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.
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.
Sally Torrey Altman
A Native Oregonian, Sally was raised in Albany, Oregon. She realized her love
for horses at an early age and competed in 4H for over 8 years.
After graduating High School, Sally attended SOSU for two years and loved living in
Ashland, OR. Sally then studied in France and traveled throughout Europe gaining
independence and world knowledge. Then in the early 80's Sally moved to California
to complete a Bachelors Degree in Developmental Psychology.
Living in Santa Barbara for 29 years, Sally pursued a career in Diagnostic Imaging. Marrying and raising two children ,while pursuing her dream career, made for precious times. While being an active member of the Santa Barbara Therapeutic Riding Foundation, Sally worked and assisted handicapped children.
Sally has over 29 years experience in the medical field and has earned an Associate of Science Degree at Santa Barbara City College. She is a licensed in Echocardiography, Vascular, Obstetrics, and General Ultrasound. Studying along side a Veterinarian and learning imaging of animals was a true highlight to her schooling experience.
In 2008 Sally returned to Oregon to be closer to aging parents and enjoy living in this beautiful State. Now she spends her free time riding and showing a new addition to her family, an 11 year old AQHA bay gelding named Bucky Bar Admiral.
Dawn M. Sherwood
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.
OSU, Department of Animal Sciences
Stacy Jo Hartley
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.
Barbara was born and raised in Albany, Oregon where she currently resides with her husband Kevin Semmel, of 31 years. Nine cats and 4 horses make up their wonderful family.
In high school Barbara started her working experience with a fast food restaurant. She quickly moved up to a packer position for Oregon Freeze Dried Foods. She also worked for Jefferson School District in a secretarial position for 8 years. She then accepted a position with Willamette Seed Company doing various jobs from sales to delivery. She stayed with this company until they were sold for seven years.
Then Barb took a position in Accounts Payable with Entek Manufacturing in Lebanon for 2 years. She then accepted a position with Coastal Farm and Ranch at their Corporate Headquarters in an accounts payable position for 6 years. She currently works for Oregon Department of Transportation, Financial Services in Salem, OR.
Barbara began riding English, hunter jumpers and dressage, and then progressing into halter, showmanship, western pleasure, trail, team penning where she won a year end saddle and her favorite, 2 man ranch sorting where she has qualified two times for AQHA Amateur World show, attending once, and AQHA Select World Show. She has competed in several organizations along the way including ABRA, OQHA, AQHA, WVTPA, CTPA, NWBC and now with her newest venture WSSH.
She assists her husband with his training facility, KS Training Performance Horses where her expertise is with personal relations, advertising, event coordination, photography, and plain hard work (aka cleaning stalls).
She also enjoys traveling, golf, photography, shooting, and being with family and friends along with her horse adventures. Pictured above is Barbara and one of her favorite horses Jazz Zee Sun Dun, aka Jazzy.
Millie was born in Salmon, ID, and then moved to Lebanon, OR where she resides with her dog. Currently Millie works for Knife River Corporation. First called Lebanon Sand & Gravel, this company sold and renamed more than once, finally becoming Knife River Corporation. Millie has been with this company for a total of fifty years.
Growing up on a farm in the Berlin area of Lebanon gave Millie many opportunities with animals. Her father was the Forman of the farm, and loved to Calf and Team Rope. Millie participated in sheep and horses through 4-H at a young age.
Millie has been part of many Associations during her life journey: Lebanetts Drill Team, Linn County Posse Gaming Team, Member of Molalla Rodeo Court, 4-H Leader, President, and Treasurer. Other Associations that Millie has enjoyed are ABRA, OQHA, AQHA, WVTPA, OHA, and now WSSH.
Family and Friends are so very important to Millie. Two grandchildren take up much of her time. Millie loves anything to do with horses and has three at this time: Too Dry To Smoke (aks TD), Western Breezes (aka Monkey), and Outlaws Are Wanted (aka Jesse). The picture is of Millie and Too Dry To Smoke (aka TD).
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 enjoys
the 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.
The picture shown is Tim's horse Jose last summer at Silver Creek Marsh on a beautiful day in August.
Growing up in Newberg, from 6 years of age until she was 19, Jeni rode hunter jumpers. 4H and level jumping shows were what developed her
passion for riding and spending time with horses.
When Jeni turned seventeen her parents purchased a 20 stall boarding facility in Sherwood. For years Jeni managed the barn and developed her customer service with horse people, while expanding her knowledge for lessons at the Beginning and Intermediate Levels.
In 2010 Jeni assisted Trainer, Robert Hartley to expand into Training horses.
Jeni has been running her own training and boarding facility for three years. She is highly active in teaching 4H and OHSET, while being the Youth Advisor for WSSH.
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 a larger
pony later, 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.
After graduation in 2000, 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 basics.
In 2005, Stacey moved to Oregon and found herself working for Veterinary Service Inc. in the Information Technology department.
In 2007, she married Jason Lyle and had their first son, Cole in 2011. Stacey still works for VSI part-time as well as for the family business Lane Manufacturing.
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. She currently rides her AQHA gelding Doc O Lena Twister as well as her son’s half-welsh pony A Little Jingle.
If she is not working or showing horses, Stacey enjoys gardening, trialing her stockdogs, and camping with her family.
May 29 - Elmer's - Albany, OR - 6:30 pm
June 19 - Elmer's - Albany, OR - 6:30 pm
July 24 - Elmer's - Albany, OR - 6:30 pm
August 30 - General Membership Meeting
(Linn County Expo - Albany, OR 6:00 pm)
September 25 - Elmer's - Albany, OR - 6:30 pm
October 23 - Elmer's - Albany, OR - 6:30 pm
November 20 - Elmer's - Albany, OR - 6:30 pm
December - No Meeting