2023 SNHSA Board
The SNHSA officers and directors serve to effectively accomplish the duties and goals of the association. Directors are required to attend all board meetings, chair or belong to a committee, and steward at least one show annually.
President 2019 to present
Competition Standards & Structure Chair
Board Member since 2015
Liz has been a SNHSA Board member since 2015, and has been President for the past five years. As president, her goals are to ensure that SNHSA is able to continue their history of facilitating high quality local competitions for horses and riders. To date, Liz feels the biggest accomplishment she has helped facilitate while on the SNHSA Board has been the creation of the annual Jumper special events, the Challenge Cup Tournament and Pro/JR-AM Speed Derby.
Liz says she was born with a love for horses, but started riding at the age of three. To this day, she remembers the day she got her very first horse – and she still has that horse, Life is Life.
Liz moved to Northern Nevada in 2001, but before that, she lived in the Bay area, and in Germany, among other places. In 2006, she started the Pair of Aces Stables where she is the owner, CEO and head trainer.
Besides Hunter/Jumper events, she also competes in Dressage, and has earned her USDF Gold Medal, as well as her Silver, Silver Freestyle bar and Bronze Medal.
Vice President and Board Member since 2019
Secretary and Board Member
2012 to present
Member Communications & Outreach Chair
Susan has been the Secretary on the SNHSA Board since 2012. “I joined the Board as a mother of an equestrian daughter, Nicole, to represent her and her barn, Balance Point Training. I joined, thinking I would help on the Points Committee, then I became more involved, first working on the newsletter, then as Secretary and I never left.” Beginning in 2023, Susan also serves as Treasurer.
Susan feels her greatest contributions have been to the Points records and the designing and publishing Year-End Awards programs. She also enjoys normal secretarial duties, keeping the website updated, and working as the show secretary for many of the local horse shows.
“I have loved horses since I was a child, asking for trail rides on my birthday. I even attended Camp Fire Girls camps for two summers, riding horses daily for two weeks. But that was the extent of my involvement with horses, until some 25 years later, when my daughter’s friend invited her to attend horse camp with her. She was hooked and I didn’t object!”
Nicole is now a young adult and currently does not compete, but she continues to love horses and rides in her spare time.
“Although I began (with SNHSA) as an involved parent, I continue working on the Board! My hopes are to continue until I get tired of it!”
Susan and Nicole moved to Reno in 2008 when she accepted the position as Program Director of University of Nevada, Reno Extension’s Nevada Radon Education Program. She was previously of Auburn, AL, where she was Assistant Director of the Alabama Radon Education Program at Auburn University. Susan married Adrian Howe in 2009 and they reside in southeast Reno.
Board Member since 2020
Awards & Recognition Chair
Lisa joined the SNHSA Board in 2019 and was the Treasurer from 2021 through 2022. Lisa’s goals are to assist with the promotion of quality, local Hunter/Jumper shows that engage horse enthusiasts of all ages. She hopes to make a positive difference!
Lisa has a Bachelor of Science in business degree, and a Master’s degree in exercise science from University of Nevada, Reno. She also has a Master’s in business administration, finance, and an Associate’s degree in fire science from TMCC.
A second generation Renoite, Lisa has been a Marketplace Chaplain for two years, Sierra Nevada Fire Chaplain for four years, on the RFD Peer Support Team for six years and is a retired firefighter/EMT-I after 20 years of service. Lisa has also been a Reno Rodeo member for more than 30 years.
Lisa never ceases to surprise us. She created the fitness/physical agility program for TMCC’s fire academy and earned a black belt in Tae Kwan Do. But she says her biggest accomplishment “was raising my children to be compassionate, responsible, engaging adults.”
We have all seen Lisa at the local SNHSA shows, but Lisa has been riding since she was 11 years old.
“When I was in first grade, I dreamt about owning and riding a white horse. When I was 11, my parents bought Sonny for me, a flea bitten gray who was the answer to my dreams. I have been a horse crazy girl for as long as I can remember!”
Her favorite memories include competing on the World Show stage, both with AQHA and the affiliate division of USHJA. She used to show in “all around” events such as Showmanship, Trail, Horsemanship, Western Riding and more. “I’ve always loved the rodeo, too!”
“Shine your light, take life in stride and enjoy the ride!
Board Member 2021-present
Funding & Sponsorship Chair
Jacki joined the SNHSA Board in 2021 and rides at Breakaway Farms. Originally from Reno, she recently moved back after living in Santa Barbara for seven years.
Holding a business management degree with a minor in sociology, Jacki is the marketing director at Unravel Labs and co-founder of Equivont.com, an online marketing service for equestrians.
“I love helping businesses of all sizes grow through strategic digital marketing.”
“My goal is to grow support for the local horse show community and encourage new members to join and further their education.”
Jacki began her equestrian life early on. “I got my first pony when I was 2 years old and learned to jump at five. I had the horse girl bug from the moment I could talk! Though I have had many winning moments in the show ring, I love keeping my horses in my backyard and nothing beats walking out in the morning to feed and being greeted by them.”
Jacki started her Board career chairing the Fundraising and Sponsorship Committee, already running two very successful Year-End Award Fundraising campaigns. This year, the Board held its first Live Auction at the Banquet this year and the new venture was a success!
“I’m very proud to have launched the new Live Auction at the banquet this year! I look forward to giving my time and lending any expertise I can to the local horse show community who helped me develop my love for horses and competition throughout my childhood.”
Board Member since 2019
Board Member since 2020
Founding Board Member
2023 SNHSA Board of Directors Contact information
|Board member and position:||Committees:||Contact information:|
| Annelise Appleseth
1st Vice President
SNHSA Committee Chairs and Members
|Awards and Recognition||Lisa Mays||Susan Howe, Liz Reader, Elizabeth Lacroix|
|Fundraising and Sponsorship||Jacki Dunt||Lynne MacLean, Lisa Mays, Susan Howe, Liz Lacroix|
|Competition Standards and Structure||Liz Reader||Lynne MacLean, Annelise Appleseth|
|Member Education and Opportunities||Annelise Appleseth||Maguire Price|
|Member Communications and Outreach||Susan Howe||Elizabeth Lacroix, Maguire Price, Jacki Dunt|
Interested in joining the SNHSA Board of Directors?
Persons interested in joining the SNHSA Board should fill out the Board of Directors Application Form, refer to the Rulebook, and contact a current Board member to learn more.