American Saddlebred Versatility Association

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Janet Thompson (MO), Pres.

Paula Briney (IL), V. Pres.

Joan Booth (NJ), Sec.

Gail Russell (NE), Treas.

Ginny Beth Norton (TX)

Don Schilling (MO)

Darryl Leifheit (KY) 

Susan Vine (MA)

Betsy Boone (NC)

Brian Curran (WI)

Michelle Krentz (KY)


We encourage all VERSA members to join ASHA. For the ASHA application click here.


Complete the Membership Form online (on the drop down menu) or download print and mail it in.

Membership Types
Senior and Junior

Current VERSA Bylaws are available for Members to refer to. Click here.


Besides having a tremendous,  capacity for collection, brilliance and impulsion as well as presence and intelligence, and an impeccable temperment, trainability and endurance, with pure correct gaits, the willingness to learn, and is personable with that "look at me" attitude; besides all that the Saddlebred is - Made in America! 

 VERSA is proud to support the Mission of Saddlebred Rescue.

1,000+  horses saved            and counting!


Send us your ideas on how VERSA can best promote the awesome versatility of our breed.  Tell us what VERSA can do for you as a member and tell us what you can contribute to VERSA's mission.  We want to hear from you!


Janet Thompson, President: Janet started riding, primarily on American Saddlebreds and in the Saddle Seat discipline, in the 1960's and gained experience from a multitude of different instructors and trainers. Over the years, Western, Dressage, Eventing, Jumpers, and Trail were added to her skill set as different horses showed themselves to be more suited to those disciplines. Currently Janet is competing with CH Quiddditch, (Ozzie), a five-gaited pleasure horse trained at home. I'd Rather Be Blue, (Lily), a working western horse trained by Carol Jones, and The King's Speech, (Bertie), discipline to be determined, rounding out her current string of horses.  On the ground, Janet is the president of the Missouri Horse Shows Assoc., which is a multi breed, multi discipline organization. She is the co-founder of Partners in Equitation, which facilitates the creation of partnerships between riders from mainstream riding programs and riders in therapeutic riding programs. She is Co-chair of the Associate Members group for UPHA Chapter V; founder of Calvary Episcopal Charity Horse Show; and Founder of Janian Series Horse Shows.  There's more - she was a public defender for 25 years, concentrating on the defense of the capitally accused in Missouri state courts, and she is the current Northern District Commissioner for Boone County Missouri.  

Paula Briney, Vice President:  For Paula Briney of Chatham, Illinois it's all horses all the time and she wouldn't have it any other way - that is all she's known since childhood. The Briney family is well-known in horse circles around the state and the nation. Paula's father, Paul and mother Sally are huge advocates for the horse industry and have been honored for their work. Last year Paul was honored with the Van Ness Award at the American Horse Council annual meeting. As the manager and head instructor of her family's Pratense Farm, Paula teaches English lessons and coaches her students in their competitions. She competes in saddle seat and dressage events. She has a BS from Stephens College in Equine Science with a minor in business. Paula advances the horse industry by volunteering her time and leadership with many organizations. She is a lifetime member of the United States Pony Club and a graduate of their program at the H-A level and is still very active in Sangamon Valley Pony Club. She works with the Center Line Dressage organization which is part of the United States Dressage Federation of which she is a lifetime member. Paula has been a delegate to the USDF convention for the last 10 years and is an active competitor. She has Bronze, Silver, Gold Medal rider status with USDF, has passed their judges program with distinction and is accepted into the USEF "r" dressage judge program. She serves on the Youth Charity Horse Show board as co-vice president. She loves the Saddlebred and now serves as the committee chair for the ASHA Sport Horse committee.

Joan Booth, Secretary:  Joan started riding "by the seat of her pants" as a child, usually bareback (as it was too hard to tighten the girth). There was little opportunity to ride until college age and then it was with a jumper trainer. When the family moved to North Carolina from Michigan, she discovered the American Saddlebred - love at first sight. It was there that she bought her first one. That was about 40 years ago. Having owned many Saddlebreds over the years and having been in training at stables in 5 different states (due to job transfers), her background is extensive. Although a saddle seat rider, she enjoys trail riding, has ridden with the hounds and on hunter paces (all on a flat cut-back saddle). She is a member of ASHA of NJ, ASHA, USEF, and is a delegate to the ASHA Charter Club Council. She considers herself fortunate in that she has been able to enjoy horses and horse people, not only as a hobby, but also in her business career. Joan has worked in the equine insurance industry for over 30 years both on the company side as a manager and on the agency side in various roles. In addition, she started a website design business,, in 2014 catering to the equine community.  


Gail Russell, Treasurer: Please welcome Gail Russell of Beatrice, Nebraska who has been appointed by the VERSA Board of Directors to fill the vacated position of Treasurer as of December 11, 2015. Gail has shown Saddlebreds for over 50 years. Over the years she has shown in nearly every division. Currently she is showing a three-gaited English Country Pleasure horse. Her husband, Denny is showing in Country Hunter Pleasure.  They keep their horses at home and do most of their own training. They also have had a few broodmares in the past.  Gail comes to us with experience as a treasurer for another organization. This, together with her long time involvement with the American Saddlebred,  should prove to be a good combination in her efforts to help VERSA advance their mission.


 Susan Vine, DelegateSusan has been riding American Saddlebreds since can’t-remember-when on pastures and dirt roads of rural Ohio, mostly bareback.  Her dad went south to Kentucky for his first ASB and Susan was blessed with a Saddlebred childhood of equine 4-H and camping out with the prettiest horses around who usually won the spontaneous dirt-road races. After a hiatus of many years, Susan bred and raised two ASB foals both trained to drive and started in dressage, and an ASB/KWPN mare who is currently in dressage training, all born in her barn at home. Susan is a member of ASHA and chaired ASHA’s Charter Club Council for six years, during which time the Council created the High Point Awards program offering awards for the first time to American Saddlebreds in any and every discipline in which they compete.  She is an incorporator of VERSA and worked for several years behind the scenes helping to bring VERSA to fruition.