SUMMARY OF ARABIAN HORSE SHOWS NATIONWIDE
(for Arabian purebred, half Arabian & Anglo-Arabian horses)
The levels of Arabian Horse Shows can seem confusing, but is actually well-ordered. There are of course tons of local and community shows for the beginning level, then there are many, many class A Arabian Horse shows,open to everyone, that allow one to quality for the Regional shows, which then allow one to qualify for the National shows. There have been National Arabian horse shows for the US and for Canada since 1958.
There are now four separate national Arabian horse shows , for Youth , for the Sport Horse , For Canada, and then the for the US, plus a national endurance or distance competition. The US National Arabian Championships
are held each year in Tulsa, Oklahoma.Arabian competitions include practically every discipline that exists --
HALTER ( regular, sport horse, futurity).
HUNT SEAT ( working hunter, pleasure, equitation , sport horse show hack and under saddle, English show hack, and jumping).
DRESSAGE ( traditional levels and western).
SADDLE SEAT ( pleasure, park, equitation, country and English pleasure).
WESTERN PLEASURE AND WESTERN WORKING ( cutting, reining , both English and Western Trail, Working and Reined Cow Horse, Ranch Sorting, herd work, etc).
DRIVING ( pleasure and country pleasure, carriage pleasure and informal combination).
COSTUME AND LADIES SIDESADDLE are also very frequent classes.REGIONAL ARABIAN HORSE SHOWS
Covering all of the United States and part of Canada, the Arabian Horse Association is comprised of eighteen set regions, so there are 18 Regional Championship events. The boundaries for these regions were determined by the actual Arabian horse population, so some regions are smaller or larger geographically, and some are even comprised of many states.
Many of the Regional championships also offer a pre-qualifiying show prior to the beginning of the championship classes to give those who have not qualified a chance to do so.Region One Championship All Arabian Horse Shows
are held each year at the San Diego County Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California and this region covers both Southern California and Hawaii.Region Two
-- at the Earl Warren Show Grounds, Sana Barbara, CA and this region covers central California. The borders extend from the Salinas area in the North to the San Fernando Valley in the South and from the Pacific Ocean on the West to the California/Nevada border in the East. Region Three
-- at the Murieta Equestrian Center, Rancho Murieta, CA and this region covers from San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean on the West to the Eastern California border and parts of Western Nevada. To the Northern California border and South to the Watsonville and Morgan Hill.
-- in Nampa, Idaho and this region includes Oregon and Southern Idaho.Region Five
-- at the Evergreen Equestrian Park Monroe, WA and the area covered is Alaska, Washington, Northern Idaho, and Western Montana.
-- at the Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, S.D and the area covered is Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming.Region Seven
-- held annually at Westworld, 16601 N. Pima Road Scottsdale AZ and this region encompasses Nevada, Utah, and Arizona.Region Eight
-- National Western Events Center, Denver, Co and thie area encompassed is New Mexico, El Paso, TX, Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska. The region also offers an Arabian SportHorse Championship
at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, Ft. Worth, TX and this region encompasses Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana.Region Ten
-- at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, in St. Paul, and contains the area of both Minnesota and Wisconsin. The region also offers an Arabian Dressage and Sport Horse championship
at the Waukesha Country Expo Grounds, Waukesha, WI.Region Eleven
-- at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Illinois and covers Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. The region also offers Trail & Western Riding classes Off-Site in St. Louis, MO, plus the Sport Horse & Hunter Jumper Off-Site in Springfield, IL. Region Twelve
-- at Georgia National Fairgrounds, Perry Georgia, and this region encompasses North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.Region Thirteen
-- with the traditional classes at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, and the sport type (dressage, hunters and sport horse division
)held at the Hoosier Horse Classic the third weekend of June at the Hoosier Horse Park in Edinburgh, IN. Area covered is both Indiana and Michigan.Region Fourteen
-- held annually at The Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington KY, along with the Silverama shows
. The region covers Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.Region Fifteen
-- at the Virginia Horse Center, Lexington Virginia and the area encompassed is Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.Region Sixteen
-- at the NY State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY, and the region includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.Region Seventeen
-- at Stampede Park, Calgary Alberta, with the region covering all of Western Canada and comprised of four provinces - Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba & Saskatchewan, and three northern territories - Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the Yukon.Region Eighteen
-- at Western Fair District, London , Ontario with the region covering all of Eastern Canada, up to the Ontario/Manitoba border.THE DISCIPLINE OF REINING IN ARABIAN SHOWS - ARHA
It has only been since 1998 that a reining association has existed for Arabians, but the ARHA ‘is’ affiliated with the national reining association (NHRA). From the get-go, the format for judging has wisely included style and a certain difficulty of performance and technical skill and this professionalism gained immediate approval of owners, riders and audience.
This is one of the fastest growing disciplines for Arabians, and the fact of the Arabian Reining Futurity with its prize money compliments the sheer fun of participating in the discipline.CUTTING IN ARABIAN COMPETITIONS - TACHA
The athletic abilities of the Arabian in western working classes is evident in the cutting pen, and this discipline added to Arab events heightens and broadens the depth of the showing and the interest of all involved. The conformation of the Arabian lends itself to cow work, from flexibility to hock placement ( low to the ground) , to strength of back, loin and stifle which allow a hard stop! Many breeders and owners are sold on the Arab as being very gifted in cutting, so more and more competitions are ‘happening”. FIND ARABIAN SHOWS AND CLASSES
By using our search tool at the top of the page, select Arabian as breed of course, then in the offered disciplines, select halter, or Western pleasure, or any type of class offered, then click to find, and you will be given a list of shows that offer the type of class you are looking for! The success of this endeavor of course requires that the shows who enter ads also take the time to checkmark the disciplines for which they offer classes or the types of classes themselves. Many have done so, and hopefully something so useful to both shows and exhibitors will grow.