What can you do with a Standardbred?

The word is slowly spreading about standardbreds – they are gaining a much deserved reputation as a breed with quiet and trainable temperaments. These horses, although trained to trot or pace at high speeds, are more than capable of making the transition from harness racing to riding horses in all sorts of disciplines.  We’d like to share just a few examples of the different sorts of events run by Australian standardbred associations for their members, as well as standies out and about in the wider equestrian community.

The Standardbred Association of Queensland is planning to hold a “Showjumping Extravaganza” at Mt Gravatt Pony Club. Check out the showjumping standies on the poster below! Click here to see a bigger version of the poster on their website. Unfortunately as I went to publish this post, I noticed that the event has been postponed. Stay tuned to the Facebook Event Page for more information by clicking here.


If showing is your thing, there are lots of opportunities to compete, with Standardbred classes at many agricultural shows, including Royals and HOTY. As well as competing in the lead and ridden classes, standies are also out there competing in the harness classes as well.  Here are some links to photos from some of the big shows over the last few years:

Dressage is another option for riders of standardbreds. For pics of standies taking part in a standardbred-only dressage day, take a look at the 2011 Standardbred Association of Queensland Dressage Spectacular photos. Looks like it was a really fun competition, with trail, Caprilli and freestyle classes included along with the standard dressage tests.

Or how about endurance? Take a look at the “Look! It’s not an Arab! – Standardbreds in Australian Endurance Competition” website for stories on standies competing in endurance, and information on how to get involved.

If you enjoy trail riding,  standardbreds are well worth considering for your next trail riding mount. To see some standies out enjoying group rides in the ACT, take a look at the ride reports and photo galleries on the Standardbreds Unharnessed Inc website – “Mount Ainslie Ride Feb 2010” and “Stromlo Twilight Ride 28th March 2010”.

There are heaps of videos on youtube of standardbreds performing in various disciplines. Here are a couple of our favourites from Australia, and overseas:

Want to know more? Get in touch with your state standardbred association or local club for more information:


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