The Saddlebred is successful in barrel racing, dressage, and on the trail, and is most commonly seen in the show ring. At horse shows, the horses and riders are both judged on their skill and precision as they circle the arena.
Over the past 100 years, the American Saddlebred has been used for many purposes, from plantation horses and war mounts to Hollywood stars. Some of the most famous Saddlebreds in movie history were Mr. Ed, “the talking horse”, Roy Roger’s horse “Trigger”, and "Silver," the horse that belonged to the Lone Ranger.
The American Saddlebred is the oldest registry of horses in the United States and is often called "The True American Horse." The history of the American Saddlebred began in the 1600’s, when horses called “Pacers” were brought to America by British Colonists. The Pacers could move their legs in concert on the same side of their bodies, contacting the ground in a broken, 4 beat cadence that is more comfortable to ride than the trot. The Pacers became popular because of this smooth gait, which was useful when riding over rough terrain.
Fast forward now to the 1700’s, when the first Thoroughbreds were imported to America from the Middle East. The colonists started breeding the Pacers to the Thoroughbreds, and the result was a large horse with a smooth gait customary of the Pacers, but with the athleticism of a Thoroughbred. This breed became known as the American Horse.
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The Colorado American Saddlebred Horse Association has been an organization since 1969. Since that time it is our mission to further the education of the public in the use, handling, care and humane treatment, development, breeding and promotion of the American Saddle Horse in Colorado.
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Current Board Members for 2021 are:
Stacey Kipper-Perrelli, President
Karin Hostetter, Vice President
CASHA is an official Charter Club of the American Saddlebred Horse Association
The Saddlebred Futurity in Colorado is governed by the Colorado American Saddlebred Horse Association.
The Denver Queen City Horse Show hosts Colorado Saddlebred Futurity classes each year. Please see the DQCHS link on this site for a full class schedule and premium book. For enrollment forms, click below.
The Colorado American Saddlebred Horse Association has a youth group called the Colorado High Steppers. We also offer several scholarship opportunities to our young members. Click the link below for more information!
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The CASHA Board meets on the first Tuesday of every month. Meetings are open to guests - please drop by! Contact us for the time and location if you wish to attend.