The Arabian Horse Association of Arizona returns for the 66th annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show at WestWorld of Scottsdale.
Noted as the world’s largest horse show, the AHAA runs Thursday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 21, according to a press release. The 11-day event starts at 8 a.m., according to a press release.
For the safety of riders and teams along with the community, the show is closed to the public but fans, families and enthusiasts can watch live, real-time video of the competition or tune into recorded videos later on the TV or smartphone, the release said.
“This competition is vital to the Arabian horse community, and we are pleased to be able to host it again this year,” said Taryl O’Shea, AHAA executive director, in a prepared statement.
“While the event maybe quieter this year, we know the competition will still be intense. With more than 2,000 horses competing and more than $3 million in prize money, this year’s event will continue to showcase the best of the best as riders vie for the coveted title of Scottsdale Champion.”
There are several options to watch the competition. A day pass is available for $9.99 or fans can access the full event for $49.99. A schedule of each day’s events is posted to the website, outlining what class is competing and when. Detailed instructions on how to watch are on the website.
The AHAA is committed to producing a safe and compliant event following all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for sanitation and social distancing, the release said, adding that only participants and essential personnel will be permitted on the grounds.
For the first time, the Scottsdale Signature Stallion auction will be online. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 1 and ending at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, the release detailed how this will provide “international interest access to these amazing animals.”
The release stated 150 horses have been nominated to be part of the auction, which raises money to fund the largest prize money program for young Arabian horses in the industry. The 2021 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show benefits several local charities including Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Refuge, Horses Help TRC, Scottsdale Community College, and Youth For Troops.
To access the live-stream or videos visit www.scottsdaleshow.com.