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ASHBA Announces National Select Series National Championship and Other Changes for 2023

With the competition season just starting across the country, the American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association (ASHBA) is pleased to announce exciting new changes to the National Select Series, presented by State Line Tack, including the addition of a National Championship for 2023. 

The National Select Series National Championship will take place at the All American Horse Classic in Indianapolis, Sept. 12-16, 2023. To qualify for the National Championship, you must show in one qualifying class or be a ribbon winner in any 2022 Regional Championship class. Qualifying for the National Championship runs from Sept. 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023. Classes offered at the National Championship include: 

Five Gaited Amateur/Junior Exhibitor 
Five Gaited Show Pleasure Amateur/Junior Exhibitor 
Three Gaited Show Pleasure Amateur/Junior Exhibitor 
Three Gaited Country Pleasure Amateur/Junior Exhibitor 
Open Park 
Open Fine Harness 
Open In-Hand 
Open Walk/Trot Snaffle Bit (Open to any age horse or rider, professional or amateur) 
Open Road Horse 
Open Roadster Pony 

Other changes for 2023 include opening up Select Series classes to Half Saddlebreds that are registered with the ASHBA Registry, where they will be able to compete in the same classes as purebred American Saddlebreds. The classes will be held under regular USEF American Saddlebred and Half Saddlebred rules and class specifications.

Read the National Series Rules

All ASHBA National Select Series qualifying and Regional Championship classes are now required to be stand-alone classes, with concurrent classes no longer being offered. To help shows with the extra costs of holding stand-alone classes, ASHBA is offering grants to incentivize shows to add these classes at shows that previously had concurrent classes or no classes at all in 2022.

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New classes added to the National Select Series this year include: 

Open Park 
Open Fine Harness 
Open Pleasure Driving 
Open Walk/Trot Snaffle Bit (Open to any age horse, rider, professional or amateur) 
Open In-Hand 
More information about the ASHBA National Select Series, presented by State Line Tack can be found here:

Read the FAQs 

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