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News from the Half American Saddlebred Registry of America

Published Date: May 18, 2018

American Half Saddlebreds

The Half American Saddlebred Registry of America (HASRA) has seen a renewed interest in the Arabian/American Saddlebred cross and an incredible amount of interest in the Dutch Harness/American Saddlebred cross along with several other crosses including Friesians, Holsteiners, Morgans, Quarter Horses, and Standardbreds. The HASRA provides support for these horses by issuing their registration certificates and by offering several awards programs. While the United States Equestrian Federation Half American Saddlebred rules that went into effect December 1, 2017 for the 2018 competition year supports the showing of these horses.

The HASRA was founded in 1971 by Roberta Nye Bush, who saw the need for a recording organization as owners of other breeds began breeding their mares to her American Saddlebred stallion. After 25 years at the helm of the Registry, Busch requested that the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) become the administrator of the program. ASHA stepped into this role in 1996. HASRA is currently administered by the American Saddlebred Registry (ASR).

Registration in the Half American Saddlebred Registry requires ONE PARENT (sire or dam) be a purebred American Saddlebred duly registered with the ASR. A full-blooded American Saddlebred cannot be accepted for registration as a Half Saddlebred. The purebred American Saddlebred Certificate of Registration must be in complete order with ASR before any offspring will be considered eligible, another valid reason to keep your American Saddlebred registration paper ownership up to date. An exciting fact about registration of Half American Saddlebreds is that a horse of any age may be registered for only $35.00, if already registered with another breed Association. DNA testing is required for all registrations. The fee is $50.00 for the DNA kit and is in addition to the registration fee. For horses not registered with another breed Association, the fee to register is $35.00 for applications that are received in the HASRA office from birth up to 6 months, $50.00 from 6 months to 12 months, and $150.00 for those over 12 months. The fee to transfer is $25.00. Please visit www.saddlebred.com for complete Registry rules and forms.

These Half American Saddlebred crosses have progressed quite a bit with the addition of the USEF Half American Saddlebred Horse division. Horses shown in the Half American Saddlebred division must be registered with the HASRA and may compete in the following divisions provided competition management offers separate classes restricted to Half American Saddlebreds: Five-Gaited, Fine Harness, Park, Park Pleasure, Show Pleasure, Country Pleasure, Western, Hunter Country Pleasure, Dressage Suitability, In Hand, Model, Parade, and Roadster. They may not be shown in American Saddlebred classes that are restricted to purebred American Saddlebreds. Please note that Opportunity Classes, Exhibition Classes, Saddle Seat Equitation, and English Pleasure divisions at multi-breed and breed restricted USEF competitions are a great option to showcase your Half American Saddlebreds.

The ASR also offers Sport Horse Incentives and Year End Awards for horses registered with the ASR or with the HASRA. The Sport Horse Year End Awards program is designed to acknowledge, reward and promote the versatility of the American Saddlebred within the various disciplines and is open to both registered purebred and registered Half American Saddlebred horses. Disciplines in which horses may earn points include:  Dressage, Western Dressage, Driving, Hunter/Jumper, Eventing and Distance, Competitive Trail Riding and Endurance. The High Point Neck Ribbon Awards program is for American Saddlebred and Half American Saddlebred horses enrolled in the Sport Horse Year End Awards Program and competing against all breeds at open shows that recognize the American Saddlebred or Half American Saddlebred with the highest score at that competition. The Adequan/USDF All-Breeds Awards are designed to recognize the accomplishments of specific breeds in dressage. These awards are presented to horses declared for a participating registry/organization with USDF. For additional information please visit www.saddlebred.com.

The Half American Saddlebred Registry staff is available to assist you with the registration process and answer any questions that you may have. You may contact Lisa B. Duncan, ASR Registrar at 859-259-3881 regarding the Half American Saddlebred Registry.

This article has been prepared by Lisa B. Duncan, Registrar.

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(Top Left) Pratense’s Rejoice # 4481 – American Saddlebred/Holsteiner – Photo provided by Paula Briney
(Top Middle) Windyways Cassiopia # 4233 – American Saddlebred/Morgan – Photo provided by Anne Marie Anderson
(Top Right) Fancy Hot Shot # 5352 – American Saddlebred/Arabian
(Bottom Left) Mirassou Pearl # 4872 – American Saddlebred/Irish Draught
(Bottom Right) Knight Skye’s Storm Chaser # 5292 (owned by Rachel Nicely) – American Saddlebred/Friesian (Front Left) - Photo provided by Janeene Jennings

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