MARYLAND HORSE COUNCIL Honors Jane Toal, Diana
Cullum and Bodgie Read
for over almost 100 combined years of volunteer service
The Pumphrey Memorial Awards
Some people volunteer for a show here, or an
event there. They serve on a committee or board for a year or two. Or volunteer
while their kids are involved.
For others, volunteering is a way to build their
resume and to network. And then there are those who volunteer just because
it's the right thing to do. Just because it's their way of giving
to the sport they love, or the community to which they belong.
They don't volunteer for the accolades, titles,
“"leadership roles," or wall plaques. They volunteer because
it is how they can help.
They are willing to take the odd jobs, those no
one else wants. And they continue to do it, year in and year out. Indeed,
they are so steady and reliable that it's easy to overlook them or take them
The Maryland Horse Council's Pumphrey Memorial Award recognizes these
unsung heroes, these “"behind the scenes" volunteers without
whom we would not be able to run our shows, build our facilities, or enjoy
For 17 years, Bodgie Read has been a reliable
force behind Fair Hill International and the Fair Hill Horse Trials, making sure each cross-country and stadium jump is painted, each sponsor has a sign on course, each dressage ring is set up, pinnies, dressage tests and score sheets are in order, judges are coordinated, and volunteers are recruited.
You will see her zooming about at the Interna-
tional, or at check-in on schooling days. “She is the ultimate volunteer,” says FHI co - organizer and founder Trish Gilbert. “And not just for us. When she is not helping us, she is helping Pony Club and other local horse trials.”
Indeed, Bodgie Read's volunteerism spans time and organizations within the horse industry. And it is for such dedication that she is being honored with the Pumphrey Memorial Award.
Read's interest in the horse industry came by way of her father, the late Colonel Fair, a founder and former president of the United States Pony Clubs.
Although Read was too old to join Pony Club
when it was created, she began volunteering while her daughter was a member. From there, her involvement grew to her present position as Regional Supervisor for the Delmarva Region.
In the late 1980s, Read began to volunteer at the new Fair Hill International. Her proximity to the venue made it convenient, and she's been involved with FHI in one facet or another since then. Currently, she is in charge of the dressage phase at Fair Hill's six horse trials, as well as many other odds and ends.
Trish Gilbert describes Read as enthusiastic.
“Long-standing, hardworking; she's sort of like
the Energizer bunny,” she says. Read also volunteers at Freedom Hill Therapeutic Riding.
It is her unwavering dedication to the equestrian community that will keep her from attending the Maryland Horse Council's 20th Anniversary Party to accept her award.
Instead, she'll be volunteering at the United States Pony Clubs' National Championships in Lexington, Virginia.