The Performance Show Horse Association (PSHA) announced its board of directors today. The PSHA was created to consolidate industry enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA) in a fair and consistent manner to protect the wellbeing of performance horses, while maintaining the integrity of their sport.

Information about each board member is below:

Kathleen G. Spears, CPA will serve as Executive Director of the PSHA. Spears earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting at University of Kentucky, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Her achievements include the Financial Executive Outstanding Accountant Award; CPA; LACC Fundraising Award; University of KY Outstanding Senior. She is affiliated with Beta Gamma Sigma, Lexington Arts & Cultural Council, the

Keenland Association, USEF, AICPA, KSCPA, NTRA, and Central KY Riding for the Handicapped.

Jim Cortner is the Vice President/Owner of Moore-Cortner, Inc.; Franklin Memorial Gardens, Inc.; and Winchester Monument Company. Cortner was educated at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and at Gupton-Jones College. He is the former president and current board member of the Cemetery Association of Tennessee, and a member of the Southern Cemetery and Funeral Association, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, The American Angus Association, Elk River District of the Boy Scouts of America, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the National Rifle Association, Masonic Lodge and Winchester Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Terry Dotson is the President, Chairman & CEO of Worldwide Equipment Enterprises, Inc. and Subsidiaries, and he is serving as PSHA Chair. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Pikeville College and was made an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Pikeville. He is affiliated with many local associations including the East Kentucky Exhibition Center; American Trucking Association; Mountain Christian Academy (Prior Chairman of the Board); Floyd County Board of Education (Prior Chairman of the Board); Community Trust Bank (Prior Board Member); and Tennessee Walking Horse Association. 

Frank M. Eichler is the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for OHL.  He is the former Chair of the Tennessee Show Horse Association.  Eichler received his BSBA, MBA, and Juris Doctorate from the University of South Dakota, with honors.

James Griffith is the President & CEO of Griffith Coal Company; Dags Branch Coal Co., Inc.; G.G. & D., Inc.; and Walking Horse, LLC. He is also affiliated with the Pikeville National Bank, Coal Operators & Associates, Inc.; Kentucky Coal Producers, Tennessee Walking Horse Association and several other organizations. 

Lee W. McGartland is an attorney at McGartland Law Firm. She received her Juris Doctorate and Bachelor’s in Business Administration at the University of Mississippi, as well as an MBA at Mississippi College. McGartland is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association and the American Association of Justice.

Other PSHA board members include Mike Inman, CEO of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration; Joe Stasney, President of Buddy Stasney Buick GMC, Inc.; Duke Thorson, President of ThorWorks Industries; Jamie Hankins; Bruce MacDonald; and Mickey McCormick.