Since being elected President of the EAF, I have had the inspiring (albeit daunting) task of examining the aspects of our foundation that are working well and figuring out how to continue on that path. It has also been necessary to take a hard look at those things that are not working for us and determine the best ways to fix them.
By now I hope that many of you had the chance to read my first interview as EAF President that ran in the Palm Beach Post on May 29. I was very happy with the way the article turned out, despite the writer quoting me as saying I am not good with math. Lesson learned, everything is on the record and fair game in an interview! All kidding aside, there was one question and response the writer left out that I wished she had included. She asked me what I was most excited about as I took the reins of this great foundation. Without hesitation I answered, working with our amazing Board of Directors. I have been lucky to call Scot Evans, President Emeritus and current board member, a friend for the last 15 years. Others I have had the pleasure to know since I joined the board in 2009 while others still are new to our organization but have proven to be indispensable.
It's a sad day for EAF and for the entire equestrian community as we have lost a true champion. The passing of our friend and fellow board member Bruce Duchossois marks an immeasurable loss. A gentle and graceful philanthropist, Bruce led and inspired us by his constant example. We will miss him dearly.
We will post information regarding tributes to Bruce's life as it becomes available.