Ms. Joyce Brinsfield
320 Pinckard Pike
Versailles, KY 40383

Joyce Brinsfield currently owns and trains from her Ballyhigh Show Stable, Ltd. located on her family’s Brinsfield Farm, LLC, in Versailles, KY. She has coached numerous winners in the KHJA Medal as well as to year-end awards in the Association. She has had riders compete and place at the Pennsylvania National, the Washington International and USEF Pony Finals, as well as qualify for Maclay regionals. She has won the KHJA Medal Leading Trainer award. She currently coaches an IEA team and has coached an IHSA team. Additionally, she frequently judges local KHJA shows. She is originally from Cumberland, MD. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in agriculture, with a major in agricultural communications and a minor in agricultural economics. She was a member of the University of Kentucky Equestrian Team, UK Horse Judging Team and the UK Agribusiness Club. Her son, Travis Rogers, is currently serving in the U.S. Navy. She has been KHJA president since 2015.

Julie Moses
Julie Moses is a native of New Orleans, LA, and has been involved with horses since childhood. As a teen, she spent summers eventing, and has been active in the hunter/jumper community since 1990. She graduated from Virginia Intermont College with a degree in Equine Business Management. Upon relocating to Lexington, KY, in 1998, Julie worked for Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, served as a Department Director at USEF for several years and, since 2003, has worked as an equine insurance agent at Nicholson Insurance Agency. Julie spends her free time competing with trainers Alex Granato and Josh Dolan of Mad Season LLC, and works as a horse-show secretary during the show season. Julie worked as an assistant at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY, for Show Jumping directors David Distler and Hugh Kincannon; she was the official USHJA photographer for the inaugural 2009 $100,000 USHJA Hunter Derby Finals.

Miss Sarah Coleman
2857 Kearney Creek Lane
Lexington, KY 40511
(330) 518-9001

Having moved to the Bluegrass in 2004 to write and edit for multiple equine and ag magazines based in Lexington, Sarah is now the Director of Education and Development for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program; she also co-owns Topline Communications and continues to freelance for multiple regional and national equine and farming publications. Sarah has a deep passion for OTTBs, and is enjoying working with her little red horse, Chisholm, as he learns to be a hunter. She sits on multiple boards and committees in Lexington, including the Masterson Equestrian Trust Board of Directors and the Kentucky Horse Breeders' Incentive Fund Advisory Committee.

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Mark Llewellyn

Mark Llewellyn has been a resident of Kentucky for more than 25 years, first arriving in 1990 to attend the University of Kentucky. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications. After graduation, Mark accepted a position at Kentucky Equine Research, an international equine nutrition and exercise physiology company with headquarters in Versailles. He serves as the technical writer and editor for the company. Since childhood, Mark has maintained an unwavering enthusiasm for show-ring hunters and hunter seat equitation. Though he has shown sporadically through the years, Mark has recently focused on breeding show hunters. Aside from horses, he enjoys mock trials, livestock evaluation, state fairs, needlepoint, and books from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.

President Emeritus
Mrs. Elaine Schott
3085 Troy Pike
Versailles, KY 40383
Elaine owns and operates River Mountain Farm in Versailles, Ky. The farm has many boarders/students as well as the horses that RMF breeds, raises, and trains from the ground up to go to new homes as prepared young show horses. Elaine maintains an inventory of warmblood horses for resale. She has horses in training, a lesson program and sends horses to both “AA” shows as well as local shows about 30 weekends a year. Elaine has been very involved in hunters and jumpers for the past 25 years and prior to that was very involved in the world of combined training. Elaine is at a point in her life where she would like to commit and give back to the industry that has provided so much value to her life. Elaine has served as a KHJA board member for 14 years, she is currently Vice Chairman of the USHJA Youth Committee, has served as a USHJA Zone 5 Board of Director for the past 10 years, and is the USHJA Working Jumper Group Representative for Zone 5. Elaine is a certified trainer with the USHJA. She is concerned on all levels regarding safety, officiating, sportsmanship, horsemanship, and how local organizations could become more active and productive with the National Organizations.


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Mr. Bruce Brown
P.O. Box 414
Versailles, KY 40383
(859) 489-4885
Bruce is a lifetime horse-show exhibitor, judge and manager. He has been KHJA Board member since the early 1980s and has three daughters who actively show hunters. He would like to help maintain the local governing body for hunter/jumpers.

Ms. Diana Conlon
PO Box 12155
Lexington Ky 40581
(859) 221-3302

Diana is the owner and trainer at Olive Hill Sporthorses in Lexington. Her horses and students show at the local and rated levels in Kentucky and surrounding areas. She has been involved with KHJA for over 15 years and enjoys listening to KHJA members, as well as discussing ideas on rule changes/modifications. Diana thinks KHJA has many ways to improve in order to benefit its membership and she would love to be involved as a leader.

Ms. Melissa Murphy
150 St. Williams Drive
Lexington, KY 40502
Melissa has been involved with horses all her life and began competing at age 4. Melissa founded Murphy Manor, LLC in 2010 and currently has 20+ horses and many adventures ahead. As a fourth generation horse trainer, she’s very excited about the future. She has previously helped organize the judges clinics held by KHJA, was the 2011 KHJA Medal Leading Trainer and is currently qualified for Indoors/National on “Picasso” in the Regular Conformation. “I love being involved and contributing to any situations geared to making our organization better, from talking about the rules, to discussing juniors’ involvement (scholarship), to any situations needing decision making. Love being a part of it. I also want to contribute to our area’s horse industry and strive to make it work better.

Alexandra Nelson
Alex Nelson grew up in the Chicago area and moved to Lexington in 2010 so that she could continue with her biggest interest - horses and horse showing. She became the assistant trainer at Punchestown Stable in 2011 and since then has helped to grow the business and has a large group of students who are competitive at local and rated shows. Alex has an enthusiasm for everything related to the horse showing industry including getting elected to the KHJA. She hopes to help the KHJA continue to grow as the governing body for the equestrian community in Kentucky.

  Natassia Stallings
Natassia Stallings is the owner and trainer of Ivory Creek Farm, a hunter/jumper facility that offers boarding, show training and lessons. KHJA played a pivotal role in Natassia's early career, and she feels it would be a privilege to support the organization as it continues to contribute to the horse community.


Kristine Urschel
2961 Our Tibbs Trail
Lexington, KY 40511


Kristine Urschel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky. Her research and teaching interests revolve around equine (and animal) nutrition and physiology. She grew up in Alberta, Canada, and as a teenager she was actively involved in horse 4-H programs, riding in a variety of disciplines, including hunters and jumpers. As a young adult, she focused on the hunter/jumper disciplines, competing in hunter, jumper and equitation divisions in Alberta, Virginia and now Kentucky. She has lived in Kentucky since the summer of 2008 and, in addition to competing as an amateur (when time allows), she also enjoys assisting at horse shows and events in the Lexington area.

  David Warner
David owns and operates Huntsmark, a hunter/jumper operation in Frankfort, KY, where he coaches amateur riders and develops many young hunters. He has been a professional horseman for 35 years. He’s trained, coached and competed in USEF- and AQHA-sanctioned horse shows. Being a KHJA board member gives David the opportunity to give back to the sport he loves while helping it grow and keep its integrity.

Ashley Watts
3546 Winthrop Dr.
Lexington, KY 40503
(859) 221-9085
Ashley is an active professional rider/teacher/trainer with the business Liftoff Equestrian, LLC in the Versailles, Ky., area. She has been a KHJA member for seven years and on the board for one term. Ashley started the KHJA newsletter that is published two to three times per year as a means to help communicate current happenings within the equine community. She would like to continue to encourage KHJA members to promote current events, information and news, as well as to help the junior membership form more of a union amongst each other.


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Keedle Ritter Konopka
2612 S English Station Rd
Louisville, KY 40299 (502) 643-1023

Keedle Ritter Konopka is the owner and trainer at Forever Green Farm in Prospect, Ky.Having spent nearly 37 years in the saddle, Keedle has competed in hunters, jumpers, equitation, dressage, eventing, and polo. She began her involvement with the KHJA as a junior rider in 1985, when she moved to Kentucky from Florida. In Florida, she was fortunate enough to ride Don Stewart, Jill Townsend, George Morris, Simon Barber, Gunnar Ostergaard, Patrick Dempsey and the list goes on. When she moved here, she spent 10 years riding at Valley View Farm with George and Leslie Governo. She took a short hiatus from showing and worked in racing and breeding, and played polo for a few years with the Louisville Polo Club. She started her professional career in 1999, and found her true passion....teaching. She has developed multiple KHJA year-end award winners for everything from poles to children’s' to jumpers. She also competed her horse Maverick to several year-end awards in the Pre Greens as a professional. She has Louisville's only IEA team for both middle and high school riders. Since originally serving two terms on the KHJA board, she has added to the family: her husband Len and two beautiful children aged 2 and 10 months. She is excited about the opportunity to serve on the KHJA Board again and help out in any way she can.

Laurie Murray
1101 Cedar Trace
La Grange, KY 40031
Laurie has been a lifelong equestrian and member of KHJA, showing since the late 1970s on both the local and A circuits. She showed in the pony, children's and junior hunters, as well as the equitation divisions, winning several KHJA year-end awards. She showed as the open rider for Midway College in the mid-80s, and in the jumpers as an adult. She was the head coach at University of Louisville for several years, and since then has judged and stewarded throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana. She is excited to serve on the board again, and hopes to be able to use her graphic design and marketing experience to help KHJA. She is married to Scott Murray, a farrier, and her daughter, Olivia, has been showing for the last several years. Laurie presently works as an accomplished equine and canine portraiture artist.

Sara Spry
5689 Buck Creek Rd
Finchville, KY 40022
Sara has been riding and showing hunters and jumpers for over 36 years and has been a KHJA member for over 10 years. Her daughter, Presley, is currently showing in the Short Stirrup and is looking forward to one day showing at Pony Finals.
Sara has been on the KHJA Board for two years and hopes to return to the Board to share ideas, improve the Association, and lead and guide young riders into the future of this great sport.


  Missy Jo Holligsworth
Missy Jo Hollingsworth is married to Mark Clark and has two children, Jordan and Preston. Missy Jo is a lifetime horseman, specializing in hunters and jumpers. Her horses have qualified for most of the major shows and has had Champions and prizes in 2018 at Devon, Indoors, Pony Finals, Capital Challenge, Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, Swan Lake, Upperville, Wellington and Warrington. She also trains AQHA champions, with wins at the Congress and World Show. Missy Jo also has a USEF Leading Breeder and Leading Owner honors. She is the owner of *Telynau Royal Charter, a USEF Leading Sire. In addition, she coaches the University of Cincinnati Equestrian Team and is owner of Saddle Lake Equestrian Center and Saddle Lake Loveland.

Mrs. Trena Kerr
7001 Rocky Springs Rd
Burlington, KY 41005
(859) 250-5473
Trena Kerr has been teaching and training professionally in the hunter/jumper industry since 1990. She has taught riders who have won championships at both the state and national levels. As a junior rider, Trena was AHSA zone champion in the junior jumper division. Trena has trained and shown horses who have competed in the Working Hunter divisions as well as the Grand Prix circuit. Trena judges locally, as well as conducts clinics; she is also an avid foxhunter.
Trena has been on the KHJA board for approximately 10 years. She is an active professional member of the USHJA, the USEF, the MFHA, and the KY Horse Council. Trena and her husband Danny Kerr run the stable owned by the Camargo Hunt in Burlington, Ky., and operate a show stable under the name of Findaway Farm. Trena has lived and worked in Burlington, Ky., for the past 24 years.

  Shari Murray
9031 Crimson Oak Dr.
Florence, KY 41042
859) 384-6978


Maria Kneipp
6743 Ragland Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45244
(513) 374-9028
Maria been in the horse industry for 30 years, running her business on a family-owned farm on the east side of Cincinnati, Ohio. She has had the privilege to work with some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the industry, such as Frank Conway, Wilhelm Genn and David Hopper to name a few. She has tarted riders from the age of 4 all the way thru to receiving college scholarships. Maria was also Chef d’Equipe for the Zone V champion Pony Jumper Team in 2006, as well as qualifying several ponies over the last few years. Maria currently has the leading small green and medium green ponies in Zone V.

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