The Roadster belonged to the country doctor and the itinerant preacher in
days gone by. Famous for its fast trot and ability to go long distances,
it was the forerunner of the harness horses you see on the racetrack today.
Shown at a jog trot, Road Gait and then at speed, the horses are either
hitched to a two-wheeled cart (bike) or a four-wheeled wagon; or shown under
saddle. The drivers and riders wear racing silks in farm colors. Roadsters
should show animation, brilliance, and competition-ring presence with
straight and true action in the jog-trot and Road Gait. "At speed," the horse
must show speed and still go in form.
As of December 1, 2003, horses showing in the Roadster Horse Division at
Saddlebred shows must be a registered Standardbred. The Standardbred typically
has a heavier build than the Thoroughbred. They have longer bodies, shorter
legs and larger heads. They average about 15.2 hands and weigh 800 - 1000 pounds.
The most common colors are bay, black and brown. They are known for their
personality and their willing temperament. While Standardbreds have both trotting
and pacing abilities, "pacey" gaits shall be penalized in a Roadster class.
Grandfathering: One exception to this December 2003 ruling is that if a horse
was shown prior to December 2003 at any recognized USEF show in the Roadster
Division (in any class), the horse will be grandfathered into the division. For
more information on grandfathering your horse, please contact:
Ms. Patricia (Pat) Cropper
Roadster Horse Association
117 East 2nd Street
Maysville, KY 41056-1201