Barbara Blackwelder Humanitarian Award


Criteria for winning

To be awarded to an ASAC Member recognized for their special humanitarian deeds 

The nominee should be a person whose philosophy and attitude is centered on the values, potentials and interest of others

Someone who has gone the extra mile to introduce and promote ASAC, Horse Shows and the love for the American Saddlebreds

Who is the award named after
Barbara Blackwelder loved the American Saddlebred Horse and horse shows! From the time Barbara and her husband Jim purchased a Saddlebred named "Floyd" for their daughter Julie to show in Country Pleasure, the lifestyle of the Blackwelders changed rapidly. Jim and Barbara purchased Floyd from Marshall Porter, owner of the successful Porter's Riding Club. A short time later, Mr. Porter decided to retire and sell the riding club. Jim and Barbara were part of a group that bought the enterprise.

Hundreds of kids throughout the Charlotte area will remember Barbara as the lady who took up the money for their riding lessons. From then on, two things were certain; the first was that every time Julie and Floyd entered the show ring, Barbara was on the rail cheering them on to countless blue ribbons. Secondly, every August there was a brown van making its way to Louisville for the World's Championship Horse Show where Barbara would sit through every session to make sure she didn't miss a minute of the action.


In 1980, Barbara was elected Treasurer of the American Saddlebred Association of the Carolinas (ASAC) where she served for fifteen years. The Barbara Blackwelder Humanitarian Award is presented at the ASAC Convention in her memory. Barbara was always known as the lady who did quiet deeds for others. She did so many behind the scene tasks for the betterment of ASAC and the Saddlebred industry. She always wanted to help other people. Barbara never did any deed to gain recognition; she enjoyed helping others and did them because she wanted to ensure it was a job well done!


Who nominates: General Membership
How this winner is selected: Voted on by the ASAC Board of Directors

All nominees must be submitted with a statement using the above criteria of why they are to be considered for the Barbara Blackwelder Humanitarian Award. Nominees without a statement will not be considered. Nominator and Nominee must both be ASAC members. Please note, awards cannot be won twice in a five-year period. 

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