The first Regional Arabian show of the year can set the season’s tone for prizes, class quality and a good time, all of which is managed with great panache by the Region 7 show, coming up April 26th through the 29th. Held annually at the Westworld Fairgrounds in Scottsdale, Arizona, Region 7 attracted 650 horses in 2011 and is expecting an even better turnout in 2012.
This year’s judging lineup is exceptional and includes Shannon Armstrong, Laura Doran, Cathy Vincent, Mary Jane Brown, Sonja Vracko and Meg Schulman. Region 7 Director, Chris Culbreth was excited about the show and about the Regional Show Commission response to the members and exhibitors. It seems the show is making every effort to accommodate the exhibitors. Hunter-Jumper classes have been scheduled on consecutive days, making a big difference for those horsemen.
Much of the Halter competition will be held on the last weekend, both to accommodate the many trainers in that discipline hurrying back from the Las Vegas World Cup, and to showcase winners among those most beautiful, stand-up denizens of the Arabian breed on Saturday night. The Ride-A-Buck class, one of last year’s show highlights, has been split into professional and amateur divisions and the Egg and Spoon class will most certainly provide lots of laughs, entertainment and a jackpot!
The show is particularly proud of its lovely, one-of-a-kind, custom Dale Chavez designed silver belt buckles, a new prize to be given to every Region 7 champion this year. The much appreciated Barn Hospitality Program is back by popular demand to deliver complimentary donuts and coffee to the barns in the mornings. There’s a move-in-day Pizza Party on the schedule, hosted by the Show Commission and planned for Monday, April 23rd. Early evening Friday, a Happy Hour will entertain exhibitors, and on Saturday afternoon, the Great White Arabian Horse Ambassador, Sshameless++, will host an Ice Cream Social soon after lunchtime.
“We’ve put together an event that will make us all proud this year,” says Chris Culbreth. “The Wendell Arena will be the main arena for the Region 7 competition, allowing us to showcase our Arabians in one of the country’s most picturesque venues. Also, this year Region 7 leads the country in hosting one of the first competitions to feature the APAHA’s new prize money program for 2012 High Point Amateur Owner. “
And just in case you cannot make it to the show, you can watch the fun (and envy everyone hanging out at the Wendell) on www.ArabianHorseGlobal.com where the live streaming will keep you in touch!
Region 7 entries close April 2nd. Show Secretary Melanni Hershberger can be reached at (480) 443-3372 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.