There are a variety of awards your horse can win during the year, both at individual shows and in our Year End Awards. Both pure and partbred Saddlebreds 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) (Registered horses only).
Currently we have 7 Saddlebred Champions and one Elite Saddlebred.
We compile an annual Sire Ratings (from stock winning in Saddlebred classes). NB Due to Coronavirus, there are no sire ratings for 2020.
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.
Additional Awards We also present members awards at nominated shows and special awards (for both Saddlebreds and non-Saddlebreds) at Equifest.
Our Year End Awards are split into two main categories - In Hand & Ridden, with separate awards going to both pure and partbred Saddlebreds. 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 open to non-members / non-registered horses, but points are NOT accumulative and we have separate divisions for non-Saddlebred Horses too. So, if you like competing then why not take part in our Hi-Point Awards, regardless of the breed of horse you own.
We run the USA-UK STATE PLEASURE Awards for Saddlebreds, again free once entered in the ridden section of our Hi-Points.
Again these are all based on annual accumulative scores.
We also have a host of divisions for participants with non-Saddlebreds as well - Members League, In Hand, Performance, Hunter, Western, Utility, Sports Horse etc.
The United Saddlebred Association-UK present the ASHA State Pleasure Awards at our AGM for this country (Saddlebreds to be ASHA registered and owned by ASHA members).
We have FREE awards for those of you that don't compete - the Promotional Award and the Hacking Scheme.
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 purebred Saddlebreds only.
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 also available for ANY horse that is registered with us and takes part in our Hi-Point Performance Awards:
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.
And for our non-competitive members, we have awards and prizes too. In the Hacking Log Scheme, we present awards at 100, 250, 500, 750 and 1,000 hours logged. Upon reaching 500 hours you also receive a USA-UK Hi-Vis Tabbard and an embroidered saddle pad on reaching 1,000 hours.
Don't forget, you don't need to have a Saddlebred to take part in our awards!
To find out the ROLL OF HONOUR and our running total scores for all Saddlebreds, please view the file below.
Headquarters & Treasurer:
USA-UK, 24 Coton Grove, Shirley, Solihull, Birmingham, B90 1BS.
Membership Secretary, Hi-Points & Horse Registrar: 43 Woodman Close, Halesowen, West Midlands, B63 3EH.
Newsletter Editor & Show Liaison: 36 Philpot Square, Peterborough Road, London, SW6 3HT.