Skip to content

ASHA Of Alabama Celebrates 2009 And Plans For 2010



On a cold, but clear and starry January night, members of American Saddlebred Horse Association of Alabama celebrated their accomplishments on Red Mountain at the historic The Club. With the lights of Birmingham sparkling below, ASHAA members enjoyed a wonderful dinner, highlighted by The Club’s famous orange rolls; bid on silent auction items; celebrated its high point award winners and other special awards; and enjoyed great fellowship.

The wonderful evening resulted from yeoman efforts by Association Vice-President Cindy Slemmons, Treasurer Emily Grigsby, President Suzanne Schnetzler and aptly-named "worker bee" Tamala Hillhouse. Past President Karon Bowdre presided over the brief business meeting that included election of new members to the Board of Directors: Scarlett Lowe, Vice President/President Elect; Brittany Fox, Corresponding Secretary; and Vivinne Von Baillou, Treasurer. Cindy Slemmons stepped up as president; Pam Robertson remains as recording secretary; and Suzanne Schnetzler stays on the Board as past president/member at large.

This year’s silent auction featured more items than ever before, due in large part to efforts by ASHAA outgoing president Suzanne Schnetzler who received generous donated items from such noted Saddlebred supporters as Doug Shiflet, Horse World magazine, Hartmeyers, Sandra Hall Photography, Alabama Blue Ribbon Tack, Show Ring Times, Friersons, Becker Brothers, Besco Awards, Clement Dennis, Judith Berkshire Jones, Cheryl Polland and Commotion. The UPHA Chapter 8 Horse Show and the Alabama Charity Championship Horse Show also donated "Box Seat" packages for their 2010 horse shows. ASHAA member Brittany Fox donated a "Collage Poster" from her Bee Photography. Each barn provided a special gift basket and competed to draw in the highest bid; that distinction fell to Winsalot Stables for its "Wine and Dine" basket. The auction raised approximately $3,000 to help fund ASHAA’s scholarship and youth awards.

As usual, the highlight of the evening featured the Outstanding Youth Awards. Erin Luks (Heathermoor Farm) received the Junior Award and proudly accepted a Fennell’s show bridle. Few dry eyes remained when Vice-President Cindy Slemmons read aloud Dabney Hofammann’s award-winning essay about her special relationship with her horse, Absolute Proof, (aka "Mr. Big"), who helped her through the untimely death of a friend. As Outstanding Senior Youth, Dabney received a check from ASHAA for $1,500.

Stepping Stone Farm won the High Point Academy Barn Award, and Heathermoor Farm Riding Academy won the Anita Cowart High Point Performance Barn Award. As part of the tradition begun in 2007, Stepping Stone honored CF Prince’s Night Out as the Academy Horse Hall of Fame inductee, and Heathermoor inducted Marie and Ray Attleberger into the ASHA Hall of Fame. The Attlebergers had horses with Ray Pitman in the 1950s, then with Jimmy Martin and became long-time customers of Billy and Kay Cox. They showed such outstanding horses as Hello Broadway and the road horses Rex Pendragon and Tigerette. Mrs. Attleberger, who is still active in the breeding business, was unable to attend the ceremony, but sent word that at 85, she is "still upright and has all her teeth."

In addition to the 12 academy division awards and 24 performance division high point awards, ASHAA recognized Stephanie Opp (B&W Stables) as High Point Junior Exhibitor, Reagan Huguley (Stepping Stone Farm) as High Point Adult Exhibitor, Rachael Wamble (Stepping Stone Farm) as the High Point Academy Junior Exhibitor and Bettie Borton (Stepping Stone) as the High Point Academy Adult Exhibitor.

The ASHA State High Point Pleasure awards for Alabama were presented as follows:

Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Junior Exhibitor - Kelsie Zuercher with Cadillac’s Crystal (Rocking S); Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Adult - Squash Creek shown by Vickie Honeycutt (Winsalot); Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Adult - I’ve Been Dheired, shown by Stephanie Fox; Show Pleasure Driving - Nora Gilliland showing Callaway’s Up A Creek (Winsalot); Country Pleasure Junior Exhibitor - The King’s Will shown by Austin Waldron (Heathermoor Farm); Country Pleasure Adult - Witchy’s Unlisted Prize shown by Christie Schnetzler (Rocking S); Country Pleasure Driving - Donna K. Smith showing Kelly Santana (Tim Henderson Stables).

Looking ahead to the Mid South Spring Premier Horse Show (May 13-14, 2010 at Priceville, Ala.), members stepped up to sponsor the "money classes" for the show. This year’s show will offer more of its famed southern hospitality, including the Friday night exhibitors’ party. The show has added some racking classes, as well as the crowd-pleasing costume class. For more information about the MSSP Horse Show, contact Charlie Byron at byronview2@aol.com or at 256-654-0142.

More Stories

  • Joint Leadership Council Announces Public Forums

    Working to fulfill its mission to bring about positive change in the governance of our sport, the Joint Leadership Council announces a series of public forums at spring shows across the country... Read More
  • Latest Issue 3 18 19

    Read More
  • More Than Just A Stallion Service: Northern Kiss Farm

    Nestled in the hills of Wytheville, Virginia, lies NorthernKiss Farm. Located an easy drive of just one mile off of I-81 and only a couple of exits from I-77, it is home to one of the industry’s top sires, Callaway’s Northern Kiss... Read More
  • Open House at the American Saddlebred Museum at the Kentucky Spring Premier

    Everyone is invited to the Open House at the American Saddlebred Museum at the Kentucky Spring Premier Saturday, April 13, 2019 immediately following the last class of the Horse Show. Read More
  • Latest Issue HW 3 19

    Read More
  • Waz Up? Wins

    Week two of Saddle Horse Report’s #foalsNfocus found Terri Anne Ullman’s Waz Up? submission at the top after the votes were tallied. This foal is sired by Top Of The Mark out of Country Heiress. Joanne LeMieux, DVM was the photographer. Terri Anne wins a three-year subscription for the top prize. Read More
  • Come Shop at Double D Ranch

    Double D Ranch, Rose Arbor Farm, Maguire Hall LLC and All Roses Farm present their talented Saddlebreds for sale. Rose Arbor presents the homebred four-year-old Rose Arbor Continuum and the multi-titled former reserve world’s champion park pleasure horse Rose Arbor Syncopation.  Read More
  • Come Shop at Double D Ranch

    Double D Ranch, Rose Arbor Farm, Maguire Hall LLC and All Roses Farm present their talented Saddlebreds for sale. All Roses Farm offers five-year-old Dance Master, a pleasure driving champion, three-year-old harness prospect Sweet Sassafras, three-year-old park, park pleasure or harness prospect Evening Roses and three-year-old five-gaited prospect Sweetest Love. Read More
  • Nominate to the UPHA Classics Program By April 1 for Discount

    Spring is just around the corner and it is time to nominate your American Saddlebred, Hackney Ponies and Morgan horses to the 2019 UPHA Classics Program. Read More
  • Dixie Cup Is Ready For Spring

    The Board of Directors of the Dixie Cup Spring Classic is pleased to announce their panel of judges. The show will be held on May 2-4 at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA... Read More