The Illinois American Saddlebred Pleasure Horse Association was founded by a group of pleasure horse enthusiasts in 1971 to promote the use of the American Saddlebred as a pleasure horse. Our horse shows were some of the first in the country to offer western pleasure, classic, hunt seat, show and country pleasure divisions. We still offer a full compliment of pleasure horse classes for our membership.
Over the years IASPHA has adapted to the changing needs within our industry. Starting in 1973 with one pleasure horse show, IASPHA now sponsors 3 shows offering classes in all performance divisions. We also have a large number of affiliated shows where members can earn points toward year end champion and reserve champion High Point Awards. We invite you to join our family fun atmosphere where we focus on the enjoyment of the American Saddlebred.
IASPHA has been very successful in realizing its goals over the past 50 years. We are currently one of the largest American Saddlebred Association charter clubs in the nation with an active and involved membership.
IASPHA also created and sponsors the National Pleasure Equitation Olympics, a prestigious leg in the Pleasure Equitation triple crown. We are excited to join forces with the All American Horse Classic in 2021, the host for this exciting event!
Spring: Cary Bartz | Stillwater, MN
Summer: Jodi Bertagnolli | Rices Landing, PA
Fall: Sarah Russell | Tampa, FL
The Illinois American Saddlebred Pleasure Horse Association would like to announce that qualification for the National Pleasure Equitation Olympics is now open to any Junior Exhibitor interested in participating in the 2021 Final. The requirement to achieve a certain point total in qualifying classes has been removed for the 2021 year. Eligibility to compete in the National Pleasure Equitation Olympics is limited to those riders who show ONLY American Saddlebred Pleasure Horses in equitation during a given competition year and have not reached their 18th birthday.
In addition to being both a member of the Monarch Horse Show Network, and an ASHA Star Rated Show (qualifies for The World Championship Horse Show), the 2021 IASPHA Horse Show Series will be governed by the Equine Sports Council. The Equine Sports Council provides rules and standards, marketing, support and education to their network of horse shows with an emphasis on integrity, sportsmanship and safety. For more information visit EquineSportsCouncil.org.
Member of the Monarch Horse Show Network.