In our house, every year is the year of the Corgi and now February has become synonymous with the Arabian Horse Show in Scottsdale.  This is for one very specific reason: vendors sell stuffed Corgi animals. Having grown up with a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, I waited to be settled before getting one of my own. Three years ago, I welcomed Grady a Corgi pup to our new home in Arizona. Prior to this, my mom bought me a stuffed Corgi at the Arabian Horse Show many years ago.  Thinking Grady might like to have a “friend,” I gave him my stuffed Corgi. Unfortunately, his puppy teeth made for a short friendship and the tradition of buying a stuffed Corgi at the Arabian Horse Show was born.

This year, my fiancée Jordan and I scoured the showroom to find the right stuffed Corgi for Grady. Of course, the Arabian Horse Show is more than an annual quest for a stuffed animal. The first Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show took place in 1955 at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel and hosted 50 horses . It’s  since grown to 2,400 horses and is now held at WestWorld in Scottsdale. The show brings owners, breeders, and trainers together—competing for ribbons that inevitably increase their prestige.

What may be most impressive is the range of competition. Categories include English Pleasure, English Hunter, Country English Pleasure, Ladies Side Saddle, and Western Pleasure. The groups are further narrowed down by the age of the horse and age of the rider.  Some of these events focus on show while others involve fences or even the participation of cows.

In addition to viewing the competitions, visitors to the show are able walk around to see what vendors have to offer as well as enjoy a variety of good eats. From silver saddles and beaded show costumes to sculptures and paintings, the beauty displayed by each vendor is as stunning as that of each horse competing in the show.  

With a variety of activities, the event can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages—even those who are unfamiliar with horses.  Each day brings a new list of activities and competitions that attendees can enjoy, including behind the scenes barn tours, meeting the horses, and a variety of children’s activities.  The Arabian Horse Show is not only family friendly, but dog friendly as well.  In fact, we saw just as many dogs walking around with their owners as horses competing! All in all, the Arabian Horse Show is a great way to spend an afternoon—whether you are looking for a stuffed Corgi or a new saddle. 

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With a variety of activities, the event can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages—even those who are unfamiliar with horses.  Each day brings a new list of activities and competitions that attendees can enjoy, including behind the scenes barn tours, meeting the horses, and a variety of children’s activities.  The Arabian Horse Show is not only family friendly, but dog friendly as well.  In fact, we saw just as many dogs walking around with their owners as horses competing! All in all, the Arabian Horse Show is a great way to spend an afternoon—whether you are looking for a stuffed Corgi or a new saddle.  

Jennifer is a California native, but has a lived in Arizona for more than three years and will soon be an Arizona State University alum. During their spare time, Jennifer and fiancé Jordan take advantage of the Arizona weather, bringing Grady out for hikes at “A” Mountain and walks around Tempe Town Lake.