See And Enjoy Roadsters, Right Here

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

Wonder how exciting it is to drive a roadster in competition? Let William Shatner tell you, himself:

“Nothing compares …”

ARHPA thanks RH Bennett and RVP for this copyrighted footage from the 2021 Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show.

Back in the day … roadsters showed in “speed only to count” classes.

Our friend and roadster historian Larry Jenkins shares these pages out of the 1965 Atlanta Horse Show program. Recognize any names?

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 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, thank him for his years-long efforts to preserve the exciting history of our roadster discipline!

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

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 2022 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, 2021 or December, 2021 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, 2021;
  • 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‘s enrollment details

Columbus, OH — The U.S. Trotting Association has published info for enrolling in its 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

USTA’s Jessica Schroeder, Membership Enrichment and Outreach coordinator, offers us these tips for enrolling:

Placings are entered as the driver/horse combination, so as long as you are the one driving the horse in the classes, you will be the one to enroll the horse. Everything is done online; there are no paper forms to sign up/participate.
The first thing you will need to do is create a USTA MyAccount. This is the link you use to sign up using your name, USTA #, and zip code to connect it to your USTA membership:
Then you will go to Online Services > Horses > Standardbred Incentive Program to enroll the horse. Once you have selected the horse’s name, you can enter his show name.
Now on your MyAccount home screen, you will see “Standardbred Incentive Program” in your ‘My Horses’ section. Click on that and you will see a link for “2022 Shows”. If the upcoming show is already listed, then you can just submit your placings after the date of the show. If not, click on “Add Show” to submit the show details.

Jimmy Robertson, Infinity Stables of Simpsonville, Ky., drives to a lucrative 2021 win for owner Kayce Bell.

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 Number TBA on Thursday evening, July 14, 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 2020 or 2021 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, 2021; 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 TBA Thursday evening, July 15

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

Here, beginning at 6:35 mark.

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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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