About

Background

Western States Stock Horse (WSSH) was chartered as a Non-Profit Organization in 2011 and represents Region 6 of the American Stock Horse Association.

Region 6 consists of nine states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

WSSH is an affiliate of the American Stock Horse Association (ASHA), which is an outgrowth of the Stock Horse of Texas (SHOT), established in the 1990's. ASHA was chartered as a Non-Profit Organization in 2008.

This Versatile Stock Horse show concept is NEW to the West Coast and is Open to ALL horse breeds. The concept combines one day Educational Clinics and one day Competitions in a non traditional show format that offers a unique point and scoring system. This allows the rider to test their progress through competition.

The show format was designed to be straight forward and positive, always encouraging growth and improvement. With low cost entry fees, Jack-Pots, and All Around Paybacks, WSSH is an affordable and enjoyable way to educate and show horses.

Board of Directors

WSSH Board Of Directors


CHAIRMAN - Robert Hartley
(503) 798-1077
hartleyperformance@msn.com

Born and raised in Wyoming, Robert's love for horses was evident from when he was just a young boy and wishing for his first pony "Dusty" . At age five he met his first mentor, Max Pollet who later helped with the purchase of Dial A Duke, an AQHA gelding that gave Robert his first State Title.

Other mentors during Robert's youth career were Roy Yates, Rodger Peterson, and Steve Schwartzenberger. After graduating from Glenrock High School in 1988, he took an apprenticeship job for Rocky Dare and moved to New Jersey. After two years on the East Coast Robert moved back to Wyoming and started his own training business.

In 1992 Robert took an offer to train horses in Germany. Training horses in Germany for four years not only benefitted Roberts experience, but also his language and personal skills. One of the most memorable experiences while in Germany was getting to know legendary horseman John Hoyt.

In 1996 it was time to return to the United States. At this time he attended Linn Benton Shoeing School in Corvallis, OR. After completing his schooling he maintained a horse shoeing and training business. In 2000 Robert went to work as Head Trainer for El Dorado Ranch in Central Point, OR. In 2003 he leased the facility
and started Hartley Performance Horses LLC, and met Stacy Jo and married in 2005.

Robert has several State, Regional, and National horse titles to his credit in several disciplines.

Robert and Stacy Jo now live in Harrisburg, OR with their two children Brandon and Hope Rose.

VICE CHAIRMAN - Stacey Lyle
(541) 936-1629
StaceynLyle@gmail.com

Stacey was born and raised in Placerville, CA, a small town northeast of Sacramento. She has always been in love with horses and was given the chance to have her first pony and then large pony with the help of her Aunt and Uncle starting at age 7. She was very fortunate to have an amazing hunter-jumper trainer that volunteered as a 4-H leader and won many state titles aboard her large pony and paint horse. 

Stacey earned a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Systems Management with a minor in AgriBusiness from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. It was in SLO that Stacey worked for the late Jeff Walker and found her love of the all around Stock Horse. Jeff had everything from pleasure horses to rope horses to cowhorses and they all had the same great working foundation. 

In 2005, Stacey moved to Oregon and found herself working for Veterinary Service Inc. in the Information Technology department for 10 years. In 2007, she married Jason Lyle and had their son, Cole in 2011 and daughter Cassie in 2014. Stacey and Jason own Lane Manufacturing Company in Lebanon where they specialize in custom rubber molding and manufacturing irrigation gaskets. 

Stacey has had the opportunity to ride with a large handful of wonderful trainers in various disciplines and has enjoyed taking the best parts from every one. One of her favorite aspects of the American Stock Horse Association is that it showcases all of the aspects of an all-around working horse. 

If she is not working at Lane Manufacturing or raising kids, Stacey enjoys gardening, home renovations, and camping with her family.

EDUCATION - Dawn M. Sherwood
OSU, Department of Animal Sciences
(541) 737-1929

Dawn.sherwood@oregonstate.edu

Dawn grew up on a horse in the big sky country of Montana. Horses, sheep, cattle, dogs and the always faithful barn cats have been a part of her entire life. She raised registered Targhee sheep for over 20 years and learned early…sell a sheep buy something for the horse or even better, sell several sheep and buy a horse.

4-H and FFA were huge influences on who Dawn is today. While in 4-H and FFA she had projects that ranged from training young horses to sewing; yes, Dawn can sew J. These organizations along with her family instilled Dawn’s competitiveness, sportsmanship, leadership and public speaking ability she exhibits today.

In college Dawn judged livestock at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming. Then it was off to Texas Tech University where she judged horses on a nationally renowned team. She received both her BS and MS degrees at Texas Tech in Animal Sciences with an emphasis in horse nutrition.

She taught in both the Animal and Equine Science Departments at the University of Minnesota-Crookston for five years. Dawn then realized she wanted something bigger and better so she decided to pursue her Ph.D. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2007 in Animal Sciences with an emphasis in feedlot cattle nutrition and environmental impacts.

Currently, Dawn is an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University’s Department of Animal Sciences and the states’ Extension Horse Specialist. She teaches all of the department’s equine science lecture classes which include classes such as Introductory Horse Science, Stable Management and Exercise Science, just to name a few.

Outside of academics Dawn enjoys photography and barrel racing.

SECRETARY - Stacy Jo Hartley
(503) 798-1076
hartleyperformance@msn.com

Stacy Jo grew up in Grants Pass, Oregon on the Rogue River. Here she pursued her two loves, horses and golf. 4-H, Open Shows, and Three Day Eventing started her path and love for horses.

As she entered High School, golf took center stage. Stacy earned a State Title with her High School Golf Team. After graduation from Grants Pass High School in 1988, Stacy received a Full Scholarship to New Mexico State University and played golf in Las Cruces, NM for four years and achieved Academic All American.

In 1993, Stacy graduated from University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. She also competed on the U of O Women's Golf Team.

It was after graduating from College that Stacy moved to Phoenix, Arizona and helped start an indoor golf teaching facility, Golf Breakthroughs. Her unique approach to teaching was cultured through this experience.

Soon the opportunity to play Professional Golf on a Women's Mini Golf Tour arose and Stacy moved to San Francisco, CA. Working for Vogue as an Advertising Executive Assistant and then assisting the Investment Banking Department of Morgan Stanley gave Stacy extensive Business and Marketing knowledge. Both of these positions gave her valuable experience in the Corporate World. Golf during this time was always at the forefront with teaching and playing professionally.

In 2003 Stacy made the decision to return to Oregon and became the Production Manager for Mountain Monograms, a family owned venture. At this time her love for horses was stronger than ever and brought her to a local barn where she met her husband to be, Robert Hartley. In 2005 the two married. Robert and Stacy have two children, Brandon and Hope Rose.

TREASURER - Reuben Davidson
(541) 409-1507
bigelk50@gmail.com


Tim Taylor

(541) 601-6268
taylor.ta51@gmail.com

In 2003 Tim's started his journey in horsemanship with an introduction by wife, Judy Taylor. Judy has been around horses most of her life and her introduction to Tim has been life changing, fun and a great trip.

Judy has shown in various disciplines and also Western States Stock Horse. WSSH has been a great way for Tim to get involved in showing and he enjoysthe unique show format.

Tim supports many clubs in the Rogue Valley as a volunteer, and WSSH gave Tim a chance to show and still be supportive as a member.

Trail riding and camping in the mountains are a few of Tim's other joys in life.

Julie McClaire-Yates
(503) 504-0022
haughtt11@gmail.com

Julie's love for horses started around the age of 8 at a dude ranch in Black Butte, OR. She used to
ride her bicycle to the stables where her Mom was a ranch hand; just for the opportunity to get on
one of the horses.

Her love of horses grew and she started competing in Pee Wee Rodeo's with her beloved pony, Winner.
She loved barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, break-away roping and even rode a few steers. She continued to compete through high school on the Redmond High School Rodeo Team.

After high school, Julie moved from Central Oregon to Portland, to attend college where she became a registered Dental Hygienist. Julie got married and started raising her family in Oregon City.

After taking some time off, Julie returned to the horse show world, showing her Quarter Horses in Performance classes. In 2009 she fell in love with donkeys. She began raising and showing miniature donkeys in in-hand and driving classes.

From this, her passion for mules grew and she now competes with her mules in many disciplines, showcasing their versatility in competition.

Peggy Bond-Heath
(971) 276-5431
northerngracestables@yahoo.com

Peggy Bond-Heath has over 30 years of equine industry experience. She started competing in her early teens riding English and showing competitively in 3 day eventing.

While attending college at Utah State University, she was introduced to several western disciplines that ranged from western pleasure, cutting, reining and reined cow horse. Although enjoying all of them and gaining invaluable experience, it was her work with Chuck Nesmith (NRHA & NRCHA judge and trainer) where she found her passion.

In 2009 she took an interest in the new and quickly growing ranch horse versatility program and has been hooked ever since.

Peggy & her husband Gary moved to Oregon in 2014 and Peggy launched her business, specializing in training both horse and riders in the discipline of Ranch Horse Versatility. Since then Peggy has shown, trained and coached riders to multiple & current Local, Regional & National Titles. Including ASHA Novice, Limited Non-Pro & Non Pro National All Around Championships.

And she most recently won the 2017 ASHA Region 6 All Around Championship & National Championship in Green Horse Reining, Ranch Trail, Ranch Pleasure & Reined Cow Horse.

She serves as a board member and clinician for Western States Stock Horse Association and holds several judges’ cards. She has a passion for teaching ranch versatility and has been invited to clinician, coach or Judge in multiple regions including Texas, Idaho, Colorado, Washington and Oregon.

Peggy and Gary are both humbled & blessed to own and operate Northern Grace Performance Horses, in Oregon City, OR “Home of the versatile performance horse”.

Nathan Kurtz
(503) 544-1222

nathankurtzsrjplumbing@gmail.com

Kendra Rainwater-Winans
(503) 509-9804
kendra.rainwaterwinans@outlook.com


2018 Meeting Dates and Notes

January 30
February 27
March 27
April 26
May 22
June 26
July TBA
August 28
September 25
October 12 - General Membership Meeting - held at the Oregon Horse Center, 7:30pm
November, & December TBA

All Meetings are scheduled in Albany, OR - 6:30 pm

Bylaws & Rule

2018 WSSH BYLAWS

2018 WSSH RULES AND REGULATIONS

SELF NOMINATING APPLICATION