Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
Enjoy the Splendor of the Show and of Scottsdale this February
Majestic and glorious, the Arabian is a breed like no other – horse lovers all across the globe are nodding in agreement. If you have any affinity for this breed – or horses in general for that matter – then plan a trip to feast your eyes on their splendor at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show in Arizona.
Schedule of Events
The 57th annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and Shopping Expo will occur from February 16-26, 2012 at WestWorld on the north side of town. Hundreds of thousands of patrons attend the event each year. The slew of events start at 8 a.m. each day and continue through the evening hours.
Watch breed and presentation competitions, drop-in on gala parties and attend educational seminars throughout the ten day event. Satisfy cravings at the international cuisine court, then check out what more than 300 vendors have to offer in the way of art, jewelry, clothing and more.
Every day of the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show you’ll find arenas full of ongoing presentations of breath-taking horses you won’t be able to take your eyes off of. Class divisions number in the hundreds, so you’re certain to find something to watch at every turn, at every hour of the day. Among the many class events you may want to attend, consider the following:
- Signature Stallion Championship
- Arabian Hunter Pleasure Championship
- Scottsdale Arabian Classic
- Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Sport Horse In-Hand
- Arabian Cutting Horse
- Arabian Working Cow Horse Championship
- Arabian Country Pleasure Driving Championship
Tickets, available at TicketMaster or at the door, are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors – children 12 and under are free. Admission includes attendance at any of the class events of your choosing through the day of entry, but refreshments and vendor goods are an extra cost.
Breeders Classic Scoring
If you’re looking to enter your Arabian horse in the competition, entry forms are available on the Arabian Horse of Arizona website. Scoring varies per event, but to get a general idea of how the process works, the Scottsdale International Arabian Breeders Classic (IABC) uses the Arabian Breeders World Cup Scoring System in the following categories, with each receiving a score of 10 to 20 points:
- Arabian Type
- Neck and Shoulder
- Body and Topline
- Feet and Legs
Each judge has a total possible score to provide of 120 points to each horse, with the highest and lowest scores from the five-member judging panel eliminated to determine the horse’s total score, with a total of 360 points possible. The highest adjusted score in each class is the winner.
Stay for the Entire Show
If you’re a horse lover, and are especially drawn to the Arabian breed, then why not make a vacation out of attending the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Secure a Scottsdale vacation rental near the WestWorld for easy access to the event location, and spend the evenings relaxing in comfort with your family. Take a day or two to enjoy the sights and sounds of Scottsdale and nearby Phoenix too – you won’t be disappointed.
Come expecting to be wooed by these beautiful horses, and leave with a new appreciation not only for the Arabian breed, but for the trainers and riders who cherish it, too.