One of the best places in the world to see Arabians in action is in our own backyard, at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, which will celebrate its 65th annual event at WestWorld on February 13–23, 2020. From its modest beginnings with 50 horses in 1955—on the grounds of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel—the show draws a global audience and has grown to more than 2,400 horses, 300,000 spectators, and more than $2.5 million in prize money. Famous attendees have included Steve Young, Patrick Swayze, Al Jardine, Tanya Tucker, Mike Nichols, Wayne Newton, Armand Assante, Madonna, Shakira, Bo Derrick, Shania Twain, and Charlie Watts just to name a few.
In addition to showing off the skills and beauty of about 1,000 classes of horses, this year's show will include popular additions to last year's show will be back again, including pony rides, and a petting zoo. As always, people can participate in the meet-a-horse program, sitting on an Arabian and getting a free photo taken while wearing native attire, while the behind-the-scenes barn tour gives attendees an opportunity to meet competitors and their horses.
"For 65 years, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has brought the most amazing horses and people from around the world to Scottsdale," says executive director Taryl O'Shea. "Each year, we try to build upon what has worked in order to make it a fun family event. Scottsdale is a destination that people want to come to, with nice resorts, great restaurants, and the best shopping. It fits nicely with what the Arabian horse people want—a unique experience where they can be a part of something special. In addition, over the history of this event, we've helped Scottsdale weather some tough economic times."