Added Cash Again

In 2023, we will once again be adding $200 cash money to every Championship class-$100 to exhibitor and $100 to trainer. Plus, each Championship class will also have $200 for a random winner-$100 to exhibitor and $100 to trainer.

Key Contacts

Show Secretary:  Ms. Beth Snider; Shelbyville, KY; 502-314-7960

Horse Show Manager:  Mr. Dan Shirley; Simpsonville, SC


2023 JD Massey classic Show Classic will be april 12-15, 2023

Prize List and Entry Link

The 2023 Prize List and Entry Form is now available in the Prize List/Forms tab.The link for entries on Horse Shows Online is here.

Welcome! The 2023 JD Massey Classic will be Wednesday through Saturday, April 12th through 15th for the 89th edition. We're so excited to welcome you back to the beautiful Upstate of South Carolina. We will have a full schedule of American Saddlebred, Hackney Pony, Roadster, and Equitation classes. We're a USEF Lite show and an ASHBA Star Show. This means that you can trust that this will be a safe and fair competition.

AJ Bruwer of Versailles, KY will serve as judge for all Saddlebred, Hackney Pony, Roadster, and Equitation classes, as well as for Saturday morning's Academy classes.

Unfortunately, the JD Massey Classic will not be hosting Friesian classes or the IFSHA Region 4 Championships due to lack of sufficient participation numbers in the past several years. We are very appreciative of our Friesian friends participation in the past years.

The Board and Officials of the JD Massey Classic Appreciate Your Patronage


Sarah Bennett is the official photographer for JD Massey. Sarah is well known throughout our industry and we are excited to have her bringing her talents to our show. Sarah's web site is

In April 2023, the JD Massey Classic Horse Show celebrates its 90th year.  The original event, which started in June 1933, was known as The Greenville Horse Show.  The founding members' determination for the "show to go on" continued its success even during World War II.  This year's event, heralded as one of the longest continually running American Saddlebred shows in the country, is a reflection of similar determination.


EventMix and its sponsors will provide a free webcast of all sessions of the 2021 JD Massey Classic at

JD Massey Classic

useful info

USEF Competition Lite

Owners and riders are not required to be members of the Federation, but any competing member, 18 or older must have completed the SafeSport Training prior to the first day of competition. Anyone signing as trainer on the entry form, must be a competing member of USEF and must have completed the SafeSport Training prior to the first day of competition. Drug fees are not charged at a Competition Lite show, but any horse is subject to testing. Medication forms must be filed electronically.
Lite Competitions will award half-value HOTY points to all USEF recorded horses, whose owner is a competing member.

It does not seem possible but 2023 will be the first year of the JD Massey Classic without Mr. Vernon Atkinson. Until his passing on April 22, 2022, Vernon had been to every show except two when he was serving in the US Army Rangers in World War II and 2022 when he watched online. In the speech that accompanied his induction into the JD Massey Classic Hall of Fame in 2019, he said he'd charge through the pearly gates on an exciting five-gaited American Saddlebred. We'll miss you and always remember you, Vernon.

Added Classes

Added classes are:

13 ASB 3 Gaited Country Pleasure Masters 60+

44 ASB Three Year Old Three Gaited

55.1 Opportunity Driving

74 ASB 5 Gaited Show Pleasure Novice Horse

95.1 Opportunity Driving Championship

107 ASB Select Series Three Gaited Show Pleasure Amateur/Jr Exhibitor Championship

We've also split the following classes in 14-17 and 13 and Under classes:

Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure Stake  (165 and 165A)

Junior Exhibitor Three Gaited Qualifier (59 and 59A) and Stake (150 and 150A)

Also, at the request of UPHA, we will have Five Gaited and Three Gaited qualifier and stakes for riders aged 60+.