Skip to content

ASHA Convention to Feature Dr. Sue McDonnell

Lexington, Kentucky - The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) has announced that Dr. Sue McDonnell, Founder of the Equine Behavior Program at the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center, will headline its convention in Lexington, Kentucky, set to take place Thursday, February 18, through Saturday, February 20, 2010, at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa.

McDonnell is the world’s foremost authority on studying and understanding the behavior of horses across all breeds, and has particularly emphasized stallion behavior. She is the acclaimed author of "Understanding Horse Behavior," and has worked with equine breeding behavior for her entire career. One of her renowned accomplishments was recommending changes to the handling of the Thoroughbred War Emblem, standing in Japan, who was purchased for $17.7 million, but had become a very shy breeder. Acting on her recommendations, his behavior was changed and he developed into a normal breeding sire. She has been known to make successful recommendations to stallion owners, including those of changed behavior due to aging, upon just being told the problem. Her experience is unmatched in the world.

Dr. McDonnell will host an open forum on stallion handling on the morning of Friday, February 19, and is also scheduled to deliver the keynote address to the convention on equine behavior during the ASHA members’ luncheon on Saturday, February 20. Both presentations will allow for ample time to question and discuss problems and horse management with her.

For additional information about ASHA’s 2010 Annual Convention & Youth Conference, visit the ASHA website, here.

More Stories

  • Bobbie Jo Jaakkola Wins AMHA Young Adult Alliance Judging School Scholarship

    The American Morgan Horse Association Young Adult Alliance (YAA) presented their fifth annual Judging School Scholarship to Bobbie Jo Jaakkola of Northwell, Michigan. The Professional Development Project created by this passionate group awards a $1,500 scholarship to one individual aged 21-40, professional or amateur, who is interested in attaining their Morgan R judging card. Read More
  • Spring Fling Horse Show to debut in its new location of the Equestrian Center at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids, IA, April 5-8, 2018

    Spring Fling Horse Show to debut in its new location of the Equestrian Center at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids, IA, April 5-8, 2018... Read More
  • Des Moines Springfest announces location

    The Des Moines Springfest Horse Show is scheduled for April 26 – 29, 2018.   We are pleased to announce the show will be held in the beautiful, state of the art Jacobson Arena at the Iowa State Fairground, Des Moines, IA. Read More
  • Coming Home Again

    Kevin Michael made a triumphant return to the show ring at Carousel Charity Horse Show Friday morning behind the elegant and high-stepping Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony CH Heartland Resplendant owned by Sandra Surber of Calistoga, California. Read More
  • ASHA Seeks Executive Director

    The American Saddlebred Horse Assocation (ASHA) is currently seeking to hire its next Executive Director. Founded in 1871, the ASHA’s mission is to safeguard the integrity of the American Saddlebred breed, to promote the use of American Saddlebreds, and to expand the public knowledge of the American Saddlebred.  Read More
  • Prize Lists Available for Asheville Saddlebred Classic

    The inaugural Asheville Saddlebred Classic is fast approaching and prize lists are now available at The entries closing date is April 20th and entries can be submitted online until that date. Hard copies of the prize list are available upon request... Read More
  • Blue Ribbon Opening

    Read More
  • Hall of Famer Dies

    Ronald E. “Ronnie” Graham passed away on Tuesday, March 13, during the Gasparilla Charity Horse Show. The horse world mourns the loss of this talented trainer, astute ground man, and friend to all. The recipient of the 2015 UPHA Tom Moore Professional Horsemen’s Hall of Fame Award, Ronnie was the first to lend a hand to those in need... Read More
  • Royal Crest's Mister Stone Now Being Offered For Your Consideration

    Consistently in the ribbons, this wonderful gelding has proven to be an absolute star in whatever division he is entered in: Walk and Trot Equitation, Open English Pleasure, Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure - he can do it all and he is ready for his next young rider! Direct inquires to Country Meadow Farm. Read More
  • HS Queen Of The Castle Now Being Offered For Your Consideration

    A lovely mare that will get you noticed! Shown successfully in Junior Exhibitor and Adult Show Pleasure and Park Pleasure with lots of wins to her credit. She is suitable for a more advanced rider - let her win for you! Direct Inquiries to Jennifer Dixon. Read More