I had been looking forward to this one for a loooong time. My Mimi says the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is practically like Christmas for her because she loves it that much. She has been competing here since 2001, but this was my first time, and I already can’t wait until February 2013! I met cowboys, went shopping, and saw some of the world’s most beautiful Arabian horses.
This competition has been going on since 1955 and started with 50 horses. It has grown to nearly 2,500 horses bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world. A win here can mean big money.
These are the pretty stall fronts that each stable builds for their barn or "team". They get pretty decked out, huh? It's not a bad view either - minus those fugly telephone wires.
This is my Mimi's barn - they already have so many ribbons!
I said hi to Lucy, one of Mimi's horses. We've met many times before. She was busy eating her lunch when I stopped by. Nom nom nom!
This is her new horse, Gambler! Hi Gambler! (this was our first meeting and he was really really nice) - they have already competed a few times this week, and did well. The championship is this evening!
After I said hi to all the horsies, I went for a ride in the golf cart. "Golf carts at a horse show?", you ask... yes! You wouldn't believe how many of these sweet rides cruise around the show grounds.
I drove myself right up to the food stands - and ate LOTS of it. Food at a horse show is oily, carbo-loaded flavors of awesomeness. Basically it's like eating at a state fair, but more... awesome?
I walked my lunch off in the vendor's tents... so many things to see! These are western outfits for the ladies, and totally decked out in bling.
This is The Hat Lady - where Mimi gets all of her hats shaped before her big rides.
The Hat Lady doesn't just sell hats - these are the sparkly pins that the girls put in their buns while showing. So many options! Mimi said I didn't have the fur to pull them off.
This booth sold a bunch of different bits - (the things you put in a horse's mouth to tell it where to go). Look at em' all!
On my way up to the show arena, I saw a cowboy workin' his caballo.
He let me come in the arena for a closer look. I saw a really big saddle with a horn - Mimi competes in the English divisions, not Western like this guy, but this stuff was still totally awesome.
The horses compete here in the Equidome - big, huh? There was also an outdoor arena, where they did most of the halter classes (kind of like a dog show - the horses aren't ridden, they're exhibited in hand) shown below.
I walked back to the barn to check on Mimi before her big class tonight. She was a little nervous, but said she was just really excited. I couldn’t wait to see her and Gambler compete! … and GUESS WHAT?!
THEY WON!!!!!!!! YAY MIMI!!!!!! I was such a proud little bunny!
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