American Saddlebred Versatility Association

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2017 was a busy year for VERSA.  Probably the most exciting development was the finalization of VERSA's Promotion Fund, which together with our 501(c)(3) status, enable VERSA to accept donations that the donors can designate as charitable contributions, and thus allow VERSA to assist with more promotional opportunities across the country.  I am so thankful for the work that Board members Joan Booth and Gail Russell (our secretary and treasurer, respectively) did on both the (c)(3) application and the Promotion Fund.  Their diligence and support of our efforts allowed us to really raise the bar, not just for 2017 but for many years in the future. 


For 2017, our promotional efforts included sponsorships at Dressage at Devon, the Western Dressage National Championships, the Dressage National Championships, in the “dailies” at the World’s Championship Horse show, Mid-America Saddle Club Horse Show, appearances at events like the Time to Ride event, held in conjunction with St. Louis National Charity Horse Show, and the Boone County Historical Society’s Stables Tour.  Further, the ASHA “I’ll Take You There” banners that VERSA had made a few years ago continued to be utilized by VERSA members at events across the country, to publicize the American Saddlebred at events of all sorts.  At the end of 2017, we finalized our commitment to sponsor awards through the American Endurance Ride Conference for riders of both pure and half Saddlebreds.  Through this partnership, the American Saddlebred will be recognized for the increasingly prominent role it plays in the endurance world.  Thanks go to former Board member, Lisa Siderman, who spearheaded this partnership for VERSA.  As you may have seen, at the upcoming Convention, one of our Directors, Darryl Leifheit, will receive the Wing Tempo Award on behalf of his wonderful Singsation, who has been a "sensation" and really epitomizes the versatility of the breed, having been a champion in the futurity classes, the five-gaited arena, and most recently, in the combined driving field.  Clint, as Singsation is known, has been a standard-bearer for the breed and it was the great pleasure of the VERSA Board to nominate him for this highest of honors.  Congratulations Darryl and Clint!!

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