ASHA Pleasure Horse Awards are designed to recognize outstanding American Saddlebred pleasure horses. Awards are given annually on a national and state basis by ASHA to pleasure horse champions. Winners are awarded engraved Tiffany plates and are recognized in the American Saddlebred eZine.
This special ASHA award is presented to the horse that accrues the most points during the competition year in particular pleasure divisions. ASHA recognizes the winner of the National Pleasure Horse Award at the ASHA Convention/Annual Meeting held each February.
National Pleasure Horse Awards
The National Pleasure Horse Awards recognizes horses that are consistent winners across the country at USEF Licensed Saddlebred competitions. The program, which crowns nine champions, uses a formula based on the number of entries in the class and the amount of prize money paid.
ASHA National Pleasure Equitation Championship Class
The Pleasure Disciplines Committee has approved revised specifications for the ASHA National Pleasure Equitation Championship class. Beginning in 2014, riders may also compete on horses registered with the Half American Saddlebred Registry of America. Complete class specifications are available here.
The class will be held at the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show in 2014. The American Saddlebred part of the show will run from Wednesday, September 24th until Sunday, September 28th.
State Pleasure Horse Awards
In 1983, the American Saddlebred Horse Association took over the duties of the American Saddlebred Pleasure Horse Association regarding the promotion of American Saddlebred horses as pleasure mounts.
The State Pleasure Horse Awards are given by a "high point" system as determined by an ASHA Charter Club. The owner must be a member of the Association and the recorded owner of the horse during the award year. Check with your local Charter Club about participating in this program. Visit our Clubs page to find the Charter Club in your area.
Awards are given in the following categories:
- Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Junior Exhibitor
- Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Adult
- Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Junior Exhibitor
- Five Gaited Show Pleasure Adult
- Show Pleasure Driving
- Three-Gaited Country Pleasure Junior Exhibitor
- Three-Gaited Country Pleasure Adult
- Country Pleasure Driving
- Western Pleasure
- Hunter Pleasure