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 high.
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.