The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is an annual event sponsored by the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona. Since 1955, the event has been entertaining horse enthusiasts while raising funds for charity.
Each year the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show attracts thousands of visitors who come to watch over 2,000 Arabian and Half-Arabian horses vie for prize money in various classes of competition. If you are an Arabian horse owner, a horse rider, or just a horse lover, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is a one-of-a-kind event that should not be missed.
When you aren't watching the horses and riders, you can enjoy the more than 300 vendors and exhibitors on the trade show floor. If it's a horse item you want, you're sure to find it here!
Date and Location
In 2020, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show will take place from February 13 to 23. There are sessions in the morning, afternoon, and evening, but for a full schedule of events, consult the event website.
The venue for the show is WestWorld, a multi-purpose event space with over 300,000 square feet of exhibition space, 386 acres of desert within view of the McDowell Mountains, and a world-class equestrian center. From downtown Scottsdale, WestWorld is 20 minute drive north, located just off AZ-101.
Tickets may be purchased at the gate at WestWorld or you could skip the box office and purchase your tickets online through Ticketmaster, but note an additional convenience charge will be applied. Keep in mind that evening sessions sell out quickly, especially in reserved seating areas.
General admission allows you all day access and children age 12 and under receive free admission. There are daily discounts for seniors and members of the military, however military members may be more interested in Military Appreciation Day on February 18, when admission to all veterans and their family members will be free.
Downtown Scottsdale offers a number of fine hotels, but if you'd like to stay as close to the venue as possible, you'll have bigger resorts to choose from. For an ultra-luxe experience, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is one of the area's best hotels, but there are also more affordable options like the Hilton Garden Inn or the Scottsdale Links Resort.
Tips for Attending
- If you are attending one of the daytime events at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, there's probably no need to buy tickets in advance and pay extra fees. The evening shows, however, do sell out, so if you don't want to take a chance on missing those events, you might buy those tickets in advance.
- Aside from watching stunning horses and riders compete in the ring, there are behind-the-scenes tours, activities for kids, seminars and classes. Be sure to check the schedule online before your day at the horse show.
- If you want to squeeze in a round of golf during your visit, you can try to reserve a tee time at the TPC Scottsdale Champions Course. Note that February is peak golf season in Scottsdale, so rates will be at their highest.