New to Saddlebred Horses?

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.

UPHA American Royal National Championship Horse Show

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 the prestige of being National Champions.

Ticketed sessions start at 6:30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Be sure to attend The National Championship Stake Night (Saturday Night), where the competition comes to an exciting close as National Champions are crowned in 14 Classes. The final class will be the Five Gaited National Championship.

Championship Information


Equine Health Requirements 

Exhibitor Information




HSS Online Entry Instructions

Entry Form Packet


Official Photographer

Official Videographer

Submit Your Entries Here


Registration for the UPHA/American Royal National Championship Horse Show opens by fall. Check back for the link to registration!

American Royal's Payout Policy - UPHA

USEF dictates we send payouts within 30 days of the conclusion of the show.

To Help You Plan Your Stay

The American Royal does not host any hotels or transportation for our exhibitors or competitors. Please check out hotels in the area for availability.

Preferred Hotel Partners

Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 W 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64105

Special American Royal Rate (while supplies last) : $134 - USE PROMO CODE OA9 (Letters O, A, Number 9)
Kansas City Marriott Downtown

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kansas City Beacon Hill
2321 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64108

*$84 Rate while supplies last and will appear automatically when using the link below.

La Quinta Reservation Booking

Hampton Inn & Suites Country Club Plaza

4600 Summit St. Kansas City, MO 64112

$132 discounted room rate

Phone: 81-448-4600

Hampton Inn Reservation Booking 

Visit Kansas City, KS is the 'Official Destination Partner' of the American Royal. For more information area hotels within close proximity of the American Royal, visit


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