OFFICERS & COMMITTEES

Cheryl Lane-Caron

DIRECTOR

Cheryl Lane-Caron
508-982-9628
region16arabian@gmail.com

I am honored to have been selected by my peers as Director for Region 16. Arabians have been a way of life since childhood fostered by my late mother, Crabbet Arabian breeder, Sandra Lane of Fairlane Farm in South Windsor, CT.  In 2005, I marked the start of my professional training career by establishing Cranberry Knoll Arabians & Sport Horses. I am an active member and competitor throughout the US and Canada with AHA, USEF, USDF & CRAA garnering many US, Canadian and Regional titles. At this time I am VP of CRAA and in the past VP for AHCC. I reside on several AHA committees, Annual Convention Planning, Sport Horse, Dressage & Western Dressage and Amateur.

In addition to my Arabian horse endeavours, I reside on the south shore of MA with my husband John, Australian Shepard’s and menagerie of other farm critters. I have worked for the same international environmental company since 2000. I am based out of the North American corporate headquarters in Boston and work directly for the CEO in the capacity of Executive Assistant and Office Manager.

I welcome feedback as we venture into a new world. Since change is essential, I encourage you to become a part of Region 16, join a club, become a delegate, board member or merely a volunteer. We need YOU! Kindly feel free to reach out with any suggestions or thoughts.


NYRU executive director Bruce Carpenter (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

VICE DIRECTOR

Bruce Carpenter
315-271-9073
Brucecar@aol.com


My wife and I own and operate Watching Hawk Arabians in Rome, NY. I’ve been involved with breeding, showing, promotion and sales of Arabian Horses for over 20 years. I currently serve as treasurer for the Empire State Arabian Horse Association Club, Vice-Director of Region 16, an AHA delegate representing ESAHA and on the Region 16 Sport Horse Committee.Nationally, I serve on the Committee for Sport Horse and Hunter/Jumpers, and the Regional Realignment Task Force.

I bring to the table a lifetime of experience in both the profit and non-profit sector of business. I’m committed to the future of AHA, Region 16 and my club, the Empire State Arabian Horse Association.  I will do my best to ensure prosperity now and in the future for all the Arabian Horse world.


SECRETARY

Julie Dugas
Region16.Secretary@gmail.com

My name is Julie Dugas and I am the new secretary for Region 16. I am also the secretary for the Connecticut River Arabian Association. I live in Fairhaven, MA with my daughter, one dog and 3 cats. I currently work as a Pricing Administrator Analysis for a global chemical company. I have been showing Arabians for many years and have gone to numerous Nationals and Region 16 shows,  My daughter shows with me and we can’t wait to get back to showing again and seeing all the friendly faces again.


TREASURER

Lance Walters
315-255-1293 (h)

315-567-1118 (c)
Lance.walters@arabianhorses.org

Our family has  shown, bred, and raised Arabian and Half Arabian Horses for 39 years. I’m married to Debby with two children and we live in Auburn, NY.  on our farm where we currently enjoy our 8 horses. Over the years we have been able to achieve multiple Class A, Regional, AHA Canadian, and AHA National Championships at numerous competitions.

I look forward to helping Cheryl, our Regional Executive Board and its delegates in re-achieving the strong financial foundation that this Region has enjoyed in past years.  With my background of being a club president, Region 16 Director for two 4 year terms,  AHA Vice-President for 4 years and  AHA President for 4 years I have a strong background for serving as Region 16 Treasurer. 

I also currently serve as AHA’s US National Show Commision Chairman which is AHA’s largest income producer.  This experience should allow me to offer valuable advice to our Region 16 Show Committee as well as insight into the show’s profitability.  

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have and I will try to help. 


IMMEDIATE PAST DIRECTOR

Lurline Combs
603-627-8645
lcombs1@comcast.net


YOUTH DIRECTOR

Kiki Basta
region16youth@gmail.com

My name is Kiki Basta, and I am the 2021/2022 Region 16 Youth Director! I have been showing Arabians since I was 11 in 2014 and have fallen in love with the breed ever since. I own two half-Arabians; Exxhilaration and Smug And Superior. With them I show equitation, hunter pleasure and sport horse under saddle. I can’t wait for this next year! 


COMMITTEES

AMATEUR & YOUTH

Amateur Co-Chair: Vacant

Youth Co-Chair: Sloane Roncaioli

860-716-1140
region16youth@gmail.com

Youth Director: Kiki Basta

Members:
Brooke Foti Gemmell
Talya Palmer
Gabriella Santaniello

ANNUAL CONVENTION PLANNING

Chair: Cheryl Lane-Caron
508-982-9628
region16arabian@gmail.com

BYLAWS & STANDING RULES

Chair: Don Schwartz
315-695-3557

don.schwartz48@Icloud.com

CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW

Chair: Gaylon Medley
315-626-6790
gaylonm@frontiernet.net


Co-Chair: Don Schwartz
315-695-3557

don.schwartz48@Icloud.com

Members:
Bruce Carpenter
Lurline Combs
Julie Dugas
Cheryl Lane-Caron
Katie Merrick
Corky Sutton
Lance Walters

DISTANCE RIDING

Chair: Vacant

LOCAL LEVEL

Co-Chair: Kristen Cuneo (NH)
kwwiser89@gmail.com 

Co-Chair: Christine Silvia (MA)

krystyne613@aol.com 

Co-Chair: Jim Maroney (NY)
jmaroney3@live.com  

Members:

MEMBERSHIP

Chair: Marcia Schwartz
315-695-3557
retiredteacher@twcny.rr.com

SOCIAL MEDIA & WEBSITE

Social Media Chair: Rebecca Murphy
Website Chair: Brooke Foti Gemmell

region16web@gmail.com

Members:
Kaitlyn Quillan

SPORT HORSE

Chair: Mary Beth Schultz-Smith
716-773-3933

mbschultzie@yahoo.com

Members:

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