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.
Rosettes are to be awarded to the Best Saddlebred at the Cheshire Country Show, Derbyshire County Show and BPS Gala Show in 2016.
Congratulations to Roundhills Vision Of Splendour, our 2016 European Partbred In Hand Champion, to Kumala Champagne, our 2016 European Purebred In Hand and Performance Champion and to Ridgewood's Phire Cracker our Performance Reserve Champion.
2015 saw TWO Saddlebreds competing at Horse of the Year Show - Ridewood's Phire Cracker and Longhouse Glamrock.
The ASHA (in America) have launched a new Amabassador Program - points can be earned in anything from giving lessons to writing articles to taking part in shows. Look on our "Awards" page for more details or contact USA-UK. We are pleased to announce that we achieved Regional Champion for the 2015 awards in this programme.
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.
USA-UK, 24 Coton Grove, Shirley, Solihull, Birmingham, B90 1BS.
Membership Secretary: 43 Woodman Close, Halesowen, West Midlands, B63 3EH.
(Address current till August 2017) 108A Broughton Road, London, SW6 2LB.