Photos courtesy of the Arabian Horse Association
The Arabian Horse Association of Arizona proudly announces the much-anticipated return of the Arabian National Breeder Finals at the Equidome of WestWorld in Scottsdale. Scheduled from Wednesday, Sept. 13 to Saturday, Sept. 16, this premier event promises to spotlight the pinnacle of Arabian horse breeding in an unparalleled setting.
“We eagerly anticipate the 2023 Arabian National Breeder Finals and warmly welcome the international Arabian community and enthusiasts,” says Melissa Schalles, executive director of the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona. “This boutique-style horse event encompasses both breeding and performance competitions. It’s an excellent spectacle for those unfamiliar with Arabian horses, ensuring entertainment for both longtime aficionados and newcomers to the equine world.”
Conceived from an enduring passion for the Arabian horse, the Arabian National Breeder Finals provides a thrilling platform for these majestic animals to compete. This year’s event will emphasize an elite halter/breeding showcase, promising prize money, prestige, and unparalleled opportunities for breeders and Arabian horse lovers. With up to 300 horses vying for the top spot, this competition stands out as the equine equivalent of the Westminster dog show.
The finals encompass diverse performances or “classes.” Participants include some of the world’s best Arabian and halter horses, competing for over $85,000 in prize money and the much-coveted title of “Finals Champion.”
Schalles adds, “The array of classes this year is particularly exciting. The Liberty Class showcases horses running free, riderless in the arena. The Weanlings Class spotlights horses aged between 3 to 6 months. And, of course, the Performance and Arabian Native Costume Classes never fail to captivate the audience.”
Beneficiaries of the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona’s charitable endeavors include the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund, Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Refuge, Hoofbeatz USA, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, March of Dimes, Scottsdale Community College Equine Science program, and Youth for Troops, among others.
The event will also feature exhibitors presenting jewelry, clothing, equestrian art, and a variety of food and beverages. The Arabian National Breeder Finals takes place at the Equidome at WestWorld, located at 16601 N. Pima Rd. in Scottsdale. Entry is complimentary. For more details, visit scottsdaleshow.com.