American Saddlebred Sport Horse

Showing an American Saddlebred or Half-American Saddlebred?

Download the brochure for more information.






Learn more about the magnificent American Saddlebred.

Find an American Saddlebred barn in your area.

American Saddlebred Sport Horse

Showing an American Saddlebred or Half-American Saddlebred?

Download the brochure for more information.






Learn more about the magnificent American Saddlebred.

Find an American Saddlebred barn in your area.


Sport Horse / Versatility Awards Programs


Showing an American Saddlebred or Half-American Saddlebred?

The American Saddlebred Horse & Breeders Association (ASHBA) offers Sport Horse High Point Awards for horses registered with the ASHBA or with the Half-American Saddlebred Registry (HASRA).

Download the brochure for more information.

Sport Horse Professionals

The Sport Horse Committee of the American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association (ASHBA), in conjunction with the Charter Club Council, is proud to announce an initiative to identify professionals who are interested and available for assistance in evaluating American Saddlebreds and Half American Saddlebreds for the Sport Horse discipline. Along with identification of sport horses, marketing those individuals is also a major part of this committee. Training, coaching, and instructing by these individuals is a key component to the industry as well.

How to Get Involved

The individuals on this list have provided their contact information to the American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association (ASHBA). Those interested in purchasing, evaluating or training an American Saddlebred for participation in the Sport Horse Disciplines may contact them directly to enlist their services. The list is divided by State and includes the discipline(s) that individuals have indicated they would like listed with their contact information. The information is listed merely as a service to those interested in the use of the American Saddlebred in the Sport Horse Disciplines.

Please complete the form if you would like to have your name added to this list.

Annual Convention Presentations

Annual Convention 2017 in New Orleans (PowerPoint file). Please be patient, the PowerPoint is large to download.

Super Convention 2016 in Boston (PowerPoint file). Please be patient, the PowerPoint is large to download.

Saddlebred Record Sport Horse Champion (CH-SH)

Effective July 5, 2020, and October 25, 2020, the American Saddlebred Registry (ASR) Board voted to approve and accept the champion designation, CH-SH, program for American Saddlebred and Half-Saddlebred Sport Horses. In addition, the point program for earning a CH-SH designation in Dressage, Endurance and Eventing passed and several historical CH-SH were awarded. 

The board voted to automatically award any winner past or future of the CH-SH Wing Tempo Award with their own CH-SH. The following horses (and their disciplines) were awarded the CH-SH:

  • CH-SH Genius Northern Tuxedo owned by Lisa Davies Siderman - Endurance
  • CH-SH Singsation owned by Darryl Leifheit - Combined Driving
  • CH-SH New York City Slicker owned by Jody Swimmer - Dressage

Additionally, EWAC researched and presented a candidate for a historical CH-SH. The ASR BOD also awarded CH-SH Rex Rysdyk the designation for twice completing the grueling 300 mile U.S. Cavalry Endurance challenge in the 1920's. 

Guidelines for Saddlebred Record Sport Horse (CH-SH) Dressage, Endurance and Eventing can be found by clicking on the links below.

2021 Distance Horse National Championships Sept. 9-13 Big South Fork NRRA,
Oneida, TN

The ASHBA is once again partnering in the Distance Horse National Championships for 2021 to recognize American Saddlebreds and Half-Saddlebreds. The 2021 Distance Horse National Championships will be held in Big South Fork NRRA, Oneida, TN on September 9-13.  For more information, please contact Paige Lockard at 303-696-4535 or paige.lockard@arabianhorses.org.

2021 Distance Championship Entry Form

2021 Distance Open Entry Form

The Distance Horse National Championships is the overhead titled event hosted by the Arabian Horse Association which include Open Owl Hoot Rides along with breed National Championships. Partnered breeds are the American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association (ASHBA), the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC), the Paso Fino Horse Association (PFHA), the Performance Shagya-Arabian Registry (PShR), the American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) and the Akhal-Teke Association of America (ATAA).

American Saddlebred Select

American Saddlebred Select strives to acknowledge and honor the achievements of registered American Saddlebred horses in all recognized competitive events. Points are earned at competitions approved by an organization regarded as the national or international sanctioning group for that equine activity in divisions recognized by that organization.

Horses enrolled in the program earn points toward three levels of achievement: bronze, silver and gold. There are four different sections of competition where points may be accrued, dressage, eventing, carriage/combined driving and endurance/competitive trail riding.

Each level of achievement is distinguished with a certificate and noted in the horse's permanent ASR file.

For more information please review the American Saddlebred Select Rules, and download the form to apply for the program.

American Saddlebred Select Winners (2011-2016)

American Saddlebred Select Past Winners (up to 2010)

High Point Awards Program

The High Point Awards Program recognizes competition achievements by registered American Saddlebreds and Half-Saddlebreds in a wide range of categories and disciplines, at all levels, not only in the “traditional” Saddlebred show ring, but also in open breed competition and sport horse disciplines. The two highest placing horses owned by active ASHBA members in each category are named High Point Champion and Reserve Champion. The program also awards High Point winners in 12 regions and Europe. The specific categories awarded in each region vary depending on regional availability and participation.

The program year runs from December 1 to November 30.

Competitions are segregated into three categories based on length (1-day, 2-day, 3-day or longer) with points assigned on a sliding scale (e.g. there is a multiplier for points from 2-day and 3-day competitions). Scoring is done separately for sport horse disciplines.

Owners, riders, drivers, handlers and trainers of American Saddlebred and Half American Saddlebred horses showing at USEF licensed competitions must be an ASHBA competing member.

Please review the full rules and program guidelines, and FAQ, for more information:

Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Awards

Designed to recognize the accomplishments of specific breeds in dressage, these awards are presented to horses declared for a participating registry/organization (PO) with USDF.

The requirements of the American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association (ASHBA) as a Participating Organization are as follows:

The horse must be registered with the ASHBA or with the Half Saddlebred Registry of America. The owner must be a member of the American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association.

For additional information regarding this program, please click on the following link http://www.usdf.org/awards/all-breeds/all-breeds.asp or call (859) 971-2277.

USDF Connection magazinearticle is reprinted by permission of the United States Dressage Federation