Nothing can match the fire and brilliance of the Saddlebred Horse! The American Royal is once again honored to be hosting the UPHA (United Professional Horseman’s Association) National Championship. The very best Saddlebreds, Hackney Ponies, and Road Horses from UPHA chapters throughout the country will come to Kansas City to compete for more than $200,000 in prize money and the prestige of being national champions.
Be sure to attend The National Championship Stake Night (Saturday Night), where the competition comes to an exciting climax as National Champions are crowned in 14 Classes. The final class will be the $50,000 Five Gaited National Championship.
Origins of the Saddlebred Horse
The Saddlebred originated in Colonial America and can be traced to pre-Civil War times. The preferred horse for families of that era, the majestic Saddlebred horse was both a stylish harness horse and a trusted partner under saddle. Their ability to pull a buggy and also carry men across the fields to monitor their crops made them a versatile partner for families. Smooth gaits, plus speed were important.
Today, the standard of excellence is beauty, symmetry and balance. The Saddlebred possesses animation, brilliance and extreme grace of movement. The Saddlebred is seen in Three Gaited classes, Five Gaited classes, Pleasure classes and Fine Harness classes. No other breed of horse can match the smooth, beautiful gaits of the American Saddlebred Horse.