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We congratulate: Settlement in Saddlebred spat

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We really never understood why there was a spat in the first place.

We’re glad the American Saddlebred Horse Association and its members have settled their very public and divisive spat, one that threatened the stability of one of our key industries and its showplace facility at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Though we had read the position papers and the court findings, we really never understood why there was a spat in the first place.

Any nonprofit organization that has dues-paying, voting members has a responsibility to be transparent with those members – and even the public, in some cases. There is no assumption of privacy when your tax status is established to be open.

That the former leadership of the ASHA declined to allow members to inspect its financial books, its contracts and other records was very strange to us.

A request that sounded so simple became far too complicated and sadly contentious.

That the activities of that organization were such an affront to the legal process that the courts found the ASHA in contempt says even more.

We think the ASHA made a wise choice in installing Tandy Patrick to run the organization. We’ve found Ms. Patrick to be an effective leader and committed to the values of the Saddlebred industry. She also has strong and sure footing in Shelby County, the Mecca of that industry.

Hopefully, with Ms. Patrick in the saddle, the organization can go forward at a very smooth gait.