The American Saddlebred’s style, good looks and reliable disposition have long made him a popular choice for children and youth. For more than a century, small children have taken their first riding lessons on Saddlebreds, soon competed on Saddlebreds in a variety of disciplines, and remained devoted to the breed for a lifetime. It is no accident that many of today’s breeders, trainers and owners are second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-generation American Saddlebred devotees.
The American Saddlebred Horse Association has developed a number of youth awards that are designed to increase participation, encourage good sportsmanship and allow youth to enjoy competing with Saddlebred enthusiasts.
- Academy Awards
- ASHA Academy Master Medal Award
- ASHA Master Medal Activity Report
- ASHA Youth Award
- Frank Ogletree Youth Award
- Showmanship at Halter
- USEF Youth Sportsman's Charter Award
- ASHA/USPC Annual Awards Program