Miniature horse show gallops into West world

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They are small, but mighty! We're talking about miniature horses. The Arizona Touch of Class Miniature Horse Show is galloping into WestWorld this weekend.

The “Kick-Off Arizona Miniature Horse Show” event will be held Thursday March 19, 2015, in Arena 3 at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

Then the 28th Annual Arizona Touch of Class Miniature Horse Show will follow on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22. The event will include 100 approved classes including halter, driving, obstacle, liberty, costume, jumping, and roadster categories for adults and youth entries. The event is free.

Each show will have three judges from around the U.S. to select the top winners in conformation, behavior, performance and showmanship of the miniatures.

On Tuesday's Good Morning Arizona, we spoke to Ron and Joanne Souza from the TLC Miniature Horse Farm. They have been in the miniature horse business for 22 years.

In 2007 they started up the “Arizona Mini Mystique Precision Miniature Driving Team,” which has performed throughout the U.S. and in Canada. They have also been in the Pasadena Parade of Roses.

The Souzas' specialty is training and performing with their miniatures in cart and harness. On March 21, they will be performing in the “Carriage Driving Demonstration” during the lunch intermission. Drivers and horses in carts will drive around obstacles and cones. On March 22, the Arizona Mini Mystique team will perform for the spectators.

Miniature horses from Arizona and the surrounding states of California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas will be competing for awards and points to earn eligibility for the AMHA World Show in the fall.

Shows start at 8 a.m. daily and run until 7 p.m. Also on the grounds will be food and refreshments and various vendors.

For show info: (602) 577-7618.


You can see what the Touch of Class show is all about on youtube: