Any horse show is an exhibition of ponies and horses. A horse show is always has a judge to judge it. At the show, you can see many different horse breeds and a lot of unique disciplines. The concerts are held all around the world,and they are pretty competitive, from local to international levels. The event lasts one to three days, but sometimes even longer. Most horse shows can show you many different performances that are usually called classes, where groups of horses or ponies, with same training or characteristics, compete against one another. There are a lot of awards and prize money for the best of the best.
North American Horse Show Classes:
- Class I – The English riding class: there are two primary styles – hunt seat (Sports horse class that include dressage show jumping and hunters, horse trials.The event is judged based on several presentations, etc.) and saddle seat (Saddle type classes are all on the flat and represent variations on English Pleasure)
- Stock horse or western, the competition has cattle events,like team penning, working cow horse in the USA, camp drafting in Australia and cutting. They also have “dry” classes that include pleasure from western
- Horse pulling and Rodeos competitions are not technically horse shows, but they are competitive events, often with a great deal of prize money.
The Scottsdale Arizona Arabian Horse Show is held annually in Scottsdale, Arizona, and it is the world’s largest Arabian horse show. The first show was held in 1955 with just 50 horses and a dozen owners. Now, it has grown to more than 2,200 horses and 1,300 owners. The show is a huge fundraiser and has gifted millions of money to the different institution.
Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Guide:
- Barn tours – These barns are the animals’ locker rooms. Trainers, riders,and owners gather inside, where there are leather couches and big-screen TVs in the front and pristine stalls in the rear. Visitors can tour the barns to learn about the breeds and what it takes to get ready for competition.
- Meet an Arabian – This is the equivalent of a fan fest where horse lovers can pose for photos atop an Arabian.
- Star players – Every competition has its most valuable player. Among the competitors for Scottsdale Supreme Champion is Van Gogh AM, who picked up champion titles in France and Belgium and is owned by Prince Abdullah bin Fahad al-Saud of Saudi Arabia and sired by international champion Magnum Psyche.
- Essential trainers – Every champion has a coach to bring out his or her best qualities. Star trainers include David Boggs, founder,and owner of Midwest Arabians, who has worked with some of the world’s most decorated horses. Boggs will show horses in the halter classes. Another star trainer in halter/breeder classes is Michael Byatt, of Michael Byatt Arabians in Houston, who has trained champion Arabians owned by princes.
- Scottsdale Signature Stallion Auction – The show’s equivalent of draft day is this evening auction. Participants sit at tables covered in white linen and become downright rowdy as the bidding starts on breeding rights to potential superstars. Bidding on about 150 stallions’ stud services begins at $1,000 and often climbs much higher.
- Mounted Native Costume – Athletic competitors have uniforms, and the Scottsdale Arizona Arabian Horse Show is no different. In the Mounted Native Costume event, riders and horses wear traditional flowing capes, coats, headdresses, scarves, sashes and other adornments. Mounted Native Costume classes are in preparation for the final week of the show.
- Superstar power – In the halter/breeder classes, also known as the beauty pageant of the horse world, judges look for the key attributes that set the Arabian apart from other breeds — large, dark, expressive eyes; a tapering muzzle; large nostrils; and a broad, broad forehead. The horse’s spirit in the ring and the quality of its skin, coat,and grooming also are judged. Halter and breeder classes are in shows throughout the week.
Here are highlights from the 2017 show: