A relatively new breed, its registry was establish in 1981. National
Show Horses come from crosses between Arabians and and other breeds (the horse must be at least 50% Arabian to qualify for registration). They have a
refined head, long elegant neck, high-set tail, a straight or concave profile,and small
ears. The registry has many standards for the appearance and capabilities of the
horse. Typically, a NSH stands between 14.3 and 16.2 hands in height. NSH come
in a variety of color and can be grey, bay, black, chestnut and even palomino or pinto in
color. NSH is predominatly ridden saddle seat. With training NSH can be five
gaited: walk, trot, canter, slow gait, and rack. They are a diverse bred and also do
well in western riding, dressage, showjumping, endurance, and harness.
The Breed Standard Definition, is published at this link by the National Show Horse Registry.