Skip to content

What Matters? The Past, Present, and Future Matter

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." So said Albert Einstein.

This Saturday night, April 11 at 7 pm, the American Saddlebred Horse Association, in partnership with Richfield Video, will stream for all for free #SaddlebredSaturday Stake Night from the 1988 World Championship Horse Show. CH Skywatch and CH Imperator dueling on the green shavings. The winning ride of the first woman and the second amateur ever to win the Five Gaited Grand Championship. What a night! A time to remember and reflect. Such a majestic history with famous names—horses and riders both. What can we learn from yesterday? It was Faulkner who said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even the past.”

Which brings us to the present. We are in the middle of one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history and in the history of our breed. It reminds of the quote from the novelist, Frederick Buechner, “At what points do my talents and deep gladness meet the world’s deep need?” There are many ways to bring our talents and deep gladness to an industry in need. We can sponsor lesson horses. We can “Buy A Round” for the barn. We can contribute to the Joint Leadership Council’s Horsemen’s Relief Fund. We can call or Facetime or Zoom our trainers and barnmates to just say hello and share a laugh and a smile. It is with deep gladness that we meet an industry in need.

Hope for tomorrow. As Marty said in his latest column from the ASHA President, “Let’s continue to seek out those flickers of light in the tunnel and watch them get brighter. We will be back.” How can we help to build for tomorrow? We can continue to join and participate in our Associations, including the ASHA. Just because we’re not having shows right now, they’re right around the corner in the bigger picture. We can make our plans as to how we can help after the quarantine lifts. Will this be a renaissance for our local shows where we can enjoy our horses without traveling long distances and aggregating in big crowds? Will this be an opportunity to rethink how we do our lesson programs, combining personal and virtual instruction? Will we find opportunities to help each other out in ways that go far beyond one time acts of generosity? 

Our opportunity and obligation is to look to the future and look beyond our own personal needs. Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr said, “Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope.”

What Matters? Hope Matters.

More Stories

  • Latest Issue 3 4 24

    Read More
  • Joint Leadership Council Reinstated

    Leaders of the American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association, American Hackney Horse Society, American Road Horse and Pony Association, and the United Professional Horsemen’s Association met Sunday evening to reinstate the Joint Leadership Council (JLC), comprised of leadership from all four membership organizations. Read More
  • Latest Issue 3 24 HW

    Read More
  • 2024 ASHBA Council and Committee Applications Are Now Live!

    If you are passionate about serving to strengthen the American Saddlebred Horse & Breeders Association (ASHBA) and the future of the American Saddlebred, you may be interested in joining one of ASHBA’s committees! ASHBA is proud to host a full slate of committees that allow all members to get involved. Read More
  • ASHBA Holding Statement Regarding World's Championship Horse Show

    The American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association has seen the Kentucky State Fair Board’s unexpected press release yesterday afternoon, after learning the day before of its plan to drop the United States Equestrian Federation as its governing body for the 2024 World Championship Horse Show. Read More
  • WCHS drops USEF, joins ESC

    Read More
  • WCHS Drops USEF, Joins ESC

    The World’s Championship Horse Show (WCHS) announced today that the Equine Sports Council (ESC) has been selected as the governing body ahead of the 2024 event. In February, the Kentucky State Fair Board unanimously approved the change, recognizing the importance of operating with Saddlebred-competition-tailored rules and standards emphasizing integrity, sportsmanship, and safety for the non-Olympic horse industry. Qualifying requirements for WCHS remain unchanged. Read More
  • Meet the Author Event with Emma Hudelson

    Join the American Saddlebred Museum on Friday, April 5 at 3:00 p.m. for a lecture, book signing and reception with Emma Hudelson author of Sky Watch: Chasing an American Saddlebred Story. This book is not only the tale of a remarkable horse, but of the American Saddlebred breed and the way these horses carried one rider back to herself.  Read More
  • 2024 USEF Saddle Seat Medal Finals Qualifying Season Has Begun

     US Equestrian invites saddle seat equitation athletes in the junior exhibitor and adult amateur ranks to plan their path to the 2024 USEF Saddle Seat Medal Finals. The finals will be held once again at the UPHA American Royal National Horse Show in Kansas City, Mo., in November. Read More
  • Morgan Stallion Sweeps Winners Drawn

    In conjunction with the United Breeders Committee, the New England Morgan Horse Association and New England Regional Morgan Horse Show, have drawn the 2023-2024 Morgan Stallion Sweeps winners. Read More