SPHO (Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization) of Ohio is a group of Standardbred enthusiasts in the Buckeye state who get together to enjoy our Standardbreds. We promote the breed off the track and educate people about the versatility of the Standardbred. We are one of several clubs in the US promoting Standardbred versatility, and we welcome members and non-members alike to participate in our events.
SPHO of Ohio participates in LOTS of activities throughout the year!
We organize and sponsor:
THREE Shows a year, showcasing our Standardbreds with classes just for them! But also with many open classes for all breeds of horses!
Breed Demonstrations - at Equine Affair and the Kentucky Horse Park
We also get together throughout the year for:
Trail rides - day and weekend!
A Night at the Races
... and anything else we can find to do with our horses!
Standardbreds evolved in North America as people began breeding faster harness horses for racing. Originally, the breed was used for farm and family work, and racing was for recreation.
The founding father of the breed is Hambletonian 10, grandson of Thoroughbred Messenger.
Standardbreds can be fierce competitors on the track, but off the track, they excel in show and pleasure horse pursuits. They are known for their willing temperaments, desire to please, and athletic ability in a wide range of skills under saddle and in harness.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions on SPHO of Ohio and we will be sure to get back with you as quickly as possible!
The mission of SPHO of Ohio is to promote and educate the general public about the Standardbred breed as a versatile and useful pleasure horse before, during, and after any racing career. Read on for more information about our beliefs and objectives.
New Vocations Charity Horse Show
July 6 & 7
Delaware All Horse Parade
Standardbred National Show (NJ)
Delaware Open Horse Show
"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed".
-Ralph Waldo Emerson