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From the elite competitor to the backyard companion the horse for you is the American Saddlebred. 

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Committee List

ASHA

Name
Type
Description
Audit/Internal Controls
Standing Committee Per Bylaws
The Audit/Internal Controls committee will assist in providing oversight on all financial matters for American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association (ASHBA). Members of this committee are appointed by the President of the Board and are accountable to the Board of Directors of the ASHBA. This is a standing committee per AHSBA bylaws. Following are the primary responsibilities of the Audit & Internal Controls Committee: 1. Assist the board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities relating to: a. The integrity of financial statements and the financial reporting process, and systems of internal accounting and financial controls; b. Compliance with significant applicable legal, ethical and regulatory requirements; c. Processes to manage business and financial risk.
Bylaws
Ad-hoc
The Bylaws committee receives, reviews and recommends proposed amendments for American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association (ASHBA) bylaws. Members of the committee are appointed by the President of the Board and are accountable to the Board of Directors of the ASHBA. This is an ad-hoc committee. The Board of Directors shall have the power to make Bylaws not inconsistent with law or the Articles of Incorporation of the Association and shall have the power to alter, amend, or repeal the same. The Bylaws may be amended by the members at any meeting of the membership, provided written notice, including the text or proposed amendment, shall be given to all members at least thirty (30) days preceding said meeting. Following are the primary responsibilities of the Bylaws committee: 1. Review, on an ongoing basis, the bylaws 2. Research and collect information, as needed, to draft, edit and/or review proposed edits to the bylaws 3. Implement changes to the bylaws, as requested by the ASHBA Board of Directors
Charter Club Council
Standing Committees Per Bylaws
The American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association (ASHBA) shall have Charter Members consisting of associations or clubs of twenty (20) or more members whose primary interest is in promoting the American Saddlebred horse. Each Charter Member is responsible for producing a minimum of two (2) annual events, such as a horse show, clinic, mall promotion, horse fair, or trail ride. The Charter Club Council coordinates activities of the various Charter Clubs and promotes development of additional Charter Clubs. Each ASHBA Charter Club shall have at least one and no more than two members on the Charter Club Council. Members of this committee are accountable to the Board of Directors of the ASHBA. This is a standing committee per AHSBA bylaws. Following are the primary responsibilities of the Charter Club Council: 1. Promote the American Saddlebred at local and regional levels 2. Facilitate efficient communication channels between ASHBA Charter Clubs and the ASHBA BOD
Communications
Ad-hoc
The Communications committee shall assist the American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association (ASHBA) staff in managing external communications activities to promote the organization in a positive manner, serve the needs of the membership, and assist in making the membership aware of important information. Members of this committee are appointed by the President of the Board and are accountable to the Board of Directors of the ASHBA. This is an ad-hoc committee. Following are the primary responsibilities of the Communications committee: 1. Provide content suggestion, editing and oversight for weekly and other periodic communications including. 2. Provide input to communication schedule. 3. Create and edit communications concerning ASHBA initiatives. 4. Coordinate with the Marketing Committee for ASHBA website content.
Conduct Review Committee
Ad-hoc, per Code of Conduct Policy
The function of the Conduct Review Committee (CRC) shall be to review all complaints of alleged violations of the Association Code of Conduct properly filed with the American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association (ASHBA) and to make a determination as to whether or not there are reasonable grounds to believe an infraction of the Association Code of Conduct exists and whether the alleged infraction, if proved, is of sufficient importance to Association that it should go before the Board of Directors for review and imposition of sanctions. Members of this committee are appointed by the President of the Board and are accountable to the Board of Directors of the ASHBA. This is a standing committee per AHSBA bylaws.
Convention Planning
Ad-hoc
The convention planning committee assists with planning, execution and evaluation of the annual American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association (ASHBA) Convention. Members of this committee are appointed by the President of the Board and are accountable to the Board of Directors (BOD) of the ASHBA. This is an ad-hoc committee. Following are the primary responsibilities of the convention planning committee: 1. Plan and organize activities for the annual convention, execute the plan and bring the meeting to fruition. 2. Coordinate with other organizations, as needed, to facilitate a successful convention. 3. Liaise with the Sponsorship Committee to seek financial support for the convention. 4. Conduct and review evaluations for each convention.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
Standing
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee supports the mission of making the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) a more diverse organization that that welcomes people of all races, genders, sexual orientations, nationalities, religious beliefs, ages, socioeconomic status. As an USEF affiliate breed, the diversity, equity & inclusion committee supports ASHA growth by actively recruiting, retaining, and engaging members. This committee also supports ASHA by identifying and executing on strategies to make the breed more welcoming to existing membership and to new and diverse groups of people. Members of this committee are appointed by the President of the Board and are accountable to the Board of Directors (BOD) of the ASHA. This is a standing committee per ASHA bylaws.
Equine Welfare Advocacy
Standing Committee Per Bylaws
The Equine Welfare committee is responsible for monitoring animal welfare issues that are of concern to the saddlebred horse industry, identifying and prioritizing concerns and opportunities, evaluating related information and determining actions or activities that may be appropriate. Members of this committee are appointed by the President of the Board and are accountable to the Board of Directors (BOD) of the ASHBA. This is a standing committee. Following are the primary responsibilities of the committee: 1. Identify state and national organizations as part of a rescue referral program for membership. 2. Evaluate and apprise the ASHBA BOD regarding proposed state and/or federal legislation affecting the saddlebred industry. 3. Seek to affiliate the ASHBA with prominent industry groups (i.e., the American Horse Council (AHC)). 4. Recommend ways that the ASHBA can be more proactive regarding equine health and welfare issues.
Finance
Standing Committee Per Bylaws
Chaired by the Treasurer of the ASHA; reviews and provides guidance for all financial matters; reports on budget and financial activity to the Boards of the ASHA; coordinates with Audit/Internal Controls Committee regarding internal controls and independent audits.
Human Resources and Compensation
Standing Committee Per Bylaws
Reviews personnel and compensation issues following consultation with professional staff, and advises the Board as necessary on policies; reviews and suggests revisions to employee handbook.
Licensed Officials
Ad-hoc
The US Equestrian Federation has changed its Rules under Chapter 10 that moves the process for licensing officials into a separate Policies and Procedures document and transfers responsibility for drafting these policies and procedures to the Affiliates. Accordingly, the Licensed Officials committee is responsible for organizing and conducting the Licensed Officials Clinic and supporting activities to train and develop licensed officials. Members of this committee are appointed by the President of the Board and are accountable to the Board of Directors of the American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association (ASHBA). This is a standing committee. Following are the primary responsibilities of the committee: 1. Develop training materials; conduct Licensed Officials Clinics. 2. Liaise with the Rules committee to ensure that all training materials reflect the most current rules. 3. Conduct interviews per the “Hackney, Roadster, Saddlebred and Saddle Seat Equitation Licensing Handbook” to support the application and maintenance for “r” and “R” candidates.
Marketing
Standing Committee per Bylaws
The purpose of the Marketing committee is to steward the American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association (ASHBA) brand and image, assure that the organization has internal and external marketing and communications programs targeted at specific market segments and that the programs are aligned with clearly defined objectives to enhance the reputation of recognition of the American Saddlebred breed and the ASHBA organization. Members of this committee are appointed by Chairman of the Board and are accountable to the Board of Directors of the ASHBA. This is a standing committee per ASHBA by-laws. Following are the primary responsibilities of the Marketing committee: 1. Recommend to the Executive Director and BOD appropriate language and visual representation of ASHBA to external audiences. 2. Act as a sounding board to the ASHBA staff and BOD for marketing strategies and tools 3. Develop and propose innovative ideas and provide feedback on marketing activities as requested by ASHBA staff 4. Administration and management of the ASHBA website 5. Assure proper positioning of ASHBA with the media 6. Ensure unified branding and messaging across the ASHBA community
Nominating Committee for Officers
Established Per Bylaws
Per Section 2, Article IV of the Bylaws, consists of three members of the Board of Directors, all appointed by the President, one of whom shall be designated by the President as the Chair. The Nominating Committee for Officers recommends a nominee for each office from the members of the Board, and also recommends eleven (11) nominees to serve as directors of the Registry, at least six (6) of whom shall be members of the ASHA Board of Directors.
Nomination Committee for Directors
Established Per Bylaws
Per Part II, Article III of the Bylaws, consists of five members, two of whom are elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting, two of whom shall be selected by the Board, and the Chair who is appointed by the President. The Nominating Committee solicits, screens, selects and recommends nominees for vacancies on Board of Directors, based on the criteria stated in Part II, Article III of the Bylaws.
Operations Committee
Standing
The operations committee provides operational oversight and strategic guidance for the committees of the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA). This committee reviews and monitors the performance of the operations of the ASHA Committees, including key performance indicator results and trends (as detailed in Committee charters). Members of this committee are appointed by the Presidnet of the Board and are accountable to the Board of Directors (BOD) of the ASHA. This is a standing committee per ASHA bylaws.
Research Committee
Ad-Hoc
The purpose of the Research committee is to advise the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) on issues and policies concerning current topics or current or potential grants or awards concerning scientific or academic research specific to the American Saddlebred Horse industry. Members of this committee are appointed by the President of the Board and are accountable to the Board of Directors of the ASHA. This is an ad-hoc committee.
Riding Program Council
Ad-hoc
Promotes and develops policies for riding school and instructor programs.
Saddlebreds Across America
Ad-hoc
Sport Horse
Standing Committee Per Bylaws
Develops opportunities for Saddlebreds in International Disciplines to compete in both all-breed and Saddlebred events [Disciplines: dressage; eventing; jumping; endurance; reining; distance riding or trail riding; combined driving; pleasure driving; and emerging disciplines] Members of this committee are appointed by the American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association. This is a standing committee. Following are the primary responsibilities of the committee: 1. Develops opportunities for Saddlebreds in International Disciplines to compete in both all-breed and Saddlebred events [Disciplines: dressage; eventing; jumping; endurance; reining; distance riding or trail riding; combined driving; pleasure driving; ranch and emerging disciplines]
Stallion Sweepstakes
Ad-hoc
Standards & Rules
Reviews the standards of the breed; comments on changes or trends, and raises a voice when deviations from the standards occur; reviews the standards and rules under which Saddlebreds compete and recommends changes.
World's Championship Horse Show Advisory
Ad-hoc
Youth
Standing Committee Per Bylaws
The Youth Committee provides a forum to promote and advance the interests of the youth (aged 18 & under) and youth leaders with their involvement with the American Saddlebred Horse. Members of this committee are appointed by the President of the Board and are accountable to the Board of Directors (BOD) of the American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association (ASHBA). This is a standing committee per AHSBA bylaws. Following are the primary responsibilities of the youth committee: 1. Plan and implement of ASHBA youth programs, including clubs, awards, junior judging, fund-raising events 2. Plan and implement the annual Youth Conference 3. Assist in the planning and execution of the ASHA Youth Auction and Raffle 4. Evaluates and administers the ASHA youth scholarship program 5. Establish cross communication & dialogue with other Youth Programs (UPHA Ribbons of Service, American Saddlebred Museum)