Avis Rosenfield named New Hampshire Horseperson of the YearMarch 9, 2021
The New Hampshire Horse Council (NHHC) has named Avis Rosenfield of Deerfield, N.H, as its 2021 New Hampshire Horseperson of the Year. A long time equestrian advocate, organizer and volunteer, Rosenfield received multiple nominations for the award from members of the New Hampshire equestrian community. The award was presented during the NHHC Annual Meeting, held virtually on March 6, 2021.
“Avis is the ‘go-to’ person if you want to know what is going on,” says Fred Klein-McNeil, NHHC vice president. “She has hosted events, coordinated fundraising and is heavily involved in activities and management at both Pawtuckaway and Bear Brook State Parks.”
The New Hampshire Horseperson of the Year award program began in 1998 to recognize deserving individuals who have given unselfishly to make the state’s equine industry better. Recipients may be an amateur or a professional but must be a leader, a teacher and/or a role model for others.
Rosenfield is a long-time member of the Derry Trail Riders Association, Rockingham Riding Club, Granite State Carriage Association, the New Hampshire Horse Council and the Southern New Hampshire Snow Slickers Snowmobile Club. Through these groups, Rosenfield has been active in trail maintenance and shared governance, as well as represented equestrian interests on a variety of panels and advisory boards.
During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rosenfield brought horses to visit local healthcare facilities, improving the mental health and spirits of isolated residents. An avid trail rider, Rosenfield frequently invites fellow equestrians to join her in visits to several state parks and other trail networks.
In September 2020, Rosenfield was instrumental in coordinating efforts and resources during the 20 day search for missing horse Leo, lost in Bear Brook State Park.
“All of us on the board of directors at NHHC agree that Avis Rosenfield epitomizes and embodies the spirit of this award,” says Klein-McNeil. “She is a fearless leader and we are proud to call her a mentor, guide, fellow equestrian and friend.”
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About the New Hampshire Horse Council
Since 1986, the New Hampshire Horse Council (NHHC) has been dedicated to the protection and improvement of all aspects of the diverse horse industry in New Hampshire. Through education and leadership, NHHC acts as a liaison among horse groups, the general public and the legislature. NHHC is an official affiliate of the American Horse Council and is a registered 501 (c) 5 organization.