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Horse Shows, Events, Classes for the American Saddlebred

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Entries in the Horse Show Calendar appear below in the following order: Featured ads first, followed by the $5 Standard ads. Within each section shows are ordered by “start date”.
Name Dates Breeds Disciplines State

Featured American Saddlebred Horse Shows

IASHA Spring Warm-Up IASHA Spring Warm-Up
The Hottest New Show In The Midwest!
March 16, 2018 to
March 18, 2018
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Children’s Benefit Horse Show Children’s Benefit Horse Show
Kick off your season here, were fun is brought back into showing!
April 6, 2018 to
April 8, 2018
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New Jersey
UPHA Chapter 14 Spring Premiere UPHA Chapter 14 Spring Premiere
Come celebrate the beginning of the Season!
April 12, 2018 to
April 14, 2018
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Inter-State Triple Point *PLUS* Horse Show Inter-State Triple Point *PLUS* Horse Show
Part of the new Buckeye Summer Circuit
May 6, 2018 to
May 7, 2018
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UPHA Chapter 5 UPHA Chapter 5
Benefitting the American Royal Therapeutic Riding Scholarship Fund.
May 9, 2018 to
May 12, 2018
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Syracuse International Horse Show Syracuse International Horse Show
To Benefit Upstate New York Hospice Alliance Inc.
August 22, 2018 to
September 3, 2018
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New York
Featured Shows Not Yet Updated
Mid-Atlantic Charity Horse Show Mid-Atlantic Charity Horse Show
Committed to giving back to the community.
July 14, 2017 to
July 16, 2017
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New Jersey

Standard American Saddlebred Shows

Jubilee of Breeds at Canterbury
Arena plus rings suitable for any kind of weather.
February 9, 2018 to
February 11, 2018
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Kansas Equifest
An annual 3 day exposition held at Kansas ExpoCentre
February 23, 2018 to
February 25, 2018
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Mcc Highlander Ranch Open Gaited Horse Show
Open to all Gaited exhibitors!
March 16, 2018 to
March 17, 2018
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American Saddlebred Shows by Month:

There are many All Saddlebred shows, but also multi-breed events that offer classes either just for the Saddlebred or at minimum in which the Saddlebred can compete successfully.  Any month of the year that provides at least 3 opportunities for showing the Saddlebred are as follows:

Jan    Feb    Mar    Apr    May    Jun    Jul    Aug    Sep    Oct    Nov   

American Saddlebred horse shows offer competition in any of five main types of classes and these 5 main categories are: Pleasure, Park, Three Gaited, Five Gaited, or Fine Harness. All of these class types, or categories, are judged on performance of course, but also good and safe manners, conformation and also importantly that thing called show ring presence.

Each of the five main categories of classes can be offered as an open class (not limiting whether the exhibitor is a professional or an amateur), but each of the five categories also offer other classes within that main type, that do limit exhibitors (such as amateur, or just ladies, or just gents, or perhaps juveniles). In large American Saddlebred horse shows, there are often even more sub-category classes that limit the horses themselves (such as stallions, geldings, mare, or by the height of the horse, measured in hand, or by the age of the rider).


Five Gaited - Horses exhibit with full mane and tail, and must perform all five gaits for which the breed is famous: a spritely and animated walk, trot, slow gait, rack, then canter. The trot, slow gait, and rack are all accomplished at speed, great animation and yet with refinement and form. The horses wear protection on their fore legs, called boots.

Three Gaited - Horses exhibit with a roached mane to display refinement of head and neck, and perform walk, park trot and canter with expression that is rather brilliant, and over all refinement that is extraordinary.

Fine Harness - Horses exhibit with full mane and tail, with less speed than in 5 Gaited, but retaining the animation, and perform that spritely walk, park trot, then an even more brilliant trot, more open though in form, with perhaps a bit more speed. competing in the Fine Harness division should posses all of the elegance and refinement of the ideal American Saddlebred. As opposed to the Five-Gaited horses, entries in this division work toward animation rather than speed. Again, the protective boots are worn on the front feet.

Park - Horses must have proper quality and style, all with very good manners and a bit of polish. The Park category can offer sub-categories : Five Gaited, Three Gaited, or Harness classes, with a roached mane or a full mane and tail.

Pleasure - Horses must exhibit the appearance of giving a pleasurable ride or drive, with great emphasis on manners and prompt but easy responses to signals given by rider or driver, throughout their stay in the ring and in all gaits. All pleasure classes require a relaxed, flat walk.

The Pleasure category has the sub-categories of Show Pleasure and Country Pleasure --

Show Pleasure - Horses exhibit a full mane and tail and display less animation but are alert and engaged . The sub-category of Show Pleasure is further sub-divided into Three Gaited, Five Gaited, Harness and Western classes..

Country Pleasure - Horses exhibit full and tail, are shod as though for trail riding, and display less animation than Show Pleasure, with action that is ground covering though easy going. This sub-cateory of Country Pleasure has many sub-categories of its own, including: Five Gaited, Three Gaited, Western, Hunter and Harness classes.

Of course the Saddlebred is not limited to only American Saddlebred horse shows. The breed is exceedingly versatile and competitive in most all riding and driving classes offered in any show that does not limit breeds.