One of the Greatest Pageants of the Year in Arizona!
Since 1955 the Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has set the pace in the Arabian horse world. The first show was held at the grounds of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel which was a beautiful setting for a horse show. The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show was a first class show from the very first day.
Since that time, the show has been held at Westworld in Scottsdale. It has grown from 50 horses to nearly 2400 horses bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world competing for a chance at winning. A win at Scottsdale can mean big money in the breeding barns.
If you are a first time attendee, you will want to choose a day that features the horses and riders in full Arabian Costume. The pageantry is truly magical, transporting both rider and observer to another world. The facility accommodates multiple competitions at the same time, with grandstand seating. There is a spacious sales pavilion featuring horse and rider themed clothing and a wide array of horse-themed jewelry and casual clothing featuring a lot of “bling.” There many options for food and drink, as you are not permitted to bring your own libations into the property.
The other “must see” adventure available to visitors are the behind the scenes Barn tours. Owners and trainers open their facilities to the awe of the visiting public, educating about the intricacies of the Arabian breed and the process of training, grooming and nurturing championship contenders.
The Arabian Horse Association of Arizona’s website has the full range of scheduled events, and you can purchase your tickets in advance. Also listed are the times for the Barn tours—space is limited for these popular tours, and prior reservation is required.
The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is held at West World, 16601 North Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260