Southern Saddlebred started out as an auction in April, 2012. Scarlett Mattson had the idea of adding a horse show along with the sale, and so we did. We discontinued the sales after the second year, but continued offering 2 shows for Saddlebreds, Hackneys and Roadsters. In 2021, the Fall Finale show was discontinued, but the Spring Fling show continues to grow at the Cooper Steel arena in Shelbyville, TN.
As horse trainers, we've been regular supporters of horse shows for over 30 years. We decided from the beginning, if we were going to host horse shows, we were going to be sure that they were FUN and FRIENDLY. Starting with the way we communicate with trainers prior to the show, to the way you are treated from the time you arrive until the last class on Saturday night, our goal is to make your week with us as easy and pleasant as possible. Our hospitality is second to none starting with a Welcome Luncheon, breakfast daily, beer and wine nightly, and a nice Exhibitor Dinner on Friday night. Jackie dots every i, crosses every t, and the Hales make themselves available to insure your experience is a good one.