NIHJA Executive Board
Toni Bruns is the President of the Northern Illinois Hunter Jumper Association. She has been working with horses for over 50 years and been part of the NIHJA board for over 20 years. Toni enjoys watching the association grow and thrive. She loves attending NIHJA shows because riders support each other in healthy competition. Toni loves the excitement of riders year round and watching both horses and riders improve throughout the season. Toni teaches and trains at Palatine Stables in Palatine, Illinois.
Val Buesching is the Vice President of the Northern Illinois Hunter Jumper Association. She has been working with horses for over 25 years and been part of the NIHJA board for 10 years. Val enjoys being part of NIHJA because she enjoys encouraging children to ride. She loves teaching young children and enjoys the moment when the “light bulb” goes off. Val teaches and trains at On Course Riding Academy located at Birch Hill Farm in Wauconda, Illinois.
Kristie Hohol is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Northern Illinois Hunter Jumper Association. She has been working with horses for over 15 years and this is her second year on the NIHJA board. Kristie enjoys being a part of NIHJA because riders of all levels are welcome to participate and she enjoys watching riders grow. Kristie has been brought up on the NIHJA circuit starting as a short stirrup rider and is now an experienced horsewoman. Kristie currently enjoys the horses at Palatine Stables in Palatine, IL.
NIHJA Board of Directors
Dean Battaglia- Dean has been working with horses for over 40 years and been part of the NIHJA board for 15 years. He has been a large “R” judge and course designer for over 20 years. Dean enjoys bringing riders along to help them reach their full potential. He enjoys the NIHJA circuit because he tries hard to make horse shows a memorable and fun experience for all involved. Dean is the owner/trainer of Victorious Farm in Woodstock, Illinois.
Alexis Bumbar- Alexis has been working with horses for over 30 years. She has been part of the NIHJA board for 9 years. Alexis likes being part of NIHJA because the circuit helps develop sportsmanship within competition. She enjoys watching riders connect with their horses and develop true horsemanship skills. Alexis teaches and trains at Dassenbrook Stables in Elburn, IL.
Jennifer Heldt- Jennifer has been working with horses for over 25 years. This is her 5th year on the NIHJA board. She is the Webmaster for NIHJA and enjoys being part of NIHJA because she values teaching riders how to compete with integrity. She loves educating riders, watching horses and riders become a team and enjoys teaching riders of all ages and levels. Jennifer teaches and trains at Cross Winds Farm in Marengo, Illinois.
Hannah Johnson – Hannah grew up around horses. Hannah has been riding and competing for 23 years. This is Hannah’s second year on the NIHJA board. She loves riding on NIHJA because of the support everyone gives to one another and how everyone cheers each other on. Hannah enjoys riding at Birch Hill Farm in Wauconda, Illinois.
Sari Reid– Sari has been working with horses for 24 years. She has been part of the NIHJA board for 8 years. Sari likes being part of NIHJA because riders and trainers are supportive of new riders and the shows are fun! She enjoys breaking horses and training young horses. Sari teaches and trains at Red Coat Farm in Hawthorn Woods, IL.
Nancy Zeis– Nancy has been working with horses for 56 years. She is one of the founding members of the NIHJA circuit. Nancy likes being part of NIHJA because of the comradery and the supportive atmosphere. She enjoys seeing improvement in horses and riders during lessons. Nancy teaches and trains at Infinity Farm in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois.
Stay tuned for information for our newest Board Members!