Scottsdale, Arizona Arabian Horse Show – Glitz and glamour in the desert

Young horses being judged at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

Young horses being judged at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

There’s more than beautiful horses at the Scottsdale, Arizona Arabian Horse Show. This annual event takes place in the warm desert each February and draws visitors who love horses and those that love the glitz and glamour of the event. It is the largest Arabian horse show in the world and a must-do if you are in Arizona.

Billed as the largest event of its kind in the world, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is held at WestWorld complex in north Scottsdale and attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators. In addition to exciting competitions, gala parties, educational seminars and an international cuisine court, the event features more than 300 vendor booths, offering everything from lavish jewelry, clothing and works of art.

Shopping at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

Shopping at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

The horse show is fun for the whole family. You can take a tour of the barns and see beautiful Arabian stallions. There are events throughout the day. You can gather at the show ring for the judging or watch the owners and their horses prepare for events.

You’ll see Arabian horses judged in competitions ranging from western style, English style and, finally, with their riders in colorful Arabian costume. One of my favorites is dressage. The Arabians, with their arched necks are carefully put through their paces. If you aren’t already a horse show enthusiast, this event will certainly lead you in that direction! You can also learn about different things about horses- from anxiety in horses to their treatment, you shall learn about several things.

Dressage Competition at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

Dressage Competition at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

After enjoying the horses, shop ’til you drop at the vendor tent where you can purchase riding gear and even gifts and fine jewelry. You’ll find everything Arabian at the vendor booths… from paintings of Arabian horses to t-shirts.

The show is a great way to spend a sunny winter day in Scottsdale. There’s something for everyone and you’ll come away with a greater appreciation for this beautiful breed of horse.

More Information
Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show website.
WestWorld Website
Map
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Photo Credit: Elizabeth R. Rose Photography

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