The American Saddlebred is known as “the horse America made” after being created by generations of high quality breeding in the United States. Saddlebreds are known for their beauty, talent, spirit and versatility. Saddlebred Week at the horse show highlights this versatility.
Competing horses will show in Saddleseat, Huntseat and Western disciplines, and horses and Hackney ponies will pull carts and buggies. Horses will demonstrate varying gaits from big, strong trots to slow steady jogs. Some will demonstrate the smooth slow-gait and or the exhilarating and high-speed rack. Depending on each class, horses and ponies are judged on manners, performance, conformation and quality. Some classes are judged on the abilities and presence of the rider instead of the horse.