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Greater Orlando Hunter Jumper Association - GOHJA (pronounced "Go-Ja") was founded in 1978, and is effectively run by an elected volunteer Board. Each show is managed by a local Equestrian Barn/Farm.  GOHJA is a discretionary, membership-based, incorporated association; which has not been formed to, and shall not engage in any business undertaking for profit. The designated show area of the association encompasses a five-county radius that includes the following counties: Orange; Seminole; Brevard; Lake; and Volusia. We foster the breeding, use and showing of hunters and jumpers, as well as endeavor to create a better understanding among breeders, owners, and exhibitors of such horses. This serves to encourage acceptance of uniform rules in regard to showing, and cooperation with the management of all shows, in planning better hunter and jumper divisions.



Board of Directors
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Wendy Trocano
Horse Show Manager for:
  • May
  • June
  • August
Owner, Wendover Place
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Mia O'Brien
Vice-President & Recording Secretary

Wendy Trocano: BS in Psychology from UCF. Started riding at age 9 competing at 12. Wendy was Champion in her Equitation age group every year for 7 years, as well as, in the junior hunters and jumpers. She began teaching and catch riding at age 14. Over the last 38 years she has trained qualifiers and winners at Harrisburg, Marshall and Sterling Finals, HITS,Tampa, Fox Lea, Raleigh, Charleston, Littlewood, and Jacksonville and the Greater Orlando Hunter Jumper Circuit. Last year had the Chanpion in both the GOHJA Medal and Pony Medal, and the reserve in the Mini-medal Finals. Wendy trained hunter Champions in the ponies and children’s divisions as well as Walk Trot, Short and Long Stirrups. Wendover also has had many special award winners such as Sportsmanship, Horsemanship, Most Improved etc.

Wendy is a “R” USEF judge, President of the Greater Orlando Hunter Jumper Association, and Corresponding Secretary of the Central Florida Hunter Jumper Association.


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Chris Reid
Corresponding Secretary
GOHJA Volunteer
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Anna Archambault
GOHJA Volunteer



Committee Chairs
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Laura Gurtis
Horse Show Committee Co-Chair
Horse Show Manager for:
  • January
  • March
  • September
  • October
Owner, Barrett Farm

Literally growing up on Barrett Farm as the daughter of a professional trainer, Laura Barrett Gurtis, who first rode at age 3 and began her show career at age 5, brings a lifetime of knowledge and hands-on experience to her current vocation as rider and trainer at Barrett Farm of Florida, Inc.


Laura Gurtis with her husband and two young daughters (both riders) Laura resides in Winter Park, Florida, close to Rollins College, where she went to school after graduating from Trinity Preparatory School. Her early accomplishments as a junior and young pro rider include showing and collecting ribbons at prestigious events such as Ox Ridge in Connecticut, USET Finals at Gladstone, New Jersey, Pennsylvania National, Washington International, National Pony Finals, and Madison Square Garden.


She currently rides, trains, and coaches her students at A shows all over Florida, WEF and HITS, Atlanta, GA and Kentucky. Although she specializes in hunters and jumper, Laura keeps her own interests and knowledge expanding; she has studied with renowned dressage trainer Anne Gribbons, competing in an occasional dressage competition, and recently apprenticed with Linda Kohanov, celebrated author of Tao of Equus, and integrates Kohanov’s Epona principles of evolving human/equine relationship into her training and teaching. Laura says” I think openness and innovation are needed for top-level training and growth”.


Laura adds to her resume and contributes to the local horse community by serving as chairperson of the Greater Orlando Hunter and Jumper horse show committee, leading the annual Benefit horse show project, and also does course design and co- manages for GOHJA horse shows.


Laura is best described as a hands-on trainer, who really cares. She is deeply involved in the daily equine management at the farm. She rides several horses a day, and thinks of them as equal partners. She explains, ”We appreciate and treat the horses with great respect, learning from them daily, as much as they learn from us– maybe more. I love competition, but I equally love just working with the horses and clients. The fact that people from all walks of life can relate to horses in the same way is an inspiration to me. My goal is to help every rider I work with carry the awareness, fitness, focus and confidence that riding instills into all aspects of his or her life.”

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Molly Murtha
Publicity Committee
GOHJA Volunteer




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Lindsay Alvarado
Special Awards Committee
Owner and Trainer, Bridlewood Farm


Michelle Durocher
Rules & Regulations Committee
Maggie LeClair
Stewards Committee
& Announcer


Maggie LeClair is the Assistant to the Dean of the College of Sciences at University of Central Florid.  She was born in Scotland and worked in London for several years. In 1974, she was hired as staff assistant to the Chair in Communication at Florida Technological University. In 1978, FTU became the University of Central Florida and a few years later, the Department of Communication became the Nicholson School of Communication.


Maggie was selected by Frank Juge to serve on the UCF Salary Review Board and she served on that board for 13 years. She also served on Staff Council, was a board member on the inaugural Barnes Noble Advisory Committee and now serves as Chair of that committee.


Maggie is on the board of Town and Gown and will be Vice-President of the UCF Women’s Club in 2008-2009 where one of her goals is to increase scholarship funding in for graduate students. Maggie has also been Treasurer of the Nicholson School of Communication’s Roast and Toast for 30 years. She is proud of the fact that in those 30 years, 220 scholarships have been awarded.