The Montana Hunter Jumper Association was formed in 1993 by a group of dedicated riders wishing to expand opportunities for showing over fences and earning points for year-end awards.
Pat Green, Marcie Quist, Cindi Gidlewski, and Leigh Anderson were among the founders of MHJA. They and several other volunteer board members established MHJA as a non-profit association of horse enthusiasts. They defined the purpose of the organization, which is to promote hunters and jumpers in Montana by providing:
1. Notice of dates of hunter and jumper shows
2. Notice of educational clinics
3. Employment opportunities
4. Tack and horse sales
5. Association approved shows
6. Year-end awards
7. Information about hunter and jumper trainers and/or judges
8. Set standards at approved shows to promote safety and education
9. Approved classes for year-end awards for varied levels of competitors
Pat Green served on the MHJA board nearly continuously from its founding through 2009. She continues to serve as the organization’s treasurer from her wheat farm in the Horseshoe Hills near Three Forks, where her husband’s grandparents homesteaded in the early 1900s. Pat and her husband host an annual charity poker ride on the farm. The Red Rock Hounds of Reno, Nevada, also hunt on the sizeable property each year.
Pat Green and her horse, Abby, in action at Warfield Park in Billings.
Marcie Quist moved to North Carolina, where she works as an attorney and has broadened her equestrian skills to include competitive driving and judging. Learn more about Marcie’s activities in a copy of the website article at the American Hackney Society – Click Here