The Saddlebred - Dedicated to American Saddlebred Horses

Saddlebred bronze sculpture at Kentucky Horse Park.
Saddlebred section logo. Much Saddlebred material is offered on this page. SCROLL down and enjoy!

The "Saddlebred", a horse and a breed sought then and
now by many countries.

The Saddlebred, as a breed, developed from two main strains of founding sires, although these lines are now totally intermingled. An imported Thoroughbred stallion Hedgeford, was brought to Fayette County, Kentucky in 1832 and his son Denmark is the designated foundation sire of all Saddlebreds. The second important line came from Harrison Chief, a descendant of the Thoroughbred stallion Messenger. Toss in the American Morgans, the then popular type of riding horses from Rhode Island, and a lot of devoted and knowledgeable breeders and the Saddlebred type, and the official American Saddlebred breed was realized.

Saddlebred horses as a "type" , have been clearly recognized and bred for specific characteristics since the days when America was fighting for Independence as a country. These horses had already helped build the budding American settlements and after the country was independent, continued to assist in the growth and exploration of the country from east to west, from south to north.

Saddlebred horses existed no place else in the world, but were developed in America being selectively bred and formed right along with the country, and suited to the county's many needs. It is no wonder the breed was then named the American Saddlebred. A study of history records tells us that while always easy and good riding, or driving horses, it was discovered that no job humans might need horses to do was too tough. With willingness, ability and spirit Saddlebred horses accomplished any task, usually very well, and to top it off they added style and elegance, carrying American pride with every step.

As the country was settled, shows became common and the Saddlebred topped the charts dominating the American show world, a position that is maintained to this day. Only recently have Saddlebreds begun to reclaim recognition of their extreme athletic ability in other sport horse arenas and other disciplines. Yet the Saddlebred always remains a pleasure to ride and partner - they were and are bred this way.

This site offers a wide range of pages about the American Saddlebred: origins, breed, history, and tales of noted individuals, from the world grand champion to family pals. Keep scrolling down!

The Saddlebred in Museums:

Through the centuries since the origins of the breed, the Saddlebred has inspired many artists. With a distinctive high head carriage, extreme leg action and long neck, coupled with the fact the breed has two acquired gaits (now innate potentials) in addition to the three natural gaits all horses have, plus the combination of utter elegance with the ability to do, and it is no wonder creative people have found the Saddlebred to be a breed and a subject of enduring interest.
American Saddlebred immediately after a horse show class.
Saddlebred Bronze

"After the Class"
American Saddlebred 3 Gaited
3 Gaited Saddlebred

Walk-Trot elegance with typical alert expression, and utter refinement.

American Saddlebred World Champion 5-Gaited
American Saddlebred Artwork

The Five-Gaited ASB and the gait this breed is famous for - with only one hoof on the ground.
American Saddlebred Fine Harness Horse
Fine Harness Horse

A time honored discipline within the Saddlebred show ring world, this winner sports a tri-color.
Portrait of American Saddlebred WGC The Phoenix
Life Size Bronze Horse - Ky. Horse
Park International Museum

Follow the text and photos in this section to understand the steps needed in the creation of such large scale works.
Monument in front of the American Saddlebred Museum
Life Size Horse Sculpture - Saddlebred Museum

A life size portrait in bronze was created of the world famous stallion Supreme Sultan and placed before the front doors of the Museum. Sultan was later buried underneath.
American Saddlebred stallion Supreme Sultan's resin head study.
Supreme Sultan Resin

Portrait bust of Sultan in resin. See article below for life time photos and information about this stallion.
Amercian Saddlebred Victory Pass miniature set.
Show Ring Miniatures Set

The traditional Victory Pass with rider, roses and the groom with the trophy.

Famous Saddlebred Horses:
Read stories of famous American Saddlebred Horses below - From the beginnings of the breed to modern day, including world grand champions and family bloodlines. There have been many famous and outstanding individuals in the foundations and history of the Saddlebred breed. It would be a huge task to outline the entire history, but many stars are addressed, including a couple of the very most famous of American Saddlebred stallions. Check back as more will be added as time permits.

The first ever American Saddlebred WG Champion in the history of the breed.

Easter Cloud the First World Champion Saddlebred - First to win the tile and begin the history of magic in Kentucky.  American Saddlebred Supreme Sultan as a young stallion.

Supreme Sultan - Historical Article about the Famous Stallion (Based on a Ross Millin written article, with words and rare pastels added by sculptor, Patricia Crane.) Thank you Ross!
Great American Saddlebred Rex Peavine

Rex Peavine a Saddlebred who was never for sale - He shaped the history of today's show horses.

Montrose, old time beautiful American Saddlebred stallion.

Montrose  - Beauty and Style from the annuals of American Saddlebred bloodline history.

George F. Morris painting of the American Saddlebred stallion Rex McDonald.

Rex McDonald - a Saddlebred who scared the competition - A shiny black stallion who won as many hearts as ribbons.

  American Saddlebred Bourbon King by GF Morris.

Bourbon King American Saddlebred Legend - The great progenitor of the "Chief" Family history.

Saddlebred owner and author Ross Millin Dr. Ross Millin of Newline Stud writes a regular column for the South African Magazine, S.A. Show Horse, about the history and bloodlines of some of the great Saddlebreds of both the past and present. The Artbycrane website is very pleased to be allowed to carry these essays, with the author’s permission.
Visit Newline Stud to read the originals and for information about current day breeding stallion "Perfect Timing". wishes to thank Ross Millin for the many photos used by his so gracious permission on this website and on

Famous Horses Photo of Saddlebred Wing Commander.

Wing Commander: Breeding Bloodlines - Six Times World Grand Champion 5 Gaited Winner

Famous Horses Photo of Saddlebred Genius Bourbon King.
Genius Bourbon King
Highly famed champion and stallion son of Genius Bourbon
Famous Horses Photo of Indiana Ace Saddlebred stallion on 2 continents.

Indiana Ace Saddlebred
A stallion famous on two continents!

Famous Horses Photo of Valley View Supreme.

Valley View Supreme Saddlebred 3 Gaited Stallion
A rare Three-Gaited World Grand Champion and extremely successful sire.
Famous Horses Photo of stallion Perfect Timing from Newline Stud.

Famous Saddlebreds and Breeding in South Africa
Discussion of many great sires and their bloodlines.

Saddlebred Equine Articles, Essays
Logo of Saddle and Bridle Magazine. Read Saddlebred Equine Articles articles from SADDLE & BRIDLE MAGAZINE, the oldest name in Saddlehorse Magazines. American Saddlebred history, famous horses, training and equine health. A wealth of copyrighted articles first published in Saddle and Bridle magazine are reprinted here with their permission for your enjoyment.

You will enjoy the Saddle & Bridle articles written by people in the industry. The words of Saddlebred trainers are always welcome, like the Wisdom of Smith Lilly or Arthur Simmons Legendary Horseman. American Saddlebred history has a rich tradition, shared in the articles Last Call for Belle Beach and The Ringo and Tom Bass. Then there are stories of famous Saddlebred individuals such as  Anglo Rex Peavine.

Photo of bay color for genetics article.

Equine Color Genetics - Coat color variables in horses and genetics by Lynn Weber

 American Saddlebred workout on the rail.

 Saddlebreds: Judging - written by trainer Kevin Eltringham
Rescue a Saddlebred!!
 American Saddlebred workout on the rail.
 Saddlebred Rescue - Learn about this rescue organization, where Saddlebreds slated for slaughter can be returned to a purposeful life. Wonderful work an wonderful stories about real-life ASB horses.

We hope you enjoyed our site section on American Saddlebred horses. Come back for more reading…

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