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The American Royal Opens

by Susan F. Harris

SHR Online Editor

The UPHA American Royal National Championship Horse Show opened on a cool, breezy day with great anticipation. As the last major show of the season, and the third leg of the unofficial Saddlebred/Hackney/Roadster “Triple Crown,” it’s always interesting to see how many reigning world’s champions will be on hand to add National Championship titles to their résumés.


Interspersed among the first day and evening’s schedule was a wide range of classes for Missouri-Kansas horses, ponies and riders – a wonderful opportunity to showcase the region’s best talent.


Renee Biggins, one of the industry’s hardest working and most respected instructors, was honored Tuesday night as the American Royal Horseperson of the Year. See separate story.


A few photographic highlights follow. Stay tuned and come along for the ride as Saddle Horse Report Online brings you daily snapshots of the happenings at the UPHA American Royal National Championship Horse Show. Also be sure to check out complete show results by clicking here.



Jessica Cavenaugh, Holli McDowell, and Andi Johns

Ryan, Deborah, and Dirk Visser

CH Walterway’s Remember Me and Ceil Wheeler

CH Callaway’s Born To Win and Gayle Lampe

CH The Shadow Knows and Linda Meyer

The Exhibitors Lounge offers a quiet place

to get warm, put your feet up, and still keep

up with ring action on the live video feed.


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