The American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association (ASHBA) National Select Series presented by State Line Tack, is expanding and improving for the 2021 show season. This program debuted to much excitement and success during a very challenging 2020 competition season and already is off to an exciting start this year.
The 2021 ASHBA National Select Series presented by State Line Tack will continue the mission to encourage more people to show to strengthen the show horse market by providing classes where horses of the same relative level can compete against one another. ASHBA is grateful for its corporate partner State Line Tack returning as the presenting sponsor and their continued support of this special program. For 2021, ASHBA has worked with the Saddlebreds Across America Committee to tailor the program to a better product for members and bring more opportunities and value to the experience of showing at the breed shows.
ASHBA welcomed the American Hackney Horse Society and American Road Horse and Pony Association to the National Select Series program, and three additional classes have been added to the program for these horses, ponies, and exhibitors.
“The American Hackney Horse Society is excited for the opportunity to work with ASHBA and ARPHA on the National Select Series,” said AHHS President Maureen Quackenbush. “We believe the Series will help strengthen and expand opportunities for the Hackney middle market by providing classes where ponies of the same relative level can compete against one another.”
“The ARHPA is looking forward to having the Road Horse division offered in the ASHBA National Select Series program for 2021," said ARHPA President James Nicholas. "We hope to see this class for Road Horse to Bike brings more opportunities for our members and road horse enthusiasts at more regional shows.”
Some of the most prominent changes are an updated class list, a full slate of American Saddlebred classes for Amateur/Junior Exhibitors, strengthened regions, qualification requirements for 2021 ASHBA National Select Series Regional Championships, and added classes and divisions.
ASHBA National Select Series 2021 Class List
These classes all will be held under regular USEF rules and specifications of each applicable breed rulebook. Horses that have shown at World’s Championship Horse Show in that calendar year will not be allowed to enter these classes at the ASHBA National Select Series Regional Championships. Enroll today and submit a 2021 Program Declaration Form.
ASHBA National Select Series Circuit Regions
The country has been divided and ASHBA Regions combined into 8 Regions (see below) for the Select Series Circuit with championships held at selected shows. To be eligible for the Regional Championships an entry must have shown in (1) Select Series class at a qualifying show in that region in that calendar year. Horses can qualify for more than one Regional Championship by showing in a qualifier in those respective regions.
REGION 1/2: Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Alberta British Columbia
REGION 3: Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
REGION 4: Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi
REGION 5/6: Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Ontario (London)
REGION 7: Kentucky
REGION 8: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee
REGION 9/10: North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
REGION 11/12: Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maryland, Delaware, Ontario (Toronto)
Stay up to date on all things 2021 ASHBA National Select Series presented by State Line Tack at the programs home page.
-- via ASHBA