American Saddlebred Versatility Association

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Janet Thompson, Pres.

Susan Aschenbrenner, V. P.

Tina Batchelor, Sec.

Hattie Francis, Treas.

​Joan Booth

Ginny Beth Norton 

Don Schilling 

Darryl Leifheit  

Susan Vine 

Betsy Boone  

Kris Wallace

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

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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.


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE AMERICAN SADDLEBRED?

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!

PARTICIPATE!

Send us your ideas on how VERSA can best promote the versatility of our awesome 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!

MEET THE VERSA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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.  

Susan Aschenbrenner, Vice President

Susan has been involved with American Saddlebred Horses for almost 30 years.  Her best-known show ring partner is WCC CH Callaway’s Cumulus with whom she has won numerous World Champion and national Champion titles.  She is currently showing Ethereal Love in the Fine harness division.  Susan and her husband John own Dreamacres LLC, an American Saddlebred breeding farm in Cumming, Iowa.  She began her active interest in the Saddlebred community with the juvenile riding careers of their three children.  Susan currently serves on the American Saddlebred Registry Board of Directors as their  Treasurer and the Charter Club Council and Pleasure Horse Committees through the ASHA.  She is also a long-term Director of the Iowa Horse Shows Association, Vice President of The Iowa American Saddlebred Association, and chaired the Des Moines Springfest Horse show for 18 years.    Susan graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood.  She earned a M.S. in Education from Drake University and taught both Kindergarten and preschool, where she served as school Director of Education.  She currently volunteers with United Way of Central Iowa as an advocate for early childhood education and health care.   

Tina Thomas Batchelor, Secretary

Tina, who is licensed as a Veterinary Technician, grew up with American Saddlebreds after having fallen in love with the breed at age 12.  She and her family raised, trained and showed horses under the Belle Aire Stables banner for many years and, after going “horseless” for a stint, she is now again a horse owner, with three Saddlebreds, one of which “Jackson”, works as an equine therapy horse and doubles as her western pleasure show horse, near her home in Zebulon, North Carolina, where the other two horses reside on her farm. She is a member of the North Carolina Horse Council and sits on their Welfare Committee; is a member of the American Saddlebred Association of the Carolinas; is a member of the ASHA and sits on the Equine Welfare Committee; is a member of the Livestock Conservancy and a member of VERSA.  Tina brings a lifelong commitment to the breed, the time to devote to the committee, and the resources to help VERSA as we work to promote the versatility of the American Saddlebred.  She notes, “I have the desire to serve the breed I so love and have loved all my life.  I sincerely believe in the intelligence and versatility of the American Saddlebred and am using my horses in ways that demonstrate that.”  

Harriet (Hattie) Francis, Treasurer

 

Hattie is an attorney for Orscheln Industries in Moberly, Missouri, and has owned American Saddlebreds for more than 30 years.  Her first Saddlebred was a natural gaited Stonewall King-bred mare.  Her horses have typically been used for at home pleasure mounts, although one of her newer horses is a top western and working western mare that will be her show and home trail riding mount.  Hattie is a firm believer in the versatility of the American Saddlebred and appreciates and supports the notion of a good job for every Saddlebred.  Her commitment to advancing the cause of the horse in an era of shrinking opportunities is shown by her service to the industry.  She is a Past President of the Missouri Equine Council and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Missouri Horse Shows Association and the Boone County Missouri Extension Council.

 Susan Vine, Delegate

Susan 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.