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Ask the Expert: Celia Thomas

Although it feels like only yesterday that the show season ended, we are already gearing up for the 2018 season! I have been asked to discuss warm-up ring safety and protocols as well as checking in with the people who run the back gate at shows.



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.


Barb Arkin on Zuni


Mary Dunahay passed away following a battle with pneumonia. She is survived by her spouse, Patrick Dunahay; her daughter, Jordan (Brandon) McCarty and her son, Cade Dunahay; grandchildren, Madeline McCarty and MacKenzie McCarty; siblings, Beth (Jim) Jackman, Holly (Frank) Hutto, Reed Harmon and Jill Harmon.


Mary was born in Hobbs, N.M., and moved to Littleton when she was four. She graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1975 and attended Mesa State College in Grand Junction. She married Pat in 1978 and became a mother not long after.


Professional rider Amberlee Wentz was honored to win the Keiri Kaneps CHJA Professional Hunter Rider award, especially because it meant she had been selected for it by the CHJA.


"I knew Keiri as a junior and young professional," Amberlee said. "I always loved watching her! She was a gifted rider that could always get the best out of her horses! She always had a smile and kind words for both horses and humans."


Amberlee Wentz - 2017 Keiri Kaneps Award Winner

By: Tori Weed, CHJA Jr Committee Member

CHJA wants to congratulate and wish good luck to all Colorado junior riders heading to IEA Nationals April 20-22 in Syracuse, NY. Everyone worked hard all season and we’re excited to watch them represent Colorado in New York this year. Read below to hear a couple of our qualified riders talk about what they’re most excited about for IEA Nationals.


Rider: Stephany McConnell

Class: Varsity Challenge

FEI President Ingmar De Vos’s speech at the recent IOC/ASOIF IF Gender Equality in Leadership Forum, reviewed the organization’s rich history of gender equality, while still acknowledging that more work must be done. Click HERE to learn more.

Did you know that USHJA keeps a list of approved equine retirement facilities? The list is maintained by the Horse and Rider Advocates Committee, and it is reevaluated every 12 months to ensure accuracy of information. Click HERE to view the list.