Minnesota Saddlebred State Championships
The show will feature the Minnesota Saddlebred State Championship classes and the Minnesota Academy Equestrian Finals classes.
1. State Championships are earned by American Saddlebred (ASB) horses in performance classes and by riders in equitation classes (Exception: Any breed of horse is eligible to compete in the Open Pleasure classes).
2. For a horse to qualify, all owners must be members of the MSHA and must have paid the appropriate horse recording fee.
3. For an equitation rider to qualify, the rider must be a member of MSHA and must have paid the appropriate equitation rider recording fee.
4. If multiple riders show the same horse and want to qualify for the State Championship program, each rider must be a MSHA member and must have paid the appropriate horse recording fee.
5. To be eligible for the State Championships, the horse or rider must show in their respective class or classes at a minimum of three qualifying shows and show in the corresponding class at the Minnesota Saddlebred State Championship Horse Show. Shows for qualifying will be counted after the appropriate fees have been received by MSHA as noted in numbers 2 to 4 above.
6. Horse or rider may qualify by showing at a minimum of three qualifying shows. Qualifying shows are as follows:
Spring Tune-Up Horse Show (cancelled in 2021)
F.A.S.H. Inc. Spring Horse Show
Summerfest Horse Show (cancelled in 2021)
Tanbark Cavalcade of Roses Horse Show
The Capitol Classic I & II
Washington County Fair Horse Show (cancelled in 2021)
North Star Americana
MSHA Pop Up Horse Show I & II
Octoberfest Horse Show
In the Five-Gaited, Three-Gaited, Fine Harness and Park classes, if an amateur class is not offered at a specific qualifying show, showing in the open class will count as a qualifying class.
7. Riders receive a State Championship hat for each class qualified.
8. Awards will be given to the Top Five in each class. The Top Five will include the five highest-placing eligible horses in the class at the Minnesota Saddlebred State Championship Horse Show, with the Champion being the highest placing and the Reserve Champion the second highest. Example: In the Show Pleasure Diving division, six horses attended at least three of the qualifying shows. All six horses show in the class at the Minnesota Saddlebred State Championship Horse Show. Four of the horses receive a ribbon in the class and a fifth horse is placed seventh. Those five horses will be awarded the Top Five awards. The highest placing horse of that group will be named the Champion, not necessarily the winner of the actual class, but the highest placing of the eligible horses. Reserve Champion is awarded in the same manner.
9. State Championships will be offered in the following 26 classes:
Five-Gaited Amateur Country Pleasure 17 & under
Three-Gaited Amateur Country Pleasure 18 & over
Park Amateur Country Pleasure Driving
Fine Harness Amateur Country Pleasure Western
Park Pleasure Amateur Country Pleasure Five-Gaited
Show Pleasure 18 & over Country Pleasure Hunter
Show Pleasure 17 & under Pleasure Equitation 17 & under
Show Pleasure Five-Gaited Saddle Seat Equitation 17 & under
Show Pleasure Driving Saddle Seat Equitation 18 & over
Open English Pleasure 17 & under Walk & Trot Pleasure 12 & under
Open English Pleasure 18 & over Walk & Trot Equitation 12 & under
Open Western Pleasure
Open Hunter Pleasure
Open Pleasure Driving
10. State Championships will be made in the corresponding class at the Minnesota Saddlebred State Championship Horse Show. For example, Five-Gaited Amateur will be presented in the Five-Gaited Amateur class, not the Five-Gaited Stake.
11. Horses in the Open English, Western, and Hunter Pleasure classes must be ridden by an amateur. Horses driven in Open Pleasure Driving must be driven by an amateur. Any breed of horse is eligible to compete in the open pleasure classes.