LEXINGTON, KY. – October 10, 2017 – The Eventing Riders Association of North America (ERA of NA) is pleased announce that Jay Baughman has been selected as President-Elect of the organization. Effective September 25, 2017 Baughman was voted onto the Executive Board and will be formally voted into the role of President of the Board of Directors during the ERA of NA Annual Meeting in December, 2017. Additionally, Helen Murray has been voted in as the Executive Director of the organization.
The mission of the Eventing Riders Association of North America is to assimilate and leverage the collective voice of North America's riders, equine professionals, and owners in pursuit of enhancing and growing the sport of eventing in North America. In cooperation with members, our governing bodies, related committees, and organizers, ERA of NA works to improve the overall safety, welfare, visibility, and growth of the sport.
“We are most fortunate to have found the broad-based leadership and strategic planning expertise Jay brings to the organization, together with the deep experience, relationships and marketing expertise Helen has demonstrated within equestrian sports,” said ERA of NA President Allison Springer.
Jay Baughman is President of CJN Advisors, a business leadership and consulting firm, and Blue Horse Entries, a company that helps organizers market and promote events while accepting online entries. Until 2013, he was Chief Executive Officer and President for a privately-held office suite company he co-founded in 1998. Prior to that, he was the Chief Financial Officer for a lodging company he helped bring public and sold in 1997. Jay currently is serving on the Advisory Board for Community Trust Bank, N.A., and the Board of Trustees for Dupree Mutual Funds. He is an amateur rider and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Iroquois Hunt Club.
“Eventing is such a great sport, for so many at so many levels, and I am both honored and excited to have an opportunity to work with many great people to help make a difference for all of our members,” said Baughman. “I truly believe the Eventing Riders Association can help the sport make great strides in North America, and can unite the community.”
Helen Murray grew up in an equestrian family in Hamilton, Massachusetts eventing, pony clubbing and fox hunting, ultimately competing through the CCI2* level. In 2008, she accepted a position with the United States Equestrian Federation, where she worked in the Marketing and Communications department for six years. In her time at the USEF, Helen covered many of equestrian sports’ most prestigious competitions, including serving as the Press Officer for the U.S. teams at the 2012 Paralympic Games and the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Since 2015, Helen has worked for EQSportsNet, managing communications for the company and serving as a content expert and producer during live shows, a position she will continue to hold.
“I am very excited to join the ERA of NA team and work closely with Jay and the Board of Directors to fulfill the mission of ERA of NA,” said Murray. “I look forward to assisting the organization reach professionals, amateurs, juniors, young riders, equine professionals, and corporate sponsors to successfully become the true voice of the entire North American Eventing community.”
The Eventing Riders Association of North America would like to thank Samantha Lendl for her longtime leadership with the development of the Professional Riders Organization and most recently, the transition to ERA of NA. Lendl's tenacity and guidance are enormously appreciated.
Learn more about the Eventing Riders Association of North America at ERAofNA.com.
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