piero D'Inzeo.
Stay tuned for more committee member introductions next month! For more information about your Zone 8 Committee