History of the NSBA Foundation
The NSBA Foundation began more than ten years ago to provide support to the horse community.
A Community Supports Its Own
The NSBA Foundation, in a roundabout way, was created after an association past president’s tragic experience. After watching the horse community come together to support him following a serious truck and trailer accident in 1997, NSBA Past President Steve Heckaman saw the need to create a fund that could coordinate these efforts into a nonprofit to benefit others. Through the creation of the “Crisis Fund” from this event, the association expanded his efforts to formally create the NSBA Foundation.
Copying the structure of similar organizations that existed in the horse industry, the National Snaffle Bit Association Foundation officially formed in 2009 as a registered 501(c)3 organization. Over the years it has expanded to provide a variety of programs to support not only members of National Snaffle Bit Association but benefiting the equine community as a whole.
A Mission to Help Horsemen and Women
The Foundation’s mission is to enhance the well-being of the show horse community through various charitable programs that benefit horse people, horses and the relationships they create.
Pillars of Work
The NSBA Foundation provides charitable programs that align with the five core pillars of work:
Enhancing the welfare and standard of care for all animals in the horse community
Caring for members of National Snaffle Bit Association in a time of crisis or disaster
Creating educational and leadership opportunities for horsemen and horsewomen
Equestrians With Disabilities
Fostering the well-being and healing of people through their relationship with horses
Developing and planning any other program that aligns with the ideals of NSBA and the Foundation