Around the World with ASHBA
Over the last few weeks the ASHBA team has been on the road and in the office working to #SharetheSaddlebred. From Murpheesboro, Tenn. to South Africa- our team has been working hard to promote and protect the American Saddlebred.?
NATIONAL ACADEMY CHAMPIONSHIP HORSE SHOW?
In early November, we hit the road and traveled to the National Academy Championship Horse Show (NACHS) to provide programming and learn more about this special horse event.??
The National Academy Championship Horse Show is the only 4-day, three-judge-panel academy show in the nation. Over the past 23 years, this show has raised $790,900 dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which includes a donation of $101,000 this year.??
The ASHBA team provided each competitor with an ASHBA swag bag that contained hats sponsored by Elisaebth Goth LLC, St. Jude tote bags, pom-poms and fidget spinners, as well as information on ASHBA programs and the American Saddlebred. During the event, the ASHBA team was onsite to assist Joyce Webster and the NACHS team with event operations and to learn more about the show.??
Riders from High Caliber Stables (NC) show off their ASHBA Swag Bags at the National Academy Championship Horse Show in Murfreesboro, TN. All exhibitors were gifted swag bags that included breed information, ASHBA ball caps sponsored by Elisabeth Goth, LLC, fidget spinners & more!
2022 5-Gaited World's Grand Champion Epoque Kiss NKF & Burt Honaker meet with fans at the National Academy Championship Horse Show.
Special thanks to Christy Parker, Betsy Boone, Chris Schubert, Emily Lee, Tre Lee, and Kristen Bagdasarian for their contributions to make the exhibition a success!??
The fun didn’t stop there! Saturday night at NACHS was also one to remember. With help from EventMix, ASHBA put on the 2023 Exhibitors Carnival complete with bounce-houses, cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, and carnival games. This event was made possible by the generosity of the ASHBA Board of Directors, Elisabeth Goth LLC, Saddle Horse Report, the United States Equestrian Federation, and Independent Equine Agents.?
A group from ALSAC-the fundraising arm of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital served popcorn at the NACHS Exhibitors Carnival.
UPHA AMERICAN ROYAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HORSE SHOW?
After a week in Murfreesboro, Tenn., our staff headed to the UPHA American Royal National Championship Horse Show where we helped #SharetheSaddlebred with more than 260 Girl Scouts and high school students through programming provided UPHA and the American Royal. The ASBHA team helped teach each group about proper horse care, horse science 101, and what to look for when they see an American Saddlebred in the show ring. After the classroom portion, the groups toured the barns, met some wonderful breed ambassadors and watched part of the exciting evening performance.??
We continued to connect and educate our youth through our Horsing Around with Ellen Beard program and a Junior Judging Contest. The winner of the 12 year-old and over division was Cali Arizz and the winner of the 11 year-old and under division was Cara Ballerstedt.?
At the UPHA American Royal, the ASHBA team assisted in hosting 200 Girl Scouts for Girl Scout Night at the American Royal. The ASHBA team taught the basics of the horse, horse care, and what to look for when they see an American Saddlebred in the show ring! After the classroom portion, the group toured the barns, met some wonderful saddlebred ambassadors & watched part of the evening performance!
ASHBA Board President, Anna Marie Knipp and generous donor Sally Jackson presented the first $20,000 Stephens College Scholarship to the winner of the USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final. Lifetime Saddlebred enthusiast and ASHBA member Sally Jackson funded this special award, to be used toward educational expenses at Stephens College.??
EASTERN NATIONAL 4-H ROUND-UP?
In Louisville, Ky., ASHBA sponsored awards and scholarships at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-Up. Each year, we sponsor awards for the reserve champion in Public Speaking and Horse Bowl as well as a $500 scholarship for the winner of the Horse Judging Contest. We are proud to support the next generation of equine professionals and to support their mission of providing positive youth development experiences.?