The American Saddlebred Horse Association and American Saddlebred Registry are partnering with the American Dutch Harness Horse Association (ADHHA) to recognize the highest placing Half-Saddlebreds at the American Dutch Harness Horse Finals. The Finals will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in conjunction with the Kentucky Fall Classic Horse Show, September 30 through October 3. The highest placing Half-Saddlebreds in each of the 24 classes at the Finals will each receive a commemorative ribbon from the Half-Saddlebred Registry and a complimentary ASHA membership.
The partnership is based off a successful program launched last year with the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) at the U.S. National Arabian and Half-Arabian Horse Show. Top placing Half-Saddlebreds in the Half-Arabian championship classes were awarded a commemorative ribbon from the Half-Saddlebred Registry. Those efforts were well received from competitors at the show and among breeders from both breeds.
“This is a great collaborative effort to recognize and promote Half-Saddlebreds. I would like to thank the American Dutch Harness Horse Association for their willingness to help make this happen,” said Sandra Currier, ASR president.
The Half-Saddlebred Registry offers opportunities for recognition across a wide array of disciplines in conjunction with other equine organizations. In addition to the new recognition programs launched in partnership with ADHHA, AHA, and National Show Horse Registry, Saddlebreds and Half-Saddlebreds competed in the Distance Horse National Championship last year and earned breed specific awards. These programs join other longstanding awards programs that include USDF All-Breeds awards, as well as high point awards given out by ASR.
-- via ASHA