2008 Sport Horse Nationals Called "The Best Yet"
RELEASE: October 2, 2008
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Hilary Nixon
The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) Sport Horse National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show (Sport Horse Nationals) made its sixth annual appearance from September 23-27, 2008, at the Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, ID. The event featured 339 horses and 78 classes in four divisions: sport horse in-hand and under-saddle, dressage, pleasure carriage driving and hunter/jumper. “This was the best Sport Horse Nationals to date,” said Bill Pennington, Chair of the show’s commission.
Sport Horse Nationals featured two special events, including a Saturday evening special performance and Thursday night’s Progressive Barn Party. Saturday evening highlighted some of the best that the sport horse competition has to offer with a jumper mini-prix, freestyle musical dressage, pleasure carriage driving—pick your own route and the crowning of the Sport Horse Supreme Champion.
The horse honored as 2008 Sport Horse Supreme Champion was Soleya++++\\ (Soldat x Kelly’s Best), owned by Lorna and M. Jeannie Harron of Ardrossan, Alberta, Canada, and shown by Todd Ehret. Masterpiece PA++++\\ (Armani FC x Padrons Vali Girl), owned and shown by Alexandra Ramage of Xenia, OH, took home the reserve championship honors. An entire list of results can be found at www.arabianhorses.org/competitions/nationalevents/sporthorse/2008
Sport Horse Nationals is the only single-breed championship competition focusing specifically on the sport horse disciplines and catering to sport horse exhibitors. All horses are Arabians, Half-Arabians or Anglo-Arabians registered with AHA or the Canadian Arabian Horse Registry.