Courtesy Jason Wright; Appen Newspapers
November 30, 2009 Alpharetta — The Georgia Hunter Jumper Association (GHJA) held its Grande Finale horse show Nov. 20-22 at the Wills Park Equestrian Center in Alpharetta.
Milton resident Laura Bentley heads the organization. She said this season-ending show brings out more than 180 riders, just a small percentage of the GHJA's 800 members.
A number of the GHJA's ranks live in North Fulton, so Wills Park is the perfect venue, she said.
"We've had it at Chateau Elan, we thought about Conyers [site of the Georgia International Horse Park], but here is best," said Bentley.
As part of the event, Bentley said the GHJA Juniora were giving money to Georgia Equine Rescue League (GERL).
With the state's Department of Agriculture facing big budget cuts, abused horses had nowhere to go, said Bentley — but GERL has stepped up to fill the gap.
The money for the gift came from proceeds of horse riding classes the Juniors have held.
Their cash will go to feeding and rehabilitating three rescue horses for five months, said Bentley.