Board of Directors

The Boulder County Horsemen’s Association was established as a Colorado non-profit corporation in 1971.  The organization obtained its 501(c )3 status in 1988.  It changed its name to “Boulder County Horse Association” in 2001.

The Board of Directors is elected by the membership at the Association’s Annual Meeting in February.  Officers are elected from among the Board at the subsequent Board meeting in March of each year.

Sara MartinelliSARA STEWART MARTINELLI, President

Sara is the owner of a local restaurant group that includes six Boulder area restaurants and a full catering company, as well as a small organic farm and  boutique horse boarding facility. Sara is also a Certified Herbalist and teaches a variety of classes and workshops both at her farm and through the Boulder Valley School District Lifelong Learning Program.  Sara currently owns six horses of different breeds who participate and compete in various disciplines. In 2014,  Sara was inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame, and currently serves as a mentor for the State of Colorado on Agritourism.


Laura EdwardsLAURA EDWARDS, Vice President

Laura Edwards, a fee-only financial planner, has been active in Boulder County’s horse community since 2011.  As BCHA vice-president, she hopes to combine her passion for all things horse with her talent for bringing together diverse groups of people in a common cause.  “We’re incredibly lucky to have so many different kinds of horse activities going on right here in Boulder County,” says Laura.  “And yet with rising costs and increasing development, it’s more challenging than ever.  Most people want to maintain horses as a way of life in Boulder, but for that to happen the horse community needs to stick together.”  She believes BCHA can help unify the horse community by focusing on the issues that all equestrians face, whether “you’re an endurance rider, a barrel racer, a cattle worker, dressage expert, whatever.”  Laura herself loves nothing more than a good trail ride.


Suzanne WebelSUZANNE WEBEL,  Treasurer

Suzanne has been a member of BCHA almost since its inception. Suzanne’s focus has been on county-wide trail advocacy, public land management, equestrian zoning and agricultural aspects of the Boulder County Land Use Code.  She is also the author of Happy Trails, a compendium of trail logs and essays about trail riding for BCHA, and the Trails and Recreation Map of Boulder County  (“The BATCO Map”) whose proceeds go to trail planning, construction and maintenance throughout Boulder County for BATCO.  In addition to being a longtime member of the BCHA Board, Suzanne is President of the Boulder Area Trails Coalition and is also on the boards of a couple of other non-profit organizations. Suzanne owns and manages an 80-acre farm in central Boulder County which offers premium hay and boarding for a few lucky horses.


Dirk ArnoldDIRK ARNOLD, Director

 Dirk is a Boulder long-timer who began spending time here in 1956, when his family started operating a summer camp/resort in the mountains — an occupation that endured into the 1990’s. That makes him used to working weekends. He also spent time in Lexington, KY, learning horse businesses of racing & breeding. Now he uses his people skills and area knowledge as a real estate agent and mine-reclamation expert. Dirk enjoys trail riding near Gold Hill, and is a Past President of BCHA.


15181608_10154770037873762_206070154704890330_nSANDRA BRANDLI, Director

Sandra is originally from Switzerland, and is now employed as a barn manager of a local equestrian facility where she manages the daily operations and handles the needs of the equine residents.



12715303_1092123584151837_3864695410216428126_nCARMEN PORTER, Director

Carmen was raised on a farm and cattle ranch and has been involved with horses for most of her life.  She has been involved in the Boulder County 4-H youth horse program for 8 years and is the current Boulder County 4-H Horse Bowl team coach.


34079_1331389287305_2678732_nTAMI CASSEL, Director

Tami is a speech – language pathologist working for the Department of Education.  She’s loved and been around horses all her life, and her two horses, a Paso-Fino and an Arabian QH, are both currently living in Florida.





Immediate Past President : Laura Edwards




BCHA Presidents include:

1971-1972     Judith Lilly

1972 -1973    David Varra

1973 -1974    Judith Lilly

1974-1975     Pip Wales

1975-1976     Cathy Bickell

1977-1978     Sue Carter

1979-1980    Tom Hoselton

1980-1981     Nancy Gonacha

1981-1982     Shirley Hyden

1982-1983     Cathy Bickell

1983-1984     Judd Adams

1984-1985     Jill Talbot

1986-1987     Bruce Rice

1987-1988     Ben Lobue

1988-1989     (vacant)

1989-1990     Randy Winter

1991-1994     Creighton Stewart

1995-1996     Carol Hellwig

1997-1998     Tracy Speich

1999-2002     Suzanne Webel

2003-2004     Hildy Armour

2005-2006     Suzanne Webel

2007-2008     Jacquelene Lee

2008-2009     Sandi Rosewell

2009-partial   Linda Hall-Taylor

2010-2012     Dirk Arnold

2012-2015     Suzanne Webel

2015-2016     Laura Edwards

2016-2017     Sara Martinelli