Arabian Youth National Horse Show puts the breed’s versatility on display

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Arabian native costume
Native costume will be among the many classes offered at the 2011 Youth National Arabian & Half-Arabian Horse Show. Photo: Leslie Potter

The 19th Annual Youth National Arabian & Half Arabian Horse Show is kicking off this weekend in Albuquerque, N.M. Nearly 3,000 riders under the age of 18 will compete from July 23-30.

There is no cost to spectators at the Expo New Mexico where the show is being held. To watch the show from anywhere in the world, visit arabianhorseglobal.com. Registration is required to view the live feed, but there is no cost to sign up.

The Arabian’s versatility will be on display all week. Classes include hunter, western and English (saddle seat) pleasure and equitation along with halter, driving, reining, dressage, native costume and side saddle. According to the Arabian Horse Association, the most popular class at last year’s show was the Half-Arabian Hunter Pleasure 14-17 class, which drew 72 entries.

Outside of the show-ring, Youth Nationals offers several fun activities for exhibitors and spectators. Youth exhibitors can opt to compete in the hippology, judging, stall decorating and dog costume contests. Educational clinics will be offered through the Amateur, Professional Arabian Horse Association. Additionally, the Arabian Horse Youth Association Annual Convention featuring equine photographer Mike Ferrara as the keynote speaker will take place in conjunction with the national show.

For more information on the Arabian Youth Nationals, including a full schedule, visit www.arabianhorses.org

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  1. MY FAVORITE CLASS HAS GOT TO BE THE NATIVE COSTUME. THE COSTUMES ARE SO GORGEOUS, AND I THINK IT SHOWS THAT THE HISTORY OF THE BREED IS STILL IMPORTANT. IF I WERE IN TO SHOWING, THAT WOULD BE THE ONE CLASS I WOULD MOST DEFINITELY WANT TO SHOW IN! GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE YOUTH AND THEIR BEAUTIFUL HORSES!

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