59th annual event runs Feb. 13-23, 2014
Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show will celebrate its 59th birthday in North Scottsdale Feb. 13-23.
The largest of its kind in the world, the show draws hundreds of thousands of horse lovers each year to WestWorld, and attracts more than 2,400 of the world’s finest Arabian and half-Arabian horses.
“These magnificent, versatile, user-friendly animals and their owners will gather from around the world to compete for over $1 million in prize monies in more than 640 colorful classes,” says Taryl O’Shea, executive director, Arabian Horse Association of Arizona.
The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is also a shopper’s paradise. Almost as famous for its commercial exhibits area—overflowing with treasures, baubles, bangles and beads—the Scottsdale show features more than 300 vendors and trade booths, offering everything from lavish jewelry, clothing and works of art to boots, saddles, gifts and trinkets.
Tempting international cuisine courts, demonstrations and educational seminars compete for visitors’ attention with the exotically decorated stabling areas.
The show is also a highly successful fundraiser put on by the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona. Over the years, millions of dollars have gone to worthy charities, including the Cox Charities and March of Dimes.
Tickets to the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.
Top 9 Tips
1. Watch the exciting Gamblers Choice, where Arabians and half-Arabian horses race around the arena jumping obstacles for points. The horse with the most points and no penalties within the time limit is declared the champion (6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22).
2. Enjoy the Arabian and Half-Arabian Mounted Native Costume class, as riders and horses dress in traditional desert regalia and gallop around the arena. Competitions are offered each day.
3. Check out some of the best Reining Futurity at Scottsdale, where young horses will compete for more than $130,000 in prize money.
4. The $5,000 Arabian Freestyle Liberty Class showcases Arabian horses set free in a music-filled arena, without saddles or bridles. Classes will be offered Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, with the finals staged on Saturday evening, Feb. 22.
5. Bring the kids to Youth Lead Line Class, where young children get a chance to make their début in the show ring at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.
6. Elaborate barn displays adorn many of the main barns; sign up for a personally guided tour of the show in the main entrance.
7. The world’s most prestigious Arabian Horses compete for the coveted title of Scottsdale Supreme Halter Champion (10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23).
8. Take part in educational seminars on such topics as pro training tricks and how the Scottsdale Police Department train their horses.
9. On the final weekend of the show, families will be admitted for free to watch the show at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20.