• Standardbred Racing in Harness

The Standardbred

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An affordable riding and driving option.

Discover why Standardbreds aren’t just for racing anymore! Since 1980 the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of Maine (SPHO-ME) has been retraining and promoting these horses to demonstrate their versatility in pleasure riding and driving. Explore our website using the menu on the left to learn more about this wonderful breed.


All Standardbreds deserve the opportunity to live a full, complete life in a safe environment.


The mission of the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of Maine is to encourage promotion of the Standardbred for pleasure riding and driving. SPHO-ME serves its membership by supporting programs that further the responsible ownership of Standardbreds, and encourages the use of these horses for non-racing purposes. We strive to educate the public about the breed’s natural athletic ability, versatility and level-headed temperament.

Our events include horse shows, educational programs, clinics, trail rides, demonstrations, and the annual World of Horses equine performance show.


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