Arabian Horse Association Returns

The U.S. National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show, the flagship competition for the Arabian horse industry, begins Oct. 23 and continues through Oct. 31, at Expo Square.
Exhibitors and spectators will have plenty of shopping at their fingertips at the U.S. Nationals Shopping Expo in the Exchange Center and Ford Truck Arena. The expo features dozens of equine lifestyle vendors that offer everything from jewelry, tack and furniture to small gifts and fine art. The Ford Truck Arena will be open for shopping Oct. 23-31 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the Exchange Center will be open from Oct. 23-31, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The nine-day show is produced by the Arabian Horse Association of Aurora, Colo., and is the grand finale of the Arabian horse national show season, which includes Youth Nationals, Canadian Nationals and Sport Horse Nationals. For the first time, the AHA National Endurance Ride and National Competitive Trail Ride will coincide with U.S. Nationals, Oct. 27-31 in Lake Carl Blackwell in Stillwater.
Last year more than 1,800 horses from all over the U.S. and Canada competed at U.S. Nationals for prizes and a chance at the title of National Champion. Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses will again go head-to-head in nearly 130 classes that span several disciplines including reining, cutting, working cow, trail, mounted native costume, pleasure driving, show hack, in-hand, sidesaddle, park, and English, hunter and western pleasure.
U.S. Nationals will again host the nationally accredited Arabian Horse Youth Judging Contest attracting more that 150 youth contestants, competing in three divisions: 4-H/FFA, Jr. AHA and Sr. AHA/Collegiate Teams. The contest awards youth contestants over $10,000 in scholarships and prizes annually.

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