Skip to content

Intent of the Half American Saddlebred rules currently submitted to USEF



The intent of the Half American Saddlebred rules currently submitted to USEF for approval are to provide more opportunities for exhibitors and for horse shows.

The rule reads as follows:  Half American Saddlebred Horses shown in the American Saddlebred division must have been issued a certificate of registration from the Half American Saddlebred Registry of America.  Horses registered with the Half American Saddlebred Registry of America may compete in the following divisions:  Five-Gaited, Fine Harness, Park, Park Pleasure, Show Pleasure, Country Pleasure, Western, Hunter Country Pleasure, Dressage Suitability, In Hand, Model, Parade, and Roadster.  It is recommended that competition management offer separate classes restricted to Half American Saddlebreds.  However, management may permit Half American Saddlebreds to show in American Saddlebred classes when separate classes are not offered and is stated in the prize list.

The proposed rule evolved after several discussions regarding an increased interest in American Saddlebred crosses, stallion promotion, increased ASHA membership, class divisions, declining entries at smaller shows, cost of adding classes, and bringing horses back to the American Saddlebred industry that are currently participating in the industry involving the other half of their pedigree.

The proposed rule allows competition management the freedom of either adding Half American Saddlebred classes or allowing Half American Saddlebreds to show in American Saddlebred classes.  Please keep in mind that shows are not mandated to add these classes.  Half American Saddlebreds showing in the same class with American Saddlebreds seemed to be more appealing for smaller shows that are having trouble filling classes and would prefer to not add more classes due to the expense.

The Half American Saddlebred rule proposal has been submitted to USEF for further review and approval after being reviewed and voted on by the ASR Half American Saddlebred Committee, ASR/ASHA Standards & Rules Committee, ASR Board and ASHA Board.  If approved by USEF, the rules would not be effective until December 1, 2017.  The method of assigning points for show results will be determined prior to the effective date.

More Stories

  • NWSA Fall Classic Selects Judge

    The Northwest Saddlebred Association Fall Classic Horse Show has named Bill Waller to be the judge for this year’s show. The event is scheduled for Sept. 19-22, 2018 at the Oregon Horse Center in Eugene, Oregon. Read More
  • Freedman's Announces Release of New Saddle Pad

    Freedman’s is proud to launch their newest product, The Freedman Acavallo Memory Foam Gel Pad. The Freedman Acavallo Memory Foam Gel Pad is a full compression, non-slip pad, specifically designed to fit discreetly under Freedman’s cut back saddles... Read More
  • Far West Morgan Regional Joins Country Classic

    The Far West Morgan Regional Championship Horse Show has big changes in store for participants in 2018. Last year Far West was held in conjunction with the Oregon Morgan Classic at the Oregon Horse Center in June. Read More
  • River Ridge Charity Selects Judging Panel

    River Ridge Charity is fast approaching and is scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday, April 25-28, 2018 at the Ohio Exposition Center in Columbus, Ohio... Read More
  • ASHA Welcomes New Directors For 2018

    The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) is pleased to announce the election of seven (7) new members to its Board of Directors, who will join the Board at the UPHA & ASHA Conference, which will host the ASHA annual meeting on February 1, 2018. Read More
  • David L. Howard to be Honored for Lifetime Achievement

    The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) has announced its annual award recipients, based on ballots tabulated by the ASHA Board of Directors. Nominees for each award are received from the general membership and committee volunteers, screened by the ASHA Executive Committee, and voted on by the full Board from the candidates selected. Read More
  • Iowa Horse Shows Associations Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet

    The Iowa Horse Shows Association will hold their annual meeting and awards banquet on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at The Prairie Meadows Event Center, Altoona, IA. Events begin at 3:30 PM with the annual membership meeting of the Iowa Horse Shows Association followed by the Iowa American Saddlebred Association meeting. At 5:30 PM the American Saddlebred Futurity of Iowa will hold their Stallion Service Auction. The Banquet and Awards ceremony will begin at 7 PM. Read More
  • 2018 AMHA Convention Schedule

    Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with your favorite breed and those who share the same passion as you at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington, Kentucky, for the 2018 AMHA Annual Convention and Awards Gala... Read More
  • Jubilee Regional Morgan Horse Show Takes Hiatus for 2018

    Due to continued uncertainty at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, the committee for the Jubilee Regional Morgan Horse Show has voted to take a one-year hiatus from hosting the show traditionally held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield at the end of August... Read More
  • ASHA Breed Ambassador Program

    The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) is pleased to announce the third annual ASHA Breed Ambassador Award winners. Read More