Jennifer Wilkins Chapin, known to all as Jeffie, died from injuries sustained in an equestrian accident on Sunday, August 11, 2019, in Woodstock, Vermont. Jeffie was born in Baltimore, Maryland on April 27, 1987, to Sarah and Stephen Wilkins. She attended Garrison Forest School in Maryland, Andover NH Elementary/Middle School, and Proctor Academy. Jeffie earned a Bachelor's Degree in Neuroscience from Skidmore College in 2009 and a Master's Degree in Special Education from Lesley University in 2012. At Skidmore, she was also captain of the intercollegiate riding team during her senior year. In 2009, she was the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association national champion in Open Equitation Flat Class Team Competition. Jeffie is survived by her husband, Deacon Howard Chapin of Wenham Mass., her parents, her brother Nicholas Wilkins, her sister Susannah Barry, and her grandparents Linette French of Annisquam, Mass., and Angela and Herbert Wilkins of Concord, Mass.
What is most important to understand is that Jeffie lived her dream, a dream she had from her earliest days, to be surrounded by horses. She had her own horses, she lived on a beautiful horse farm in Wenham, Mass., she worked hard every day for her horses, donkey, dogs, and cats, and she found a husband in Deacon who shared these loves with her. Few of us actually know our life dream. From her earliest days as a child, she actually knew precisely what her dream was, and she achieved it. On her last day, Jeffie was doing exactly what her life dream had in store: she was in an equestrian competition with her horses alongside her husband and her dogs. Jeffie's dream has now become eternal.
Jeffie was a teacher. She possessed deep insights into her students in the classroom and in the riding ring. Her humility, kindness, tenacity, honesty, love, and intelligence caused her to be remarkably successful helping children. She taught at the Carroll School in Lincoln, Mass, Brookwood School in Manchester, Mass., and Bentley Academy Charter School in Salem, Mass. Additionally, she helped hundreds of young children acquire a love of horses and all the work and satisfaction that derives from helping animals. Deacon's father, David Chapin, and stepmother, Lauren Norton, and Jeffie's parents have established the Jennifer Wilkins Chapin Foundation so that Jeffie's legacy will endure as the foundation seeks to make the equestrian world accessible to young people who need financial support to pursue their dreams.
Tax-exempt contributions can be sent to the Jennifer Wilkins Chapin Foundation at:
110 Larch Row
Wenham, MA 01984
Services will be held on Friday, August 16th at 11:00 a.m. at The Myopia Hunt Club 435 Bay Road in South Hamilton, Mass. Attire is informal (coat and tie not necessary). Arrangements are in the care of the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield.
Jeffie's full memorial information can be viewed here.
Yesterday Andreas Dibowski said that he was ready for the “fun stuff” and today he had the chance to share his knowledge of both show jumping and cross-country to a large audience who attended day two of the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium. The morning started out in the ring at Barnstaple South with three groups of riders – Beginner Novice, Training, and Preliminary, and three groups of the same levels took to the cross-country in the afternoon. While the exercises and jumps got progressively harder throughout the day, the warm-ups and themes stayed the same.
A horse’s first steps out in the cross-country field determine the foundation upon which his entire cross-country education will be laid. How can you give your horse the best chance of success? What are some of the ways you can help teach your horse about cross-country jumping?
The USEA Educational Symposium is a unique opportunity each winter for eventers to gather together to soak in knowledge. The first two days of the 2020 Symposium focus on the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) with attendees learning how to be better, more effective instructors. German Olympian and world-renowned rider Andreas Dibowski is this year’s guest instructor and he spent the first day dedicated to dressage with one Advanced show jumping group to wrap-up the day. Dibowski taught the instructors to teach using demo riders and horses from Beginner Novice to Advanced of all ages, breeds, and sizes.
In episode #251 Nicole catches up with Buck Davidson after his great second-place finish in the $50,000 MARS Eventing Showcase and then brings you all of the latest USEA news with the rest of the team. From tornadoes, prize money, and volunteers, it's all covered!