SARA 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 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 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 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.
SANDRA 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.
ANGELE LUEDKE, Director
Angele is the owner of an accounting company in Boulder. She owns four horses, and has been involved in the local equestrian community in both the hunter/jumper disciple, and the in western events.
CARMEN 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.
TAMI 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