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ASHBA 2022 Journal

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Check out the digital edition of the Breeders' Bible, Journal of the American Saddlebred! 

 

 

 

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2022 ASHBA Half Saddlebred Futurity Stallion Auction!

Join us Saturday, January 22 10:00 AM ET at Sunrise Stables!  

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To inquire about stallions and the auction please contact: Melissa Moore (859-873-9129 or 859-533-6225), Sandy Currier (832-244-5051), Rick Wedel (812 204-7700)

 

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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. 

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Register Now for 2022 ASHBA Youth Conference

The ASHBA Youth Conference is back and better than ever for 2022! Join us February 18-19 in Lexington, KY for a weekend of hands-on educational opportunities, a tour of Grey Ridge Farm, World's Grand Champion horse presentations with Bourbon Select, The Crowd Went Nuts! and other champions, awards, dancing, fun, and seeing old friends and meeting new ones! Learn more here. 

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2022 Annual ASHBA Membership Meeting Video!

WATCH the 2022 ASHBA Annual Membership meeting from the 2022 UPHA National Conference!  

Thank you to Richfield Video Productions for making this meeting available on-demand for all ASHBA Members! 

ASHBA 2022 Journal

2022 ASHBA Half Saddlebred Futurity Stallion Auction!

Join us Saturday, January 22 10:00 AM ET at Sunrise Stables!  

View Catalog 

Learn More 

To inquire about stallions and the auction please contact: Melissa Moore (859-873-9129 or 859-533-6225), Sandy Currier (832-244-5051), Rick Wedel (812 204-7700)

Start Your Saddlebred Story Today

Register Now for 2022 ASHBA Youth Conference

The ASHBA Youth Conference is back and better than ever for 2022! Join us February 18-19 in Lexington, KY for a weekend of hands-on educational opportunities, a tour of Grey Ridge Farm, World's Grand Champion horse presentations with Bourbon Select, The Crowd Went Nuts! and other champions, awards, dancing, fun, and seeing old friends and meeting new ones! Learn more here. 

Join in the fun and register today! 

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Breed Information

Today’s American Saddlebred

The American Saddlebred personifies the ultimate performer matched with the most personable partner! A thrilling show horse, a loyal companion, and an incredible athlete, the American Saddlebred is a horse for everyone.

 

They are easy to spot with their proud, upright carriage with neck arched, a large expressive eye, and graceful ears alert and forward. The ideal American Saddlebred is well-proportioned and presents a beautiful overall picture. You will notice these features most when they are looking for the opportunity to meet new people, most Saddlebreds favorite activity! American Saddlebreds are patient and forgiving partners that are often ridden or driven by beginner adults and young children.

 

Saddlebreds typically stand between 15.1 and 16.3 hands in height and can be of any color ranging from black, bay, grey, and chestnut to palomino and pinto.

 

As a trotting breed, all American Saddlebreds perform the three standard gaits of walk, trot, and canter. The breed standard for movement should be fluid, animated, and with clear-balanced cadence.

 

Some American Saddlebreds have the ability to be trained to perform the two additional gaits exhibited in the five-gaited division. The slow gait and rack are each a four-beat gait with each of the horse's hooves striking the ground separately. These gaits like the breed’s walk, trot, and canter should be fluid, animated and balanced.

 

Disciplines & Uses

As a trotting breed that has been a trusted partner for centuries in a wide array of equestrian sports, there are no limits to what an American Saddlebred can do! The breed’s willing attitude, big heart, and bravery make it a suitable candidate for a variety of disciplines and riders.    

Their animated style and brilliance in the show ring have helped them epitomize the saddle seat discipline for every division from performance to pleasure and professional trainers to young children. Breed shows also regularly offer driving, western, hunt seat, equitation, and trail classes. Outside of breed shows, they also excel in combined driving, dressage, endurance riding, eventing, western dressage, jumping, and more. The American Saddlebred with its kind and willing nature is a perfect horse for the whole family to enjoy as companions and trail horses as well! 

 

The Horse America Made

Rex McDonald with George Ford Morris riding

The American Saddlebred has a long and proud history. The American Saddlebred became a recognized breed evolving from the Kentucky Saddler to the Saddle Horse in the 1800s. This breed was created through the refinement of prominent Thoroughbred and Trotting Horse foundation sires that crossed with Canadian Pacers, Hackneys, Morgan Horses and more to develop the breed officially organized by the American Saddle Horse Breeders Association in 1891. 

From the battlefields of the American colonies to the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, the American Saddlebred has trotted to a tremendous legacy as the “Horse America Made.” The breed’s inherent presence, athleticism, and grace inspired the start of American horse shows, America’s first breed registry organization, and helped cultivate the horse and human relationship in the United States of America. 

On their way to defining the idea of the “Ultimate Show Horse” they have also helped the US Army Equestrian Team compete in the Olympics until the 1940s, claimed some of the highest recorded rides in distance riding history and worked to develop the national park system in the American west.

Go Behind the Saddlebred Scenes

We welcome you to learn more about the American Saddlebred and Half Saddlebred through the American Saddlebred Horse & Breeders Association members and events. We invite you to follow our Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube to get more Saddlebred Scenes and learn how you can start trotting towards your #asbdreams!