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Genesee Valley Equine Community Service Award 2017

Jerri Hulse
Jerri Hulse

Jerri Hulse

This year's honoree has had a lifetime of involvement in the horse world. Jerri Hulse has been a rider, breeder of Appaloosa and Quarter Horses, barrel racer, 4-H leader, volunteer, auctioneer, stable owner, horse hauler and all-around friend of the horse.

Jerri has been very active in 4-H and was a member and leader of the Twin Post Horsemen 4-H Club. Under her direction the club put on horse shows, took field trips and did community service projects. When the club needed more funds for judges, clinicians and awards than were available from the Cooperative Extension, she came up with an idea that has spread across the state and many other horse organizations - the Monroe County Swap N Shop and Auction. It was a combination of swap meet as well as an auction of donated items and services. After all these years she continues to host this event. She puts her heart and soul, as well as her own resources, into the event for the benefit of the horse community and 4-H.

Jerri set a great example as an adult leader. She is one of the reasons several members of her 4-H group went on to become active participants and volunteers in the Monroe County 4-H Horse program. She led with a positive and professional attitude while working with youth, families and volunteers. She has herself volunteered her time over the decades to help teach, judge and raise funds for 4-H.

In the 1980s and 1990s, she served as the horse camp director of Camp Wyomoco for their horse week. She went above and beyond expectations in contributing her time and resources to make the camp a memorable experience for countless budding horse enthusiasts. She made the 4-H horse camp week a highlight of the year for many kids in multiple counties.

She has always been quick to volunteer her facilities, her horses and her talents to the 4-H program. One of these talents was teaching people and horses to negotiate trail obstacles. She was able to test those ready for a trail challenge, but always willing to help those who had horses that were not quite ready for such obstacles. When she volunteered to judge the Trail Division, she took the opportunity to not only judge the class but to teach both the horses and riders.

She has been an active member and supporter of the Orleans County Boot and Saddle Club as Vice President, judge of the Obstacle Challenge and tireless volunteer. She has contributed generously of her time to improve the club and its grounds. As one of her nominees commented, "I know others have also volunteered for such activities, but I don't know anyone who has given as much time or effort in ensuring that any event she has involvement in has the best opportunity to succeed." This is the tip of the iceberg in a lifetime of accomplishments and achievements which help others in our community. She is truly a friend to all horse people and often an unsung hero. She is always in the background making things run smoothly, but rarely in the spotlight.

It is our great honor to recognize Jerri Hulse's lifetime contribution to the horse community with the 2017 GVEC Equine Community Service.




Past Award Winners

1997 Dawn Kelley
1998 Jim and Nancy Miller
1999 Carol Kozlowski
2000 Kenneth Estes
2001 Dru Malavese
2002 Jacqueline and Edward Harris
2003 Bobbi Coates
2004 Susan Knauer
2005 Mary Hull
2006 Dianne Clader
2007 Mary Coyne Donegan
2008 Harriett Rubins
2009 EquiCenter - Jonathan and Stacy Friedlander
2010 Dave Minteer
2011 Wezo Pierson
2012 Rochester Police Mounted Unit & Monroe County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol
2013 Carrie Wehle
2014 Sarah and Laura Donahue
2015 Jean Donnan

Equine Community Service Award

2016 Lucretia Galbraith
2017 Jerri Hulse

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