Officers and Board of Directors

The American Sidesaddle Association

President:

Maggie Herlensky

Maggie on Fernmaggieszoo@hotmail.com
Maggie Herlensky has been president of Southern Ohio Ladies Aside since its inception in 1991 and president of American Sidesaddle Association since 2014. She has been a sidesaddle instructor since 1986. She enjoys helping horsewomen expand their horizons in learning to ride aside and have fun doing so. It is her fervent belief that Kentucky Derby Week should be a national holiday so that sidesaddle riders across the US can get together to enjoy sisterhood and learning from each other every year.

Vice President:

Judy Hastings

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I was raised on a a farm in Idaho and rode horses until 1992 when I got my first mule, also named Judy. This is when I learned to ride aside. At 30 years old, she is still going strong. 10 years ago, I bought my second mule Atti-May and when she was 5 she became my parade mule along side Judy. Recently I bought her half brother Tripp and have started to train him. I married a farmer, Richard, and my children, Mike and Crystal, both grew up to be farmers with families of their own. They tell us that their happiest memories growing up are riding on the tractors, combines and truck with us.

Secretary:

Andee Chapman

Andee-Candeechapman@yahoo.com
Andee first rode aside on a friend's pony at her county fair in Ohio while still in high school. A few years later she was looking for something fun to do with her horse and joined SOLA. She has enjoys volunteering her time to help both SOLA and ASA. She is a certified riding instructor through CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association). Now living in Montana, Andee has become an ASA sidesaddle instructor, giving demos and teaching new riders.

Treasurer:

Monica Chapman

Monica Cmchapman974@gmail.com
Monica first got involved with sidesaddle when her daughters Andee and Emily started riding with SOLA. She works tirelessly for both SOLA and ASA and is frequently seen as a safety walker in parades throughout Ohio and the Midwest. She has an Associate's Degree in Accounting from Shawnee State University. She is active both in her church and in Girl Scouts.

Editor of the Phoenix:

Kim Cornelius

KimCorneliuscornelius.kimberlya@gmail.com
Kimberly's interest in sidesaddle took off in 2013 when she was commissioned to design the cover for the Thoroughbred Horse Shows Association's 2013 Prize List. Kimberly wanted to showcase the versatility of the OTTB and set about drawing different styles of saddles. For want of a sidesaddle, she turned to Facebook, discovered the various sidesaddle groups, and that she had friends in Lexington who rode sidesaddle! A firm believer that versatility makes a better rider, and a better horse, Kimberly's horses Sweepit and Polo, both OTTBs, are practicing sidesaddle with her.

Membership Coordinator:

Vicki Pritchard

Vicki Pcvp1193@twc.com
I have been a member of the Southern Ohio Ladies Aside since its inception in 1991, when I began to assist with membership and business matters. I had formerly been a member of other sidesaddle organizations in order to drive my daughter to events and to participate with her. I am also the Secretary for the Southern Ohio Ladies Aside. I have not ridden in years, but I enjoy being on the sidelines and seeing what the girls are up to with their art of aside riding.

Director at Large:

Marti Friddle

Marti Fsidesadl@aol.com
Marti has ridden aside since '75. She began working with Wayne Steele, of Steele sidesaddles, when she couldn't find one to fit her Arabian/QH mare, and Hundred Oaks was born. Hundred Oaks would become the largest supplier of sidesaddles in the US. Marti became an officer and certified sidesaddle instructor for the World Sidesaddle Federation (WSFI) in '84, and taught at WSFI clinics across 11 states. In '94 she and the late Linda Bowlby co-authored "The Sidesaddle Legacy". She later served as a member of the Board of Trustees for ISSO when it merged with WSFI. In '08 she helped form ASA. She and her husband Jim presently live on their farm in Graham NC, and tend 5 horses.

Director at Large:

Rhonda Watts-Hettinger

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Regional Group Delegates

California Aside:

Karol Kafka

Karol-Kkkafka@pacbell.net
Karol became intrigued with riding aside in 2006 and learned from trial and error until finding a saddle that was comfortable and fit her horse properly. With that she was hooked on the sidesaddle habit. In 2008, Karol co-founded and became President of CA Aside. She has helped organize several sidesaddle clinics and has participated in demos, parades, shows, hunting events, and trail rides with other CA Aside members. With the ASA sisterhood, Karol has had the opportunity to travel to various events across the country.

Chicagoland Aside:

Diana Kocunik

Diana Kmakeart2@yahoo.com
Diana Kocunik has been president of Chicagoland Aside since its inception in 2010. She has been actively involved with sidesaddle since 2008 when she attended her first Kentucky Derby parade. Diana enjoys the friendships and fun involved with riding sidesaddle. She along with Chicagoland Aside helped to organize ASA's participation in the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade. Diana also loves to design and make sidesaddle costumes for her and her horse Quest.

Frontier Belles Sidesaddle Club:

Shani Mihalich

Shani Mihalichsmihalich33@gmail.com
I’m new to sidesaddle, I’ve been riding aside since 2015. I’m not, however, new to horses. I grew up on a ranch that ran about 70 head of Morgans. The ranch that my husband and I founded, Desert Edge Sport Horses, has been breeding and showing top quality Friesian crosses for 20 years. My interest in sidesaddle began with our love of history and costumes from the 1800’s. I got my first side saddle by training a donkey to drive, her owners paid me with a side saddle. I couldn’t be happier with the deal. My daughter and I are now riding with the Frontier Bells Sidesaddle Club and are getting ready for our first rodeo. We have also started to show Western Dressage Sidesaddle.

Georgia Ladies Aside:

Stephanie Hutcherson

Stephanie-Hgaladiesaside@aol.com
Stephanie Hutcherson founded Georgia Ladies Aside (GALA) in 2005 and has been the president of the group since its inception. Stephanie and her horse have had many exciting adventures since learning to ride aside including: participating in demonstrations at the Kentucky Horse Park, riding in the 2009 Inaugural Parade, the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Parade and the Pegasus Parade (Kentucky Derby Parade). Her horse, Romeo even had a sidesaddle appearance in the TV series the Vampire Diaries.

Hoosier Ladies Aside:

Becky Goode

Becky GBGOODE@hanover.com
Becky began riding aside in 2008. Since then she has traveled through time from the medieval age to the Civil War period. Becky participates at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park with members of Hoosier Ladies Aside. The group portrays the Ladies Aide Society in DuPont, a town attacked by Confederate Morgan’s Raiders in 1863. She also enjoys sharing the beauty of sidesaddle in parades. The love of her horse and “dressing up” is a wonderful combination that Becky appreciates in riding aside.

Kentucky Sidesaddle:

Samantha Peterson

Samantha-Psamma220@yahoo.com
Sam Peterson got interested in sidesaddle after watching the Princess Bride. It took fifteen years beyond that for her to first sit on one, but it was love at first step. From Lexington's first sidesaddle clinic, she went on to ride in the Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade, as well as riding recreationally. On top of parades, clinics, and conventions like Breyerfest, Sam also events aside, and has been a mounted steward at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event. After not shouting "Not it!" quickly enough, she was elected President of the newly reestablished Kentucky Sidesaddle. From there, with her competent officers, the club has expanded dramatically, welcomed new members every year.

Minnesotans On Side Saddles:

Katey Lunden

Katey-L-on-Ghostmnaside@gmail.com
Katey Lunden was hooked on riding aside after she found one in the back of an antique store. She’ll only say that the internet hadn’t been invented then, so she learned by trial and error, mostly error. In 2006 she founded the MoSSy group, to find other saddle riders in Minnesota. She is a co-founder of ASA and loves nothing more than to get new riders to try riding aside, and to join her ASA sisters in Kentucky for Derby week.

Northeast Ohio Ladies Aside:

Holly Ray

Holly Raypetvetholly@gmail.com
Dr. Holly has been a show rider for the past 9 years,and began her sidesaddle career in 2012. It is by far her most favorite way to ride, and she enjoys successfully competing against the astride riders. In 2015, she and her Arabian qualified to compete at the Arabian Nationals. Holly is also passionate about studies of the Civil War era and never turns down a chance to show in her 1860s style habits. She also enjoys educating others in the topic of Civil War era clothing, including sidesaddle habits, and loves to talk about her sidesaddle-related antiques. In 2015, Holly founded and is President of NEOLA.

Northwest Aside Group:

Judy Hastings

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I was raised on a a farm in Idaho and rode horses until 1992 when I got my first mule, also named Judy. This is when I learned to ride aside. At 30 years old, she is still going strong. 10 years ago, I bought my second mule Atti-May and when she was 5 she became my parade mule along side Judy. Recently I bought her half brother Tripp and have started to train him. I married a farmer, Richard, and my children, Mike and Crystal, both grew up to be farmers with families of their own.

Side Saddle Sisters of Oklahoma:

Tori Medlock

Tori Mtorimedlock@gmail.com
Tori Medlock is President of the Norman chapter of the American Sidesaddle Association, “Sidesaddle Sisters of Oklahoma.” Alongside her VP Jo Rench, she has performed in many parades, rodeos, and exhibitions, showing the elegance and joy of riding aside. Tori and her Appendix Quarter Horse Belle have also competed in barrel racing, trail, pleasure, and jumping classes all aside. She enjoys spreading the knowledge and art of riding aside.

Southern Ohio Ladies Aside:

Maggie Herlensky

Maggie on Fernmaggieszoo@hotmail.com
Maggie Herlensky has been president of Southern Ohio Ladies Aside since its inception in 1991 and president of American Sidesaddle Association since 2014. She has been a sidesaddle instructor since 1986. She enjoys helping horsewomen expand their horizons in learning to ride aside and have fun doing so. It is her fervent belief that Kentucky Derby Week should be a national holiday so that sidesaddle riders across the US can get together to enjoy sisterhood and learning from each other every year.