Board of Directors Candidates

Alexia Honegger

I've enjoyed these last two years on the board working with the Junior Committee and being the liaison to the Colorado Horse Park. We have some exciting collaborations planned with Stock Show that I'd like to keep developing, and I enjoy representing the jumper voice on the board when division questions come up.

Amy R Henze

Amy Henze is a local trainer who brings over 22 years of experience and membership to the board. She currently owns and operates North Ridge Farm out of Longmont, and her clients enjoy competing in all three rings at both CHJA and A shows. She has a history of working with CHJA supporters like Foxcreek Mobile Outfitters, is pursuing her USHJA Trainer Certification, and has experience with riders from up/downs to Medal Finals and beyond. Amy has never served on the CHJA board, but seeks to bring fresh perspectives to the organization that does so much for her and her clients, and would like to give back to the sport that has given her so much.

Dan P Schiefen

Hello I am Dan Schiefen and I would like the opportunity to serve on the CHJA board of directors. I have over twenty five years experience in the Colorado horse industry. I am a life time CHJA. I would like the opportunity to give back to an organization that has given me so much. Thank you.

Jill R Pelzel

I am a lifetime member of CHJA and have been actively involved with the board for many years. I am involved in many aspects of the horse industry, including CHJA, USHJA, and IHSA. Besides teaching and training horses and riders for local and A competitions, I coach the CU Equestrian Team and run an active sale horse business. I enjoy volunteering on the Board and will continue to look for opportunities for CHJA to move forward in the industry and become and even stronger organization.

Karen S Banister

Long time CHJA supporter and passionate advocate of horsemanship and stewardship of the horse. Professional rider, trainer and coach. Operating out of family owned White Harvest Farms.

Kris C Nixon

I have been involved in the hunter Jumper industry in Colorado for my entire life. My mother was a trainer when I was a child, and she was one of the founders of CHJA. I have previously been on the board, for twelve years, and was President for nine of those years. I owned and ran Noontide Farm in Parker for twenty years, and have now moved into judging across the country. I feel my experience, both past and present would be a valuable asset to CHJA.

Kristin H Jacob

Horses are Kristin Jacob's greatest passion, and from an early age she has competed on the Hunter/Jumper circuit throughout the West Coast. Kristin's business, Blue Star Farms, based in Longmont, CO focusses on the development of horse and rider for competition on the "A/AA" Hunter/Jumper circuit. Kristin has piloted and coached multiple horses and riders to USEF Horse of the Year and CHJA Year-End awards and championships; however, more so than ribbons and awards, Kristin strongly believes in and promotes education for the betterment of horse welfare. Kristin, along with current CHJA board member, Lisa Munro, have co-taught study sessions and camps for the USHJA's Horsemanship Quiz Challenge and Stable Challenge, winning the Stable Challenge for Zone 8 in 2017 and 2019 and sending multiple riders to the HQC Finals. Kristin is also a USHJA Certified Trainer and takes every opportunity she can to better her own riding and horsemanship knowledge. Her academic education includes a B.S. degree in Geology from Sonoma State University and a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Kristin would bring to CHJA her passion for education, her experiences as a competitor and trainer, and a bright and hard working attitude to support an organization whose mission aligns with Kristin's priorities.

Rebecca S Johnson

I am very involved with CHJA as a trainer and show host and would like to assist the organization in meeting the needs of its members. I have served on the board in the past and found it to be rewarding and constructive.

Sarah V Watson

Having served two terms on the Board, I am hoping to have another two years to continue the work I have started with our club to head it in a forward direction with horsemanship and sportsmanship.

Valerie G Williams

I grew up riding and showing Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation in Colorado. For the past 30 years, I have been a resident trainer at Shiloh Farms in Golden under the business name of Flat Irons Farm. Here, I have been blessed to work with many wonderful students and their horses. During this time, I have also had the opportunity to view the accomplishments of CHJA from the prospective of a trainer, breeder, owner, mother and board member. I have had the opportunity to work with my fellow board members developing the Trainers Symposium Grant to further trainers’ education, the equitation committee, various positions on the Medal Finals Committee, as well as treasurer. I have enjoyed serving on the board for five terms and believe that the current board has been instrumental in effecting many wonderful changes to the system. I believe Colorado is very fortunate to have an organization like CHJA that supports all levels of trainers, riders and horses. I look forward to the possibility of serving our community on the CHJA board in the upcoming term.