FOR 2016 -
WE WILL BE POINTING THE FOLLOWING PONY DIVISIONS
Hackney Pony - Open/Amateur
Harness Pony - Open/Amateur
Amateur/Junior Exhibitor Roadster
Hackney Pleasure Pony
Road Pony under Saddle
TSASA YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
TSASA will be awarding two $500.00 scholarships to deserving young members of our club who will be continuing their education at a post secondary institution. The applicants must be a member in good standing with TSASA for at least 2 years and be a high school senior or college student.
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN SADDLEBRED
In the 18th century, American colonists crossed the Narragansett Pacer with the Thoroughbred. Known as the American Horse, this cross was used in the Revolutionary War, and made its way into Kentucky. In the 1800s, the breed become known as the Kentucky Saddler. Used mainly on plantations because of its comfortable, ground-covering gaits, and sure-footed manner, it was developed into a very stylish, fancy horse: beautiful for harness, strong enough for farm work, and fast enough for match races.
In the 1830s, Morgan and Thoroughbred blood was added to give the breed more substance and action. This produced the American Saddlebred. The horse gained popularity in the 1840s. The stallion Denmark, born in 1839, became the foundation sire, with over 60% of today's Saddlebreds tracing back to this one horse.
After the American Civil War ended, breeders began promoting the breed as a show horse, breeding for flash and animation, and earning the breed one its nicknames, "The Peacock of the Horse World," considered a term of admiration.
Breed characteristics include well-proportioned conformation, personality, stamina, large wide set expressive eyes, well sprung ribs and a strong level back.
Twin State American Saddlebred serves the needs and interests of Saddlebred owners, breeders, trainers and riders from the twin state area of New Hampshire and Vermont.