Nationals Provides a Grand Finale to End of Show Season
36th U.S. National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show
held October 11-18 at the Kentucky Fair and Exhibition Center in
Louisville, Ky. featured the best and brightest Arabian and Half-Arabian
horses from 52 different states and provinces. The International
Arabian Horse Association® (IAHA®) of Aurora, Colo., produced
the event. The U.S. Nationals is considered the most prestigious
North American championship in the Arabian show horse industry,
and this year's flagship event offered fun, excitement and beautiful
Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses. When the final numbers
were tallied, 2, 216 horses came to Louisville. Both amateur and
professional riders or handlers competed in 120 classes ranging
from halter, native costume, reining, working cow, cutting, trail,
dressage, show hack, hunter/jumper, sidesaddle, park, driving and
English, western and hunter pleasure classes.
new Arabian halter classes made their debut at U.S. Nationals with
the split of the stallion and mare championships into junior and
senior divisions. The creation of a junior and senior championship
not only gave halter fans two additional champions to root for but
nearly doubled the number of mare and stallion entries overall.
first U.S. National Senior Mare Championship was awarded to Mike
Nichols Polish import *Kwestura (Monogramm x Kwesta) and the
senior mare reserve title went to James Stiscaks HC Magnifico
Miss (Echo Magnifficoo x HC Hilals Jahara). Competition for the
junior mare title was no less exciting with 33 entries. In the end,
four-year-old S Justadream+/ (Justafire DGL x Acquaintance) duplicated
her 2001 mare win with the Junior Mare Championship.
junior and senior stallion classes drew 42 of the breeds most
eligible bachelors to compete for the championship finals on Saturday
night. Rolyn and Judith Schmids stallion Legacy of Fame (Legacy
of Gold x Fames Elegance C) was awarded the Junior Stallion Championship
while Dakar El Jamaal (*Ali Jamaal x *Sonoma Lady) was named Senior
Champion Stallion with Michael Byatt handling for the Dakar Kartel.
than $200,000 in prize money went to the top ten winners in the
five Arabian and Half-Arabian Halter Futurity classes. The largest
halter futurity class with 39 entries was Arabian Futurity Fillies
where Maggdalina (Magnum Psyche x Zolina) picked up the championship
and $18,419 in prize money for owner Walter Mishek. Sparkle Creeks
Odyssey SC (Versace x Latoura Echo) came up with the $16,062 win
in the Arabian Futurity Colt Championship.
trend at this years event was the increase in Arabian and
Half-Arabian park horse entries. The two previous national shows
drew approximately 50 entries. This year boasted 90 entries with
the biggest increase in the purebred park divisions. Spectators
had the opportunity of seeing park national champions from past
years vie for the 2002 Arabian Park Horse Championship title, which
was won by Apollopalooza, ridden by Carmelle Rooker for Esprit Arabians.
English pleasure competition, Strawberry Banks Farm stallions A
Temptation (Tempter x A Love Song) and Hey Hallelujah (Huckleberry
Bey x Hallelujah Bask) racked up three championships in English
pleasure and pleasure driving. Brian Murch rode former English pleasure
junior horse champion A Temptation to the top spot in Arabian English
Pleasure. Hey Hallelujah stepped between the shafts of a buggy for
a successful driving debut, winning championships in Pleasure Driving
with Brian Murch and Pleasure Driving AAOTD with Neil Chur.
to the Arabian Reining Horse Association (ARHA), reining contestants
got an added bonus. For the second year, the ARHA sponsored $30,000
in prize money for the four Arabian and Half-Arabian Reining championship
classes. The prize money was split equally between the four classes,
awarding $2,250 to the four champions, $1,000 to the reserve champions
and $500 to the remaining top ten. Half-Arabian Dun Scootin+/ (Hollywood
Dunit x Ra-Bon Azragal), received a $4,500 share of the ARHA prize
money when she took the championships in the Half-Arabian Reining
and Half-Arabian Reining AAOTR with owner Cori Sampson.
debut of the Working Cow Junior Horse Championship, VA Gai Caliente
(Cavu Paragon x Gai Marionette) earned the championship for owner
Irvin Verdin. Ten horses competed in the new Half-Arabian Working
Cow class where stallion Chaos Reins (Hickorys Aftershock x Musk
Be Fancy) and Kit Hall won the roses for Sherry Hall.
was a strong showing of western pleasure horses with record entries
in classes across the division. Diane Powers rode Link To Fame (Fame
VF x Honeicomb) besting 64 horses for the championship in the shows
largest class, Arabian Western Pleasure AAOTR 40 & Over.
dressage competition, HSA Haleys Comet+// (Skamper x OK Ellazella)
turned in a stellar performance when he accumulated three national
championships and a top ten. HSA Haleys Comet+// repeated his 2001
championships in open and amateur first level dressage and added
a Second Level Championship and a Second Level AAOTR Top Ten to
his list of credentials.
versatile Ibn Promotion+// (Promotion x Dancing Melody) picked up
three national championships and a top ten in three different disciplines;
show hack, sidesaddle and hunter pleasure for owner Nicole Genzel.
addition to horse show competition, the event held a trade fair
with more than 150 commercial exhibitors offering items such as
tack, equestrian gifts, clothing and jewelry. The IAHA® Youth
Judging Contest, the longest running IAHA® youth program in
existence, hosted more than 30 collegiate, 4-H/FFA and Junior and
Senior IAHA teams.
sponsors included IAHA® Corporate Partners Arabian Saddle Company,
Equisure, MD Barns, MBNA, Pfizer Animal Health, and Sundowner Trailers.
Other sponsors were Cadillac Division, The Dannon Company, Enterprise
Rent-A-Car, Executive Inn Hotel, Executive West Hotel, Professionals
Choice and Zia Graphics. On-line show results can be found at www.iaha.com.
is a 28,000 member breed association that registers Half-Arabian
and Anglo-Arabian horses, administers more than $4 million in prize
money annually, produces national events, maintains official event
records , recognizes more than 400 Arabian horse shows and distance
rides and provides a ctivities and programs that promote Arabian
horse breeding and ownership. For in formation about Arabian, Half-Arabian
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