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Giddy Up & Give!  

Giddy Up & Give is a fundraising campaign from the new Development Committee. We are united in our love for the American Saddlebred.  Now is the time to show it!

Visit www.giddyupandgive.com to support the Saddlebred today! 

 

 

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Giddy Up & Give!  

Giddy Up & Give is a fundraising campaign from the new Development Committee. We are united in our love for the American Saddlebred.  Now is the time to show it!

Visit www.giddyupandgive.com to support the Saddlebred today! 

Start Your Saddlebred Story Today!

Discover the Horse America Made

Proud. Beautiful. Versatile. Athletic.

From the elite competitor to the backyard companion the horse for you is the American Saddlebred. 

Discover your joy and start your Saddlebred Story today. 

Learn more about the magnificent American Saddlebred.

Find an American Saddlebred barn in your area.

 

 

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ASHBA National Select Series 

Looking to improve the value of your horse show experience? Learn more about this exciting new program today! 

Visit our Select Series program home page!

 

Start Your Saddlebred Sport Horse Story Today!

Discover the Horse America Made

Proud. Beautiful. Versatile. Athletic.

From the elite competitor to the backyard companion the horse for you is the American Saddlebred. 

Discover your joy and start your Saddlebred Story today. 

Learn more about the magnificent American Saddlebred.

Find an American Saddlebred barn in your area.

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Bill Wise American Saddlebred Sweepstakes

We are honored to announce that the America Saddlebred Sweepstakes will forevermore be titled as the Bill Wise American Saddlebred Sweepstakes program. Learn More.

If you have any questions regarding ASHBA Prize Programs, please contact Patricia Edwards at 859-259-3899 or p.edwards@asha.net.



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NEW Marc Of Charm Breyer Model Revealed  

We are thrilled to have a NEW American Saddlebred representative in Breyer Model Horse traditional line. 

It has been a privilege to be a part of making this monumental #SharetheSaddlebred milestone possible! 

Learn more about the Saddlebred Story behind the WGC Marc Of Charm Model! 

 

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Breed Information

Historically referred to as the “Horse America Made,” the American Saddlebred has a long and proud history that can trace its roots to the natural-gaited Galloway and Hobbie horses which came to North America from the British Isles. These hardy little horses thrived and grew in the new environment, and through selective breeding the Narragansett Pacer was developed along the eastern seaboard. The Narragansetts were crossed with Thoroughbreds imported to America in the early 1700s, and by the time of the Revolutionary War, a horse called simply “the American horse” was a recognized type. Discover the history of this breed.

These horses had the size and beauty of the Thoroughbred, but retained the ability to learn the easy-riding gaits. These animals were used for riding, to pull carriages and for other work. They were prized for a pleasant temperament, eagerness, strength and stamina.

During the Civil War, their service earned them acclaim as a breed, and many of the Generals, including Robert E. Lee rode them into battle. As the war ended, horse owners began to enter their saddle horses into the show ring where they became stars because of their beauty, style and utility which was attained from the continual crossing with thoroughbreds and other breeds including Arabian and Morgan.

Today, the American Saddlebred is still the ultimate show horse. With its neck arched and ears forward, the Saddlebred continues to dominate the saddle seat disciplines with its elegant and powerful high-stepping action and is not only a spectacle of beauty and grace, but also an intense athletic competitor. In the show ring, American Saddlebreds compete in five primary divisions: Five-Gaited, Three-Gaited, Fine Harness, Park and Pleasure. Each division has its own "look" and desired traits; however, all strive to meet the model of an ideal American Saddlebred. They are judged on performance, manners, presence, quality and conformation. Discover the American Saddlebred disciplines and uses.

In addition to the animated style and brilliance in the show ring, the Saddlebred’s willing attitude has made it a versatile breed allowing it to excel in other disciplines including dressage, combined driving and jumping.