Is anyone going?
I am, I wish I had a better camera!
But I'll get some pictures, they may be bad quality, but I will get them!
The daughter of my husband's buddy is going with her grandma. She's 13!
Ahhh I wish, I'm so jealous haha! I was supposed to go to the Scottsdale show, but plans fell through </3 I can't wait to see pics!
Eliz, will this be your first time? If so, it's like Disney World for horse people. :D
I remember the Nationals during the years when Arabians were being sold for over a million dollars apiece. One whole arena was set aside just for 'stuff'.
It's scaled back some now, but still danged impressive. I loved watching the performance classes more than the halter, although everyone watched Stallion Halter the final night. It's almost a sin not to! :wink:
I recommend if you're on a budget, leaving your money and credit cards somewhere you can't easily get to them. :-P
Haha yeah, it's my first! :) I'm beyond excited. Oooh I didn't think about venders & all that. I'll have to be careful! Though I do plan on getting a leather halter with a nameplate... :)
last year and the year before there was an entire building of vendors! plus the entire street in between the barn and arenas full of vendor trailers. i'm definitely not an arab person but had a great time watching some of the events (and being mystified by some of them. like native costume. really???) i think last year the stallion who won halter was bought for 5M! have fun!
Native Costume baffles me as well, but I enjoy seeing all the exotic outfits :)
I'm sure I'll have a blast
Native Costume is just the Hollywood-ized version of the Bedouin outfits worn by the original owners, riders, and breeders of Arabian horses.
It's basically just a fun class, although there are quite a few horses who won't put up with all the glitter, material, bells, beads and whistles on a costume. A horse has to be pretty tolerant to deal with all that junk and still give a good under saddle performance.
It's like any performance class; the animals are expected to do a certain routine flawlessly. The one who does it best, wins. It's not always the crowd favorite, either.
I went and had Steve Heathcott show Spirit Thyme for me ( I have a back injury, plus you KNOW how political Nationals can be ;)
He did not make TT, however he looked AWESOME !!! ( and there were 6 others who go the gate as well, so it doesn't really matter, the feedback I have gotten has been GREAT )
After his Clas, he MISSED his momma ! LOL ;)
And here are 3 youtube videos, the first is his entry to the ring
the second is him "on deck"
and the 3rd is his presentation to the judges :)
I watched the class, he was not out of place by any means ;)
It was a tough class, there were some very good stallions that didn't make TT. LOVED EKS Bey Al Gazal, IMO he should've been champion ;)
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