About TnSHA


Tennessee Stock Horse Association
Tennessee Stock Horse Association


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.

For information regarding the TN Stock Horse Association feel free to email us at  TNStockHorse@gmail.com

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

Trevor Higgins, President
Trevor Higgins, President

President: (Email:higginst@rcschools.net) an MTSU Alumni and current teacher at Blackman High School. Trevor enjoys spending time sharing his passion for horses with others. He is looking forward to growing the TnSHA and bringing more showing and clinic opportunities for our participants.




Joy Brigham, Vice President

Vice President: Joy Brigham (Email:joypbrigham@gmail.com)Joy grew up in Alexander City, Alabama and started riding at a young age. While in college, she worked for cutting horse trainer Randall Morris of Slocomb, Alabama. During her time there, she started working as the announcer for Southeast Cutting in Geneva, Alabama. Through her 8 years with Southeast Cutting, she learned about show production. In 2010 with the help of a few friends, Joy started Southeast Stock Horse in Headland, Alabama. Through the 5 years of producing stock horse shows there, she had featured clinicians such as Ted Robinson, Richard Winters, Chance O’Neal, Ben Baldus, Brian Sumrall, and many more. Joy served on the American Stock Horse Association National Communications Committee from 2011-2014. She has been a National Cutting Horse Association and is a current American Ranch Horse Association certified show secretary. She also was the show producer for Heritage Days Classic in Liberty, Texas for 3 years. Joy moved with her husband Matthew and daughter Carrie to Tennessee in December 2016. Her daughter is actively showing in Tennessee Stock Horse, Tennessee 4-H, IEA, and AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse. She also serves on the board of directors for Lincoln County Horseman’s Association and is the volunteer leader for the Lincoln County 4-H Horse Group.

Rebecca Jones, Executive Secretary
Rebecca Jones, Executive Secretary

Executive Secretary: 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.

Dr. Holly Spooner, Treasurer
Dr. Holly Spooner, Treasurer

Treasurer: 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.

Current Board Members:

Show Committee 

A Tennessee native, Luke Brock (Email: lb4w.mtmail@mtsu.edu) grew up riding and training quarter horses from a young age. He specializes in western and ranch events. He received his associates degree in Horse Training and Management from Lamar Community College in Lamar, Colorado. He then apprenticed for reined cow horse trainers in Colorado and California before returning home to Luke BrockTennessee. He earned his B.S. in Horse Science from MTSU. During his time as an undergraduate he was a member of the Stock Horse Team, the Equestrian Team, and the Horse Judging Team. He was successful on all teams most notably he was the 2018 ASHA Ltd. Non-Pro National Champion and in 2017, he was third in the nation for intermediate horsemanship in the IHSA. Currently he is the President of the MTSU Stock Horse Team and is completing his M.S. degree. In his free time, Luke likes to spend time with his chocolate lab, Jake and his horse, Dually. His continued goal is to be a better horseman everyday.

Leslie Jones
Leslie Jones riding Woodrow

Leslie Jones (Email:lesliejonesferrier@gmail.com) has been showing and competing with the TN Stock Horse Association since its start. While his day job is a farrier he enjoys spending his time on the back of his horse competing in stock horse and ranch horse events. He and his wife Rebecca Jones enjoy spending their time riding and driving their horses.




Carly Eady

(Email:carly.lamb2010@gmail.com) has had a passion for horses since she was a small child. She grew up on a farm in North Carolina where she spent her youth trail riding and competing in breed shows in multiple disciplines. At the age of 16, Carly completed a two-year trainer certification under Matt Gable, a John Lyons certified trainer and from there continued with her passion in training horses. Carly has competed in 4 Mustang Makeovers, winning 1st in the pattern portion of competition and finishing in the Top Ten in Decatur, Alabama. Her passion for horses and helping others brought her to the Stock Horse Association with the goal of promoting an avenue for horse owners to compete and enjoy their mounts.


Digital Media Manager

Courtney Smith, a graduate from the MTSU Horse Science program in 2008, competed on the IHSA Equestrian Team and Collegiate Judging Team. She was the recipient of the Winston Churchill Award anCourtney Smithd Outstanding Young Professional Award while in attendance at MTSU. Courtney has spent her life being actively involved in the equine industry through training horses, competing in rodeos and breed shows, teaching clinics, and coaching youth and adults from local to national levels. Teaching others and helping them achieve their goals is a passion for Courtney. She is the Owner of Need A Hand Horse Training in Murfreesboro, TN and the Head Coach of Team Need A Hand, a member of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. Courtney is actively involved in multiple organizations holding positions such as the IEA Western Region 4 president, the TN State 4H Horse Show Committee, and as a Board Member for the TN Stock Horse Association.  Courtney is a strong advocate of continuing education and self-improvement which is why she believes so much in the TN Stock Horse Association.

Awards Committee

 Diane Kendrick Diane Kendrick moved to TN from GA about 5 years ago. She discovered her passion for horses in her late 30’s. This passion led to  her interest in showing. Now Diane and her gelding, Star of Texota, continue to compete and have won multiple year end and high point awards. These awards are a result of hard work and being wiling to face your fears with each new challenge. Her goals are to continue riding and learning. She hopes to serve as an encouragement to others that are new to riding and showing. She also enjoys spending time with family and loves to involve her six grandchildren in her love of horses.


Education Liaison

Andrea_Rego_0_1_0Andrea Rego grew up an active Georgia 4-Her, mastering in horse quiz bowl, hippology and public speaking. She was successful showing horses in all-around events in 4-H and Pony of the Americas as a youth. Andrea attended Berry College in Rome, GA, where she received a B.S. in Animal Science and competed on the varsity equestrian team. While at Berry, she was a part of the first national championship western team in 2011. In 2012, Andrea was a reserve champion in team open horsemanship, which allowed her to represent IHSA in the first-ever Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge at the 2012 AQHA World Show.  She completed her undergraduate career with a fourth place finish in the AQHA collegiate cup.

In 2014, Andrea joined Middle Tennessee State University as a Graduate Assistant for the Horse Science center. During her time at MTSU she instructed horsemanship lessons for the equestrian team, assisted faculty with undergraduate courses, and traveled internationally as an AQHA Horsemanship Clinician to Sweden, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. She received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award in 2016 for her work at MTSU. Andrea became a level three Certified Horsemanship Instructor in both Hunt Seat and Western disciplines. Andrea completed her research on Perceptions of Welfare Regulations at Stock-type Horse Shows and graduated from MTSU in August of 2016 with her M.S. in Horse Science (Equine Education).

Andrea joined the faculty in Horse Science at Middle Tennessee State University in August of 2016. As a lecturer, Andrea teaches a variety of undergraduate courses in horsemanship, equine assisted activities and therapies, stable management, event management, and introduction to animal science. Additionally, Andrea coordinates the Center of Equine Recovery for Veterans (CERV), a program established as a partnership with the Veterans Recovery Center In Murfreesboro, TN and Horse Science to provide services for Veterans diagnosed with a mental illness. Andrea also assists in coaching the nationally renowned equestrian team and the stock horse team.



Helping You Ride A Better Horse