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Standardbred Equine Program

In 1996 the USTA established the Standardbred Equine Program, which promotes the use of Standardbreds in disciplines other than racing. Standardbreds prove day after day that there is nothing standard about them!

For more information on the Standardbred Equine Program, contact the USTA at:
(877) 800-8782 x3212

Discipline Programs

The SEP program is continually looking for new ways to promote the Standardbred. By reaching out to national organizations in pleasure and competitive riding and driving, we encourage people to look for a Standardbred as their next horse. Click below to learn more about the different discipline programs SEP participates in:
National Standardbred Show

The National Standardbred Show is held each August in New Jersey and Standardbreds from across the country travel compete in over 40 classes open only to the breed. Click here for more information and archived press releases about the National Standardbred Show.

2012 Standardbred Shows & Classes

SEP has also put together a chronological listing of Standardbred shows and Standardbred classes at open shows across the country. Click here to view the 2012 show and class dates.

World Equestrian Games

In the fall of 2010, eight Standardbreds travelled to the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY to demonstrate how Standardbreds excel at disciplines such as Combined Driving, Dressage, Hunter Under Saddle, Jumping, Pleasure Driving, Western Pleasure.

Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organizations (SPHOs)

The Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization (SPHO) has local chapters across the country and consists of equine enthusiasts that share their enthusiasm for transitioning ex-harness horses to pleasure and competitive riding horses. SPHO members are active in drill teams, trail riding, doing Standardbred presentations at equine shows (ie. Equine Affaire, Kentucky Horse Park, etc), sponsoring Standardbred classes at open shows and coordinating all-Standardbred shows.

SPHO of Delmarva
Megan & Blake Warnick
(302) 349-5028

Standardbred Performance Society (Maine)
Elizabeth Tewksbury, Founder

SPHO of Maine
Brenda Bryant, President

SPHO of Massachusetts
Catherine Bouthillier, President

SPHO of New Hampshire
Deb Fransway
(603) 529-3799

SPHO of New Jersey
Alison Giorgianni, President
(732) 907-8001

SPHO of Ohio
Debbie Schiff, President
(740) 536-7255

Retraining Standardbreds to Saddle

Horseback Riding Safety PDF
courtesy (University of Kentucky)

Download Standardbred Style (PDF)

Standardbred Style: Nothing Standard about it

Riding a Standardbred

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