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The American Hackney Horse, its owners, breeders and trainers are represented by two key organizations — The American Hackney Horse Society and The AHHS Foundation — each with its own specific purpose:



The incorporation of the American Hackney Horse Society took place early in 1891. The idea occurred to owners of Hackney horses throughout the western states and indeed residents of several parts of the country had actually taken steps to form a similar society some months prior to the organization of the AHHS. It was not until advances were made to the Council of the English Hackney Society by the directors of this association that action in the United States was formally ratified by the authorities of the parent society, and assurance of affiliation obtained.


The Society Today

The headquarters of the American Hackney Horse Society is located in the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. It exists to maintain a current registry of the Hackney; to compile and publish a stud book of the Hackney horse and Hackney pony; and to ensure the proper transfer of the certificate of registration. It endeavors to promote the breeding of quality Hackney horses and Hackney ponies; to create interest in the breed; and encourages exhibitors to support horse shows by showing their Hackneys in classes offered. The Society offers several programs for exhibitors to participate in which encompass all ages. A 15-member board of directors from across the country oversees the operation of the Society.



  • To maintain an accurate and current registry of the Hackney breed
  • To compile and publish a Stud Book of the Hackney Horse and Hackney Pony
  • To ensure the prompt and proper transfer of the Certificate of Registration
  • To promote the breeding of quality Hackney Horses and Hackney Ponies
  • To further the interest of the Hackney breed and encourage breeders to register their Hackney Horses and Hackney Ponies
  • To encourage exhibitors to support horse shows by showing their Hackney Horses and Hackney Ponies
  • To encourage fair and horse show managers throughout the country to incorporate sufficient Hackney classes to justify the increased showing of Hackneys


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The American Hackney Horse Society Foundation, Inc., (AHHSF) was established in 1994 with contributions from the American Hackney Horse Society and a group of Hackney enthusiasts, their focus being; to preserve the past, promote the future and improve the breed of the American Hackney.


With this in mind, the outlined goals of the AHHSF are:

  • To inform the general public about the exhibition, use, and history of the American Hackney
  • Work toward the general improvement of the breed
  • To encourage safe equestrian activities and educate youth with respect to safe and proper horsemanship
  • To promote the formation of youth organizations
  • To disseminate educational materials and award scholarships to participants in youth programs


Making A Difference

In the following you will find endowments currently established with the AHHSF. Should you wish to support the Foundation in a monetary fashion, please remember that the AHHS Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation; therefore, all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. We encourage you to participate in the support of the breed by making a donation to the Foundation or the fund that interests you the most.






The 'DRIVING SPIRIT" Joe Crawford Harrod" Memorial Grant


Applications for the Joe Crawford Harrod Memorial Grant are now being accepted! Please complete and email your application to before the July 15, 2021 deadline.


Driving Spirit, the Joe Crawford Harrod Memorial Grant, has been established to support active youth members of the American Hackney Horse Society, aged 18-26, with a desire to develop their horsemanship and showmanship skills. Funds may be used for equine industry educational programs, internships or any show horse industry program/career endeavor. The grant will be awarded annually, in an amount up to $2,500.


Potential use, within the spirit of the Grant, is unlimited and may include:

  • Announcer
  • Equitation/Riding or Driving Instructor
  • Farrier
  • Harness Saddlery Maker
  • Judge
  • Photographer/Videographer
  • Ringmaster
  • Show Steward
  • Show Manager
  • Show Secretary



  • Youth must be an active member of the American Hackney Horse Society
  • Youth may be an amateur or professional
  • Youth must participate in the show horse industry
  • Grant is open to Hackney, Saddlebred, Morgan, and Roadster Youth (limited to 2 lifetime grant awards).



The intention of the grant is to recognize and support an individual who portrays the characteristics and traits that Joe Crawford Harrod strived for and pursued.


Applicant must demonstrate:

  • Excellent Sportsmanship
  • Value of Camaraderie & Friendship
  • Value of Teamwork & Confidence Building
  • Care and Compassion for Ponies/Horses


To apply for the Grant:

Along with at least 2 recommendations from active participants in the show horse industry, the applicant must submit a written essay and/or a 2-3 minute video outlining:

  1. Program, school, internship, work-study, or other show horse activity for which the applicant will use the Grant Funds
  2. Purpose for applying for the Grant Funds
  3. Goals the applicant will achieve by the use of the Grant Funds.
  4. Amount the applicant is requesting (up to $2,500)
  5. Contact Information (address, phone, e-mail)



If you would like to contribute to the Joe Crawford Harrod Memorial Grant Fund with a gift of any size, you may donate online by clicking here or via check to the American Hackney Horse Society Foundation. Please specify Joe Crawford Harrod Memorial Grant Fund as the program to which you would like to donate. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible.

Road Pony Camp Tuition Scholarship

Fund awarded annually for children to attend the Shamrock Farm Road Pony Camp based on an essay contest. The scholarship covers all but transportation.


The 32nd Annual Shamrock Farm Junior Exhibitor Road Pony Camp will be held June 21-27, 2020, at Shamrock Farm in Smithfield, KY. The camp offers a fun-filled week for junior exhibitors looking to improve their driving skills and provides the opportunity to connect juniors who love the Hackney breed.


The AHHS Foundation will once again offer three (3) scholarships for the camp. For scholarship application information, please contact:


Mindy Preston (

809 Sunset Drive

Noblesville, IN 46060


For more information about the Shamrock Farm Road Pony Camp or to reserve your space, please contact Julianne Wilson at (502) 541-4637.


Shamrock Farm Junior Exhibitor Road Pony Camp is a 501(c)3 event.  If you would like to make a donation to the camp, please make checks payable to Shamrock Farm Road Pony Camp and mail to:


Shamrock Farm

541 McCourn Road

Smithfield, KY  40068




The AHHS Foundation Scholarship

Awarded to high school graduates on the basis of submitted evidence of academic success, financial need, extracurricular activities (including community service), involvement with Hackney Horses and/or Ponies and personal references.


The AHHSF Youth Medallion National Winners Educational Scholarship Fund

Youth Medallion National Champions receive an educational scholarship to the accredited college or university of their choice upon winning their respective divisions at their national finals.




The AHHSF Memorial Fund


COMING SOON! — Production and Distribution of Children's Activity Books

Available at the cost of $3.00/book or $2.00/book in large quantities for groups.




Table Top Promotional Display

Available to groups and organizations interested in promoting the Hackney breed. For more information, contact the AHHS office at 859-255-8694






Brian Yount, President

Mindy Preston, Vice President

Ryan Barlowe, Treasurer

Denise Trethaway, Secretary

Nicole Laver Freedman

Toni Nastali

Roger Sims

Mark Wahl



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Michigan Hackney/ASPC/AMHR Association

James Bruggink, President


Lambert Junior Schut, contact

6108 64th Avenue

Hudsonville, MI 49426

Office/Home: (616) 875-7151


Mid-American Hackney Association

Brad Kinsinger, President

(319) 541-2404


Melvin Jennings, Vice President

(515) 681-7246


Mardi Griffith, Secretary

(515) 371-3885


Roger Griffith, Treasurer


Kevin Ireland, Board Member

(319) 310-9762


Mike Herron, Michelle Herron, Sue Kinsinger, Board Members


Mid-West Hackney Association

Andrew Lamps, President

Peru, IL (815) 712-7702


Rick Medd, 1st Vice President

Clinton, IA  (563) 242-2226


Jerry Elmer, 2nd Vice President

Brooklyn, WI (608) 455-1661


Vern Houston

Columbus, MI (586) 727-1151

New York Hackney Association

Maureen Quackenbush

2858 State Route 12

Sauquoit, New York 13456

Home: (315) 737-8210


Northeastern Hackney Association

Page Champion, President

Braeburn Equestrian Center

75 Harris Rd.

Valatie, NY 12184

(518) 392-0503


Courtney Cahill, Secretary/Treasurer


Ohio Hackney Association

David Estis, President

Amber Estis, Secretary

2336 Burnside Rd N.W.

Pataskala, OH 43062

Home: (740) 739-5400


South Central Hackney Association

Colleen Bray, President


Laura Schmidt, Secretary/Treasurer

369 Schmidt Lane

California, KY 41007

Home: (513) 218-8678

Southeastern Hackney Association

Denise Trethaway, President

3300 Randolph Park Circle

Gastonia, NC 28056

(912) 399-1766


Bo Lucas, Vice President


Lynsey Parker, Treasurer

415 Mather Green Ave., Unit K

Charlotte, NC 28203

(843) 906-0256


Buffy Turner, Secretary

123 Faye Court

King, NC 27021

Home: (336) 983-5552

(336) 416-6747


Western States Hackney Association

Randy Sorum, MD, President

Home: (360) 753-3837


Sandra Singleton, Secretary

276 West Sunny Sands

Cathlamet, WA 98612

Home: (360) 849-4041


Wisconsin Hackney Association

John Owens, President

5976 Courtney Plummer Road

Winneconne, WI 54986

Home: (920) 582-4468

Cell: (320) 260-5112


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There are many ways you can help the American Hackney Horse Society by volunteering your time and expertise. Opportunities vary from time to time, but you may be able to assist by serving key roles at horse shows and other events, or by becoming involved with your local and regional associations. Contact us to learn more.

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Current Officers:

President—Tom Lowry

Vice President—Andy Freseth

Secretary—Bryan Earehart

Treasurer—Toni Nastali


Term Expiring March 2022


Rodney Hicks

Rodney Hicks Stables

95 Old Richmond Road

Pittsfield, MA 01201



Bo Lucas

Lucas Equine Services, LLC

P.O. Box 573

McLeansville, NC 27301



Toni Nastali — Treasurer

Springside Stable, Inc.

1531 Springside Place

Downers Grove, IL 60516



Matt Lightner

1524 Clarence Secrest Road

Monroe, NC 28110



Chris Schubert

1830 Sunshine Way

Knoxville, TN 37922


Term Expiring March 2023


Tom Lowry — President

5635 Shelbyville Road

Simpsonville, KY 40067

502-664-5078 Cell


Carl Nichols

Crystal Creek Farm.

850 Beaverdam Road

Winterville, GA 30683

706-540-1460 Cell


Holly Nichols

436 Phosphor Avenue

Metairie, LA 70005

504-289-2906 Cell


Karen Waldron

Bent Tree Farm

290 Boners Run Rd

Shawsville, VA 24162

540-268-1100 Cell


Andy Freseth — Vice President

N77 W36498 Saddlebrook Lane

Ocononomowoc, WI 53066


Term Expiring March 2024


Bryan Earehart — Secretary

606 Brittany Court

Gibsonville, NC 27828



Ricky Harris

439 Turnpike Road

Somers, CT 06071

262-893-4539 Cell


Melissa Moore

Sunrise Stables

P.O. Box 55

3010 Delane Ferry Road

Versailles, KY 40383

859-873-9129 Barn

859-533-6225 Cell


Randy Harper

3784 Shelbyville Road

Shelbyville, KY 40065



Anna Marie Knipp

P.O. Box 685

Jefferson City, MO 65102



Annual Awards Committee:

Brooke Jacobs, Chair

Bo Lucas

Kathy Barlow


Audit Committee:

Vern Houston, Chair

Junior Schut


By-Laws Committee:

Maureen Quackenbush, Chair

Toni Nastali

Courtney Cahill


Open Competition/Dressage Committee:

Karen Waldron, Chair


National Breeders’ Futurity:

Melissa Moore, Chair

Vern Houston

Steve Kildow

Andy Lamps

Junior Schut


USEF Hackney Committee:

Andy Freseth, Chair

Maureen Quackenbush

Maureen Campbell

Josh Greer

Randy Harper

Rodney Hicks

Vern Houston

Steve Kildow

Mary McLean

Kent Moeller

Bob Funkhouser

Ricky Harris

Karen Waldron

Lisa Hillmer


Five (5) members of the USEF Hackney Committee are Appointed Athletes. To be considered for a position on the Committee as an Appointed Athlete, the member must have exhibited a Hackney at either the Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show or the UPHA American Royal National Championship at least one time in the prior 10 years.

Limited Breeders' Weanling & 3-Year-Old Stakes, and Stallion Auction Committee:

Tom Lowry, Chair

Taylor Gregory

Katy Earehart

Tom Galbreath

Sue Harrod

Rodney Hicks

Steve Kildow

Maureen Quackenbush

Matt Schuckert

David Yoder


Nominating Committee:

Matt Schuckert, Chair

Bryan Earehart

Rodney Hicks

Matt Lightner


Regional Associations Committee:

Bryan Earehart, Chair

Matt Lightner


Registry Review:

Carl Nichols, Chair

Ricky Harris


Trophy Committee:

John Wrather, Chair


Ethics Committee:

Cindy Mugnier, Chair

Candi Aversenti

Vern Houston

Chris Long Schubert

Karen Waldron

UPHA Liaison/Convention Committee:

Maureen Quackenbush, Chair

Rich Campbell


Youth Medallion Committee:

Mindy Preston, Chair

Jonelle Chovanec

Lisa Cox Sparrow

Lisa Hillmer

Chris Schubert


Budget Committee:

Toni Nastali, Chair

Keith Johnson

Junior Schut


Promotional/Educational Committee:

Karen Waldron, Chair

Brian Yount

Ricky Harris

Bryan Earehart


Junior Exhibitor Regional Championship Committee:

Mindy Preston, Chair

Jonelle Chovanec

Lisa Cox Sparrow

Lisa Hillmer

Chris Schubert

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American Hackney Horse Society

4059 Iron Works Parkway, A-3

Lexington, KY 40511-8462


Phone: (859) 255-8694

Fax: (859) 255-0177



Office Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm M-F