A standardbred pacer racing in a traditional harness race.  A trotter would be equipped similarly with changes to accommodate their different gait. - Geri Schwarz photo.

A standardbred pacer racing in a traditional harness race.  A trotter would be equipped similarly with changes to accommodate their different gait. - Geri Schwarz photo.

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.  

A standardbred trotter racing under saddle.  While the rider looks similar to a jockey, there are differences in how they ride.

A standardbred trotter racing under saddle.  While the rider looks similar to a jockey, there are differences in how they ride.

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.

While both gaits are acceptable for traditional harness racing, only horses who race 'on the trot' are allowed to race in sanctioned RUS events.

For further information on RUS, click here.