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2018 Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show Announcements

The ASHA Youth Committee has a variety of exciting activities planned for youth and adults at the World’s Championship Horse Show!

Breakfast with Champions – Join us for breakfast with the riders/trainers of some of our past World’s Grand Champions. Thursday at 9 am-Youth only. Please RSVP - FREE

Jr. Judging Clinic – Meet with trainers who have judged some of the largest shows in our industry and ask them how they choose the winners. Sunday TBA - FREE

Youth to Youth Scavenger Hunt – Search for your peers throughout the show grounds and have them introduce you to their horse. Pick up a prize and earn points toward a drawing. Sunday and Monday - FREE

Jr. Judging – Three Sessions: Sunday Evening, Tuesday Morning & Friday Morning with ribbon presentation and awards for winners in the 13 and under and 14-20 age divisions on Friday evening in center ring - FREE

Barn Bingo – Travel from barn to barn and meet the trainers of WGC American Saddlebreds. Tuesday and Wednesday - FREE

Golf Cart Judging Contest – Decorate your golf cart and enter it in our contest. $20 entry fee per cart, proceeds benefit ASHA Youth Scholarships. Judging is Thursday at noon.

Photo booth with the 2017 WCG – Make a selfie with the 2017 Five-Gaited, Three-Gaited and Fine Harness World’s Grand Champions in the ASHA Saddlebred Center in Freedom Hall. Daily - FREE

Earn Extra Points for volunteering a minimum of 3 hours at the ASHA booth in the South Wing. Participants in the ASHA Saddlebred Breed Ambassador program (Individual, Barn Groups and Charter Clubs) will receive double points for volunteer hours spent at the booth, with a minimum of three hours required. If a Charter Club arranges to cover the booth for an entire 12 hour day, they will receive a free one year charter club membership. Share your knowledge of the American Saddlebred with those visiting the Agriculture Booths at the KY State Fair! Please submit your form to Brenda Newell at

Deadline to Submit Futurity Declaration of Intent to Show for 2018 ASR Futurity Classes 

The deadline to submit a Declaration of Intent to Show and starting fees, for nominated horses entered to show in the 2018 ASR Futurity classes at the World’s Championship Horse Show, is 2:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 18, 2018. 

Declaration fees may be paid in advance if postmarked, faxed or e-mailed by Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

Please be advised – Failure to declare and pay the starting fee by the above deadline will result in an ADDED $500 penalty per entry, per class. The added penalty is in addition to the declaration starting fees.

In order to avoid unnecessary splitting of classes, please be sure to scratch horses that will not be showing in a futurity class with the Kentucky State Fair Horse Show Office.

If the National 3-Year-Old Futurity Three-Gaited, Five-Gaited, Three-Gaited Park or Three-Gaited Park Pleasure classes are split, only entries in the elimination classes will be stripped and not the Finals.   If the above divisions have 20 or more declared entries, the classes shall be divided as equally as possible into two sections.  Classes will be split in the Kentucky Futurity 2-Year-Old and National 3-Year-Old Futurity Fine Harness divisions, if there are 12 or more declared entries.

For all In-Hand classes, if you miss your assigned position to show, your horse will automatically be disqualified.

Per USEF Rule SB174 Attendants - Handlers and attendants may carry or use a whip not exceeding 6’ including lash; the lash shall not have been altered in any way except no more than two ribbons streamers attached that are eight inches or less in length.  

Per USEF Rule SB103.6 General, Soundness, and Welfare– No horse may compete in a class in the American Saddlebred Division with any chemical or other irritant of any kind present to alter the horse’s tail carriage.

Owners, riders, drivers, handlers, and trainers of horses showing at USEF licensed competitions, in all American Saddlebred sections, must be current competing members with ASHA.
For anyone who has not received a declaration form or if a nominated horse has been switched to a futurity class from an open class, please contact Patricia Edwards at 859.259.3899 or by e-mail

Promote Your Riding Lesson Program!

The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) invites you to promote your riding lesson program as a part of AgLand during the upcoming Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show. The American Saddlebred booth will be located in the AgLand area which is in the South Wing amidst an acre of agriculture exhibits highlighting Kentucky’s farm and field heritage, including the future of farming and agribusiness through 4-H and FFA exhibits presented by Kentucky's Farm Families. The United Professional Horsemen’s Association and the American Saddlebred Museum will also play a role in this event through the donation of handouts and promotional materials.

We hope each riding stable in Kentucky will participate by selecting one or more specific days of the 11 day Kentucky State Fair to be “their” day. In exchange for arranging volunteers from your stable to man the booth from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on the day/days of your choice, each participating barn may promote their own riding program. You can bring informational handouts, free riding lesson vouchers, maps to your barn, etc. If you cover an entire 12 hour shift, up to the three participants from your barn will earn a one year free membership to ASHA. This is an amazing opportunity to advertise your riding program to the thousands of Kentucky State Fair visitors, including daily busloads of children from all across Kentucky.

This opportunity is available on a first come, first serve basis, so be quick to select the day that would best suit your volunteers. Please send your first and second choices of days and your contact information to Kim Skipton at or Brenda Newell at  Help ASHA make this the largest and best Saddlebred promotional event ever!

First Timers’ Presentation

The World’s Championship Horse Show, along with the ASHA is pleased to once again present the Inaugural Exhibitor and Trainer presentation, sponsored by Independent Equine Agents and Winner’s Circle Horse Supply, in Freedom Hall on Tuesday, August 21 at 5:30 PM.

First time exhibitors and trainers are welcomed to center ring to receive their First Timer ribbons and group photo. Sign-up for the presentation is encouraged before the event and may be done online.
All First Timers are invited back to the Saddlebred Center for photos with their ribbon at the Photo Booth.

Volunteers Needed!

For the first time, the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) will have a booth in AgLand (located in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center) during the upcoming Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show. AgLand is presented by Kentucky’s Farm Families and encompasses over an acre of agricultural exhibits highlighting Kentucky’s farm and field heritage, including the future of farming and agribusiness through 4-H and FFA exhibits. The ASHA AgLand booth will be open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, Thursday, August 16 through Sunday, August 26, 2018 - the entire 11 days of the Kentucky State Fair.

A large number of volunteers is needed to hand out promotional materials from ASHA, the United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) and the American Saddlebred Museum, to answer questions for participants in the school children’s “passport” program, and to promote the American Saddlebred to thousands of fairgoers. Volunteers in the promotional booth can earn volunteer hours, double points or free memberships from a variety of programs.

All United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) youth members (age 21 or under) participating in the UPHA Ribbons of Service (ROS) program, participants in the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) American Saddlebred Breed Ambassador program, all Charter Clubs and local riding lesson programs are eligible to participate. As an added incentive, Richfield Video will be providing live feed of the horse show to the booth so volunteers won’t miss a minute of action in Freedom Hall!

UPHA youth who volunteer in the ASHA booth at AgLand will be able to allocate their time towards community service hours for the Ribbons of Service program. These hours also help the youth reach varying levels of the new ROS Rewards program. A portion of each level is based on community service hours completed by the individual. Each level is full of prizes and volunteering at the ASHA AgLand booth during the KSF WCHS is a fun and easy way to reach a higher level and earn more prizes.

Participants in the ASHA Saddlebred Breed Ambassador program (Individual, Barn Groups and Charter Clubs) will receive double points for volunteer hours spent at the booth, with a minimum of three hours required. If a Charter Club arranges to cover the booth for an entire 12 hour day, they will receive a free one year charter club membership.

Contact Kim Skipton at or Brenda Newell at to sign up for this wonderful opportunity to promote the American Saddlebred!

American Saddlebred Registry

Registry staff will be available in Saddlebred Center, located near the in-gate, during the show to offer assistance to owners, exhibitors, and American Saddlebred fans in general.  The Registry will also recognize the breeders of approximately 82 World and Reserve World’s Champions in designated classes with Breeders’ Award Medallions that have been sponsored by Equidae Insurance.

UPHA Open Gate Learning Center Sponsored by ASHA Returns to WCHS

The UPHA Open Gate Learning Center sponsored by the ASHA will be held at the World Championship Horse Show.
The UPHA would like to take this opportunity to thank the ASHA for their continued generosity as the sponsor of the UPHA Open Gate Learning Center, at the World Championship Horse Show August 18-25, 2018.

The UPHA Open Gate Learning Center is an on-site study and learning center for young equestrians who are competing for a national or world title. To achieve such a title requires hard work, practice, perseverance and the support of family and friends.

Traveling for competitions during the academic year can be stressful for all concerned. Missing key lessons and assignments can affect a student's overall academic performance. The purpose of the Learning Center is to provide academic support to equestrian student athletes, grades 5-12, who are away from their local schools while exhibiting at competitions. Students are able to stay abreast of their academic requirements in the center's structured learning environment.

The center is supervised by Debbie and John Murphy who are professional teachers and provide basic academic support such as clarification of assignments, proofreading work, proctoring tests and answering student's questions.

The center will work with teachers from the student's school to help guide the student's academic activities while absent. The center is able to receive assignments, PowerPoint notes, outlines, etc. from teachers throughout the entire competition.

Application deadline is Saturday, August 11, 2018
To register please click on the following link: 2018 UPHA/ASHAOpenGateWCHS

For more information please contact:
Debbie Murphy
37 Five Dog Lane
Lexington, VA 24450
540-464-3277 home
804-366-9455 cell

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