Articles: Press Release
Joan Hamill Passes Away
USA Equestrian, Inc.
(Formerly American Horse Shows Association)
4047 Iron Works Parkway,
Lexington, KY 40511-8483
Tel: (859) 258 2472
Fax (859) 231 6662
Web site: www.ahsa.org
USA Equestrian (formerly AHSA) announced today the passing of Joan Birnie
Hamill, 84, from Wayne, Ill. on July 22, 2001. Hamill was a leading
equestrian figure who served on the boards of the U.S. Pony Club, U.S.
Equestrian Team and the Hooved Animal Humane Society. She founded the
Wayne DuPage Hunt Pony Club in 1955 and shortly after its formation, she was
elected to the USPC Board of Governors where she served until 1961 and again
from 1964 - 74. Her work with the U.S. Pony Club was recognized in 1990
when she was awarded the USPC Founders Award for over 25 years involvement.
The new USPC office building in the Kentucky Horse Park was named after
Hamill who was also one of the first Pony Club examiners in the country.
Mary Pierson, USPC Director of Communications commented, "She was the most
marvelous lady and a wonderfully supportive person."
The former Joan Birnie Smith was the granddaughter of Northern Trust Bank
Founder, Byron Smith. She grew up in Chicago where she learned to ride as a
schoolgirl in Lincoln Park. Her life evolved around horses and she was a
keen fox-hunter who followed hounds in England, Ireland and France as well
as the U.S. She specialized in eventing and also competed in long-distance
rides - an interest that accompanied her role as honorary chairwoman with
the Illinois Prairie Path, a 61-mile trail.
Joan Hamill is survived by her husband, a son and two daughters. A memorial
service will be held on Monday, July 30th at 4 p.m. in the Little Home
Church on Army Trail Road in Wayne, Ill.
For more information, please contact Christine E. Stafford, Director of
Communications on (859) 225 6923 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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USA Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is
the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of
dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting,
as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As
the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation has over
77,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each
year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and
licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate at