Sport Horse Nationals Seeking Competitors
Sport Horse National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Show,
which will be held at the Virginia Horse Park in Lexington, Virginia,
on September 17-21, 2003, is the only national single breed competition
focusing specifically on the sport horse disciplines. Owners of
Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian sport horses are encouraged
to attend the show, which will offer 63 classes in three divisions:
sport horse in-hand and under-saddle, dressage and hunter/jumper.
For a complete list of classes, check out the prize list by going
The closing date for entries is August 6, 2003.
encourage riders showing on the open circuit to participate, qualifications
will be waived for sport horse and hunters and jumper classes this
year. Dressage horses will be required to have Nationals qualifications.
horses need to be Arabians, Half-Arabians or Anglo-Arabians registered
with AHA or the Canadian Arabian Horse Registry but do not need
to be inspected or approved by any particular sport horse registry.
Both rider and owner need to be AHA members. For information on
how to join, go to the above website and click on join AHA or call
judges for the show are dressage judges Trenna Atkins of Coupeville,
Virginia; Inez Propfe-Credo of Tucson, Arizona; Maryal Barnett of
East Lansing, Michigan; and Dr. Max Gahwler of Darien, Connecticut.
The hunter/jumper judges are Mrs. Robert A. Powers of Hugo, Minnesota,
and Linda Allen of Salinas, California. The sport horse judges are
Janet Brown of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Bitsy Shields of
companies are sponsoring the Sport Horse Nationals. Primedia Business
Magazines and Media has partnered with three of its publications
as division sponsors: Dressage Today, Practical Horseman and Arabian
Horse World. Award sponsors include AHA Corporate Partner Arabian
Saddle Company, Schneider's Saddlery, Paint Rock Designs, Mobile
Milling Services, Freedman Harness, Bennett Fine Jewelry and the
each class, champions, reserves and top tens will receive Gladys
B. Edwards horse trophies, garlands, plaques and ribbons appropriate
for those placings.
percent of the total paid class entry fees will go into the prize
money for each class. Seventy-five percent of this payback will
be divided among the top ten horses, with 15 percent going to the
champion and 10 percent to the reserve champion.
Open Barn Night will be held for all exhibitors on Thursday September
18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Barns will be offering various refreshments
and goodies at their stalling locations and invite other exhibitors
and spectators to drop by and chat "sport horse" with
Friday, September 19 a special evening session will be held beginning
at 7:00 p.m. in Anderson Coliseum featuring the Jumper Mini-Prix
and a Dressage Pas de Deux Musical Freestyle exhibition.
on Sunday, September 21, the Practical Horseman Hunter Classic will
be held after the amateur working hunter classes are completed.
As the finale, the Sport Horse Supreme Champion will be named when
all Champion In-Hand horses are brought back before the judges for
their selection of the ultimate sport horse. The winner will be
awarded a personalized 24 x 30 framed oil portrait of their horse
by famed classical horse portraitist Joan MacIntyre.
Coliseum will also house a sport horse trade fair with dozens of
booths offering art, jewelry, tack, clothing, books, barns and more.
reserving rooms for this show, make sure you mention that you are
with the Sport Horse Nationals so you don't get turned away. Hotels
that have blocked off rooms for exhibitors are the Best Western
at Hunt Ridge; Comfort Inn; Country Inn & Suites by Carlton;
Days Inn, Lexington; Days Inn, Raphine; Holiday Inn; Howard Johnson,
Lexington; Osceola Mill Country Inn; Ramada Inn, Red Oak Inn. Additional
overflow room blocks are available at Best Western Mountain View,
Covington; Holiday Inn, Covington; and Howard Johnson, Madison Heights.
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, maintains official event records, 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.