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Arabian Horse Association of Arizona Saddles Up for 52nd Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and Shopping Expo at WestWorld
Show Will See Record Number of Horses Entered This Year
The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and Shopping Expo
Enjoy the beauty, athleticism and elegance of the more then 2,600 Arabian horses on display at the 52nd Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and Shopping Expo held at WestWorld in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona, February 16 – 25, 2007. For more details visit www.scottsdaleshow.com
The Arabian Horse Association of Arizona (AHAA), a non-profit organization, is preparing to kick off one of the largest annual horse shows in the world in Scottsdale, Arizona. The club’s 52nd Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and Shopping Expo begins Friday, February 16th and runs through Sunday, February 25th. Each year, over 2,200 horses enter this event and come from points all over the world to compete for the coveted prize of Scottsdale Champion. AHAA is expecting a record number of more than 2,600 horses to arrive at the showground between now and next Friday. The previous all-time record for number of entries for the show was 2,460 horses set in 1982.
Each year, these amazing, athletic and beautiful Arabian horses compete with each other in a wide variety of classes. Nearly anything you can imagine a horse doing will be on display at this annual Arabian Horse mecca. There are even costume classes in which rider and horse are adorned with wonderfully ornate and elaborate dressings that often speak to the history of this breed as Bedouin mounts.
Along with the engaging performance classes, visitors marvel at the fine arts, crafts, clothing and jewelry in the Shopping Expo adjacent to the main arena. Artisans and entrepreneurs come from large distances to show their hand-made leather goods and offer a wide variety of products and services.
Visitors will also enjoy the variety of food available on the showground. Typically, one can find those rare, but oh-so-delicious, foods like Indian fry bread with powdered sugar or pinto beans and ice cream cones dipped in chocolate. Of course the usual fare exists as well (hot dogs, burritos, hamburgers and such).
While on the grounds, visitors are also welcome to visit the barn areas and ask owners and trainers to see and pet the horses. Those interested in getting up-close to these horses and learning more about them are also encouraged to attend the “Behind The Scenes” tour, or even the Meet An Arabian Horse exhibition (dates and times can be found at the end of this release).
In all, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and Shopping Expo is a fantastic way to spend a great day outdoors and do something different. Families are highly encouraged to attend. The show opens each day to visitors at 8:00 a.m. WestWorld is located just North of Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., and just East of Pima Road in Scottsdale.
Tickets are available each day at the gate, or through Ticketmaster at 480-784-4444. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for Seniors and children 12 and under get in free. Proceeds from the show go to local children’s charities, including Phoenix Children’s Hospital, The March of Dimes and Cox Charities.
For more information on AHAA and the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and Shopping Expo, go to http://www.scottsdaleshow.com.
Visitor Tours and Programs
Meet An Arabian Horse
(In The Round Pen Exhibition Area)
Sun 2/18 @ 10:30 a.m.
Tue 2/20 @ Noon
Wed 2/21 @ Noon
Thurs 2/22 @ Noon
Fri 2/23 @ 10:30 a.m.
Sat 2/24 @ 10:30 a.m.
“Behind the Scenes” Tour
(Meet in the main entrance at the Amateur ATR Booth)
Sunday, 2/18 @ Noon
Monday, 2/19 @ Noon
Friday, 2/23 @ Noon
Saturday, 2/24 @ Noon
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