American Saddlebred Horse Association

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American Saddlebred Horse Association
PredecessorNational Saddle Horse Breeders' Association
PurposeRegistration of American Saddlebreds
ServicesRegistration, membership

The American Saddlebred Horse Association (abbreviated ASHA) is the oldest horse breed registry for an American breed in the United States. It was founded in 1891 and is headquartered at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.


The American Saddlebred Horse Association was formed in 1891 as the National Saddle Horse Breeders' Association. General John B. Castleman was the first president. It was originally located in Louisville, Kentucky, and all horses had to perform five gaits in order to be issued registration papers. In 1980 the association's name was changed to the American Saddlebred Horse Association.[1]


All horses registered with ASHA are pure or half-bred American Saddlebreds.[2] The association registers approximately 2,000 horses a year.[3]


Most Saddlebred shows are held through the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) in partnership with ASHA. The association also partners with the United States Hunter/Jumper Association, United States Dressage Federation, United States Pony Clubs, and United States Driving Association.[4]


  1. ^ Kleber, John E. (2015-02-05). The Kentucky Encyclopedia. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 9780813159010.
  2. ^ Lynghaug, F. (2009-10-02). The Official Horse Breeds Standards Guide: The Complete Guide to the Standards of All North American Equine Breed Association. Voyageur Press. ISBN 9780760334997.
  3. ^ "About ASR/Registry". Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  4. ^ "Horse Shows". Retrieved 2016-04-12.

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