Arabian Horse Industry’s Largest Youth Event at Expo New Mexico
RELEASE: June 17, 2009
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Hilary Nixon
The Arabian horse industry’s largest event for youth, the Youth National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show, moves into Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque, July 25-August 1, 2009. The eight-day event combines top-level equine competition in a variety of disciplines with daily youth activities and a shopping expo, bringing approximately $10.2 million to the city.
Nearly 1,000 horses from across the U.S. and Canada will compete each day from 7:30 a.m. to about 10 p.m. in everything from English pleasure to working cow. Highlights of the week will include two clinics put on by the Arabian Professional and Amateur Horseman’s Association (APAHA) on July 25, a Total Arabian Interactive and Learning (T.A.I.L.) experience for youth and families in the community on July 31, and the show’s semi-final and final classes from Thursday, July 30, through Saturday August 1.
The Arabian Horse Youth Association (AHYA) makes up about 10% of AHA’s membership and hosts a myriad of youth-oriented activities throughout the week, including a Guitar Hero tournament, the Stick Horse Workshop and Contest, a Flying Pigs Fundraiser and some educational opportunities with the Hippology Contest (which tests horse knowledge) and a novice horse judging contest.
AHA, a 35,000-member association based in Aurora, CO, produces Youth Nationals. AHA corporate partners include Bank of America, Cacties, The Hat Lady, Markel Insurance Company, PowersRV Inc. and UniteHealthcare. Youth Activity sponsors include Long Meadow Arabians and Exxpectation, Hesten Park and the Hoffman Family, Jim and Chirsty Egan and Results, AHA Region 1, Region 10, Region 10 Youth, Bennett Fine Jewelry, Flatiron Springs and Charlotte’s Saddlery.
Admission to all performances is free and open to the public. For more information about the public T.A.I.L. program, contact Hilary Nixon at email@example.com