Natives to the Valley remember big expanses of open spaces all along Bell Road stretching from the McDowell Mountains to roughly Tatum Boulevard. Along this expanse of road were regal Arabian horse farms with grand entrances and white-washed rail fencing running as far as the eye could see. Those are gone and replaced with home subdivisions and luxury car dealerships, but the legend remains: the annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show.
Since 1955, Scottsdale has been home to one of the finest horse shows in the world, and this year we celebrate the 60th Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, scheduled for February 12-22 at West World in Scottsdale.
This year approximately 2,400 horses with their owners, trainers and breeders from around the world will converge on this world-renowned equestrian center for pageantry and big purses. Not the kind of designer purses seen on just about every woman’s arm over the course of this eleven day show, the kind that means big money in the breeding barns if your horse takes home a ribbon.
So be sure to put this on your calendar, give yourself a little extra time on arrival for parking and enjoy the unrivalled pageantry.
The March of Dimes will benefit as this year’s charity and there is still time to get your name under the lights through sponsorship or advertising.
If you are new to the Valley you should know that Chauncey Lane in Scottsdale was named after the late, Tom Chauncey, an influential collector of Arabian horses and one of the last Arabian ranches to remain viable in Scottsdale.
Fun fact: Tom Chauncey, was originally a Phoenix radio station owner that was introduced to Arabian horses by his second wife, Dorothy Wrigley Rich, a member of the Wrigley chewing gum family of Chicago.
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