About National Show Horses
National Show Horses originated as a part-Arabian cross
between an American Saddlebred and an Arabian horse. They are now established
as a separate breed, since the founding of a breed registry in 1981.
National Show Horses combine the refinement of Arabian
Horses with the animation of Saddlebred horse. The resulting horse has the
high-set, upright, long, swan-like neck of the Saddlebred. The neck should not
have a pronounced crest. The head is usually refined and small, with small ears
and either a straight or concave profile. The horses are close-coupled with a
level topline and have a very deep, laid back shoulder. The tail carriage is
National Show Horses may be a variety of colors, including
the traditional bay, gray, chestnut, and black of the Arabian, with Saddlebred
ancestry adding a broader range of color than seen in the Arabian breed,
including, most notably, pinto and palomino.