Who is Barrie Reightler?
Barrie is the Director of Publications for the Maryland
Thoroughbred Breeders Association. She has been
through the life and death of The Maryland Horse and
the creation and success of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred.
Her AHP Legacy
Barrie became the 2001-2002 AHP
President after her tenure on the
Board of Directors that began in
1996. Next year will mark her 30th
year as an AHP member.
She was awarded the Chris Brune Spirit Award
in 2004 for her willingness to serve the
association through her creative talents as an
What she is best known for:
Barrie has a quiet way of getting the job done - no
matter what the job is—without a lot of fanfare.
While many of you may not know Barrie well, you do
know the numerous logos she has created for AHP
seminars and association awards.
Barrie riding aboard a
Paint horse during a
cattle roundup at the
Vail, Colorado seminar
Barrie loves fox hunting
and photography. Her
daughter, Betsy, was an
AHP kid, attending many
seminars with her mom.
What you might not know about
Who is Frank Lessiter?
Frank has worked nearly 50 years as an
agricultural journalist and has been editor
and publisher of American Farriers Journal
for nearly 25 years.
The family’s 32-year-old Lessiter Publications
business has 35 employees and produces nine
publications, two annual international
conferences, books, DVDs, special management
reports, numerous e-mail newsletters and seven
His AHP Legacy
A member of several publishing associations, Frank is most
proud to have served as both a director and the 2002-2003
AHP President. He was the innovator and first moderator of
the 45 Ideas panel that AHP continues to hold every year at
What he is best
Frank loves family and he’s got a
really big one. He and his wife,
Pam, have four children and 14
grandchildren. He also has a
great sense of humor as these
next photos will show.
What you might not
know about Frank…
He’s an avid reader of magazines,
newspapers, and books. Over the
years, Frank has received numerous
awards for outstanding editorial and
photography work including the prestigious
Stephen Barr Award for a series of articles on
horse abuse that appeared in American
Who is Doug Hayes?
Doug Hayes is Director of Business
Development for the American Quarter
Horse Association in Amarillo, Texas.
Doug grew up on a Kansas farm and has
owned horses all his life. He and his
wife, Tadhi, have three children—Ben,
Casey, and Emma Kate—and one
His AHP Legacy
Doug has been involved in AHP for almost
25 years. He joined the AHP board of
directors in 1997 and served as its 2003-
2004 President. In 2011, he was awarded
the Chris Brune Spirit Award for his
willingness to give his all to AHP.
What he is best known for…
Doug is known as a “good hand.” He’s dependable, willing
to do almost anything asked of him, and would come to
your aid in a heartbeat.
And he can sing. He has been Willie Nelson, James Taylor,
and now lead singer for the Village People.
He would sing anything for AHP.
What you might not know
He loves heading and heeling, making furniture
and being a grandfather. He is also a rabid Kansas
State University football and basketball fan.
It’s my privilege and honor to
present the 2013 AHP Champion
award to three individuals who
have not only been true
supporters of AHP, but
also longtime friends.
Barrie Reightler (The Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred)
Frank Lessiter (American Farriers Journal)
Doug Hayes (The American Quarter Horse Journal)
Lua Oas Southard (EquiSource)
Stacy V. Bearse (Blood-Horse Publications)
Robert Banner (The Chronicle of the Horse)
Kathy Mezick (Horsemen’s Corral)
Jim Jennings (The Quarter Horse Journal)
Susan Harding (Fleet Street Publishing)
Darrell Dodds (Paint Horse Journal)
Walt Wiggins (Quarter Racing World)
Erbert Eades (The Blood-Horse)
Don Price (Michigan Harness Horseman)
Les Ford (The Harness Horse)
Thom Mezick (Horsemen’s Corral)
Peter Winants (The Chronicle of the Horse)
Tracy Gantz (The Thoroughbred of California)
Chris Brune (Eastern/Western Quarter Horse Journal)
Bill Shepard (Paint Horse Journal)
Nancy Lee Comer (The Chronicle of the Horse)
Karl Little (Cutting Horse Chatter)
Jennifer Forsberg Meyer (California Horse Review)
Stanley F. Bergstein (Hoof Beats)
Bob Gray (Horseman)
Audie Rackley (The Quarter Horse Journal)
Tony Chamblin (The Horsemen’s Journal)
Ruth Brown (Eastern/Western Quarter Horse Journal)
Arnold Kirkpatrick (Thoroughbred Record)
Lucille Shuler (Arabian Horse World)
Melvin Peavey (Horse World)
Don Valliere (Turf & Sport Digest)
Alexander Mackay-Smith (The Chronicle of the Horse)
Snowden Carter (Maryland Horse)