We are very saddened to report that our dear friend and former Association president passed away on Sunday, October 18th. Our heartfelt condolences go out to John, Ann, and Thom who so graciously shared Trish with us for so many years.
Trish served as president of our Association for more than 20 years. She worked tirelessly to promote the association through community events and represented the AVTA to the township committees. She worked with landowners to preserve trails, helped put together our comprehensive trail maps, and spoke with other trail associations to help keep the AVTA moving in the right direction. She always kept the membership informed, maintained trails and equipment and so much more. Her leadership, strength and wisdom are why we have the trail association we have today. As if that was not enough, Trish also worked with the Pony Club, on a local and national level. She was also a former Master and Huntsman of the Amwell Valley Hounds. And her most recent love was working with her dogs providing therapy to local school children.
Trish was a great neighbor, a friend, an advocate, a role model, a mentor. She was inspiring to us all. With an infectious smile and sense of humor, she tackled whatever task was at hand with all she had. We will miss her leadership, her sense of humor, her calm and reassuring presence, and above all her boundless energy!
Our association and our community were so greatly enriched by her presence. When you walk or ride on the trails, take a moment to think of Trish and thank her for the gift that she shared with all of us.
Services for Trish were for the family only and they have asked that those who wish to make a donation in her memory, please visit Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, holcombefisher.com.
We would like to pay honor to our neighbor and benefactor Bryce Thompson,
who passed away on June 21st 2019.
He was honored at the Amwell Valley Hounds Hunt Ball in April 2019
for his contribution to the Amwell Valley Equestrian Community.
He was the largest Landowner in our Valley and his generosity established many permanently preserved properties and rights of way through the properties as Thompson Land Management. Several of his family members are still residents of the Valley.
Many of you have enjoyed riding on the trails and properties that he owned.
He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Our condolences to his Family and Friends during this sad time.
When I am an old Horsewoman
I shall wear turquoise and diamonds,
And a straw hat that doesn't suit me
And I shall spend my social security on
white wine and carrots,
And sit in my alley-way of my barn
And listen to my horses breathe
I will sneak out in the middle of a summer night
And ride the old bay gelding,
Across the moonstruck meadow
If my old bones will allow
And when people come to call, I will smile and nod
As I walk past the gardens to the barn
and show instead the flowers growing
inside stalls fresh-lined with straw
I will shovel and sweat and wear hay in my hair
as if it were a jewel
And I will be an embarrassment to all
Who will not yet have found the peace in being free
to have a horse as a best friend
A friend who waits at midnight hour
With muzzle and nicker and patient eyes
For the kind of woman I will be
When I am old.