Skip to content

ASHA Introduces New Star Show to Address Needs of Previously Unrated Shows



The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) today announced the formation of a new “class” of shows for the 2020 show season. The “Star Show” program is the result of months of work by the ASHA Horse Show Task Force to bring organization and benefits to those shows that are currently unaffiliated with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). The ASHA Star Shows are modeled after the Morgan Horse Association’s Star Shows, as well as the Arabian Horse Association’s One-Day and Value Shows. The ASHA Star Show program recommendation is also a result of multiple surveys sent to both horse show management and ASHA members about the issues facing horse shows of all sizes nationwide.
 
In addition to the comprehensive support that will be offered by the ASHA for the Star Shows, the ASHA also announces the Horse Show Grant program that will offer grants to assist financially struggling horse shows. Grants in the amounts of $500 and $1,000 will be available to shows on an annual basis. Grants will be funded solely through a $50 horse show application fee for participation in the ASHA Star Show program, which will be waived for shows which receive grants. Grant applications for the 2020 competition year must be received by March 31, 2020 and can be found HERE.
 
“The Horse Show Task Force recommendations offer common sense solutions for many of the problems facing our horse shows,” said David Mount, ASHA Executive Director.
 
In addition to the ability to access the grant program, the new ASHA Star Shows will offer a consistent set of guidelines, along with additional marketing support.  These new guidelines address rules, enforcement and mileage issues that have been areas of concern for previously unaffiliated shows as the ASHA will now assist shows, if necessary, in the enforcement of rules and policies.  Participants in these Star Shows will not have to be USEF members but will receive support from the ASHA and will be able to participate in ASHA awards programs such as High Points and CH point accumulation and have their shows count for accumulating points toward World’s Championship Horse Show qualifying.
 
The expanded marketing support will center around bringing the fun back to shows through assisting shows on how to promote and create experiences for participants.  Shows will have access to an updated Horse Show Manual, Fill the Stands Program, tutorials and ASHA exclusive classes and events. 
 
ASHA will continue to work with horse show management and members to help support and grow horse shows at all levels.  Work will continue on additional Horse Show Task Force recommendations with more announcements expected soon.  “These programs and the other initiatives being worked on by ASHA are long overdue and offer much needed assistance to our grass roots horse shows,” said Owen Weaver, Horse Show Task Force Co-Chair. 

More Stories

  • **Updated Event Cancellations

    Saddle Horse Report will provide daily updates to the list of cancelled and postponed horse events. Read More
  • Ten Years Ago - Pin Oak Charity

    Looking back, ten years ago at Pin Oak Charity…While the tradition of Pin Oak Charity was on hiatus in 2020, let’s take a trip back to the 2010 Pin Oak Charity… Read More
  • Ten Years Ago - Raleigh Spring Premier

    Looking back, ten years ago at Raleigh Spring Premier…While we missed being at Raleigh Spring Premier last week, let’s reminisce about some great memories from 2010… Read More
  • ASAW Celebrates their Wisconsin History

    The American Saddlebred Association of Wisconsin (ASAW) held their awards banquet on March 7, 2020 at the Delafield Inn Hotel in Delafield, Wisconsin where they celebrated their high point winners for the 2019 show season. Read More
  • Latest Issue YIR 2019

    Read More
  • Joint Leadership Council Presidents Partner for Horsemen's Relief Fund

    I hope you are all staying safe and healthy. We are experiencing threats to our health and economy that have not been experienced in this country for more than 100 years. It is a scary time for all of us and a threat to the horse industry we all love... Read More
  • USEF Update on COVID-19: Suspension Extended

    We are all anxious for equestrian sport to start up again and for our families and friends to return to their normal lives pre-COVID-19 Pandemic. We also understand the financial pain that this is having on so many in our industry. We, too, at USEF are feeling that pain. However, we are not through this yet. The pandemic continues to cause unprecedented impact throughout the world.... Read More
  • 2019 Year In Review Completed

    The 2019 Year In Review, our 26th edition, is at the printer and soon it will be in your homes and offices. Devoted to preserving the history of the show horse industry, the Year In Review is once again filled with beautiful pages that present the highlights of last year’s shows... Read More
  • Joint Leadership Council Works Together to Support Barns During COVID-19

    The Joint Leadership Council (JLC) is coming together to unite our efforts to support our memberships and professionals in the show horse community from the impacts of COVID-19. The JLC is a group comprised of individuals appointed by AHHS, AMHA, ASHA, ARHPA and UPHA, who work together towards the concerns of the trotting breeds. Read More
  • NEMHS Cover Contest

    Heads up for an exciting opportunity to be the “face” of the 81st New England Regional Morgan Horse Show.  NEMHS is the oldest Morgan Show in the world and we invite ALL youth 21 and under to submit art work that will become eligible to be showcased on the cover of the 2020 NEMHS Horse Show Program. The theme of your work should focus on the special relationship between Youth and Morgan horses. Read More