Youth Nationals Enters Second Decade
Youth National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show
will celebrate its 11th anniversary when it returns to Expo New
Mexico July 20-26. The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) of Aurora,
Colo., produces the weeklong event that features top-level horse
show competition, a commercial trade fair, silent auction, annual
youth convention and many exciting activities.
year's show will feature approximately 1,000 horses from the United
States and Canada competing in 104 classes. Competition starts Sunday,
July 20 and runs through Saturday, July 26 and is open to the public.
Classes run from 8 a.m. through 10 p.m. each day and are divided
into morning, afternoon and evening sessions. Admission to all performances
is free for the duration of the show. Last year's event drew 8,000
spectators and economic impact to Albuquerque was estimated at $7.4
show competition and activities are open to youth, defined as competitors
up to 18 years of age. Prizes such as saddles and bridles will be
awarded to competitors in select classes. The Arabian Horse Youth
Association (AHYA), which makes up 12 percent of AHA, has 5,000
members in the U.S. and Canada. AHYA will hold its annual convention
Saturday July 19, the day before the show starts, at Expo New Mexico,
9 a.m.-3 p.m. The convention features speakers, committee meetings,
seminars and a general assembly where the 2003-2004 AHYA officers
will be elected by delegates from the youth membership.
addition to the convention and horse show, the event features a
silent auction to benefit AHYA, including items such as an MD Barns®
round pen. A trade fair with more than 70 booths offers tack, equestrian
gifts, clothing and jewelry. A stick horse workshop and contest
is open to toddlers up to 6 years old who can build a custom Arabian
stick horse creation and compete with it the evening of Monday,
July 21. Admission to the stick horse contest is free to the public
and prizes will be awarded to all participants.
during Finals Night, Saturday, June 26, features competitors going
head to head in Ladies Side Saddle Western, English Pleasure, Park
Horse and the third annual Freestyle Reining jackpot class, which
has proven to be one of the most crowd pleasing classes at Youth
Nationals. This event combines fast paced reining moves, grandstanding
antics and outrageous costumes as exhibitors compete for the top
spot and the loudest audience applause.
third annual dog costume contest and dog race will take place Tuesday,
July 22, adding humor and fun to the week's events.
novice horse judging contest, Friday, July 25, is open to everyone,
and prizes will be awarded to participants whose scores most closely
match those of a professional judge.
Hippology contest Thursday, July 24, offers all participants, including
adults, the opportunity to test their equine knowledge about horse
anatomy, nutrition, physiology and tack.
corporate partners include: Arabian Saddle Company, Inc., Equisure,
Inc., MD Barns Inc., Pfizer Inc., and MBNA.
Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau, Enterprise Rent A Car,
Garduños Restaurants, Golf Tournaments, Inc., Paint Rock
Designs, Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel, Show Season, The Dannon
Company & Wal-Mart, Ventura Farms, Western Tradition and Zia
Graphics are this year's event sponsors.
AHA press office is located in the Creative Arts Building, at the
AHA Booth. Press passes, show programs and current class schedules
are available here, as are tentative class and special events schedules.
Show results can be found at www.ArabianHorses.org. The media is
welcome to cover all events.
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.