For Immediate Release
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Contact: Michelle Krentz
Junior Programs Administrator
American Saddlebred Horse Association Elects New Board Members
Lexington, Kentucky – Through the new option of online voting by its members, as well as voting by traditional paper ballots, the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) has elected new members to the ASHA Board of Directors.
The newly elected members of the ASHA Board are: Leslie Rainbolt-Forbes (Oklahoma), Stacey Kipper (Colorado), Jackie Cline Hale (Alabama), Holly Nichols (Louisiana), Chuck Herbert (Indiana), and Janet Thompson (Missouri).
Leaving the board due to expiring terms are Minna Hankin (Pennsylvania), William Marple (Texas), Scott Matton (Wisconsin), Lisa Siderman (California), and Judy Werner (Illinois).
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Leslie Rainbolt-Forbes has been involved in the ASB industry for eight years as a supportive "horse show mom" to daughters Eleanor, Caroline and Katherine. She has volunteered both time and funds to multiple industry causes, including the U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team, the 2010 WEG, 2012 BreyerFest with Sprinkles, ASHA and UPHA Conventions, and numerous horse shows. She is a member of the USEF, the UPHA, and the AHHS. Leslie has significant expertise in financial and communication skills. She holds a MD degree from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management. Her volunteer experience includes serving as the current Chair of the 7-member Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma, overseeing a multi-million dollar athletic and academic budget. She has worked professionally as a marketing product manager for a large Texas bank holding company and as a physician. Leslie prides herself in finding new solutions to old and existing problems. As an ASHA Board member, Leslie would is particularly interested in the promotion and marketing of the ASB; financial management and governance of ASHA; and developing new youth programs. Her vision for the future of ASHA is for growth, through designing strategies for retaining and increasing members. She foresees reaching out to new members through directed marketing and advertising, increasing community attendance and involvement in local shows, and new programs encouraging young people to continue their involvement beyond the junior exhibitor years.
Stacey Kipper holds great experience both in the American Saddlebred industry, as an owner, exhibitor, breeder, and amateur trainer. Stacey also serves as President of the Colorado American Saddlebred Horse Association. She is a member of the ASHA’s Charter Club Council and the Colorado High Steppers Youth Club, and she is the Manager of the Denver Queen City Horse Show. She is also President of the Colorado Futurity. She is a member of the USEF, UPHA, the American Saddlebred Museum, and has participated in the Grand National Program and the Futurity and Sweepstakes Programs. Stacey has a high level of expertise in financial, organizational, and communications skills, and has fund-raising experience. She holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Denver. She currently owns her own business, SK Properties, which subdivides land and builds houses. She was formerly the Vice President/Head of Loan Operations for Colonial Bank in Colorado. She has put her professional expertise to good use in the organization of the Denver Queen City Horse Show. As an ASHA Board member, Stacey is particularly interested in financial management, aiding horse show management, and promoting the American Saddlebred. Her vision for the future of ASHA is gaining National breed recognition for the American Saddlebred in all disciplines and furthering education of Saddle Seat on a National level.
Jackie Cline Hale
Jackie Hale and her husband, James, operate a Saddlebred training stable with an active riding lesson program and a public auction company. Jackie’s volunteer roles in the Saddlebred industry include: corresponding secretary of the ASHA of Alabama Charter Club for seven years; the Region 10 Charter Council Representative for two terms; production of the UPHA Awards Banquets since 2000; UPHA Chapter 8 secretary since 2006; UPHA Chapter 8 Horse Show and Southern Saddlebred Fall Finale developer and Co-Chairman; coordinator of the development and maintenance of the current UPHA website; German Team Coach for the 2010 World Cup Saddle Seat Equitation Competition; and she and James were the recipients of the ASHA’s Gordon Jenkins International Award in 2010. She is a member of the USEF, the UPHA, and the AHHS. Jackie holds degrees in English/Mass Communications and Political Science from Birmingham-Southern College. Currently Jackie also offers marketing and promotional services through her company, Tricolor Promotions. She has previously worked as an Account Executive for a commercial printing and advertising agency and a direct marketing company. Jackie has experience in developing innovative programs for Saddlebreds. As an ASHA Board Member, Jackie is particularly interested in serving in the areas of Marketing and Technology. Her vision for the future of ASHA is growth and expansion of the breed through improved support of training stables, lesson programs, breeders and horse shows utilizing grassroots marketing efforts.
Holly Nichols is an American Saddlebred owner, breeder, and amateur exhibitor, married to the well-known Saddlebred trainer James Nichols of Cascade Stables. She has served in various volunteer efforts for the Cascade Stables Youth Group, Friends of the Stables in Audubon Park, and the LASHA Charter Club. She has also served as a volunteer with the UPHA’s Pink Ribbon Program. She is a member of the USEF and the UPHA, and has participated in the Grand National Program. Holly has significant experience in financial, organizational and communication skills. She has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University. She is currently serving as a Senior Banker, Executive Director for J.P.Morgan’s Private Bank, a position that she has held for the past ten years. Prior to joining J.P.Morgan, Holly worked as an advisor and brokerage manager in the financial industry since 1987. In the community, she has served as Finance Chairman for the Junior League of New Orleans. As an ASHA Board member, Holly is particularly interested in helping strengthen the mission of the growth of the American Saddlebred industry. She would like to use her financial expertise to aid ASHA financial management, her communication and networking skills to aid in promoting, marketing, fund raising within the association and in the public. Her vision for the future of ASHA is to continue as a leader and to expand members, charter clubs, and youth groups while maintaining an effective run organization and a growing endowment.
Chuck Herbert has been a professional horseman for 30 years, operating out of Cedarwood Farm in Evansville, Indiana. His entire family is involved in the industry; his wife Nancy is active in UPHA activities; his daughter Kelsey was the UPHA Youth representative for the USEF Youth Council; and his son Caleb is the assistant trainer at Cedarwood Farm. Chuck was elected to the ASHA Board in 2009 to serve the remainder of an unexpired term, and he is also a current Director of the American Saddlebred Registry. Herbert previously served on the UPHA Board of Directors as an officer for eight years, and was President of the UPHA for two of those years. Chuck is a member of the ASHA Convention Planning Committee, the ASHA Finance Committee, the ASR Finance Committee, the ASHA Rules and Standards Committee and he also serves the USEF Rules and Standards Committee, the USEF Licensed Officials Committee and the Kentucky State Fair Qualifications Committee. He is a member of the USEF and the UPHA. Chuck has a degree in Veterinary Technology from Purdue University. He is a USEF "R" Judge in the Saddlebred, Hackney/Harness, Roadster, and Saddle Seat Equitation divisions. As an ASHA Board member, Chuck is particularly interested in continuing his jobs on the Finance, Rules and Standards, and Convention Committees. His vision for the future of ASHA is to improve marketing and recognition of the American Saddlebred.
Janet Thompson is an amateur/owner/trainer/breeder, with a passion for the American Saddlebred and all it can do. She is now serving as president of the Missouri Horse Shows Association and as the Chair of the American Saddlebred Registry’s Sport Horse Committee. She helped to form the new Saddlebred Versatility Club, and has facilitated various seminars at previous ASHA Conventions. She is a member of the USEF and an associate member of the UPHA. Janet has expertise with organizational and communication issues. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri, from which she also received her law degree and a degree in alternative dispute resolution. She was an Assistant Public Defender for the State of Missouri, representing the capitally-accused, for 25 years and was just elected Boone County Missouri's Northern District Commissioner. As an ASHA Board member, Janet is particularly interested in increasing the market-share of the American Saddlebred with horse enthusiasts in the United States and around the world.
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