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Dear Editor,

“What Is A Road Horse?”
The Roadster Horse began as a fancy driving horse with speed, animation, eye appeal; a horse, if you will, as a modern day sports car, to impress the ladies and the driver’s peers. The Roadster Horse is a type of horse, not a breed of horse, and was started before the individual breeds of American Saddlebred, Standardbred and Morgan were recognized. The Roadster division has a history of great horses, famous horses, of varied breeds. In the past 50 years, the Roadster division has been made up of both purebred and crosses between the different breeds (Standardbred, American Saddlebred, and Morgan). In fact a few years ago a purebred Morgan won the world championship. The horses that have fit the criteria have risen to the top of the division, regardless of breeding.

Recently a group has introduced a purposed rule change that will limit the Roadster division to registered Standardbreds only. Looking back on the history of the Roadster, this proposed new rule seems to be harmful and constricting, and would force us to show only the rejects of the Standardbred breed.

We would like to see the Roadster division stay as it is OPEN to all breeds or crosses that fit the criteria for a Roadster. The rules are for SHOW horses so let’s not go backwards but forward in improving the Roadster SHOW division by keeping the division open as it was meant to be.

Rob Wilson, Dr. Alan Raun, Jimmy Robertson, Steve Hanks, Larry Hodge, Joan Hamilton, Deborah Visser, Marion Hutcheson, Karen Beltle, Jo Cornell, Ed Millet, Lisa Millet, Mike Barlow, Kathy Barlow, Tom Lowry

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