Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

 Scottsdale Arizona Lifestyle

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

For 58 years running, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has been featuring some of the most magnificent animals you may ever see. From its humble beginnings of showing just 50 horses in its first year, this incredible show is now host to thousands of animals each year. This season’s show consists not only of competitive events, but also commercial exhibitors, educational demonstrations, delectable food of many varieties, and even a stallion auction.

For ten days running from February 14th to the 24th, the action-packed schedule offers a very special experience that animal lovers should not miss. The intense showmanship of Arabian, Half-Arabian (HA), and Anglo-Arabian (AA) horses and their trainers is put on display over hundreds of show categories, skills, and presentations. Activities begin at 7:30 a.m. daily and include Dressage and Sports Horse, Reining, Halter, and other types of categories. Don’t expect your pulse to slow for the duration of this show, but some especially exhilarating championship and noteworthy events are as follows:

Thursday, 2/14

  • Junior Colt, Junior Filly, Senior Mare

Friday, 2/15

  • Arabian and HA Gelding, Filly/Mare
  • Arabian and HA/AA Reining Junior Championships

Saturday, 2/16

  • Arabian Senior Stallion
  • Scottsdale International Arabian Breeders Classic Junior Colt & Filly, Senior Mare and Stallion
  • Youth Halter Showmanship
  • Reining Seat Equitation
  • Western Horsemanship
  • Youth Exhibitor party (6 p.m.)

Sunday, 2/17

  • Hunter and Saddle Seat Equitation
  • HA/AA Reining (Hackamore/Snaffle Bit and Limit Rider)
  • Arabian and HA/AA Sport Horse In-Hand for Filly/Mare, Geldings, Colt/Stallions
  • Arabian and HA/AA Western Trail Horse
  • HA/AA Pleasure including evening finals

Monday, 2/18

  • Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian Junior Filly, Senior Mare, Junior and Senior Gelding
  • Elimination for Yearling Fillies
  • HA/AA various Pleasure styles for junior classes

Tuesday, 2/19

  • HA/AA Mares and Geldings, Arabian Geldings
  • Signature Stallion Auction Championship Yearling Fillies, Colts & Geldings
  • HA/AA Western Pleasure

Wednesday, 2/20

  • Finals for Arabian Yearling Fillies
  • Arabian and HA/AA Pleasure
  • HA/AA Ladies Side Saddle

Thursday, 2/21

  • Signature Stallion Championship Eliminations for Fillies and Colts
  • Western Pleasure Junior and HA/AA Pleasure
  • Platinum Performance $5000 Arabian Liberty Championship
  • Scottsdale Signature Stallion Auction begins at 6 p.m.

Friday, 2/22 

  • Eliminations for Signature Stallion Championship Yearling Colts, Geldings, and Fillies followed by evening finals for Colts/Geldings
  • HA/AA Pleasure and Ladies Side Saddle
  • Arabian Reining Championships
  • Final HA/AA Reining Horse Bitted
  • Exciting evening ceremonies
  • Platinum Performance $5000 Arabian Liberty Championship;
  • HA/AA Pleasure for Junior Horse classes
  • Arabian Mounted Native Costume Championship.
  • Arabian Reining Futurity Classic Final

Saturday, 2/23

  • Finals for Signature Stallion Championship Colts and Fillies
  • Finals for Signature Stallion Auction Championship Yearling Fillies
  • Eliminations for Western and Hunter Pleasure
  • HA/AA Ladies Side Saddle
  • Hunter Hack Over Fences and Under Saddle
  • HA/AA Reining Futurity Classic Final 

Sunday, 2/24:


  • Sunday is the icing on this event’s cake; and certainly the most exciting day to attend!
  • Morning: Championships for various groups of the Scottsdale Arabian Classic, including the Supreme Classic Champion
  • Afternoon: Scottsdale Signature Stallion Championship Classic Finals for various classes
  • Medal awards presentation
  • Parade of Champions (noon)

This absolutely thrilling event will be held at Westworld of Scottsdale, a spectacular facility that serves to further highlight such fierce competition and displays of equine beauty. Tickets range from $10-25 per day, with free admittance for children under 12, and can be purchased online or at the gate. Dedicated fans can purchase tickets for the entire show for $50 at the gate or box seats for $250 by calling the AHAA at 480-515-1500. For those who aren’t fortunate enough to live in the Scottsdale area, luxury accommodations are nearby. Horse lovers and showmanship fans alike should consider the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show a must-see.