Articles: Press Release
THE AHJFS 3rd ANNUAL BOWLING FOR EQUESTRIANS
Fun and Philanthropy for Equestrians In Need
5-Little Natalia Torano, daughter of grand prix riders Jimmy and Danielle
Torano, learns how to bowl at the Bowling for Equestrians fundraiser on
February 15, 2009 in Greenacres, FL. Diana De Rosa Photo
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February 15, 2008 Lake Worth, FL -- I had a blast, commented world champion
hunter rider Peter Pletcher after taking part in the American Hunter-Jumper
Foundations (AHJF) 3rd annual Bowling for Equestrians. The fundraiser was
held at Greenacres Bowl in Lake Worth, FL, on Sunday evening, February 15th
for the benefit of the AHJF Emergency Relief Fund (ERF).
Pletcher was among those you could hear chatting and cheering as families,
friends, groups, barns and individuals from tiny tots to seasoned veterans
ate, drank, tossed bowling balls, enjoyed catch-up conversations, shared
jokes, won raffle prizes, played video games and more to a backdrop of rock
and roll music. The enthusiasm was electrifying and it didn't matter if you
guttered the ball or hit a strike.
The crowd was filled with family and friends who you often see competing in
or watching a horse show. Yet this evening was all about strikes and spares
that would benefit worthy equestrians who for some reason were down on their
luck. Everyone was enjoying a different kind of competition with an
enthusiasm that was contagious. While some tested their bowling skills,
many of the youngsters were in the game room with hockey pucks, dancing feet
and video games. In between there were hot dogs, chicken wings, cheese and
crackers, pizza and more to satisfy hungry appetites.
The true goal for the evening was to raise money for the ERF, the benevolent
arm of the AHJF. It was established to provide emergency financial support
to individuals in the show hunter and jumper sport suffering from an
incapacitating illness, catastrophic accident or injury. The Board of the
AHJF reviews emergency situations and makes a determination in accordance
with the need. The money to fund this program comes from private gifts, WCHR
member events, horse shows willing to encourage exhibitors to make a
contribution and dedicated fundraising events such as Bowling for
Over the past 11 years the AHJF has distributed close to $500,000 through
The founder of Bowling for Equestrians was Chair and AHJF Board Member,
Katie Robinson, who also took part in the fun with her barn.
As people arrived they were handed raffle tickets and t-shirts and donned
with wristbands. They put on their bowling shoes and immediately started
tossing the colorful balls.
I think its great that so many people come. commented raffle winner Nicole
Gordon, New Haven, CT.
Tons of fun commented Sandy and Hal Epstein, Pawling, NY and I love it,
remarked Catherine Holahan, Lake Bluff, IL who was the winner of the grand
prize, a basket of goodies, donated by Caroline Moran. Rachel Kennedy,
Brookeville, MD was thrilled with her one strike while Caroline Gibson,
Houston, TX was ecstatic when she got three strikes and a box of chocolates
from her raffle ticket win and like everyone else she thought it was really
Maggie Robason, Bronxville, NY said that she liked bowling while Gwenn
Rizzo, Wellington, FL noted, I think it is a great fundraiser and nice to do
something different without horses for a good cause.
As Emma Holzer, Manhattan, NY stood for a picture of her with her raffle
prize of balloons and a Polar Bear gift from MumboJumbo she commented, Its
very well organized and I love the prizes and the fact that you are able to
win prizes. Libby Brumfield, Wellington, FL liked the bowling with friends.
Ann Chapman-Cantero, Wellington, FL both echoed the sentiments of others and
summed up the evening noting, I had a great time. It was awesome and I
would do it again.
A special thank you goes to the Social and Junior Committees, who helped
encourage individuals and barns to support this worthy cause. Members of
these committees include Carol Cone, Bruce Duchossoiss, Chris Ewanouski,
Stephanie & John Ingram, Kim & Charlie Jacobs, Joan & Louis Jacobs, Louise
Serio, Emily & Ken Smith, Geoff Teall, Kim Tudor, Tom Wright, Melissa &
Charlotte Jacobs, Phoebe & Grace Robinson, Spencer Smith, Allison & Ashley
Toffolon, and Avery Waite.
Many of the Committee members attended as well as a variety of people from
both the hunter and jumper worlds. In addition to those already mentioned
were jumper riders Christian Currey (and his mom Agneta), Jimmy and Danielle
Torano, and Havens Schatt. A number of barns were also present, including
AHJF Vice President Louise Serios Derbydown (PA), AHJF President Geoff
Tealls Montoga (FL), River Circle Farm (TN), Shadyside Farm (TX), Hillside
Farm (??), Milestone (KY), Heritage Farm (NY). Even vendors, sponsors and
media were there including Carrie Gunst (Personalized Products) and Tricia
Booker (Chronicle of the Horse).
The AHJF was formed in 1992 to further the development of the equestrian
sport of show hunter rider competition by providing a national office to
organize, coordinate and support hunter rider competition. Other programs of
the AHJF include the World Championship Hunter Rider Awards, AHJF
Educational Programs, the AHJF BSA Inc. 401k and Profit Sharing Plan. The
AHJF also hosted the AHJF Hunter Classic Spectacular in Florida (February
14, 2009), and the AHJF WCHR Professional Finals (October 2, 2009 in Upper
For more information or to make a tax donation to the AHJF Emergency Relief
Fund to help fellow horsemen, call the AHJF at 508-835-8813, email
AHJF@earthlink.net, visit their web site: www.ahjf.org or write: AHJF
Relief Fund, PO Box 369, West Boylston, MA 01583. To see pictures from this
evenings festivities go to: