St. Petersburg, FL - December 15, 2009 - Susie Schoellkopf of SBS Farms at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center in Buffalo, NY, was honored this past weekend at the USHJA Annual Meeting, which was held on December 7-10, 2009. Schoellkopf was given the President’s Distinguished Service Award at the USHJA Evening of Equestrians Awards Dinner.
The President’s Distinguished Service Awards were developed in 2006 to acknowledge and honor the dedication and service of volunteer members to both the USHJA and the sport.
USHJA President William Moroney stated, “In the fall of each year, the staff and I meet to discuss our volunteers who we feel have gone beyond the call of duty. The USHJA could not run as smoothly nor achieve as much without the selfless efforts of these individuals. We are at a turning point in the history of Hunter Jumper sport in the United States. We are in the process of instituting many changes, both by the programs we have implemented and the rule changes we are proposing, and the people we honored all played major roles in this transformation.”
Of Schoellkopf, he said with a smile, “This honoree spends so much time on committee calls, it’s a wonder she has time for anything else.”
Schoellkopf is the chair of the Open Hunter Task Force and a member of the Hunter Restructure Committee, the Hunter Zone Council, the High Performance Hunter Committee, and the Junior Hunter Task Force. She is also on the USEF Drugs and Medication committee and serves as chair of the Zone 2 Hunter Committee.
The award was surprise for Schoellkopf, who did not know that she won until the award was announced. She remarked, “I was honored that I was given this award. I love all the committees and am dedicated to trying to protect and ensure the future of the hunters. I am passionate about each committee, and I really feel you have to contribute and give back to the sport.”
In addition to her committee work at the USHJA, Schoellkopf is the Executive Director of the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, which is the home of the Buffalo Equestrian Center and SBS Farms. The Buffalo Equestrian Center, originally called the Buffalo Saddle and Bridle Club, was built in 1921 and is now a historic landmark. In addition to having a riding school, the facility includes the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, a non-profit organization. They provide vital services to differently-abled youth riders.
For more information on the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center and SBS Farms, Inc., please visit www.btrc.org.