The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association will be seeking a new Chief Executive Officer after Shelby French, who held that position, resigned on Feb. 9.
USHJA President Bill Moroney reported that a subgroup of the USHJA’s Board of Directors will be addressing this issue, first by assessing the job duties and requirements for the position, then by searching for an individual that fits the position. He estimates that the committee will start searching for a candidate in around 30 days. In the interim, Moroney will be filling in as president and staff leader.
"I just came to realize that I was not the right fit for USHJA at this juncture. I am very fortunate at this point in my life to be able to spend my time and energy giving back to organizations and causes that are meaningful to me," said French in an email to the Chronicle. "I was a very active member of Girl Scouts throughout my youth and am excited to begin working on a project with the Kentucky Wilderness Road Girl Scout Council. On top of that I am helping out twice a week at the Lexington Rescue Mission, volunteering at the Humane Society and tutoring with the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. I am loving the opportunity to get really involved in this community that I have made my home and between volunteering and painting, as well other committments. I am truly enjoying this next chapter in my life."
French plans to stay involved with the sport on a different scale by judging locally and teaching a few friends.