2019 Bunny Chartier Trophy Awarded to

Mike & Carol Ackerman

Previous Recipients
1998   Malia Miller
1999   Lisa Caylor
2000   Award not presented
2001   Ann Franke
2002   Jack Bloss
2003   Ron & Jennifer Henrichsen
2004   Janet Macklin
2005   Carrie Jacobucci
2006   Nancy Bruckhauser
2007   Roberta Leirer
2008   Anne Chal1mers
2009   Diane Cox
2010   Sally Craver
2011    Award Not Presented
2012    Christine Vehrs
2013    Gina Jones
2014    Phil & Karla Porter
2015    Jan & Clyde Canino
2016   Diane Russell
2017   Sharyl Thombs
2018   Dee Deyen
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RMCC has awarded the Bunny Chartier Perpetual Trophy almost every year since 1998. This trophy was given to honor the memory of Bunny Chartier, a training level driver with exceptional enthusiasm towards the equestrian sport of driving and excellent sportsmanship. When she was in her mid-forties, she abruptly and tragically passed away October 19, 1997 of an aortic aneurysm.

The RMCC Board of Directors in conjunction with Kathy Boerema and Walter Chartier (Bunny’s husband), originally conceived the trophy to be awarded to an amateur training-level driver who exhibited outstanding sportsmanship in carriage driving, improvement in driving skills, the enthusiasm and willingness to help others and love of carriage driving. All these concepts embodied Bunny’s dedication to the club and her unlimited enthusiasm for carriage driving.

In 2004, the RMCC Board of Directors widened the criteria for the award to go an amateur driver who has shown improvement in driving throughout the year as well as support at club activities, or for the club member who has contributed a significant amount towards the club in enthusiasm, time and effort to make RMCC events and the club better. The Board had to widen the criteria because at that time beginner training level drivers were few and far between.

2019 award winner is Mike & Carol Ackerman for their outstanding enthusiasm, dedication, time and effort spent to better RMCC in the past year. Mike and Carol have been promoting RMCC through opening their doors at Silver Whip Farm for clinics and fun driving events. They have been actively pursuing knowledge and improvement in their own driving skills and an encouragement to the club. Thank you for all you do to promote driving in Colorado.  Congratulations Mike & Carol. Well deserved!