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ASHBA National Select Series

This program has been developed through years of hard work and thoughtfulness among several ASHBA committees. Upon the 2021 merger of the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) and the American Saddlebred Registry (ASR) to form the American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association (ASHBA), the ASHBA National Select Series will continue the mission to encourage more people to show American Saddlebreds, Half Saddlebreds and Roadsters to strengthen the show horse market by providing classes where horses not competing at the World’s Championship Horse Show (WCHS) in Louisville can compete against one another. 

ASHBA has continued to tailor the program to a better product for its members and bring more opportunities and value to the experience of showing at our breed shows. Some of the most prominent changes are an updated class list and a full slate of classes in which American Saddlebreds and/or Half Saddlebreds can compete in the same arena at the same time, and be judged as one. Additionally, ASHBA has added a Select Series National Championship at the All American Horse Classic, held each year in September at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. This show augments the existing Select Series Regional Championships.

ASHBA National Select Series General Rules and Requirements

ASHBA National Select Series classes will be held under regular USEF American Saddlebred and Half Saddlebred rules and specs. Horses must compete in one (1) stand-alone Select Series class at national and/or regional shows in order to qualify for ASHBA National Select Series Regional Championships and/or the National Championship. Owners, riders, drivers and handlers must be an ASHBA competing member to participate in qualifying, regional and national championship classes.  All entries who compete in stand-alone Select Series classes will be eligible upon results being submitted to the ASHBA office. Horses competing in any performance class at the World's Championship Horse Show (WCHS) in the same calendar year will be ineligible to compete in the National Select Series Program.  Select Series classes do not count toward WCHS qualifying.

National Select Series Regions

The country has been divided and ASHBA Regions combined into 8 Regions (see below) for the Select Series Circuit with championships held at selected shows. To be eligible for the Regional Championships an entry must have shown in one (1) ASHBA National Select Series stand-alone class at a qualifying show in that region, in that calendar year. Horses can qualify for more than one Regional Championship by showing in a stand-alone Select Series qualifier in those respective regions.


Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Alberta British Columbia


Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota


Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi


Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Ontario (London)




Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee


North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia

REGION 11/12

Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maryland, Delaware, Ontario (Toronto)

National Select Series Class List

These classes will all be held under regular USEF rules and specifications of each applicable breed rulebook. Horses that have shown at World’s Championship Horse Show (WCHS) in the same calendar year will not be allowed to enter these classes at the ASHBA National Select Series Regional Championships and/or National Championship.  Horse Declaration Forms are no longer required.

American Saddlebreds and Half Saddlebreds

  • Amateur/Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited
  • Amateur/Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited
  • Amateur/Junior Exhibitor Park
  • Open Park
  • Adult/Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Show Pleasure
  • Adult/Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Show Pleasure
  • Adult/Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure
  • Open Fine Harness
  • Adult/Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure Driving
  • Adult/Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure Driving
  • ASB Country Western Pleasure
  • ASB Country Hunter Pleasure
  • Open Pleasure Driving
  • Open Walk/Trot Snaffle Bit (open to any age horse, rider, professional or amateur)
  • Open In-Hand

Road Horse

  • Open Road Horse to Bike


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