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Who Are We?
Our membership encompasses both amateurs and professionals. We are owners, breeders, exhibitors, grooms, trainers, often, all in one. Our love for the American Saddlebred horse binds us together. We love pleasure horses, performance horses, dressage, driving competitions, equitation, jumping, side-saddle riding, western, and just plain trail riding.
What's Our Breeding?
In September 1973, Saddlebred pleasure horse owners and trainers met to form the Greater Kansas City Saddlebred Pleasure Horse Association with Donna Young as the first president. Within six months, the club was participating in a clinic and putting on its first show. The Grassroots Horse Show held at Whispering Downs Arena on March 30, 1974 was an all Saddlebred pleasure horse show.
The club's policy was to promote the American Saddlebred as versatile, to support pleasure horse owners, and to remain flexible in growth as the needs of the local Saddlebred owners changed. Around 1977, Saddlebred performance horse owners were asking to be admitted. The club then made a major change to meet these new demands and became the Mid-America Saddlebred Horse Club, open to all Saddlebred owners.
In 1978, Mid America held an all breed horse show at Sunset Arena. Subsequent shows were held at the Saddle and Sirloin grounds before moving to the Longview Horse Park.
In 1984, Mid-America put on the 10th annual American Saddlebred Pleasure Horse International Championship at the old American Royal building when the show was displaced from its home in Springfield, Illinois by reconstruction.
In 1986, Mid-America was approached by the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) to become a charter club which it became.
In 2002, Mid-America was chosen as "Charter Club of the Year" by ASHA out of 42 clubs worldwide.
In 2002 and 2013, Mid-America was chosen "Charter Club of the Year" by ASHA from its many clubs worldwide.
Mid-America promotes the American Saddlebred through clinics, seminars, barn tours, mall presentations, and an annual charity horse show. Our members have promoted the Saddlebred at Metro North Mall, Independence Center, Saks on the Plaza, and Pine Tree Shopping Center in Raymore, often with live horses. They have held educational sessions covering such topics as broodmares and foaling, veterinarian presentations on horse health, winterizing your horse, and training the horse and rider as one.
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