Marty Paulk Cheerleader Award
marks the twenty fourth year that GERL has been helping
horses in Georgia. While those members who are very
active today, are vital to the continued survival,
growth, and effectiveness of the organization, let us
not forget those who have gone before.
One who must never be forgotten is Marty Paulk. She was
among the very first passionate warriors in the fight
against equine mistreatment in our state. Marty was a
lifelong horsewoman and then became the consummate
“horse show mom” to her horse loving daughters. She was
one of the first to embrace and work very hard to
establish and accomplish the GERL mission. She never
missed a chance to support GERL with her kind words, her
generous heart, and her boundless energy.
It was Marty who organized and hosted the GERL Christmas Party in
the beginning years and she who arrived at each weekend
camping event in the early morning hours to begin
preparations for insuring that the participants were
served a hearty breakfast and, above all, hot coffee.
She wrote the most beautiful notes on behalf of GERL to
those who may have suffered a loss or who deserved
praise or needed encouragement. When cancer took Marty
from us, it was indeed a sad day for the Georgia horse
Your GERL Board of Directors now seeks to keep Marty’s memory alive
by awarding the prestigious “Marty Paulk Cheerleader
Award” each year to a GERL member who, like Marty, has
worked very hard to support horses in need and promote
GERL at every opportunity. The coveted trophy is kept by
the recipients for one year as a reminder of the
appreciation it represents. It is then returned to be
presented to the next honoree. Each year, the winner’s
name is engraved on a brass plate which is mounted on a
beautiful walnut placard where it joins the names of
previous winners. The placard is proudly displayed at
each GERL event.
I would like to note that the choice of each year’s
recipient, is always very difficult as there are,
thankfully, many who deserve the honor.