2015 Arabian and Half-Arabian Sport Horse Nationals Make a Splash
The 13th Annual Arabian & Half-Arabian Sport Horse Nationals was held this year in Raleigh, NC at the Governor James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex. Hosted by the Arabian Horse Association (AHA), this National show is the only breed specific Sport Horse show in North America.
Held from September 15 through 20, approximately 472 horses and 577 owners, trainers, and handlers showed up for the competition. All horses must have qualified for the event through AHA’s 18 regional shows, having first qualified at local AHA recognized shows.
With almost 103 classes held for both Open and Amateur exhibitors, disciplines included Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, Sport Horse In-Hand, Sport Horse Under Saddle, Show Hack, and more. At the end of the show, a Supreme Sport Horse Champion was crowned—purebred, chestnut Arabian gelding, MSU Bad Beat Benny and owner/handler Jeanette Aubert.
Alongside the event, the Sport Horse National Show Commission hosted a Silent Auction that equally benefitted the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund, a fund that supports qualified Arabian horsemen and women in need, and the Duke Children’s Hospital. Auction items were donated by exhibitors and commercial vendors, as well as local shops and boutiques. The sale of the items brought nearly $4,000 to the benefit of the organizations.
Additionally, the show hosted AHA’s Total Arabian Interaction and Learning (T.A.I.L) tours, inviting the public of the Raleigh-Durham area out to learn more about Arabian horses and see the show. The tours were free to the public and served nearly 60 residents from the surrounding area.
The 2016 Sport Horse National Championship Show will be held in Nampa, ID, September 21-25, at the Ford Idaho Center Horse Park.