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The Greatest Show on Earth – Scottsdale 2020!

Plans are being finalised to make the 2020 running of the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show the best yet, confirming its name of the greatest show on earth. Next year will see the 65th anniversary of this world-famed show, and it is sure to be the best yet.

Held at the iconic WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona, the show runs between 13 and 23 February 2020 and there are classes to suit everyone: halter, ridden, western, cow, reining, harness – the list is endless. There are classes for junior and senior competitors, as well as the international halter classes that bring so many visitors to the show. As if that weren’t enough, there are also plenty of opportunities for local children to be involved with the show, and fall in love with the Arabian breed first hand.

child on western horse

The Scottsdale Arabian Show is also famed for its outstanding shopping opportunities, both in the commercial area as well as by the Wendell Arena, where the halter action hots up towards the end of the second week. For those who love to shop, and who love Arabian horses, this is paradise!

There are also the must-visit open houses, held by the many training stables in the area, and the open barns during the lunch breaks. This all adds to the sense of community, and excitement, as the show progresses.

The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show regularly attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators from around the world. Visiting the show allows you to truly experience the passion of the Arabian horse as well as the tremendous versatility of the breed.

The first Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show was held in 1955 in the grounds of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. A lady named Ann McCormick then bought 150 acres in Scottsdale and made it into the horse facility known as Paradise Park, and the show was held there for many years before moving to WestWorld.

The Scottsdale Arabian Show has grown from having 50 horses to nearly 2,400 horses compete, bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world competing for a chance at winning. The show features some the world’s finest Arabian and half-Arabian horses, competing for that elusive ‘Scottsdale Championship’ title. In addition, more than $2,000,000 in prize money is offered, luxurious trophies can be won, and wonderful awards are given to the best in the world. With more than 1,000 colourful classes, there is always something exciting to see.

The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is set against the beautiful backdrop of the Sonoran Desert, making it a great vacation destination as there is so much to see and do in the area, including the beautiful Cave Creek, found just up the road.

Entries for horses close on 15 December. You can find the schedule, entry forms, and all the information you need as a visitor at We look forward to seeing you there!


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