The United Saddlebred Association-UK has been named as "Charter Club of the Year" by our governing body in America, the ASHA, not once, but twice - 1998 and 2012! We are currently the only Charter Club outside of America & Canada to have ever received this accoldae.
For all of you who have been busy competing this year, don't forget to complete and return your Hi-Point Books; if you've been hacking, then their is the Hacking Log Book and for those of you that have been doing demonstrations or writing articles there is the Promotional Log Book.
Congratulations to O What A Hi, our 2017 European Performance Champion, to Fully Supercharged, our 2017 European Purebred In Hand and Reserve Performance Champion. Fully Suprercharged also went on to take the Ridden British National Championships at Equifest in August.
Memberships were due 1st October, so if you haven't already rejoined, download the form or join via the website now.
Hi-Point books for 2017 should be returned to Rachel in January - they can be sent early if you have finished competing. We will be making a few changes for the 2018 awards - the points and how you earn them will remain the same, but the forms will now be easier and more importantly they will be cheaper to take part in. Full details in the forthcoming Year Book.
The ASHA (in America) have an Amabassador Program - points can be earned in anything from giving lessons to writing articles to taking part in shows - USA-UK won the region award for this in 2015. Look on our "Awards" page for more details or contact USA-UK.
The American Saddlebred Horse traces its history back to the naturally gaited Galloway and Hobby horses from the British Isles. These hardy horses were imported to America with the early settlers and through selective breeding and crossing with imported Thoroughbreds the "American Horse" was developed about the time of the American Civil War. These horses had the size and beauty of the Thoroughbred and had retained the ability to learn the easy-riding gaits.
Continual crossing with Thoroughbreds and other breeds gave rise to the American Saddlebred by the time of the first horse shows (early 1800s) and they were frequently judged winners becuase of their beauty, style and versatility.
To find out more, and how the American Saddlebred came back to the UK and the versatility of the breed, read our files below.
The United Sadlebred Association has long supported all World (Foreign) Breeds in the UK and have always welcomed them to our events, given them equal status in the show ring as our own breed - we have been encouraging and supporting Foreign Breeds for over a decade in the UK and will continue to do so in the future.
USA-UK, 24 Coton Grove, Shirley, Solihull, Birmingham, B90 1BS.
Membership Secretary: 43 Woodman Close, Halesowen, West Midlands, B63 3EH.
Horse Registrar: 108A Broughton Road, London, SW6 2LB.