The American Saddlebred Horse Association of Michigan (ASHAM) is pleased to announce the ASHAM Fall Charity Horse Show October 5-7 will host the last qualifying Hackney Adult Amateur Driving Challenge (AADC) class before the Championship is awarded October 20-22 in Springfield, Ohio.
The well-known and respected judge Brent Jacobs will be officiating the show. Mr. Jacobs started judging in 1971 and is a Multi World Champion trainer. He will be judging entries from the American Midwest and Canada. The ASHAM Fall Charity Horse Show offers breed classes for American Saddlebreds, Morgans and Hackney Ponies. A full morning of Academy Classes and the UPHA Exceptional Challenge Cup classes are planned for Saturday. There are plenty of open Challenge Of The Breed (COTB) as well as “fun” classes and other activities, including Jr. Judging, Corn Hole tournament and Exhibitor Parties.
Since becoming a charity horse show in 2012, ASHAM has donated thousands of dollars to local charities. The current charity is O.A.T.S. (Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles). The organization works to promote the health, wellbeing and happiness of disabled individuals through horseback riding and related activities. O.A.T.S. staff and volunteers bring many riders and horses to the ASHAM show to participate in the UPHA Exceptional Rider Challenge Cup Classes. These classes have served as a great warm up for past riders, who have gone on to capture National Championship and Reserve Championship titles at the UPHA American Royal National Championship Horse Show held each November in Kansas City, Mo.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of show staff, who accommodate and help exhibitors, the ASHAM Fall Charity Horse Show has rightfully earned the title of United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) Chapter 20 Honor Show for the last five years. The ASHAM Fall Charity Horse Show is a growing show. The number of entries and exhibitors have consistently increased yearly by fifteen percent since moving to Michigan State University Show Pavilion, a heated, indoor facility in East Lansing, Michigan. To encourage folks to attend, ASHAM is offering an added incentive for new exhibitors. Any stable attending the ASHAM show for the first time will receive one free stall with a minimum of three horses.
Spectators are always welcome. Local 4H clubs, Jr Judging teams and Equestrian teams are encouraged to attend and experience something new. ASHAM show organizers note that East Lansing offers plenty of hotels, restaurants, pubs and golf courses nearby to the show facility.