Message From The Chairman
2021 was a year of celebration for the NSBA Foundation. We celebrated EWD riders’ ﬁrst trip to Tulsa, cheered veterans on their ﬁrst ride, recognized youth for their spirit of community service and remembered those we loved and lost. Touched by the backstory stemming from each celebration, I was struck by the vast number of stories that have yet to be told.
As I step into the role of Chairman, I would like to ask that you join me in telling the stories of “who you know”, the challenges and triumphs I know are behind every great tale of success. We recognize the horses and what they bring to each and every one of us. Sharing your unique experiences allows us to celebrate not only individual achievements, but the connection to the work we do at the foundation. Those we impact the most often have the most heartfelt story, and although at times they are reticent, their story is what gives others the courage to continue.
It is clear, no one achieves greatness alone. Without your generous support these stories would not be told. That veteran would not be able to share his military story through the Heroes on Horses. EWD parents wouldn’t see their child’s success story on the back of a horse competing.
2022 will be a year of embracing diversity, inclusion, and contributions of all member voices to our NSBA family by sharing your story with those you know. As your chairman I ask you to think about “who you know”, not just in our horse community but in other communities that would be touched by the great programs the foundation offers. I encourage you to reach out to any one of the NSBA Foundation board members or staff and let us know “who you know”.
I look forward to meeting you and sharing your success story in the coming year!
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 Pilot Point, TX, has watched the Foundation grow, and observed the impact fundraising efforts have had on riders who face challenges. She stated with her children now grown, she now has the time to match her desire to help others and get involved.
Additionally, Champlin has always been a steward of her animals and their welfare. She believes the NSBA Foundation programs, and mission to serve others in the horse community, as well as their animals, align nicely with her own values. Champlin is a tremendous asset to the Board of Directors bringing her kind heart and her “Let’s Do It” attitude to inspire those around her.
Laurel has been involved with NSBA since it began it 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 the Desert Club scholarship program, volunteered at Kids and Horses, and as a board member of Pet Network.
Passion for the horse industry and passion for serving other 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.
Although not getting involved in horses until later in her life, Beth Hartman, of Mattawan, Michigan has seen not only success in the show pen, but how horses can change people's lives.
As an active volunteer of the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center based in Richland, MI, Beth has had the opportunity to help children, teens and adults make great achievements while aboard the therapy horses. "There are no words to describe the feeling I get when I see these people aboard a horse, loving every minute of it. I really want to see the Heroes on Horses and Equestrians With Disabilities programs grow because I've seen with my own eyes how horses can change a person's mood and outlook on life," Beth said.
Beth has worked with the NSBA Foundation in creating the Coaches Summit in an effort to continue to educate the therapy community about the benefit of horses and horse showing. Beth has watched her daughter compete for the last seven years, and is now enjoying the success of her own horses showing and winning at AQHA and NSBA events across the country.
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 champion, who is passionate about the pleasure horse industry, Carrie came through the ranks as a Youth, Amateur and Non-Pro 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.
With over 25 years of horse show industry experience, Ryan Cottingim and his fiancée, Amanda Gately, welcome riders of all ages to their facility based on a 30-acre farm outside of Nashville in Shelbyville, Tennessee. There, they have established a very successful program, earning multiple world show and Congress championships in the Open divisions, as well as coaching amateur and youth riders in both the English and Western all-around events.
Ryan brings a professional horseman’s perspective to the NSBA Foundation Board of Directors. His personal experiences as a competitor, an educator & clinician, assistant trainer and now as a business owner allow him to offer unique insight of the industry for inclusion and diversity.
He also experienced first-hand the profound effort of the Foundation to make an impact in someone’s life. In 2017, Ryan was involved in a horse accident that severely compromised his business and livelihood for a period of time. He was a recipient of assistance directly from the NSBA Trainers Crisis Fund. He is determined to add that perspective to the continuation of that program in addition to the others for fellow NSBA members.
Michael Laplace is an equine industry veteran, having owned, bred, and raised Quarter Horses for more than 50 years. His love of Quarter Horses stems back to his childhood when he was first introduced to them, competing in local open and AQHA sanctioned shows. Michael’s passion continued into adulthood, and in the 1960s he began breeding, raising, and training registered Quarter Horses at his family farm in Chester, NY. When the farm was first purchased, his family raised and sold Black Angus cattle for several years.
Michael and his wife Linda still live there today, and that is where they raised their twin daughters, Dale and Hannah. Dale and Hannah were introduced to Quarter Horses at a very young age. The family passion for Quarter Horses continued from one generation to the next, making it a family affair. Hannah and Dale have earned numerous NSBA World Championship titles and top ten placings throughout their youth and amateur careers.
Today, Michael owns and operates a commercial industrial park in Elmwood Park, NJ, that was formerly a family-owned chemical distribution company location serving the Northeast. Today, Michael continues to breed and raise Quarter Horses. He also enjoys trout fishing and deer hunting.
Michael is a former member of the Advisory Board for National Community Bank of New Jersey and the Regional Board for the Bank of New York. He is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in business administration and economics.
A veterinarian with a lifelong involvement and commitment to the horse industry, board member Karl Hoopes brings a unique skillset and a strong passion for our membership to the NSBA Foundation.
He currently serves at the Equine Extension Specialist for Utah State University. His core program is Ride Utah!, which offers therapeutic equine experiences for military personnel and their families across Utah.
Raised on a small dairy farm in Afton, Wyoming, which used draft horses to feed cattle, haul hay and for competitive pulling contests, horses have always been a huge part of Karl's life. He grew up riding saddle horses to irrigate crops, trail ride and for hunting before transitioning to training colts and later, racing quarter horses. Karl continues to run quarter horses today and is a member of the Cache Valley Cutter Racing Association, Utah Horse Pullers Association, Utah Horse Council and holds race trainers licenses in Idaho and Wyoming.
Karl received his undergraduate degree from University of Wyoming and graduated in 2003 from Colorado State University with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, moving to Richmond, Utah to work for Valley Veterinary Services. Karl became an owner/partner of Valley Vet and enjoyed practicing there for 13 years before his transition to Utah State University in 2015.
Karl states that working with horses has "brought me peace and fulfillment. I truly love sharing that with our military personnel. The Foundation Board of Directors is a perfect fit for me to continue to help serve our military".
Karl looks forward to helping bring more opportunities to military equestrians to show and compete.
Barbara Crawford, of Folsom, California has a passion for education and giving back to her community. Growing up in a military family, her first experience with horses was at a military base during the Vietnam War, where she realized the therapeutic benefits of horses for both herself and her military friends. After sponsoring a veteran rider in 2020 for the NSBA World Championship Show, she realized that her experience, both personally and professionally, could help further the NSBA Foundation and give back to the horse industry.
With a passion for diversity and inclusion, Barbara chose a career in healthcare as a registered nurse. She became the senior executive as a clinical quality and improvement leader for an organization that is recognized as a national leader in healthcare and led the organization into top decile performance in almost every clinical area of healthcare.
With over 40 years of experience, a passion for creating equality and opportunity for people to grow and progress with guidance and mentorship, Barbara is enthusiastic and eager to learn more and to bring her professional views to the foundation board. She hopes to create mentorship opportunities for all members and to give back to the equine industry in a way that will benefit all members alike.
Barbara is thrilled to be “back in the saddle” and actively showing again with her all-around horse in a variety of western events.
With more than 30 years of experience in business management, Joe Whitt, of Louisville, Kentucky, looks forward to contributing to the NSBA Foundation’s goals through his industry experience as a Palomino Horse Breed Association judge, time served as a board member for South Carolina Palomino Exhibitors Association, as well as Hoosier Palomino Association Past President.
A business management graduate of the University of South Carolina, Joe’s career focus is growth and strategy for new business start-ups and joint venture partnerships. His experience as the Vice President of Business Development for Trilogy Health Services, where he was tasked with rebranding, strategic vision, partnerships, acquisitions and company growth will be of great benefit to the foundation’s goals.
His extensive experience in the horse industry, including being an active competitor in all-around events and growing organizations through business management, will be a tremendous asset to the NSBA Foundation.
As a lifelong equestrian advocate, Lance Bryson, of Aubrey, Texas has been involved in numerous aspects of the equine industry. Growing up, Lance spent most of his years supporting competitors behind the scenes as well as encouraging horse enthusiasts to participate in NSBA events. Most recently serving as Chief Financial Officer of National Cutting Horse Association and Treasurer for the NCHA Charitable Foundation, Lance has an experienced understanding of how a foundation operates.
Lance also serves as a mentor for Pathfinders of Tarrant County, Texas, a non-profit organization that was established to help families become financially self-sufficient, by bridging the gap between poverty and self-sufficiency. As a mentor, he assists program participants in basic financial coaching, personal budgeting and setting financial goals.
Lance currently serves as the business manager for Ryan Painter Show Stables LLC. As an NSBA Foundation board member, his hopes are to expand awareness and recognition of Foundation programs and increase horse enthusiast participation in support of Foundation initiatives. Additionally, he hopes to further expand the scholarship programs for youth.
With a lifetime of experience in the equine industry, Nancy Ditty of Ocala, Florida, owns and operates Coast to Coast Truck and Trailer Sales, Nelsons Trucks and Trailers as well as Ditty Up Farm. Nancy has been an NSBA exhibitor since her youth and her family has raised multiple NSBA World Champions and Breeders Championship Futurity Champions.
Nancy is excited to put her experience in the equine industry to use as a NSBA Foundation Board Member. She is especially passionate about the programs that the foundation offers to its members; including the Crisis Fund, Heroes On Horses, and Youth Scholarships such as the Susan Scott Memorial Fund, which she helped to organize in her mother’s memory. Her hopes are to raise awareness of the foundation’s programs as well as reaching out in other areas to further develop and grow the Foundation.
A goal of Nancy’s as a member of the board is to continue her mother’s legacy of love for the animal and exhibitors of the equine industry.