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American Saddlebred Sport Horses–awesome athletes!

American Saddlebred Sport Horses–awesome athletes!

presentation given at the American Saddlebred Horse Association Convention, 2.18.12

CONFORMATION

Criteria:
The quality and correctness of head, neck, saddle position, frame, back, forehand, hindquarters, angulation and formation of legs and joints.

Directive ideas:
Predisposition to unsoundness or limitations in quality of movement caused by weaknesses or conformation faults, potential for trainability and performance.  Emphasis on function, not fashion.  Blemishes are not to count unless resulting from conformations faults.  Good harmonious conformation suitable for dressage performance.

How should a sport horse look?
Please take a look at the horses on the following slides — they include some of the most popular and high quality stallions that the European breeders have produced.  Next to each one, we have an American Saddlebred sport horse.  Please look at the SIMILARITIES between these horses.  There will always be differences, especially with warmbloods of this quality — but, the American Saddlebreds certainly can compare!
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Gypsy Santana -- mare by The New York Times

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the Hanoverian stallion,
Harmony’s Baroncelli.

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Pat Shriver -- out of New Yorker mare

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the Oldenburg stallion,
Harmony’s Davidoff Hit.

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Periaptor -- out of Chemistry mare

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the Hanoverian stallion,
Christ.

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Undulata’s Man of The Hour, out of a Captive Spirit mare

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the Dutch Warmblood stallion,
Harmony’s Rousseau.

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the Dutch Warmblood stallion,
Hexagon’s Louisville.

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Callaway’s Blue Norther, mare by Will Shriver

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the Hanoverian stallion,
Contucci.

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Cher’s Wild Warrior, out of Worthy Son mare

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the Oldenburg stallion,
Furioso II.

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Sultan’s Magician K, out of Supremacy’s Spirit mare

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the Selle Francais stallion,
Bonjour.

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GAITS

WALK

Criteria:
Four even beats, straight and even strides, correctly aligned steps, articulation of joints, freedom of shoulders an haunches, balance, elastic and swinging back, overstep reach, ground covering with marching quality.

Directive Ideas:
Purity and quality (judged mainly in profile).  Correctness (judged mainly coming to and going from the judge).

TROT

CRITERIA:
Two even beats, straight and even strides, correctly aligned steps, articulation of joints, freedom of shoulders and haunches, balance, elasticity, swinging back, natural engagement and impulsion from hindquarters, power from upward thrust and roundness.

Above: This is a video clip of American Saddlebred stallion Borealis showing the kind of balance, suspension, and elasticity that is characteristic of the breed.

Directive Ideas:
Purity and quality (judged mainly in profile), Correctness (judged mainly coming to and going from judge).  Movement should be big, light and springy.

Above: This is a video of Rob Byers long lining an American Saddlebred sport horse prospect.  Rob is a trainer of World Grand Champion American Saddlebred show horses, who has a foundation in dressage work.  This filly is being presented in a manner which translates beautifully to the sport horse buyer–simple lines, allowing her to stretch down, and lift her back.  This filly found a home in the sport horse world just days after the video was posted online.  The filly shows three lovely gaits–and is a super dressage prospect.

GENERAL IMPRESSION

Includes impulsion, balance, harmony and development related to age and typiness.  Alert expression and well mannered.

Directive Ideas:
Riding horse type

American Saddlebred Sport Horse

Undulata’s Man of the Hour, out of Captive Spirit mare

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the Dutch Warmblood stallion,
Sandro Hit.

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American Saddlebred Sport Horse

Arborlane Tango’s Wee Pee, out of Sultan’s Spartan mare

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the Hanoverian stallion,
Weltmeyer.

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American Saddlebred Sport Horse

Callaway’s Blue Norther out of a Will Shriver Mare

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the Dutch Warmblood stallion,
Sir Sinclair.

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American Saddlebred Sport Horse

Edna May’s King

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the Selle Francais stallion,
Bonjour.

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Sultan’s Magician K, out of Supremacy’s Spirit mare

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the Oldenburg stallion,
Furioso II.

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the Dutch Warmblood stallion,
Royal Prince.

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