Having grown up showing American Saddlebreds in the discipline of saddleseat, my transition to eventing definitely has been an adjustment! (Part me is still sure that chains and bungees could benefit dressage and jumping…but I digress). Especially in southern California, I have been sad although not surprised by the utter lack of American Saddlebreds out in the eventing field. I haven’t run across even one, though I’ve run into a few look-alikes and asked the owners if their horses are full or part saddlebred. They laugh at me and say they are thoroughbreds. Ha ha.
|Harry Callahan – the first American Saddlebred to grace the cover of USDF Connection magazine.|
|Mikey at his first Horse Trials.|
- Eagerness to please
- Upward build + neck extending up (not out) from chest