American Saddlebred Horse Association of New Jersey

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ASB Breed Information

Historically referred to as the “Horse America Made,” the Saddlebred has a long and proud history. By the time of the Revolutionary War, a horse called simply “the American horse” was a recognized type. The American Saddlebred is now the oldest breed registry in the United States.  Today, the American Saddlebred is still the ultimate show horse. With its neck arched and ears forward, the Saddlebred continues to dominate the saddle seat disciplines with its elegant and powerful high-stepping action and is not only a spectacle of beauty and grace, but also an intense athletic competitor. In the show ring, American Saddlebreds compete in five primary divisions: Five-Gaited, Three-Gaited, Fine Harness, Park and Pleasure (which includes Western and Hunter Under Saddle). Each division has its own "look" and desired traits; however, all strive to meet the model of an ideal American Saddlebred. They are judged on performance, manners, presence, quality and conformation.  In addition to the animated style and brilliance in the show ring, the Saddlebred’s willing attitude has made it a versatile breed allowing it to excel in other disciplines including dressage, combined driving, jumping and endurance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ~ Excerpts (edited) from the ASHA website

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