ASHBA Board Spotlight Q & A with Julie Behrends Jones
Published Date: Mar 31, 2021
Learn more about one of the leaders at the American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association (ASHBA). Follow us each week as we share these Q & A's with each member of our board of directors! You'll learn their history with the breed and how they want to make a positive difference for the American Saddlebred.
- Name: Julie Behrends Jones
- Location: Danville, KY
- How did you get started with the American Saddlebred? Funny thing… We lived in Texas at the time, and raising Half Arabians. Jim Stachowski was our trainer and located in Texas at the time. He told me to go buy better Saddlebred mares. Well, I went and did that, and raised only one-half Arabian. The lure of the Saddlebred world just drew me in, and that was that. No more Half-Arabians.
- What is your involvement with the American Saddlebred currently? I have a small band of broodmares, with the goal of raising quality ASB’s. My husband and I take care of our 85 acre farm, and do almost all of the work needed. In 2019, I asked to be on a committee, and Owen Weaver got me on the Registry finance committee. In 2020, I was asked to be on the Registry board, and I enthusiastically said yes! Now that the merger is done, I am now on the Registry Council, which also got me on the ASHBA Board.
- Why are you passionate about serving on the ASHBA board? These wonderful horses, and the people I have met along the way have given me so much, and if I can help in the industry that means so much to me… just a little… well, I feel I owe it to them to do my best.
- What other industry boards &/or committees have you served before? As a small business owner for most of my adult life, we did not have a board, just me and my husband. When you do that, you have to learn how to manage money and your employees on a very personal basis. In addition to the commitment to managing and leading our business, I served on the American Saddlebred Registry finance committee in 2020.
- What is your vision for bettering the breed through serving on the ASHBA board? There are so many wonderful and smart people on the Board, and I think that my perspective as a small, boutique breeder who is on a budget allows me to bring the mindset of so many other small breeders in our industry to the table.
- What committees/councils/initiatives at the ASHBA will be or are you serving on as board member? I look forward to serving on several committees. I am very interested in how we deal with horses that are rescued, rehomed, and the process for them getting their papers back, and hopefully getting these animals into loving homes where they can be utilized.
- What are the top three challenges you believe the ASHBA Board should be working on?
- We need to making sure the members are being listened to and using many forms of communication to hear our members needs and respond to them.
- I do believe that we need to take the cue from other light breeds and really focus on how to showcase the horses that won’t be “Saturday Night” horses.
- We also need to work on how to get more people involved with Saddlebreds. I don’t personally have a solution right now but look forward to being a part of one. These horses are wonderful in whatever you want them to do, and we need to get that across to everyone.
- What is one thing most people don’t know about you that you’d like to share? I have bees. I am not the best beekeeper. I am more of a “bee-haver” right now because I’m really busy at the time of year I should be looking after my bees, but I keep trying.