Welcome to the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation, Inc.
Louise Serio's dream was to create an organization with the purpose to reward hunter riders (and their horses). Louise joined forces with key people to create the World Championship Hunter Rider Association in 1991. While creating an organization that would benefit the riders in competition, she also wanted to care for them in other ways. Therefore, the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation, Inc. (AHJF) was born as the parent organization in 1992. With the help of Geoff Teall, Kavar Kerr and James Anderson the AHJF was founded with a broader purpose: to focus on spectator education, provide emergency support within the hunter/jumper community, develop a retirement plan for the industry, offer scholarships and encourage grass-roots organizations to become more educated.
Today, the AHJF is a fully operating member and sponsor supported, non-profit organization, which is tax exempt under the IRS 501(c)(3) charitable law. It is the parent organization, which has developed the World Championship Hunter Rider Program (WCHR), a nationally sought after awards program for world-class hunter rider competition, the AHJF Emergency Relief Fund, The Legacy Cup and the AHJF/Dover Saddlery Junior Hunter Challenge. The mission of the AHJF is to promote the equestrian sport of hunter-jumper competition and address the needs of the sport's participants. The organization emphasizes integrity, compassion and sportsmanship through its business programs, human services, ethics leadership and education.