About TnSHA

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The Tennessee Stock Horse Association (TnSHA) strives to help our members ride better horses by creating better horseman and strengthening the relationship between horseman and their horses.

Read more about our parent organization the American Stock Horse Association (ASHA).

 

 

 

President:

Trevor HigginsTrevor Higgins an MTSU Alumni and current teacher at Blackman High School.

 

 

 

 

Vice President:
When not riding her American Quarter horses in various western disciplines and trail riding, Rebecca Jones (Email: mrebeccajones@gmail.com) is a science teacher in Murfreesboro and adjunct biology professor at Motlow State Community College.  She and her husband, Leslie, live just south of Murfreesboro, in the community of Christiana.   She has had horses since childhood, with time spent riding show hunters, later, an Appaloosa mare in as many youth events as possible, along with more recently carriage driving, trail riding and more.  She has been fortunate to have served on the boards of several equestrian organizations in Tennessee.  Along with prior horse show management and secretarial services, she now serves as horse show announcer for Central TN Dressage Association shows, as well as the Region 1 Dressage Championships held in Williamston, NC.  She currently rides her six-year old gelding, Im Into Chics, in stock horse and related competitions, and is having a blast!   She also has a three-year old mare, Nu Chex N Old Gold, which she’s looking forward to showing next year.  She has learned so much while participating in the clinics offered by TnSHA, and truly appreciates the adage “riding a better horse”.

Secretary:

Treasurer:
JenniferRichards2014Born in Naples, FL, raised in Leander, TX, and then settling back in Florida in Ocala and then Jacksonville, Jennifer Richards (Email: jrichards@pavs.com) most recently planted roots in Columbia, TN. A Certified Public Accountant and graduate of University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s in Accounting, Jennifer worked in the corporate world for ten years in accounting and management for several large corporations before taking a hiatus to become a mom in 2004. In 2005, Jennifer and her husband, Mike, moved to Middle Tennessee to start their business in the Audio Visual field and currently own and manage Professional Audio Visual Systems, LLC in Franklin, TN.  Jennifer’s love affair with horses started pretty early since her parents owned and showed Quarter Horses – she literally rode before she cJenAndChickyould walk! Jennifer grew up riding and showing horses in All Around Events at 4-H, AQHA, and various open horse show circuits. She then took a break from showing to go to college and pursue her career in Accounting. About two years ago she became bitten by the Reining and Cow Horse bug and started showing in the ARHA and ASHA shows, and most recently, the NRHA shows. In 2013, she received the TNSHA Year End Reserve High Point award in the Novice division with her Quarter Horse, Ima Cool Diamond Dude. She is especially proud of “Dude” since she raised him herself, and he was bred to be a halter and pleasure horse – not a reiner or cowhorse! Jennifer and Dude worked hard, learning at the stock horse clinics and also receiving instruction from a local trainer and are a good example of hard work and patience paying off.  She will now move up to the Limited Non Pro division in the 2014 show year. When not working or riding, Jennifer is also a “Soccer Mom” and volunteers as much as possible at her son’s school as well as her church. Jennifer’s favorite quote is, “While riding a horse, my heart is no longer in my chest, but between my knees.”

Current Board Members:

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A Tennessee native, Kathyrn Ayers participated in Eventing, Foxhunting, and Pony Club from the time she was 6 years old into adulthood.  During college she competed as a member of841101_10101585063671875_1113266792_o2 the IHSA team, Horse Judging Team, and Horseman’s Association for MTSU and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science with a concentration in Horse Science.  She has been competing in Reining ever since and has most recently been showing in Cow Horse events at the ARHA and Stock Horse Shows.  She has enjoyed becoming part of the TN Stock Horse family over the last few years and looks forward to helping TnSHA grow into the future.  Kathryn will be receiving the 2014 TNSHA Year End High Point award in the Limited Non-Pro division aboard her 18 year old Quarter Horse Stallion, Buck Stitch Doc. Kathryn currently works at Tennessee Equine Hospital and is married to local trainer, Lucas Ayers of Ayers Performance Horses.  They live in Thompson’s Station, TN and have an “almost 4 year old son” named Duncan.

Dr. Holly Spooner An Indiana native, Dr. Holly Smith (Email: holly.spooner@mtsu.edu) grew up showing quarter horses in all-around events.  She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas A&M University, focusing on Equine Nutrition, and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University, with emphasis in Equine Nutrition and Equine Exercise Physiology.  While at Texas A&M, Holly was a member of the first NCAA women’s equestrian team, the collegiate horse judging team, and showed in Quarter Horse and Stock Horse of Texas events.  She currently teaches classes in equine science and conducts research in equine nutrition and exercise physiology at Middle Tennessee State University.  She also serves as a coach of the MTSU Horse Judging Team.  In her free time, Holly enjoys showing her quarter horses in all-around and stock horse events, serving as a judge for open and AQHA shows, and spending time with husband, Scott, and  daughters, Grace and Gentry.

Former Board Members:

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As the granddaughter of a Colorado cattle rancher, Tanya Garrett has been obsessed with horses since the first time her dad told her stories of cattle drives.  After 30 years riding hunters, she began riding Western and Dressage, indulging her passion for Appaloosas.  She currently owns two registered Appaloosa geldings (Comanche and Jake).  Tanya first took an interest in TnSHA in 2012.  While she hasn’t competed as much as other mTanya 2aembers, she has been busy behind the scenes, serving on the Marketing Committee as well as programming and designing the TNSHA.org website.  Tanya works as a Manager of Software Development for a global event planning company and runs a small business in Web Development and Photography.  In addition, she has nearly twenty years experience in assisting small companies and non-profit organizations with growing their organizations and communicating with their membership.  She has been a founding officer in groups ranging from the Experimental Vehicles Program at MTSU to a corporate chapter of Toastmaster International, each time creating a thriving membership base.

Jill Lauber (Email: cjblauber@comcast.net) is originally from Wisconsin and “retired” from the Investment Management business.  She loves Tennessee, Franklin, and the wonderful opportunities to be involved with horses that Middle Tennessee has to offer.  She is a “Roper Mom” (like a Soccer Mom – but with diesel fuel and manure; trailer tire blowouts on the freeway; hauling horses through the middle of the night, during thunderstorms, snowstorms or through the Okefenokee swamp; vet bills; rope burns; running through mud during a torrential downpour to save the trailer awning; waking up in the trailer to the whinny of horses wanting breakfast; showering in the horse stall of the trailer and liking it; shaking hands with George Strait; spending quality time with your son…..and hat hair!) to a now 20-year-old team roping son.  She started showing in the Tennessee Stock Horse Association at the end of 2011 and currently competes in the Ltd. Non Pro Division.  Jill and her little chestnut gelding, Mighty Nu Cash, won two Novice Division High Point awards in 2012, so that bumped them up a division for 2013!   She was a Williamson County 4-H Horse Project volunteer leader while her son was in 4-H and is now an active board member of the Franklin Noon Rotary Club with a focus on the Franklin Rodeo.  She is a member of the Rodeo Committee, Community Relations Committee, and Volunteer Coordinator for the 300 volunteers it takes to work the rodeo.  In December, she will head to Las Vegas to attend the PRCA convention and NFR.

AlthougRachaelimage4Ah new to the TN Stock Horse Association, Nashville, TN native Rachael Snow has been involved with horses her entire life and now enjoys sharing that passion with her daughters Casey and Stephanie. Rachael spent her childhood Friday nights under arena lights entering every class she could at the local saddle club shows and the weekends climbing the ranks of Middle TN Pony Club to a C-3 while showing Quarter Horse Halter babies, Dressage horses, and Three-Day Eventers! She attended MTSU, earned a B.S. in Animal Science/Agricultural Education, while riding for the western Equestrian Team. In Rachaelimage1addition to competing, she has served time in nearly every volunteer role possible, from gate keeper to scribe to course builder to show secretary and believes that experience on “both sides of the fence” has made her a more appreciative and tolerant competitor and a more willing volunteer when shows don’t always go as planned. After college she took a brief hiatus from the show ring following the death of her father and her beloved Appy/QH cross Only A Scamp “Scamper”, and in that time focused on raising two wonderful girls and going back to school for a B.S. and a Master’s in Accounting. Since finding her way back to the show ring a year ago aboard CHR Pocos Doc (“Poco”), she has tried Stock Horse, Ranch Horse, and
 Reining and found her passion chasing cows! Now concentrating mainly on her new horse Snappin Pancho (“Snap”), she is pulling double duty as competitor and horse show mom to her youngest as she begins learning the ropes on Poco. After competing in the Intro Division with each of her horses in 2014, she’s looking forward to competing in the Novice division for 2015 and possibly introducing the next generation to TnSHA, if her nerves can survive watching her baby chase a cow!