from ASHA website — Sept. 21, 2018
Along with his career as a show horse, Sammie finds time to be an ambassador of the breed in the Houston, Texas area. His versatility, kindness, and beauty have made him "the horse of choice" to represent the American Saddlebred in Houston. Sammie regularly serves the American Saddlebred and Houston community as a participant in the following events- Blue Bonnet Equine Humane Society Horse Expo, Pin Oak Charity Horse Show's Education Day, 2018 Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Publicity Campaign, Political and Charitable fundraising efforts, senior citizen living farm tours and demonstrations of breed introductions and equine anatomy education at Vantage Point Farm camps. As a result of these events, he often exposes groups of 150 to 250 individuals to the American Saddlebred breed at each setting.In true American Saddlebred fashion, Sammie does not stop there! Sammie participated in the 2018 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo which is one of the largest public livestock and agriculture events in the United States. More than 2 million people were in attendance over the course of the event where the livestock and horse show drew 33, 949 entries from across Texas and the United States. Sammie was the only American Saddlebred on the grounds and he was exhibited by Sydney Young to a remarkable third place finish in the Hunter Under Saddle class at the event’s All Breed Youth Show. They competed against 17 entries and had a three judge panel, which were all Quarter Horse officials. The team came away with not only one first place vote, but Sammie was the highest placing non-quarter horse in the competition. In addition to his success in the show ring, he made an unequivocal impression on the other exhibitors, judges and spectators. This horse of a “different breed” gained countless fans at the rodeo with his personality, elegance and intelligence. He won more hearts with every spectator who made a visit to his stall door during the event. Truly an amazing contribution and true diplomat!