Featuring Rare & Unique Equines!


New for 2019, the Western States Horse Expo is proud to be hosting the SANA West Rare Breed Show. In partnership with the Equus Survival Trust & the Akhal-Teke Association of America, this event will be a true rare breed show and entry will be limited to those breeds currently being protected by the Equus Survival Trust and on the Equine Conservation List. Discover some of the rarest & most unique breeds in North America and learn how you can help save them from extinction! The show will be taking place in Arenas 9 & 10 during all four days of the Expo. Class lists & show details will be available in January so please check back soon. Do you own one of the breeds listed on the EST Conservation List and interested in participating in the show? Just email [email protected] for current details and to sign up!

Four Days of education, competition and fun!

Hosted by the Akhal-Teke Association of America and the Equus Survival Trust
Clinics: Dressage, Jumping, Obstacles, In-Hand
Open SANA Classes: Dressage, Western Dressage, Jumping, Obstacles (ridden and in-hand)
Akhal-Teke Breed Specific Classes: Akhal-Teke in-hand and ridden classes
Rare Breeds Pavilion with Breed Booths and Display Stalls
Run under SANA rules (Stewardship Awards of North America) – focusing on conservation through education. This competition is to help conserve endangered breeds by encouraging breeders to retain traditional type, movement and the inner qualities that historical use honed for centuries.

Class Information

Entries for classes and clinics open February 1—close April 1st
Online at: How to sign up
Classes: $20 each class
Clinics: $35 each clinic
NO POST ENTRIES, substitutions only

Costume Classes

There will be 2 costume classes, an Open Costume Class and an Akhal-Teke only Costume class


Arena 9

Thursday, May 9

12PM to 2PM
Clinic 200 Jumping Clinic with Nicole Fowler

Friday, May 10

Jumping (timed event): 9AM-12:00PM
Judge: Nicole Fowler
Over Fences: Open Pony Jumper
Class 100 1’6” –1’9” Open Fences (Open Pony)
Class 101 2’ –2’2” Open Fences (Open Pony)
Over Fences: Open Horse Jumper (Up to 8 fences)
Class 102 1’6” –1’9” Open Fences (horse)
Class 103 2’ –2’3” Open Fences (horse)
Class 104 2’6” Open Fences (2’6” spread)
Class 105 2’9” Open Fences (2’9” –3’ spread)
Class 106 3’3” Open Fences (3’3” –3’6” spread)
Class 107 3’6’ Open Fences (3’6”-4’ spread)

Saturday, May 11

Clinic 400 Obstacle Clinic with Dr. Molly Nicodemus
Lunch 12PM – 1PM

Sunday, May 12

Obstacle In-hand and Ridden Competition
Judge: Dr. Molly Nicodemus
Class 141 Obstacles, in-hand open
Class 142 Obstacles, ridden open
Lunch 12:00 to 1PM

Arena 10

Thursday, May 9

2PM to 3PM
Breed Demonstrations
2:00PM Fell Pony Breed Demonstration
2:15PM Akhal-Teke Horse Breed Demonstration
2:30PM Canadian Horse Breed Demonstration
2:45PM Gotland Russ Pony Breed Demonstration
Break 3PM to 4PM
4PM to 7PM
Clinic 300 Dressage and Western DressageClinic with Sue Bartholomaus

Friday, May 10

11AM – 12PM Breed Demonstrations
11:00AM American Cream Draft Breed Demonstration
11:00AM Fell Pony Breed Demonstration
11:00AM Gotland Russ Pony Breed Demonstration
11:00AM Akhal-Teke Horse Breed Demonstration
11:00AM Canadian Horse Breed Demonstration
Lunch 12:00 to 1PM
Dressage: 1PM -6PM
Judge: Sue Bartholomaus
Class 108 Intro Level –Pony
Class 109 Training Level –Pony
Class 110 1st Level –Pony
Class 111 2nd Level and up –Pony
Class 112 Intro Level –Horse
Class 113 Training Level –Horse
Class 114 1st Level –Horse
Class 115 2nd Level –Horse
Class 116 3rd Level –Horse
Class 117 4th Level and up -Horse
Western Dressage, Not to start before 3PM
Class 118 Intro TOC
Class 119 Basic TOC
Class 120 Level 1 TOC
Class 121 Level 2-4 TOC

Saturday, May 11

Lunch 12PM – 1PM
1PM – 2PM Breed Demonstrations
1:00PM Canadian Horse Breed Demonstration
1:15PM Akhal-Teke Horse Breed Demonstration
1:30PM Kerry Bog Pony Breed Demonstration
1:45PM Gotland Russ Pony Breed Demonstration
2PM – 2:20PM
Costume Classes
Judge: Dr. Molly Nicodemus
Class 122 Open Costume—Open to all participating breeds at the RBS
Class 123 Akhal-Teke Costume
2:20PM – 6PM Akhal-Teke Classes
Judge: Dr. Molly Nicodemus
In-Hand Classes
Class 124 Get of Sire
Class 125 Produce of Dam
*1st and 2nd in each class below qualifies for Junior Championship
Class 126 AT Foals of 2019 (with dams)*
Class 127 AT Yearlings, born 2018*
Class 128 AT 2 year old fillies born 2017*
Class 129 AT 2 year old colts and geldings, born 2017*
Class 130 AT Junior In-Hand Champion, 2 years and under
1st and 2nd qualify for AT In-Hand Championship, Class 136
Class 131 AT Cross Colts, fillies and geldings, under 3 years, born 2016 and after
Class 132 AT Cross Mares and Geldings, 3 years and up, born 2015 and before
*1st and 2nd in classes below qualify for Akhal-Teke In-Hand Championship
Class 133 AT Top Ten Best North American Bred, born 2015 and before*
Class 134 AT Geldings and Stallions 3 years and up*
Class 135 AT Mares, 3 years and up*
Class 136 AT In-Hand Championship
Ridden Classes
Class 137 AT cross Ridden mares and geldings, 4 years and up
*1st and 2nd in classes below qualify for Akhal-Teke Ridden Championship
Class 138 AT Ridden Stallions and Geldings, 4 years and up*
Class 139 AT Ridden Mares, 4 years and up*
Class 140 AT Ridden Championship

Sunday, May 12

Lunch 12:00 to 1PM
1PM – 2PM
Breed Demonstrations
Akhal-Teke Horse Breed Demonstration
1:15PM Gotland Russ Pony Breed Demonstration
1:30PM Canadian Horse Breed Demonstration
1:45PM Kerry Bog Pony Breed Demonstration
Clinic 500 In-Hand Presentation Clinic, Dr. Molly Nicodemus

The Rare Breed Pavilion will be open throughout the show and will feature the following:

  • Breed Booths
  • Meet the Horses pens in which Rare Breeds will be rotated
  • Open Stable in which the public can see the Rare Breeds and speak with Breed Stewards

*Please note that while we will do our best to maintain this schedule, times are approximate.

Our Judges

Dr. Molly Nicodemus

Obstacle and In-Hand Clinician, Obstacle and Akhal-Teke Judge

Dr. Molly Nicodemus, Associate Professor of Animal & Dairy Sciences, is the head research-er for the Gaited Horse Locomotive Research Program at Mississippi State University. Origi-nating from the McPhail Equine Performance Center at Michigan State University, Dr. Nicode-mus’s research on equine gaits has been able to grow and develop addressing many different breeds of horses performing gaits the horse industry is less familiar of. Dr. Nicodemus completed her bache-lors at Missouri State University where she competed on the horse judging and equestrian teams along with interning for multiple horse trainers learning to train and show cutting and gaited horses. Working on her masters program at Sam Houston State University, she began her research on gaits of the performance horse while working as a professional judge and trainer. As a part of her disser-tation research at Michigan State University, she was the first to research the three-dimensional motion of gaited horse breeds. During this time she became actively involved with the local horse community giving clinics and demonstra-tions concerning the gaits of the performance horse; and when not busy working with the horse community, she was assisting with coaching responsibilities for the collegiate horse judging and equestrian teams. At Mississippi State Universi-ty she continued her coaching responsibilities with the collegiate teams along with teaching multiple equine courses ranging from horsemanship courses to equine evaluation courses. During that time period, she was the first to docu-ment kinematics in the western pleasure, country pleasure, hunter pleasure, and park horses along with various gaits performed by gaited horse breeds. When she is not teaching college students or researching equine gaits, Dr. Nicodemus trains her own horses and coaches youths for competition at stock breed shows. Her horses and youths have produced multiple national and world champion-ships including holding the title for the past three years for Top Performance Horse and Top 13 & Under Youth in the Palomino Horse Breeders of America.

Sue Bartholomaus

Dressage and Western Dressage Clinician and Judge

Sue Bartholomaus has been a well known hunter/jumper and dressage rider, teacher, and trainer for almost four decades here on the West Coast. Before that, as a native of New York and later Virginia, she rode and taught extensively in these disciplines, as well as Event-ing and Foxhunting. It was the importation of her first German Warmblood stallion in 1977 to start her breeding program at Cross Fields Farm that caused her to narrow her personal focus on higher level dressage. Starting the Farm’s resulting young horses encouraged her interest in studying Natural Horsemanship and she has been teaching that, in addition, since 1990. A lifelong learner, Sue is often described as an “eclectic teacher” due to her very extensive equestrian background. She believes that good horses come in many packages, and can be used and enjoyed in more than one discipline, regardless of breed. Cross-training is to everyone’s benefit, both mentally and physically, so in addition to attending clinics with renowned dressage or jumping instructors, it would not be unusual to see her with her students—generally in their English saddles astride their FEI Warmbloods, Thoroughbreds, QH’s, Mustangs, even the occasional gaited horse—at a Trail Trials, cattle sorting, roping clinic, Cowboy Dressage show, or camping for a long weekend in the High Sierras.

Nicole Fowler

Jumping Clinician and Judge

Nicole Fowler has always had horses in her blood.Her mother rode hunter/jumper until she was 6 months pregnant, and Nicole started riding at 2 years of age. She has competed in Eventing, driving Welsh ponies and Miniatures, parades, TWHs, sidesaddle, dressage and hunter/jumper. She has trained and shown her own Thoroughbreds from off the track to many championships in the hunter/jumper ring.In her capacity as a trainer and teacher, she has taught people of all ages and backgrounds to ride. Her teaching philosophy is simple -give students a strong foundation, then go beyond the fundamentals.Riding just isn’t about hopping on –it’s about all aspects of caring for your horse, and therefore, getting the most out of your ride. Nicole received her SAHJA (Sacramento Area Hunter Jumper Association) judging card in 2009 and her California State Horseman Association English judging card in 2015.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Class or Clinic Sponsor – $50 On ATAA and EST website and during sponsored class
Copper Donor – $100 Mention in Rare Breeds Pavilion and on ATAA and EST Website, and receive a souvenir program
Silver Donor – $250 Mention in Rare Breeds Pavilion and on ATAA and EST website, a business card sized black and white ad in show program, receive a souvenir program
Gold Donor – $500 Mention in Rare Breeds Pavilion and on ATAA and EST website, a business card sized color ad or 1/4 page black and white ad in show program and a souvenir program
Platinum Donor – $750 Mention in Rare Breeds Pavilion and on ATAA and EST website, ½ page color ad in show program and a souvenir program
Diamond Donor – $1,000 and over Mention in Rare Breeds Pavilion and on ATAA and EST website, a full page color ad in show program and a souvenir program

Featured Breeds

Dales Pony – Northern England

Closely related to the Fell, the larger Dales has been used as a pack pony, on the farm for shepherding and hunting, and as light draft in WWI & II. Possessing outstanding stamina at the trot, and their extreme strength and agility make Dales masters of versatility earning them the title “Great All


Fell Pony – Northern England

The Fell Pony is a large native pony from the hills of Cumbria in northern England. Known for its hardiness, surefootedness and strong constitution, Fells are the closest relative of the extinct Scottish Galloway. Kind enough for experienced youth, strong enough to carry a man, excellent driving pony, it is said, “You cannot put a Fell to the wrong job!”


Kerry Bog Pony – Ireland

A small stylish draft pony, Kerrys have only recently having gained recognition as a breed, but are long in history as a servant in Ireland. From County Kerry, Ireland they are sensible, possess great courage and endurance, train easily for harness and are an excellent children’s riding pony.

EST Status: Study/CRITICAL

Newfoundland Pony – Canadian East coast

Hailing from the founding of the Canadian coast, the Newfoundland is a medium to large pony with a genetic package of 19th Century Mountain & Moorland ponies and extinct Scottish Galloway without the 19th & 20th Century ‘improvements’. Fast learners with an intense desire to please, they excel in any discipline. and are one of the few pony breeds developed in NA.


Exmoor Pony – Exmoor, England

Small, hardy ponies designed by Mother Nature for survival, but well suited for riding or driving. Their uniformity of color and type attests to their ancient, pure ancestry. Exmoors are clever and sensible, giving trust and obedience when shown leadership and respect. Considered the oldest and purest of the Native Pony breeds, they are also one of the most endangered.


Dartmoor Pony – Dartmoor, England

A quality Dartmoor should give one the impression of elegance and strength, with a pretty pony head and a flowing mane and tail. Movement should never be excessive, but rather free flowing, low and honest, and always sure-of-foot. Small in stature and long known as an outstanding child’s pony,
Dartmoors are fun in harness for adults too.


Gotland – Russ – Gotland, Sweden

Primitive looking and pony size, Gotlands come from the Swedish Baltic Isles, possibly descended from the Tarpan. Once popular for work in coal mine, they are versatile, hardy, long-lived. Willing jumpers, superb in harness, agile, strong, and gentle, Gotlands are a superb child’s pony. Often
called, “the best little pony on the planet!


Irish Draught – Ireland

The Irish Draught Horse is an active, short-shinned, powerful horse with substance and quality. It is proud of bearing, deep of girth and strong of back and quarters. Standing over a lot of ground, it has an exceptionally strong and sound constitution. It has an intelligent and gentle nature and is noted for its docility & common sense and its long history as a hunter and jumper.


Caspian – Iran (Persia)

Thought extinct until 1965, Caspians trace to ancient Persia and predate the Arabian. Small, elegant hot-blooded horses, they average 11 to 12.2 hh. One Breed Standard with Three distinct types: Desert, Hunter, and Steppe. Highly intelligent, free flowing movement, spectacular shoulder action & agility.
Phenomenal jumpers and athletes. Excellent child’s horse, can carry 120 #s.


Akhal-Teke – Turkmenistan

Research suggests they predate the Arabian and influenced the Thoroughbred, the Teke reigned as a war horse supreme in ancient times. Brilliant metallic colors and lithe athletic build, movement is extremely fluid, elastic, and forward moving – Akhal-Tekes are known for speed, endurance, dressage and jumping. Ave 15.2 hh, 900-1000 #s.


Mountain Pleasure – Kentucky, USA

Indigenous to KY’s Appalachian Mnts with roots based in blooded European & Spanish gaited stock, the MPH can trace its beginnings to early KY statehood. Influence American Saddlebred, TN Walking Horse, and the Rocky Mtn. Horse. Naturally gaited – known as the Cadillac of Rides & family horse, -calm, willing, surefooted, outstanding pleasure & trail mount.


Canadian Horse – CANADA

A major player in the development of America, the Canadian was decimated during Civil War nearly to extinctions. The horse American forgot traces it’s ancestry to 17th C. Canada and the French Royal Stables of Brittany and Normandy. Incredibly athletic & kind with abundant muscling, bone, and heavy mane and tail. National horse of Canada. 14-16 hh.


Lippitt Morgan – New England, USA

A foundation strain of the purest traditional Morgan type, Lippitts represent over 200 years of careful linebreeding to retain the bloodlines & type of Justin Morgan’s horse. Ranging from 14.1 to 15.1 hh, with wide pretty heads, well crested necks, and compact builds, Lippitts exude power, grace, and
versatile agility. Native to America and likely related to the older Canadian Horse.


Cleveland Bay – England

Developed first as a packhorse, laster as a coach and heavy hunter, the Cleveland Bay was bred for strength, soundness, and long distance. A warmblood free of TB blood for nearly 200 years, they make an outstand outcross, causing near extinction. Always bay, 16-17 hh, 1200-1550 #s. Calm, dignified, graceful & tractable. Britain’s oldest indigenous horse.


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