ASAC Youth Summer Fun Show – August 13-14

The ASAC Youth are producing a horse show in August.  Besides promoting the Saddlebred, they want to encourage good sportsmanship and competition among junior exhibitors.

Click here for Prize List —–> ASAC Youth Summer Fun Show

Midwest Charity Horse Show Adds Hackney Horse Classes for 2010

The award winning Midwest Charity Horse Show has taken advantage of the long snowy winter to add several new classes to this year’s show. Midwest’s board of directors added a Hackney Horse division, classes include a Single Horse Open, an Amateur Single Horse, Champion Single Horse and Open Pairs Driving. Pink will be the color of the evening on Friday in honor of Midwest’s new Pink Ribbon Class, Five Gaited Ladies Amateur Championship. Changes to existing classes include expanding Arabian Hunter Pleasure to two classes.

The Midwest Charity Horse Show held June 15-19, 2010, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, a premier Saddlebred, Roadster, Morgan and Arabian horse and Hackney/Harness pony show features over 600 horses with exhibitors attending from 25 states. Midwest Charity is the largest annual show regularly held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and has been recognized as the “National Honor Show” of the year by the United Professional Horsemen’s Association for the 2009 show. Show times are daily at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Midwest’s distinguished panel of judges this year includes Sandra Lilly, Princeton, WV; Merrill Murray, Versailles, KY; and John Whalen, Monroe, NC. Mr. Whalen will also officiate the Morgans and Jill Mohr, Cherry Valley, IL will officiate the Arabians. Midwest’s Official Photographer is Doug Shiflet; Official Videographer is Seehorse Video of Arcadia, IN.

Midwest Charity will delight and entertain exhibitors with their legendary nightly parties. Tuesday-Friday nights, after the last class in the famous “Party Barn” decorated with Persian rugs, chandeliers, colorful tablecloths and flowers. Tuesday’s party will feature Susan Kerr’s famous homemade chicken salad and Honey Baked Ham. Wednesday’s and Thursday’s parties will be catered by Springfield’s own Poe’s Catering. The parties culminate with Friday’s Italian party.

For more information about the Midwest Charity Horse Show, call Show Manager/President, Judy Kjellander at 217-793-0670. To get a prize list contact Margaret Strano at 217-787-6745 or Those who are online can log-on to to check for updates regarding the 2010 show.

Kentucky Spring Premier Horse Show Set for April; New Date, Location and Classes Offered in 2010

The 2010 Kentucky Spring Premier Horse Show is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, through Friday, April 16, and includes significant changes from the previous year’s show.

In particular, the show has been moved to the new state of the art indoor facility at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, the same venue in which some of the World Equestrian Games are set to be held later this year. The new arena, footing and stabling are expected to enhance the experience of the participants and their horses. Other changes will include an adjusted competition date to avoid conflicts with the Kentucky Derby, and the addition of new breed sections.

The three-day full schedule includes a wide range of performance classes for Saddlebreds, Hackneys, and Road Horses. New breed divisions added for the 2010 show comprise of Morgans, National Show Horses, Half and Full Bred Arabians, and Modern Shetlands. Exhibitions will also be offered featuring the Miniature Horse. And, for Equitation enthusiasts, the event will host a USEF Saddle Seat Medal qualifier, the National Horse Show Good Hands Class, UPHA Challenge Cup, and Walk/Trot Challenge Cup.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, vendor possibilities or for a copy of the prize list, contact Chuck Walker at or Beth Snider at

2009 Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Webcast!

WCHS Webcast

Can’t make it to Kentucky for the big dance?  No problem – you can watch it online from anywhere!

You can find all the details on the webcast and class schedules on the ASHA web site or by clicking here.

WCHS Webcast

Enjoy, and good luck to all the competitors!

Saddlebred Riches Await as Kentucky State Fair Opens, All American Classic Follows

Lexington, Kentucky - The richest weeks of the year begin today for American Saddlebreds, with the opening of the World’s Championship Horse Show at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, followed by the All American Classic at Indianapolis, Indiana, beginning Tuesday, September 8.

Total premiums and awards at the Kentucky State Fair are estimated to reach approximately $1.2 million over the week of the World’s Championship, culminating Saturday, August 29, with the World’s Grand Championships and the $100,000 Five Gaited Saddlebred “Big Stake.” Purses offered in the American Saddlebred Registry’s (ASR) Kentucky, Amateur, and National Three-Year-Old futurities alone are estimated to exceed $220,000, and begin with in-hand classes on opening night.

The All American Classic to follow has been designated a Regional Championship competition by the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA), and was the United Professional Horsemen’s Association National Honor Show for 2008. Held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, the All American is the site of the American Saddlebred Registry’s Sweepstakes program, with total estimated purses of over $220,000, an increase of over 5% from a year ago, with an 18% increase in the Four-Year-Old section alone. Total purses in Indianapolis are expected to reach over $700,000, including the American Hackney Horse Society Limited Breeders Stakes, the Indiana Saddlebred and Hackney Futurities, UPHA Classics for Saddlebreds and Hackneys, plus added monies from the Registry’s Grand National program. For further information, including post entries, contact Secretary Judy McNamara, or Manager Claire Panke.

The Indiana spectacular is almost synonymous, however, with the All American Weanling and Three-Year-Old Cups. The latter will award an all-time record in riches of over $172,000 in one American Saddlebred class, exceeding the previous record amount awarded last year, and the champion in that event will leave the ring with over $53,000 on Friday evening, September 11. Of the 115 three-year-olds eligible to compete, only one will claim the largest prize in a single class ever offered in the breed. The All American Cup for weanlings will itself award over $130,000, with over $38,000 going to the champion weanling. For more information on the All American Cup, and to see the 600 Saddlebreds eligible for the All American Cup, visit, or contact Jim Aikman, by email at, or by telephone at (317) 862-4341.