See And Enjoy Roadsters, Right Here

Exhibitors compete in the roadster under-saddle class at the 2021 ARHPA Horse & Pony Show.

Welcome — and do come back, won’t you?

Here, you’ll find not only our new site — dedicated to expanding your enjoyment of showing roadster horses and ponies — but tons of information to help you take advantage of the benefits of American Road Horse & Pony Association, Inc., membership. From scholarships, to lucrative prize money and much more, we’ll keep adding stuff: info about the history of our discipline, insights from ARHPA Hall Of Fame inductees, and more opportunities to help you enjoy as many experiences as possible with your horse or pony. You can subscribe to receive news notifications when you “Follow Our Blog” at the bottom of this page.

Take a look at the many ways you can enjoy a roadster when you view the videos below. And, read about junior exhibitors riding roadsters under saddle in “Ride On, Roadster” and “One for the Road” — the history of roadsters — in the two Equestrian articles that are hot off US Equestrian’s press.

James Nichols, professional horseman and ARHPA president

As your ARHPA president, it’s my pleasure to connect you with information, resources, and entertaining content we hope you’ll find helpful and enjoyable. And when you’re not visiting us online, we hope to see you railside, soon, at a horse show where the announcer is calling, “Drive on!”

James L. Nichols
Metairie, La.
ARHPA President

July 31, 2021: Please be advised — masks are mandated for Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show. Here’s more.

July 10, 2021: A big thanks to Larry Jenkins, Suwannee, Ga., for converting these videos to digital media so we can share them with you.

Here’s the famed Willie “Jack Rabbit” Bottoms showing a roadster with great flourish and singing “Amazing Grace,” a capella.
• And here’s the 1993 Roadster To Bike World’s Grand Championship — and we won’t spoil it for you by revealing how the class was tied.

Enjoy! And when you see Larry, tell him thanks for his years-long efforts to preserve the exciting history of our roadster discipline!

Here’s another big-money opportunity to show your roadster

July 9, 2021: The Mid-America Trotting Sale announces the Inaugural Mid-America Roadster Challenge, with $35,000 added prize money. The class will be held at the 2021 Mane Event Horse Show, at the Coliseum of Champions, Illinois State Fairgrounds, in Springfield, IL. Qualifications are:

  • Open to horses purchased at either the January, 2020 or December, 2020 Mid-America Trotting Sale;
  • Entries must be registered with ARHPA;
  • Owners/trainers/drivers must be members of ARHPA;
  • Minimum age for drivers is 18;
  • Entries must not have shown before January 1, 2020;
  • Entries must qualify by showing in a minimum of four classes at two horse shows;
  • Winners of the Mid-America Roadster Challenge will not be eligible for future competition in this class;
  • Entry fee is $500;
  • $100 must be remitted with the entry form. The remaining $400 must be paid at the horse show office at least 24 hours in advance of the class;
  • All consigned horses must change ownership at the time of the sale or they will not be eligible for the Mid-America Roadster Challenge Class;
  • All consigned horses eligible for the Mid-America Roadster Challenge Class cannot have been shown prior to the date of the sale.

    $400 of the $500 entry fee will be added to the prize money.

For more information, visit Mane Event Horse Show.

USTA announces Standardbred Incentive Program

Columbus, OH — The U.S. Trotting Association announced Monday (June 28) the creation of a Standardbred Incentive Program (SIP) for horses registered in North America. The program will recognize horses who are participating in disciplines other than racing and provide awards for leading contestants. More

Watch horses win big bucks in the big ring: Roadsters to compete for $25,000-added Roadster Challenge at Lexington Junior League Horse Show

Join us for an exciting Class 107 on Thursday evening, July 15, at the upcoming Lexington Junior League Horse Show, to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. The Roadster Challenge is open to horses purchased at the 2019 or 2020 Mid-Ohio Memorial Day Trotting Sale in Mt. Hope, Ohio. It’s where you’ll see the excitement of roadsters in a big ring, driven by exhibitors out to win the big bucks! Entries must be registered with the ARHPA and must not have shown prior to May 1, 2019; Owners/Trainers/Drivers must be members of the ARHPA. Box seats may still be available; general admission is only $5, and children under 6 attend free. Webcast available at Show starts at 7:30 p.m., Eastern. We look forward to seeing you there!
Watch in person or via Class 107, Thursday evening, July 15

Our deepest condolences to Sandra Hall’s family and friends

June 21, 2021: A strong and compassionate supporter of show horses and horse friends — and a wonderful equine photographer —Sandra passed away on June 17. The obit as well as a link to collect donations to the UPHA Sandra Hall Scholarship Fund can be found here. Sandra was the rarest of true friend to so many, and always displayed her servant’s heart. She will be sorely missed.

ASHBA National Select Series Regional Championships Announced

2021 Regional Championships Locations — here’s more details.

Region 1/2: California Futurity Horse Show, Las Vegas, NV- Oct 28- Oct 30

Region 3: St. Louis National Charity Horse Show, Lake St. Louis, MO, Sep 28 – Oct 02

Region 4: LASHA Fall Horse Show, Baton Rouge, LA- Dates TBA

Region 5/6: Mid-America Mane Event Horse Show, Springfield, IL- Oct 14 – Oct 17

Region 7: Kentucky Fall Classic Horse Show, Lexington, KY- Oct 06 – Oct 09

Region 8: Ocala International Horse Show, Ocala, FL- Oct 26 – Oct 30

Region 9/10: North Carolina State Fair Horse Show, Raleigh, NC, Oct 13- Oct 16

Region 11/12: Twin States Octoberfest Horse Show, W. Springfield, MA- Oct 28 – Oct 31

Hear ARHPA HOF’er Larry Jenkins chat about our roadsters on

Here, beginning at 6:35 mark.

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April 10: We have more new stuff coming to — PayPal, to make it more convenient for you to join, conduct transactions, and attend our signature horse show. Stay tuned!

How many ways can you show your roadster? Quite a few — just look at these!

In the 2021 show season, you can locate many ways and places to exhibit your roadster horse or pony, even in a pandemic environment. Look for these classes:

Roadster To Bike classes for amateurs, ladies, junior exhibitors, novice horses or ponies, novice drivers, and more. Hitched to a two-wheeled road bike, horses and ponies give their exhibitors quite the thrill as they slide around the turns and race down the straightaways as they attempt to catch the judge’s eye and the crowd’s verbal appreciation. You’ll see showy, athletic, mannerly horses that enjoy their work, and drivers and fans who are thrilled with the performances.

Watch the 2020 UPHA American Royal Roadster Pony Junior Exhibitor 13 and Under class, courtesy of R.H. Bennett’s Richfield Video Productions

Watch the 2010 USTA Roadster Classic, as Melinda Moore wins with Belle Starr; video courtesy of Larry Jenkins

Watch the 2004 USTA Roadster Classic, as J.D. Gardner wins with Big Red; video courtesy of Larry Jenkins

Watch the 1999 USTA Roadster Classic, as Raymond Shively wins with When & Where; video courtesy of Larry Jenkins

Roadster Under Saddle classes; rider enters clockwise of the ring, wearing silks and hat (or helmet for junior exhibitors) of farm colors, and saddle seat-style tack. Announcer will call for jog, road gait, and speed gaits; the speed gait is shown the second way (counter clockwise) of the ring. Exhibitors are among the most athletic in the show ring as they reach for their horse or pony’s best performance — and yes, speed matters!

Watch the 2020 Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show Roadster Under Saddle Championship, courtesy of R.H. Bennett’s Richfield Video Productions

A properly appointed roadster wagon includes tools that a driver, such as a country doctor, couldn’t be without. Photo courtesy of Mike & Sandy Felty.

Roadster To Wagon classes; driver wears business suit and horse is hitched to a four-wheeled wagon. In some classes, the wagon must be appointed with specific items, such as those used by a country doctor who raced to families’ homes to attend to their ailing loved ones. As with other roadster classes, horses enter the ring clockwise and show at the jog and road gait; after reversing direction, they show at the jog and road gait, and the final and most exciting speed gait, “Go for the doctor!”

Watch “The Master of Faster” Raymond Shively driving many-times world’s champion Emerson to the win at Midwest Charity Horse Show, courtesy of R.H. Bennett’s Richfield Video Productions

Learn more about the specifications for roadster classes at US Equestrian’s Rule Book chapter for Roadsters as well as general rule requirements.

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