Monthly Giving Challenge

ASHBA is Launching a Monthly Giving Campaign!

Learn more about this program and how your barn can win a WCHS Pizza Party!  

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Shop the American Saddlebred ProShop!

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ASHBA is proud to announce our new ProShop presented by Saddlethreads! Now members will be able to sport their #SaddlebredSpirit in the barn and around town. Premium brands include Nike, Eddie Bauer, The North Face, Carhartt, & more!

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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. 

Learn more about the magnificent American Saddlebred.

Find an American Saddlebred barn in your area.



Join us at the Breeders Ball & Breeders Challenge Live Auction

Join us at the Breeders Ball & Breeders Challenge Live Auction

This is a party you will not want to miss!  Join us after the show Friday at the ASHBA Breeders Ball and  Breeders Challenge live auction.

Admission is free and entertainment will be provided by Tony and the Tan Lines.

Learn more here.

WCHS Town Hall

ASHBA Hosting Town Hall with WCHS Leadership Monday, August 15

The American Saddlebred Horse & Breeders Association will be hosting a virtual town hall with the leadership of KY Venues and the Kentucky State Fair’s 2022 World’s Championship Horse Show. The Town Hall is Monday, August 16 at 2:00 PM ET on Zoom. Pre-registration is required, all those interested in being at the virtual town hall must be registered by Monday, August 15 at 12:00 PM ET.


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About The American Saddlebred

  • Range in size from 14 to 17 hands
  • Wide range of colors
    • Chesnut
    • Black
    • Spotted
    • Bay
  • Markings create individuality
  • Weigh 800-1,200 pounds

The American Saddlebred remains the ultimate show horse, high-stepping and elegant. A show horse is a spectacle of beauty and grace but is also an intense athletic competitor. American Saddlebreds compete in four primary divisions in the show ring: Five-Gaited, Three-Gaited, Fine Harness and Pleasure. Each division has its own "look," and competitors should be groomed to perfection. Five-gaited, fine harness and show pleasure horses are exhibited with full manes and tails. Three-gaited horses are shown with roached, or trimmed, manes to accentuate their long, fine necks.

The common denominator for American Saddlebreds in the show ring is that they should be alert, showing with neck arched, head up and ears forward, projecting an attitude of "Look at me!" They are judged on performance, manners, presence, quality and conformation.

American Saddlebreds come in almost all colors, ranging in height from 14 to 17 hands and weigh 800-1,200 pounds.

The head and eye of the ideal American Saddlebred suggest refinement and intelligence. Long, sloping pasterns give a spring to the stride, making American Saddlebreds very comfortable to ride. High quality, smoothness, and balanced proportions complete an overall picture of symmetry and style.

The characteristics that have contributed to the American Saddlebred’s reputation as the "peacock of the show ring" also make him a versatile horse. Smoothness of gaits, speed coupled with intelligence and powerful muscling enable him to do whatever is asked of him. Saddlebreds have excelled in many non-traditional disciplines such as dressage, eventing, show jumping, combined driving, and endurance, as well as recreational and competitive trail riding. An American Saddlebred is capable of almost any task he is asked to perform and will do it with extraordinary style.

Perhaps the breed's most distinguished trait is its mental acumen. Happy, alert and curious, American Saddlebreds possess that people-oriented quality called personality, endearing them to their owners and admirers.

Before buying an American Saddlebred, you should try to assess your goals. Do you want a show horse? A broodmare? A prospect? A horse to keep in training? At home? How much do you wish to spend? Are you buying as an investment? Strictly for pleasure?

If you wish to ride or drive, evaluate your abilities: Do you have any experience? Is competition a goal? Are you in a lesson program? How much time will be spent with the new horse? Do you have the knowledge and skills to train a horse without assistance? And don’t forget physical characteristics: Are you tall or short? Stocky or lean? The size of the horse should suit the rider.

There are many ways to learn about American Saddlebreds and the people involved with them. A good place to start is the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA). Once you get serious about owning a Saddlebred, you should join ASHA and have access to its wealth of information; membership is required for those doing business with the American Saddlebred Registry.

Another important resource for the new owner is the ASHA Charter Club, made up of local area American Saddlebred owners. A worldwide network of more than 45 organizations, Charter Clubs conduct many equine and social activities and are happy to help newcomers learn more about the breed. For younger enthusiasts, more than 60 ASHA Youth Clubs offer projects, activities and camaraderie as they absorb the finer points of horsemanship.

Horse shows are excellent places to meet owners, exhibitors, trainers, riding instructors, and breeders. As a show, see firsthand how American Saddlebreds compete, then visit the stabling area and ask questions. Most American Saddlebred people are friendly, helpful and encouraging. one step leads to another, and it’s easy to become acquainted with American Saddlebreds and people of all ages who love them.