The Colorado Hunter Jumper Foundation is a 501(C)3 charitable organization which was incorporated in 2010. The foundation offers educational scholarships, supports equine charities, provides achievement opportunities and makes available emergency financial support to individuals and families in the Colorado Hunter-Jumper Community.
2018 was a very successful year for CHJF. In January, a Silent Auction was held in conjunction with the 2017 CHJA Awards Banquet. The auction, coordinated by Franci Martin, netted $8,054.43 to be used to support CHJF activities.
The first Kris McConnell Award was also presented at the Awards Banquet. The award was established by CHJF to honor a CHJA member who has provided outstanding service to a charitable organization. The award was presented posthumously to Kris, along with a $1,000.00 donation to The Right Step, a therapeutic riding program that was Kris’s passion.
To support the Foundation’s goal of providing achievement opportunities, CHJF sponsored the prizes for the CHJA Hunter Challenge winners which were presented at the Awards Banquet.
Sadly CHJF lost its president, Barbara Arkin, in January 2018. Leadership was assumed by Vice President Val Williams. In March 2018, a new CHJF Board and officers were elected:
- Val Williams, President
- Rebecca Johnson, Vice President
- Carol O’Meara, Secretary/Treasurer
- Syd Ayers, Board Member
- Karen Bannister, Board Member
- Mark Molther, Board Member
- Kris Nixon, Board Member
- Dan Schiefen, Board Member
Sarah Watson was appointed as the Silent Auction coordinator.
Also in March, CHJF made a $1,000.00 grant to Rosie’s Ranch, where horses inspire children with special needs. In addition, the Foundation donated $2,500.00 to a longtime Colorado horsewoman who lost her home and all of her belongings in the Kiowa fire.
In June 2018, CHJF was pleased to award $5,000.00 in scholarships to four CHJA members to assist them in pursuing their college educations. One of these received the inaugural Jim Calareso Scholarship which was established by CHJF in 2017 to honor the passing of Jim, a longtime active member of CHJA and supporter of CHJF.
October 2018 marked the presentation of the first Barbara Arkin Award, established in the memory of the Foundation’s late president. This award was presented to the Junior Rider with the highest score on the Horsemanship Challenge Written Test at the CHJA Medal Finals.
The complete annual report is available on the CHJA website. If you have questions about the Foundation or how you can support it, please contact Val Williams or Carol O’Meara.