|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.
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