American Saddlebred Versatility Association

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HISTORY

VERSA has come a long way from informal discussions, which began in 2006, about the need for an American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) Charter Club to promote the versatility of the Saddlebred horse. Discussions gained momentum in the spring of 2011 to form an organization to serve all of the USA and Canada. In the fall of that year, a sub-committee was formed in conjunction with the ASHA Charter Club Council.

 Efforts picked up steam in March of 2012 and the first Board meeting took place in September of that year.  In April of 2013, an Executive Committee was formed to take on the continuing administrative and legal groundwork necessary to make this dream a reality. All of the efforts came to fruition in September, 2013, when VERSA was incorporated in the state of Missouri and was then accepted as an ASHA Charter Club.

Progress was made in August of 2016 when the Internal Revenue Service approved VERSA's application and classified VERSA as 501(c)(3) public charity.  This enables our organization to obtain tax deductible donations from those who contribute to our efforts to carry out our Mission.

 Our history and progress going forward now depends on the enthusiastic support and involvement of the membership.  Please join us in carrying out our Mission!

 

VERSA PURPOSES

The American Saddlebred Versatility Association is organized and shall be operated exclusively for charitable and/or educational purposes including:

  1. Promoting and encouraging the versatile character and use of the American Saddlebred Horse by promoting opportunities for the American Saddlebred Horse to compete is as many equestrian disciplines as possible and encouraging the United States Equestrian Foundation to adopt rules for such competitions.
  2. Creating and distributing education materials such as DVDs and tutorials to educate and inform the public about the versatile character of the American Saddlebred Horse. 
  3. Developing and maintaining a website, the purpose of which is to promote the versatile character and use of the American Saddlebred Horse through education of the public generally and to provide additional educational materials to the Senior and Junior members of the Corporation. 
  4. Presenting clinics and other educational forums and opportunities throughout the United States in order to promote and demonstrate the versatile character and use of the American Saddlebred Horse. 
  5. Encouraging competitions designed to promote and demonstrate the versatile character and use of the American Saddlebred Horse thereby educating members of the public about that versatile character and use.