Take in the flash and beauty of one of the most prestigious Arabian horse shows in Scottsdale. It’s the perfect time to escape the cold for some Arizona sunshine.

Where: Scottsdale, Arizona

What: Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

A win at this major Arabian show can put a trainer and horse on a trajectory to stardom in the Arabian breed. For nearly two weeks, top showmen—and those who aspire to be—exhibit their flashy steeds in everything from halter to ranch riding to reining on purebred and Half-Arabians. It’s a show to see and be seen at.

Arabian horse and rider competing in a Western class at the Arabian horse shows in Scottsdale, Arizona.

For nearly two weeks, top showmen—and those who aspire to be—exhibit their flashy steeds in everything from halter to ranch riding to reining on purebred and Half-Arabians at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show.

The Facts: 63 | Number of years the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has been a fixture on the Arabian circuit.

Contestant running next to a white Arabian horse at the Arabian horse shows in Scottsdale, Arizona

The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show offers nonstop action whether it's in the show arena or one of the many educational demonstrations that take place over the course of two weeks.

The nonstop action in WestWorld’s multiple arenas will keep your attention, but be sure to make time to explore the entirety of the show. Clinicians and exhibitors offer educational demonstrations to hone your horsemanship, free with your paid admission to the show. And the trade show has everything your Western heart could desire. You’ll find rows of booths offering tack, art, jewelry, and apparel indoors at the North Hall, plus more exhibitors outside in the Scottsdale sunshine near the competition.

The event also features art and photography competitions and other events and activities.

Map showing places to visit around Scottsdale, Arizona.

Don’t Miss This

Take in the rich heritage of your Western horse life by visiting the 1. Scottsdale Museum of the West, one of the area’s most highly rated attractions. If you’re looking for turquoise jewelry and Native American décor, 2. Old Town Scottsdale is a can’t-miss destination.

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Don’t worry about fairgrounds fare at this show; you’ll find international choices on the 3. WestWorld premises from various vendors. Looking for a fancy night out? Try horse-trainer favorite 4. Maestro’s. Take a road trip out of Scottsdale to 5. Cave Creek for a Western dining experience.

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Load up your horse for a stay at 6. Rio Rancho Verde, which offers stalls for your horse and casitas for you. Ride out from the facility’s back gate directly onto the Sonoran Desert’s trails.

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From Hotel to WestWorld

The first Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show was held at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, setting the event up to be a first-class experience from the start. Later it moved to Paradise Park, set on 150 acres in Scottsdale. The show now calls WestWorld home, where it hosts nearly 2,400 horses competing for bragging rights in events from all disciplines.

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