Skip to content

ASHA Announces 2017 Board Officers



At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) held on Saturday, January 21, 2017, in conjunction with the UPHA's Annual Convention in New Orleans, the Board announced election of the following officers for 2017:

President: Donna Pettry-Smith (IL)
Vice President: David Rudder (KY)
Secretary: Sandra Currier (TX)
Treasurer: David Mount (KY)

The Board also elected the following three individuals to serve on the ASHA's Executive Committee for 2017, together with the above four officers:

Kristen Cater (NH)
Elisabeth Goth (KY)
Cheryl Innis (CT)

All other ASHA Committees will be repopulated in 2017, and ad hoc Committees will be established, all of which will be announced in the near future. Committee members must be members in good standing of the ASHA; each Committee includes at least one ASHA Board member, to serve as a liaison to the ASHA Board. Committee news and minutes will appear on the ASHA website throughout the year.

Incoming ASHA President Donna Pettry-Smith stated, "It has been a pleasure to work with Bob on a couple of large projects this year. The ASHA's comprehensive list of USEF rule change proposals aimed at improving our breed's image was important to Bob, and I appreciated his vision to portray the American Saddlebred in a positive light. Additionally, Bob's leadership was instrumental in fighting the USDA's Amendments to the Horse Protection Act that had the potential to have a large negative effect on our breed. I cannot truly convey how grateful I am to him for sharing his wisdom and experience. “

"What an experience this has been. My six years on the board and two as President has been time well spent working with a staff and board members who have the best interest of the American Saddlebred at heart," said outgoing President Bob Funkhouser. "There are things we didn't get done and there are things I'm very proud of. I feel great about the new leadership and look forward to helping where I can. My connection to the ASHA and its members will be a part of me forever."

More Stories

  • #FoalsNFocus – Week 12

    The final week of the 2022 #foalsNfocus program ended with an outstanding group of shots of foals from across the country. This week’s top three photos came from Washington, North Carolina, and Kentucky, respectively. Read More
  • UPHA Horsemanship Challenge Tee Shirts Order Deadline

    ASAW Summerfun Horse Show is happy to host the UPHA Horsemanship Challenge again in 2022. The order for the tee shirts the riders will be wearing must be placed before the entries close for the show. The order needs to be in by June 23.  Read More
  • Latest Issue 6 20 22 RC

    Read More
  • Latest Issue 6 20 22

    Read More
  • 2022 Indianapolis Charity Canceled

    Indianapolis Charity, scheduled for June 29-July 3rd, has been canceled. The show which has been a proud tradition in Indianapolis for 46 years has historically been held in early June. The Indiana State Fairgrounds facility was unavailable for those dates this year so the show was moved to the end of June.  Read More
  • Summer’s End Moving To World Equestrian Center

    Exhibitors will have the opportunity to compete at the renowned World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida on September 8-11, 2022. The Summer’s End Horse Show is moving to this amazing facility and is sounding the call to come join in the fun. Read More
  • ASHBA is Launching a Monthly Giving Campaign!

    Monthly investments are the most surefooted way to help an organization plan for the future. Even a small donation can make a BIG impact! That is why the ASHBA is launching its monthly giving campaign... Read More
  • World’s Championship Horse Show Prize List and Entries Now Open

    Entry information for the World’s Championship Horse Show, the most prestigious Saddlebred show in the world, is now available online... Read More
  • Reception and Pop-Up Shops at the American Saddlebred Museum

    The American Saddlebred Museum invites everyone to a free Wine and Cheese Reception before the Lexington Junior League Horse Show on Wednesday, July 13 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. See the new exhibit CH My-My, experience the newly renovated Elisabeth M. Goth History Wing, and enjoy a glass of wine.   Read More
  • Continuing The Conversation

    This series of Continuing TheConversation has been dedicated to a subject that affects every part of the show horse industry – breeding. Even if you’ve never thought of raising a foal, the breeding game has an effect on several things if you’re a participant in the show ring, from the availability of horses to purchase to the price of those horses... Read More