What is RUS?
RUS is short for Racing Under Saddle, also known in Europe as Monté racing. Racing under saddle is a style of racing using standardbreds, the same breed of horses used in harness racing.
In fact, some horses race both ways; the traditional form of racing where the horse races in a sulky with a driver and RUS, where the horse races instead with a rider and no sulky. The fact standardbreds have the ability to race in both styles of racing is a testament to the versatility of the breed.
In traditional harness racing, horses who race on the pace (pacers) or the trot (trotters) compete against horses who race on the same gait with there being more pacing events than trotters.
Prior to 2019, only horses who raced 'on the trot' were allowed to race in sanctioned RUS events. Since then, both trotters and pacers are allowed to race under saddle, with horses racing against others with the same gait.
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