First Arabian Sport Horse Nationals Celebrates Success
inaugural Sport Horse National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship
Show made a successful debut September 17-21, 2003 at the Virginia
Horse Center in Lexington, Va. The Arabian Horse Association (AHA)
of Aurora, Colo., produced the event which is the only national
single breed show focusing specifically on the sport horse disciplines.
Prizes such as saddles, jewelry, artwork and bridles were awarded
to competitors in select classes. The event featured top-level sport
horse competition, a commercial trade fair, special events and many
400 of the nation's best Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian
sport horses competed in 63 classes in three divisions: sport horse
in-hand and under-saddle, dressage and hunter/jumper. Class entries
totaled more than1,350 with horses competing in an average of three
classes. The sport horse division was the show's largest with 532
entries followed by the dressage and hunter/jumper divisions. Silver
Cariad+ (Silver Cyclone++ x Sudans Jewel) and owner Jeannie Anderson
beat out 55 horses for the championship in the largest class, Arabian
Sport Horse Under Saddle.
Sport Horse National Show Commission presented the first champion
trophy to gelding champion PV Aspire++// (Revelry x BAF Fortune)
and owner/handler Jill Delozier in the Arabian Sport Horse Geldings
championship. "It was so great to be the first Sport Horse
National champion! PV Aspire++// is the first horse we bred and
raised ourselves," says Delozier.
Andrew Clark's Half-Arabian gelding SD Dartanian+++// (Frohwind
x PF Marquesa) was the show's biggest winner. The pair accrued seven
championships, two reserve championships and three top tens in dressage,
sport horse in hand, sport horse under saddle and sport horse show
hack. "It took a while for it to sink in how well we did. I
would have been happy with top tens. It was just unbelievable,"
successful Desiderio riders were among the shows most successful
competitors with 10 championships, six reserves and 40 top tens
with their nine horses. They were also among the event's many admirers.
"This was a great and well-run show. There was a huge variety
of classes to show in and it was nice to see the large class sizes.
We have decided that we definitely are going to Sport Horse Nationals
in California next year," says Ricci Desiderio.
specialty classes headlined afternoon sessions, including the Jumper
Mini-Prix, the Practical Horseman Hunter Classic and the crowning
of the Supreme Sport Horse Supreme Champion. Schneider's Saddlery
donated a saddle for the champion, a bridle for reserve champion
and coolers for the top ten of both the Jumper Mini-Prix and the
Hunter Classic. Visconde Rach+ (*Armagnac x Vanessa Rach) and 16-year-old
owner Claire Rozran won the Jumper Mini-Prix by a margin of seven
seconds over reserve champion Count Me In (Khondor x Gold Fling)
and 15-year-old Alexandra Clark. The best working hunter horses
competed in the Hunter Classic and the championship awarded to Jumpin
Mac Flash+/(Flashy Mac x Bright Kazel) who won the hunter saddle
for Amy and Allyson Bott and the reserve champion was Alexandria
Desiderio's gelding Ser Imanask+// (Serinask x Lady Imaron). Paint
Rock Designs sponsored awards for the supreme champion and reserve
sport horses. The champion took home a Paint Rock Designs "Turtle
Neck" blanket and the reserve champion received a cooler, bridle
and saddle bag. Faralyn+++/ (Frohwind x FM Bay Melody), a Half-Arabian
mare owned by Linda Stoudemayer, was crowned Supreme Champion Sport
Horse and the recipient of an oil painting portrait by Joan McIntyre.
The Reserve Champion Supreme Sport Horse was the Arabian stallion
SC Gunslinger (*El Purchino x SC Snickers), owned by Suncatcher
with competition, spectators had the opportunity to watch several
combined driving demonstrations and two freestyle dressage exhibitions.
Wayne and Ruth Gavitt and Larry Bason navigated an obstacle driving
course with the Gavitts' two Half-Arabians Orvil Redenbacher (Lewisfield
Nizani x Popcorn) and Mohamed Knockout (Mohamed Aly x Copacabana).
Diane Dincher and So Bask (So-Neat x Ports Diana Bask) demonstrated
pleasure driving. Christine Smith-Byerly and her Arabian mare Gisela
MBI+ (Aikon x Gildia) performed a marathon driving exhibition. USDF
Silver Medalists Lisa Payne and Johnny Robb performed a musical
freestyle Pas De Deux with Arabian geldings Fleet Halaaniz+// (Ibn
Mirzaz x Fleeta Twin-aana), and PF Succeeding On (Ivanhoe Tsultan
x Aval). Lauren Ball-Tisdale performed an Intermediate I freestyle
exhibition on FM Kaswyn+/ (PS Kasenova x Eowyn), the 2002 National
Champion Fourth Level Horse.
businesses sponsored the Arabian Sport Horse Nationals. Primedia
Business Magazines and Media partnered with three of its publications
as division sponsors: Dressage Today, Practical Horseman and Arabian
Horse World. Award sponsors included 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.
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, 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.