A new home in the heart of horse country brings NSBA closer to members and the strong Texas equestrian community
GURNEE, ILLINOIS – On July 8, 2022, the National Snaffle Bit Association announced it will relocate its headquarters from Gurnee, Illinois to Weatherford, Texas this fall.
Given the National Snaffle Bit Association’s own pioneering spirit, it may be no surprise that the association chose Weatherford, Texas for NSBA’s permanent home.
Founded in 1983, NSBA began with the goal to promote kinder methods for training and stage Western Pleasure events. Since then, its focus has expanded to promoting the show horse at every level and across all disciplines. At each step, the welfare of the horse and providing opportunities for riders of all abilities has remained the primary focus.
NSBA’s new location in Texas is a natural fit for the association. Located in the heart of horse country, Weatherford has a historic feel that makes it attractive to history buffs and equestrian enthusiasts. NSBA’s visitors will enjoy the downtown area, which is full of antique, boutique and specialty stores.
Many of NSBA’s staff members will be relocating to Texas during the move, said Stephanie Lynn, NSBA executive director. “We are a small but mighty team and I’m confident that the transition will be seamless with the staff in place,” she shared.
“NSBA is so excited to make our new home in Weatherford,” Lynn added. “Not only is it the location we need to be to grow, it provides the space we need. In addition to having greater access to the area’s rich horse community, as we grow, our Weatherford headquarters will allow us to attract world-class team members who want to be located in one of the horse capitals in the United States. We’re thrilled to be surrounded by such a large equestrian community.”
To learn more about NSBA, visit its website.
ABOUT THE NSBA
Established in 1983, the National Snaffle Bit Association has expanded from its roots in the Western Pleasure discipline to recognize various disciplines and eight breed associations in competition. NSBA’s mission is to grow the show horse community through various equine programs and events where every activity benefits horses, breeders, owners and exhibitors alike.
The National Snaffle Bit Association has more than 20,000 active members and more than 44,000 registered horses across its eight alliance breed organizations. In 2021, NSBA members earned more than $13.6 million in monetary awards at NSBA-sanctioned horse shows. The association sanctioned nearly 600 horse show events and close to 200,000 horse show entries last year.