History

A hoosier tradition for over 50 years!

The Classic was 
originally a part of the Indiana State Fair, which has a 
long tradition of Saddle Horse competition dating back 
to the 1890’s. In the years after World War II, the 
”Society Horse Show”, as the Classic was then known, 
grew in size and importance. Audiences flocked to the 
Coliseum where Jan Garber’s orchestra accompanied the 
equine stars of the era and fans cheered legendary 
champions like Wing Commander, The Lemon Drop 
Kid and Lady Carrigan.

By the 1980’s, the All American Horse Classic had 
acquired its present name and a reputation for excellence. The show became home to the American 
Saddlebred National Sweepstakes, the second and richest 
jewel in the Triple Crown of horse shows. Founded by 
Hall of Fame horseman Bill Wise, the ASHA 
Sweepstakes program has awarded over $3 million in 
purses since its inception.

“the Greatest Horse Show ever seen in Indianapolis” See the history of the coliseum

Indiana Horseman’s Hall of Fame