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New Texas Charter Club Formed

The San Antonio Saddle Horse Association (SASHA) has been approved by ASHA as a new Charter Club in
Texas. SASHA was created to pursue four specific objectives:

  • To promote the education of the people of Texas in breeding, care, use, handling, and development of the American Saddlebred;
  • To encourage good sportsmanship and proper conduct among horsemen and horsewomen and to foster good fellowship among all persons interested in Saddle Horses.
  • To encourage proper and humane handling and care of horses and to prevent cruelty to animals;
  • To assist and establish an American Saddlebred horse show circuit in the State of Texas.

The association is also specifically interested in documenting and educating the people of Texas on the prominent role the American Saddlebred has had in the state, from Anacacho Ranch, located 150 miles west of San Antonio to Midnight Star, a "triple crown winner" in the ASB world, with wins in Louisville's 5-Gaited Stake in 1938, 1939, and 1940, owned and shown by San Antonians.

Officers of the association are Michael Beasom, President,
Lisa Mountain, Vice President, and Megan McAngus, Secretary/Treasurer.  The Board of Directors is comprised of Sandra Arguello, Cathy Hof, Marty Wernle, Cindy Slomchinski, Ernie Slomchinski, Stace Rust, Kathleen Rust and Terry Carter.

The primary event for the Association is the annual SASHA Charity Horse Show, scheduled this year for March 3-5.  The show has been presented nearly every year since the early 1960's.  The horse show benefits Visitation House of San Antonio, a transitional housing program for homeless women and their children. The show features a special leadline class during the Saturday afternoon session for the children of Visitation House, and many competing stables graciously donate their horses to the class.  

For information on membership in SASHA or for information on the SASHA Charity Horse Show, see the website at

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