Region 8 Executive Committee
Mark Goff-Region 8 Director
Mark has been associated with Arabian Horses since he was a teenager. His parents owed a breeding farm for more than 20 years. He has shown as an amateur and has won multiple National Championships in the English division. Mark currently holds a USEF “R” in Arabians and an “r” in Morgans. He has been a long time Region 8 delegate from the Four Corners Arabian Horse Club and served as Region 8 Treasurer from 2000 to 2017. His professional background is in accounting, serving as a controller for an engineering firm for over 16 years.
Jim Porcher Vice Director
John Simmons Treasurer
Raised on a working cattle ranch in southern New Mexico, Jim Porcher has been involved in the horse industry, as a trainer and breeder, since the 1970s. He has trained National winners in Western Pleasure, Country English Pleasure, Show Hack, Hunter Pleasure, Halter and Working Hunters as well as National winners in Spain and International winners at the European World Cup. Jim retired from professional training in 2012 and has been reclassified as an Amateur competitor. Jim competes in the Open Working Hunter division on his home-bred Anglo-Arabians. He serves at the President of the Arabian Horse Association of New Mexico, Chair of the Region 8 Show Commission, Region 8 Vice-Director and is a Commissioner for the Arabian Sport Horse Nationals.
My name is John Simmons, I am presently the Region 8 Treasurer, and my lovely wife is Donna. I am a retired Police Officer, retiring at the rank of Captain, after serving 38 years in law enforcement. I have an Associate's Degree, and a Bachelor's Degree in the Administration of Criminal Justice. I have been raising, breeding, and showing Arabian Horses for over 35 years.
My wife and I own a small farm in Kearney, MO where we have bred one or two Arabian mares each year. We have actively shown our foals successfully at Class A Shows, Regional Shows, and at both the Canadian, and U.S. National Shows in Halter, Western Pleasure, and Hunter Pleasure. I have been vigorously involved with the Eastern Kansas Arabian Horse Association (EKAHA) since 2001.
I have been a member of the Board of Directors with EKAHA from 2003 to 2016, serving as Vice President 3 years and as President 3 years. I have been one of, and currently am, an EKAHA Delegate, and have served in that capacity since 2007. In 2004 I was honored to receive the Arabian Horse Association Club Level Volunteer Service Award and in 2015 I was privileged to receive the Arabian Horse Association Regional Level Volunteer Service Award. I have been actively involved in multiple EKAHA activities, the MOKAN (Missouri/Kansas) Border Bonanza Show, a Region 8 and Region XI qualifying show, since 2010, and have served as the Co-Show/Barn Manager for the last three years. I have also served as a Region 8 Show Commissioner since 2010 and was elected as the Region 8 Treasurer in November 2015, and began serving in that capacity November 2016.
Helen Alfaro, Secretary
Rusty Cook, Past Director
Helen has served as Region 8 Secretary since 2014, after serving for 6 years as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Arabian Horse Club. Helen rode her first horse in Boulder, Colorado in 1967 and she has nurtured a passion for horsemanship ever since. She now has had over 20 years of riding lessons on Arabians, Saddlebreds, Morgans, Thoroughbreds, Appaloosas, and Quarter Horses, in a variety of disciplines including gymkhana and jumping. She also has 3 years of experience driving draft horse-drawn passenger carriages in Kansas City's historic Country Club Plaza district. Helen began riding Arabian horses in 1989 but had never owned a horse of her own until 10 years later. She now has many years of Class A and Regional Arabian horse show experience in English, Hunter, Western, Driving, and Native Costume. And she only recently began competing at US Nationals. Helen has owned several horses over the past 17 years and currently owns a purebred Country Pleasure gelding named CSP Danze Tothe Music. Helen has a bachelor degree in business administration and a master's degree in healthcare systems. She is now employed by Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, as a drug information researcher and content writer. Helen is married to Mark Prout and has 3 adult children, Kara, Sidelle, and Michael. Aside from horse activities, Helen enjoys cooking, sewing, making quilts, gardening, biking, hiking, and enjoying time with the many friends she has made through her involvement with Arabian horses.