62nd Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
February 15th, 2017
The annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show returns for its 62nd year this February. The world’s largest Arabian show will run from February 16-26 and will once again feature the best of Arabian horse breeding.
The show is held at WestWorld Scottsdale and, according to AZ Big Media there will be 2,500 horses at the show competing for the many Scottsdale Champion prizes. Different categories include the Scottsdale Signature Stallion Class, Dressage Championship Class, Breeders Club Class, and many more.
The annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show was first started in 1955 and was originally held on the grounds of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. The following year the show moved to its current location. Every year the show has expanded, the number of horses involved has increased from 50 to 2000, and it is now regarded as one of the premier horse shows in the world and is even regarded by some as the Super Bowl of the Arabian world. The event will also feature more than 300 vendor booths alongside competitions, gala parties, seminars, and cuisines from around the globe. Other animals also get a look in with dog demonstrations and talks on wildlife.
Entertainer Mag spoke to Taryl O’Shea, the show’s executive director, about why Arabian horses are so popular. “Arabians are the best horses on the planet. It’s the only breed that I would ever own. They are so smart and loving and beautiful they are just amazing.” She goes on to call the Arabian breed the “golden retriever of the horse world” due to their loyalty towards humans. O’Shea also spoke of how the show is not just about the competitions but also the education. She created several attractions that promote human and animal interactions such as “Meet a Horse”, and “Behind the Barn Tour”. Both attractions are designed to give the public a greater understanding of the Arabian breed.
The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show embraces the culture and history of Arabian horses and Bedouin riders through daily shows. The riders and horses will wear traditional costumes that can cost anywhere upward of $20,000. The Arabian breed is considered “royalty or the most prized possession” according to O’Shea who informed that the breed is hugely popular and sought after in the Middle East and Europe.
Horse breeding and racing in the Middle East is considered as important and popular as racing in Europe and America. Events such as the Dubai World Cup are covered in-depth across the world, especially in the UK. Racing site Betfair, famous for covering prestigious events such as the Grand National, hold the DWC in high regard, and preview it every year. The attendance of shows like the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show demonstrate that the public interest in horse racing is always growing. Where once racing was seen as an elitist sport now it is much more open as the international community grows.
The show is a family event that is geared to ensuring that as many people as possible become interested in Arabian horses, horse racing and breeding. The Arabian breed will be rightly celebrated at the 62nd Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show.
By: Adrian Shaw