In Memoriam: Barbara Arkin


Barb was involved in horses practically her entire life. She recalled that the first formal lessons she ever took were from a retired Army Calvary man at what was then the Denver Riding Academy where he taught all abilities to jump. When he retired, the new owners had Saddlebreds so she switched right over to Saddle Seat.


Through the years, Barb owned and showed Saddlebreds, Morgans, Arabs and Half Arabs in varied western, hunter pleasure and saddle seat pleasure classes. Most recently, she showed her purebred Arabian in western pleasure at A level and Regional shows.


Active in the horse community, Barb became a USEF (which at the time was the AHSA) steward for both over fences and breed classes. Upon retiring from Denver Public Schools after 37 years, Barb kicked up her involvement in the industry a notch by not only stewarding but also managing shows.


Barb was a member of the CHJA Board of Directors. She served most recently as the co-chairman of the Medal Finals. She was proud to have worked with her co-chair, Val Williams, to have built the Finals into one of the most challenging and demanding shows in the area.


She noted, "Working with CHJA has been both a challenge and fun as the membership never ceases to learn and grow and look for personal challenges."

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