About Us

Our Mission

The Minnesota Saddlebred Horse Association (MSHA) is dedicated to promoting the American Saddlebred horse within the state of Minnesota. Specifically, we encourage the breeding, ownership, training, showing, use and improvement of the breed to foster public recognition and esteem for the breed. We endeavor to promote public interest in the breed and awareness of its versatility.

Philosophy

In support of our mission, the Minnesota Saddlebred Horse Association (MSHA) is committed to engaging, sponsoring, and participating in:

  • Education
  • Noncompetitive Events
  • Shows
  • Futurities
  • Pleasure Riding
  • Publications
  • Awards

Activities

The Minnesota Saddlebred Horse Association (MSHA) originated in the 1960’s and was formally established in 1983. Our events reach thousands of individuals throughout Minnesota and other states.

The Minnesota Saddlebred Horse Association organizes, promotes and participates in a growing number of events and activities involving Saddlebreds.

Youth Programs

Our programs encourage sportsmanship, learning and volunteerism among youth members through award programs and Junior Judging opportunities. These young people support the future of the breed as riders, owners, exhibitors and trainers.

Horse Shows

Minnesota hosts eight to ten horse shows annually. The horse show season begins in April and runs through October. MSHA sponsor banners are displayed at most shows.

Spring Tune-up Horse Show, FASH, Summeriest Horse Show, Tanbark Cavalcade of Roses Horse Show, Mid-Summerfest Horse Show, Capitol Classic Horse Show, The Washington County Fair Horse Show, The MN State Fair, Minnesota Futurity Horse Show, Octoberfest Horse Show

Minnesota Saddlebred State Championships

This is an MSHA-approved series of horse shows that culminates in championships awarded at the end of the season.

Expos

MSHA’s participation in local events introduces the American Saddlebred horse to the public and provides information about the versatility of the breed.

Limited Breeders & Futurity Programs

These programs encourage the breeding of Saddlebreds in Minnesota with prize money generated through nomination fees and an auction of stallion services.

The Minnesota Saddlebred Horse Association runs the annual Minnesota Futurity Horse Show each fall. This fun fall show features special classes for young horses bred and nominated to participate specifically at this show.

Stable Marketing

MSHA supports our member stables through a variety of efforts, including Groupon offers, drawings for lessons, and the Parade of Stables.

Horsemanship Clinics

From time to time MSHA sponsors clinics by nationally-renowned instructors to build horsemanship knowledge and skills.