Sport Horse Nationals Debuts in Virginia
inaugural Sport Horse National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship
Show will debut as the only national single breed show focusing
specifically on the sport horse disciplines at the Virginia Horse
Center in Lexington, Va., September 17-21, 2003. The Arabian Horse
Association (AHA) of Aurora, Colo., produces the event that features
top-level sport horse competition, a commercial trade fair, an open
barn party and many exciting exhibitions.
show features the nation's best Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian
sport horses competing in 63 classes in three divisions: sport horse
in-hand and under-saddle, dressage and hunter/jumper. Competition
starts Wednesday, September 17 and runs through Sunday, September
21 and is open to the public. Most days, four rings will run simultaneously
with classes starting at 8 a.m. and running to approximately 5 p.m.
Admission to all performances and exhibitions is free for the duration
of the show. This event will feature more than 400 horses, and the
economic impact to Lexington is estimated at $1.8 million.
event showcases three panels of sport horse specialty judges: dressage,
hunter/jumper and sport horse. The dressage judges are Trenna Atkins,
of Coupeville, Va.; Inez Propfe-Credo, of Tucson, Ariz.; Maryal
Barnett, of East Lansing, Mich.; and Dr. Max Gahwler, of Darien,
Conn. The hunter/jumper judges are Mrs. Robert A. Powers, of Hugo,
Minn., and Linda Allen, of Salinas, Calif. The sport horse judges
are Janet Brown, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Bitsy Shields,
of Petaluma, Calif.
businesses are sponsoring the Sport Horse Nationals. Primedia Business
Magazines and Media has partnered with three of its publications
as division sponsors: Dressage Today, Practical Horseman and Arabian
Horse World. Award sponsors include AHA Corporate Partner Arabian
Saddle Company, Bennett Fine Jewelry, Freedman Harness, Mobile Milling
Services, Inc., Paint Rock Designs, Schneider's Saddlery, Stanley
Ranch and The Gorgeous Horse.
each class, champions, reserves and top tens will receive plaques
and ribbons. Champions and reserves will also receive garlands and
Gladys Brown Edwards horse trophies. Seventy percent of the total
paid class entry fees will go into the prize money for each class.
Seventy-five percent of this payback will be divided among the top
ten horses, with the remaining 15 percent and 10 percent going to
the champion and the reserve.
of Sport Horse Nationals will have the opportunity to watch top
Arabian and Half-Arabian driving horses demonstrate pleasure driving
and combined driving techniques on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
The driving demonstrations will take place in Anderson Coliseum
on Wednesday, September 17 after the sport horse in-hand classes
(early afternoon) and on Thursday after the 5:00 p.m. hunter schooling
Open Barn Night will be held for all exhibitors on Thursday, September
18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Barns will be offering various refreshments
and goodies at their stalling locations and invite other exhibitors,
spectators and media to drop by and chat "sport horse"
Saturday, September 20, a special evening session will be held beginning
at 7:00 p.m. in Anderson Coliseum featuring the Jumper Mini-Prix
and a Dressage Pas de Deux Musical Freestyle exhibition.
on Sunday, September 21, the Practical Horseman Hunter Classic will
be held after the amateur working hunter classes are completed.
Following the Hunter Classic on Saturday evening, dressage enthusiasts
will be treated to an Intermediate I musical freestyle dressage
exhibition. As the finale, the Sport Horse Supreme Champion will
be named when all Champion In-Hand horses are brought back before
the judges for their selection of the ultimate sport horse. The
winner will be awarded a gift certificate to have famed classical
horse portraitist Joan MacIntyre do a personalized 24" x 30"
framed oil portrait of their horse.
the five days of competition, Anderson Coliseum will also house
a sport horse trade fair with dozens of booths offering art, jewelry,
tack, clothing, books and more.
AHA press office is located in Anderson Coliseum at the AHA Booth.
Press passes, show programs and current class schedules are available
here, as are tentative class and special events schedules. Show
results can be found at www.ArabianHorses.org.
is a 40,000 member equine association that registers and maintains
a database of more then one million Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian
horses. It administers more than $4 million in annual prize money,
produces national events, maintains official event records, recognizes
more than 400 Arabian horse shows and distance rides and provides
activities and programs that promote breeding and ownership. For
information about Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses,
call 303-696-4500, e-mail info@ArabianHorses.org
or visit www.ArabianHorses.org.