Passion for the horse industry and passion for serving others seems to rise to the forefront for this year’s leaders on the National Snaffle Bit Association’s Foundation board of directors. This team is tasked with assisting the Foundation in administering its core programs, including Equestrians With Disabilities Grant Program, Trainer Crisis Fund, Heroes On Horses, Animal Welfare Fund and the Youth Scholarship Program.
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Let’s get to know this year’s officers and directors.
Rebecca Hogan, Chair
Since establishing her Chepota Farm Appaloosa breeding business 13 years ago, Rebecca Hogan has produced numerous ApHC world, national, Reichert, NSBA BCF and European champions. She owns 11-time world and national champion ApHC stallion Spot My Blue Boy.
Although she did not have an opportunity to fulfill her passion of owning horses until later in life, Rebecca never outgrew her love for them. She earned an animal science degree from Oklahoma State University and her Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University. Before she became solely involved in horses, she raised English Springer Spaniels and commercial cattle. In addition to her work on the NSBA Foundation, she serves on the board of directors of the Texas Appaloosa Association.
“I hope to help in building the Foundation beyond its infancy and into the national platform it is becoming,” Rebecca noted. “It is gratifying to help the needs of people in the horse industry and those that look to the horse for healing and joy.”
Amy Hassinger, Chair-Elect
Amy Hassinger, of Aberdeen, North Carolina, was a professional horsewoman with a successful national hunter jumper business as a competitive rider, trainer, judge and coach for more than 20 years. She left her training business to focus her attention on the growth and development of her family veterinary business, Hassinger Equine Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation, the equine product company Equine Healthcare International, and her consulting business, the Hassinger Group. With a background in finance, Amy has used her experience in the horse industry to network and collaborate with business professionals around the globe. She appreciates the mission of the NSBA Foundation. “The ability of a foundation to provide support for special projects is one of the many qualities that separates NSBA from other organizations,” she said. Amy has a special interest in developing programs that develop the pipeline of new riders and new trainers. “Opportunities for individuals to compete on horses from a grass roots level is necessary to sustain growth in our organization. New trainers also need support and education in order to grow viable business. I plan to focus my time in 2016 to efforts that will benefit the next generation of riders and professionals,” she said.
Alyssa Ypparila, Secretary
Alyssa first learned about the NSBA Foundation’s Equestrians With Disabilities Program two years ago, and instantly wanted to help. “I wanted to get as many EWD riders sponsored as I could,” she said. “My attitude was, ‘what’s the worst they will say, no?’ I’ve been told no before, and I’m not afraid to keep trying.”
Now in her third year as a board member, Alyssa is honored to serve. “Horses are amazing animals and pose a way of healing and helping beyond human means,” she said. “If I can help just one person feel better, heal and gain confidence, it’s all worth it.”
Stephen Stephens, Treasurer
Stephen Stephens is a long way from his New Jersey roots in his current life as co-owner of Dry River Ranch in Weatherford, Texas, where he specializes in training, lessons and stallion management. Along the way, he owned and promoted the AQHA stallions Dynamic Deluxe, Dynamic In The Dark and Consider His Source, and today Dry River Ranch stands AQHA Stallions IE Reason and Mechanic.
Stephen is known for his outside-the-box thinking, and has volunteered for nearly every position on the NSBA board including serving as president in 2010. His work includes formation of the Stallion Incentive Licensing and Smart Points programs, but the development of the Equestrians With Disabilities classes at the NSBA World Championship Show is his most gratifying NSBA project·
In addition to his NSBA Foundation involvement, Stephen serves as president and executive committee member of the Texas Quarter Horse Association.
Susan Kanpp, Past Chairman
The Knapp family, of Van Meter, Iowa, has a long history of involvement in the horse industry. Susan Knapp has shared her love of horses with her daughters, Sara and Anna, with the blessing of her husband, Bill.
·Susan, along with daughter Sara and son-in-law Patrick Heeley and daughter Anna and husband Jamie Zuidema, have been showing at AQHA events locally and nationally, earning Congress and AQHA World Show championships, futurity wins and circuit awards for about eight years. “It really is a family affair,” she said. “We get to travel a lot and enjoy being together at the shows.”
Susan spearheaded the effort to build awareness of the NSBA Foundation and was instrumental in engaging others in the acitivies of the Foundation in her role as Chairman.
A member of NSBA since the association’s inception, Carrie Oakley, of Pilot Point, Texas, has been a horse owner, breeder and active exhibitor in the industry for many years. In addition, she has owned two NSBA Hall of Fame horses, Hotrodder’s Jet Set and Delea Siemon. An NSBA and AQHA world champion who is passionate about the pleasure horse industry, Carrie came through the ranks as a Youth, Amateur and Select exhibitor, and passed her passion for horses along to her daughter, Courtney, who also competes in Amateur and Non-Pro events. A professional inside and out of the arena, this Texan is also a real estate agent and equine insurance representative, and has won many awards honoring her achievements in and outside the horse industry. She has actively participated in United Way, Chamber of Commerce fundraisers and is involved in missionary work through her church. “I am driven to succeed at my personal and business endeavors,” she said. Carrie and her husband Troy reside in Pilot Point, Texas.
Wayne Davis started his training business in Ortonville, Michigan in 1983. His wife, Judy, joined him in 1987, and the duo have been producing AQHA world and Congress and Honor Roll champion horses ever since. Today, Wayne maintains two training facilities in Ocala, Florida, and Ortonville, Michigan. In addition to his horse business, Wayne also operates Quality Bedding, which sells shavings to the All American Quarter Horse Congress as well as several other regional horse shows and feed stores and horse farms. Quality Bedding has grown to become one of the largest shavings suppliers in the Midwest. Wayne’s experience volunteering as a coach with participants in the Heroes On Horses program at the 2015 NSBA World Championship Show prompted him to accept a position as a director on the NSBA Foundation this year. “I was really humbled by that experience, and there wasn’t a horse trainer out there who wasn’t proud to be there,” he said. “I’m very proud to be an American. I thank every United States serviceman I pass on the street or in the airport. If it wasn’t for what they do, we would not be here showing horses.”Wayne sees his position on the NSBA Foundation as a way to give back to the men and women who made showing horses possible. He intends to contribute by opening doors to the Foundation and introducing some of his many friends to the work of the NSBA Foundation.
Jennifer Hulcher, of Argyle, Texas, has been involved in the equine community for many years. Her hobby is also her vocation through her ranch, Equine Salt Water Therapy, which provides preventive maintenance therapy, conditioning and rehabilitation for horses across several breeds as well as eventing horses. Since first competing at NSBA events four years ago, Jennifer has met many friends and earned many awards and titles. Jennifer and her daughter Brookie Bancroft have been involved with ApHC for several years, earning national and world champion titles.
Jennifer has been an ApHC member since the early 1970’s and has served on the Dal Worth Appaloosa Horse Club and Texas Appaloosa Horse Club boards, assisted the Appaloosa Youth Association as well as coordinated Texas World Show Team. Her community involvement makes her an ideal board member for the NSBA Foundation, including the Community Civic League, United Way, Angel Tree, Humane Society of Flower Mound, Teton County Animal Shelter, Jackson Hole Animal Shelter and Coats for Kids. One of her horses, Ravishin Radical, has been used as an EWD therapy horse at Stable Strides in north Texas.
After being introduced to the NSBA Foundation through the Equestrians with Disabilities and Heroes On Horses programs at the NSBA World Championship Show, Laurel Champlin, of Gardnerville, Nevada, has watched the Foundation grow and observed the impact fundraising efforts have had on riders who face challenges.
“Three years ago, my husband and life partner passed away,” she said. “I am finally at a place in my life where I am ready to give back. I have the time and energy to give to this wonderful foundation and am excited for the opportunity to serve.” She cites the Equestrians with Disabilities and the Veteran Heroes On Horses programs as areas of special interest.
Laurel has been involved with NSBA since it began in 1983. She served as a horse trainer, coach, judge and breeder, before becoming an Amateur exhibitor later in her show career. In addition to the NSBA Foundation, she has been involved with other non-profit groups including Desert Club scholarship program, volunteered at Kids And Horses and as a board member at Pet Network.
Dr. Brad Beauvais
Dr. Brad Beauvais
As a recently retired veteran who served in the United States Army Medical Service Corps, Dr. Brad Beauvais, of Cibolo, Texas, has a special interest in assisting wounded warriors and their families. The NSBA Foundation’s Heroes On Horses has provided a perfect fit for Dr. Beauvais.
Dr. Beauvais' experience in finance, education and development of small businesses, as well as with other non-profit organizations, provides a valuable asset to the NSBA Foundation board, however his passion for horses is also lifelong. He grew up raising and showing Quarter Horses with his family in South Dakota and passed his passion along to his daugters who also show successfully.
Dr. Beauvais operates Brunner & Beauvais LLC, a breeding and show prospect development business with his mother, Patty Brunner, in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Merry Sharp of Winter Garden, Florida, bought her first horse in 2006, and had seven horses by the middle of 2007. “I am relatively new to all this, but I have jumped in with both feet and am not looking back,” she said.
She operates a 15-acre horse farm in Central Florida where 27 horses currently reside, and a few foals are expected in 2017. Merry and her daughter Jaime are often found competing in NSBA and AQHA events.
“My entire life, I’ve always been keen on volunteering to help out those in need,” said Dominic DeStefano, of Edmond, Oklahoma. Dominic has done everything from walks for the cure, to providing home-cooked meals to the less fortunate during the holidays, to raising guide dogs for the Guide Dog Foundation. Perhaps it is no surprise that he was attracted to service on the NSBA Foundation board.
“I’ve worked closely with members of the NSBA Foundation over the past year, and I believe we share the same passion and drive needed to make the charitable foundation run efficiently and effectively,” he said. As an active Navy pilot, he has a special interest in the Heroes On Horses and EWD programs.
NSBA members may remember Dominic and his APHA stallion I Got Em Talkin, who presented the riderless horse during the 2016 NSBA World Championship Show’s presentation of colors during the Heroes On Horses. Dominic is also a board member with the Oklahoma Paint Horse Association.