There are a variety of awards your Saddlebred can win during the year, both at individual shows and in our Year End Awards. Both pure and partbreds are catered for in every discipline, from the spectacular Show Horse to the awesome Sport Horse. ALL competitions count and earn you points towards your horse's Championship status (5,000 points) and then Elite status (10,000 points).
Currently we have 7 Saddlebred Champions and one Elite saddlebred.
Don't compete? We also have awards for those of you that promote the breed through displays and articles and for those that simply want to enjoy the countryside on board your Saddlebred we have the Hacking Scheme - both of these are FREE to take part in.
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All of these forms are available to downlaod on our main "Shows, Events & Awards" page.
Awards are presented at our Annual General Meeting, usually held in May - for example the 2015 awards will be presented at our AGM, held on 21st May 2016. Our next AGM will be 27th May 2017 and held the evening before our May Festival Show, where the 2016 awards will be presented.
Our Year End Awards are split into two main categories - In Hand & Ridden, with separate awards going to both pure and partbreds. Once entered into these, everything else is free to take part in and include the following:
All these awards are based on annual accumulative scores.
Our Hi-Point awards are also now open to non-members / non-registered horses, but points are NOT accumulative.
In additional we run USA-UK STATE PLEASURE Awards, again free once entered in the ridden section of our Hi-Points.
Again these are all based on annual accumulative scores.
We have FREE awards for those of you that don't compete - the Promotional Award and the Hacking Scheme.
Additionally the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) run annual Hi-Point Awards (horses to be ASHA registered and owned by ASHA members), which we automatically register any eligible UK-based Saddlebred in. Any competition counts, but must be registered in advance - so if you are eligible and competing, let us know and we will register the event for you. Awards for these, where relevent are presented at our AGM. This is open to both pure and partbreds,
The ASHA have also introduced a NEW scheme - the AMBASSADOR PROGRAM, whereby you can earn points in any competition, demonstration or promotional event, hosting a clinic, giving lessons (on an ASB), writing articles etc. Again horses must be ASHA registered and owned by current ASHA members. This is open to purebreds only.
The ASHA also run State Pleasure Awards and the United Saddlebred Association-UK present these on their behalf at our AGM for this country (horses to be ASHA registered and owned by ASHA members).
The ultimate accolade for Saddlebreds in the UK is to achieve "Championship" status and be able to use the "CH" in front of their names.
This is achieved by taking part in our Hi-Point Awards and earning points
The first Saddlebred to achieve this was CH Celtic Champagne (owned by Lynn Jarvis) in 2002 and was followed by CH Appledore Miss Serenade (owned by Dorothy Hasty) in 2003, CH Craycombe Golden Sandpiper in 2004 (owned by Jennie Childs), CH Spellbound Reiver in 2009 (owned by Donna-Marie Britton) and CH Even Worse in 2012 (owned by Jane Armstrong-Lancaster). In 2014 two more Saddlebreds joined the Championship ranks - CH Appledore Fandango (owned by Kim Bonny) and CH Spellbound Tobias (owned by Pat Pomp).
It doesn't end there though, as after championship recognition you can gain ELITE status with your Saddlebred upon reaching 10,000 points, where upon you will be presented with an personalised rug. At present we have one Saddlebred on Elite Status - CH Celtic Champagne.
To find out the ROLL OF HONOUR and our running total scores for all Saddlebreds, please view the file 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.