ASHAA is a 503(c) 3 corporation. It has been set up for the education about and fostering of regional ownership and enjoyment of the American Saddlebred horse. The organization is a local charter for the national American Saddlebred Horse Association. The American Saddlebred Horse Association’s worldwide network of more than 50 Charter Clubs enriches the Saddlebred experience for members. Clubs promote Saddlebreds at the local level and help newcomers to learn more about the breed, as well as offering many equine and social activities for their members’ education and enjoyment. Typical activities for Charter Clubs include putting on horse shows, riding in parades, participating in horse fairs, presenting annual awards, trail rides and other popular pastimes. The organization is centered in the Birmingham area but has members from all over the state. At least 2 general meetings are held each year. One fund-raising horse show is sponsored annually, as is a final awards banquet.
The purpose of the Alabama Saddlebred Horse Association of Alabama (ASHAA) is to promote breeding, raising, training, sale and exhibition of the American Saddlebred Horse. The organization is meant to promote activities of a nature to create enthusiasm, use, pleasure and interest in the breed. We are here to encourage and educate youth and adults interested in the American Saddlebred Horse, to promote higher standards for showmanship and sportsmanship, and enjoy open communication with everyone interested in the breed. This includes, but is not limited to, educational institutions, governmental agencies, civic organizations, and the general public in an effort to promote the horse industry and the American Saddlebred breed. Additionally, we are here to cooperate with and assist horse show managers and organizations who promote shows in the selection and spacing of classes of our breed, and to develop better horse shows in the state of Alabama.
Here are some of the missions that your membership sustains:
ASHAA sponsored shows in the state of Alabama
ASHAA’s importance as the main contact for the distribution of information throughout the state about the American Saddlebred
The opportunity for exhibitors, owners, and trainers to compete for High Point awards
The availability of Academy classes to nurture and develop novice riders
The solid reputation of our state’s official organization as a Charter Club under the American Saddlebred Horse Association – and since we are an Affiliate Charter, ASHAA members receive a discount on ASHA membership; join ASHAA then join ASHA as a member of an affiliate Charter
Membership is based on the calendar year and is open to any interested party whether or not he or she owns a horse. There are four (4) membership levels: Family, Single, Junior and Business (Farm/Stable/Partnership/LLC).
Benefits of membership include:
All members have club voting privileges (except Junior members)
Each member receives ASHAA communications
Each member is eligible for year-end High Point Awards
General membership meetings are held twice a year.
Access to agendas and notes are provided to members.
Membership fees are assessed each year and are reflected on the membership form.
Send the completed membership form and a check for the fee to the address indicated on the form.