- the Scottsdale Show
- the American Nationals (once held in Albuquerque, now in Tulsa, alternating years with Kentucky.)
- the Canadian Nationals
Last week, I attended on Thursday night, seeing only three classes, but what great classes they were!
Although there's nothing as excited as watching almost two dozen galloping Arabians in full native costume, it's hard to take good photographs. Yes, they do ask for hand gallops several times during the class, along with the walk, trot, and canter, and the entire audience whoops and hollers as their favorite horses race around.
These are teenagers riding, mind you.
Here is a long shot of the full arena. Look at all the flags representing stables and countries.
This happy lady was named Grand Champion.
These kids were waiting to be awarded ribbons for a competition. I love the poses of the little girl in the yellow shirt.
The next class up is the mare halter class. You would think that a halter class would be boring but in the Arabian horse world, even halter is exciting. The audience whoops and hollers as the horses
I thought this boy was well turned out with his matching suit and exquisitely groomed mare. It's too bad they both have funny looks on their faces- candid camera!!
This young woman stood on her tiptoes to get the most out of her mare, probably because she was so tiny. I guess it helped; just look at that pose.
I liked this girl's hair. Her ponytail reminded me of her horse's tail.
And the Grand Champion was awarded to my favorite, the pretty mare with the tilty head!! And to make it even better, she's from New Mexico!
I admit that I was very surprised to see that the mare and boy in white didn't win, not disappointed, only surprised.
The last class of the night, Park horse, is another exciting, very high energy class! These horses are shown at the walk, trot, canter, and PARK trot.
I watched from above as they blitzed past me into the arena.
Look at the markings on this gray horse. It's like a blaze in reverse! Crazy, huh?
These horses have incredible leg and foot action as evidenced by the next couple of photos.
Try to imagine this line up with horses' flanks heaving, heads bobbing up and down, bits chomping, and riders holding their breath.
The top ten were announced and awarded their ribbons and then the Reserve and National Champions were announced but they moved too fast for good photos. And then it was time to go home.
To be continued...