Lexington, KY – July 7, 2017 – The United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) recently proposed several amendments to the bylaws of the USHJA Foundation to their Officers and BOD, specifically on how the two organizations relate to one another. After negotiations between the Foundation and Association failed, 11 of the Foundation’s 15 directors, including the Chairman of the Board and President, have chosen to resign their positions- effective immediately.
USHJA Board of Directors leaving the USHJA Foundation:
Jennifer Burger – President
Craig Dobbs – Chairman of the Board
“Having the opportunity to work with the USHJA Foundation has been a very rewarding experience,” stated Jennifer Burger, the former President of the USHJA Foundation BOD. “I am very proud of our successful efforts to better the equestrian community through such initiatives as the Gochman Grant, Hamel Scholarship for Further Education, the Horseman’s Assistance Fund and the Making a Dream Grant.”
The USHJA Foundation’s efforts have been to provide education and support to the hunter and jumper disciplines by offering scholarships and financial aid to equestrians in need. Through various fundraising efforts and grants, the USHJA Foundation has become a positive and impactful force with high-profile officers and donors furthering the cause of inspiration and empowerment.
“Although we are saddened by the recent turn of events, our group wishes the USHJA the best of luck moving forward in their endeavors. I cannot think of a better group of people, than those that I served with at the Foundation and I am confident that we will continue in our collective mission of positively impacting the hunter and jumper community,” said Burger.
The United States Hunter Jumper Association, is the official hunter and jumper affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). A competition based sport organization, it serves its members through educational programs, awards and recognition, communication and rules.