March 2018 - SFHJA Awards Banquet
Written by photos by Kristin Lee Photography
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:15
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San Fernando Hunter Jumper Association showcases appreciation & accomplishments.

photos by Kristin Lee Photography

There was a special sense of warmth and appreciation in the room at this year’s 2018 San Fernando Hunter Jumper Association awards banquet. Held at the Porter Valley Country Club, the tone was set when you first entered the room. It just felt special. Tables were draped in black cloths with gold napkins with centerpieces of vibrant red roses in gold ceramic vases. But, it was the immense selection of awards and ribbons displayed around the room’s perimeter that was so visually impressive. Ten banquet tables covered in silver, pewter, crystal, trophies and tri-color ribbons waiting to go home with deserving recipients.

SFHJA President, Kathy Busfield awarding to fellow Board Member, Chad Mahaffey honors for the Overall High Point Performance Hunter Rider.

36 an Over High Point Champion, Linda Blumenthal and Trainer Lisa Winn.

Adult Amateur High Point Winner Claire Sears with Rainbow Canyon Trainer, Kim Tasker

Equine Insurance Challenge Medal Winner Jamie Krupnick-Geffen and Her mom, Claudia Krupnick.

In her opening remarks, SFHJA President Kathy Busfield noted that it takes a village of committed people to help a competitor earn these awards. She conveyed how grateful the association is to the winners and their respective teams of trainers, grooms, partners and parents for their dedication and hard work in making these achievements possible and closed by stating that all who compete in equestrian sports are united in our love and appreciation of horses.

Master of Ceremonies Michael Moncrief then got the party started. First through third place awards were given in over 50 divisions. Six Medal Finals’ Champions were honored with their names engraved on perpetual trophies. Traditionally the most coveted of the SFHJA awards are the exquisite portraits by Pamela Wildermuth presented to the 11 Highpoint Champions. An addition to the festivities this year was a streaming photo montage, produced by Chad Mahaffey Stables and Kristin Lee Photography. General and candid shots streamed earlier in the evening and personalized selection was projected as each winner received their awards. A raffle featuring an Apple Watch and 60” smart TV added to the excitement.

The final presentation of the evening was a special appreciation award to SFHJA founding member, Past President, and long-time Treasurer, Raizy Goffman. Raizy is stepping down to concentrate on her Camelot Horse Shows and to spend more time traveling with her husband, of over 56 years, Milt Goffman.

The association also wants to thank the very generous sponsors, without whom all these fabulous awards would not be possible: Chad Mahaffey Stables; Camelot Events; Equine Insurance; Equestrian Concepts; Da Moor’s Tack & Feed; Four Oaks Farm; No Thrush; and Outdoor Outfitters.

Michael Morris rode James Hagman’s Twister to win Champion in the Low Children’s/Adult .90 Jumpers

Alex Azad had the time of her life picking up 1.10m Jumpers Champion and Reserve awards for the winner, her mother, Susan, home with the flu.

Sienna Gustafson, who trains with Heatherly Davis, was High Point in both the Pony Division and the ‘A’ Children’s on two different mounts.

SFHJA President, Kathy Busfield presenting awards to 18-35 High Point Champion, Ariana Madix, with a selection of the evenings awards in the background.