In Memory of Jeffie Wilkins Chapin

It is with the deepest regret that the GMHA Organizing Committee announces that Ms. Jennifer Chapin, known as Jeffie, suffered a fatal accident while competing at the Green Mountain Horse Association’s Festival of Eventing in South Woodstock, Vermont on August 11, 2019.

Chapin, aged 32, from Wenham, Massachusetts, and her horse, Joinem, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Johar x Keemon), suffered a rotational fall in the cross-country warm-up. Chapin was transported to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries. Joinem was reported to be uninjured.

GMHA sends our sincerest condolences to Chapin’s family, friends, and connections.


Read Jeffie’s obituatry, send flowers, sign her memory book, and view memorial arrangements here. Services will be held on Friday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. at The Myopia Hunt Club at 435 Bay Road in South Hamilton, MA.

Jeffie’s family has created the Jennifer Wilkins Chapin Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is as follows:

Riding horses was what Jennifer (“Jeffie”) Chapin loved to do more than anything.  It also helped her get through difficult periods in her life.

Jeffie shared her passion with many young riders through the years. To honor her memory, the Chapin and Wilkins families are establishing the Jennifer Wilkins Chapin Foundation, which will award grants and stipends to organizations and individuals to support young riders in the Northeastern United States.

While Jeffie’s life ended much too soon, her spirit and passion live on.  Contributions to the Foundation will continue Jeffie’s legacy and support a vibrant equestrian experience for selected young riders.

Tax-deductible charitable contributions in memory of Jeffie can be made by check and mailed to:

Jennifer Wilkins Chapin Foundation

110 Larch Row

Wenham, MA 01984