• Standardbred Racing in Harness

The Standardbred

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 recruitment, retraining, placement, and promotion of the Standardbred’s versatility for pleasure purposes before, during, and after harness racing careers. The SPHO-ME serves its membership by providing and promoting programs that will ensure responsible ownership of Standardbreds.


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