The American Stock Horse Association (ASHA) is committed to educating people about stock horse training, and offers an opportunity for those people to participate in sanctioned ASHA events in regular and collegiate divisions. Because rewarding competitors for their accomplishments is a significant part of the organization’s objectives, they have introduced new national awards.
“Our organization is continually growing and seeking ways to acknowledge our members at regional and national levels. I’m proud to announce that we recently approved honoring national champions overall and national reserve champions overall in each of the six regular divisions and three collegiate divisions with a trophy buckle for the division champions and a monogrammed Cinch vest for the reserve champions,” Lenn Morris, Chair of the ASHA Awards Committee said.
The ASHA was developed based on a unique format, believing that anyone could “ride a better horse” through education. The ASHA promotes stock horse competition in conjunction with a dedicated educational program. Their program is based on a training clinic before each sanctioned show, followed by a judged event that consists of four components: pleasure, trail, reining and working cow horse.
“Our goal is to have a grassroots organization that allows people on a beginner level to come into a national show venue and not feel intimidated. It’s the driving force of our association,” Tommy Fuller, ASHA President said.
The idea of having a clinic preceding every ASHA competition has proven its success, meeting the need for standardized Western stock horse riding with training clinics that are fun and challenging. Through this combined educational program and competition format, both rider and horse have the opportunity to become multi-talented and polished.