KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The oldest known breed of riding horse will be on display this week during the American Royal Arabian Horse Show, set for Thursday, Sept. 19-Saturday, Sept. 21, at Hale Arena inside the American Royal complex.
The horse – known for its stamina, spirit and beauty – was bred by the Bedouins as war mounts for thousands of years and used for long expeditions and quick descents into enemy camps, according to the Arabian Horse Association. The horses lived among the desert tribes of the Arabian Peninsula and handled the desert conditions.
The show, one of six horse shows that are part of the American Royal’s Fall Festival, will feature numerous classes: Halter Class, Youth Showmanship at Halter, Western Pleasure and Equitation, English and Country Pleasure and Hunter Pleasure and Dressage Suitability. Divisions include classes for youth and amateur riders as well as an open division for trainers.
The American Royal Arabian Horse Show will feature animals and riders from all over the country, all of whom converged on Kansas City to be part of the prestigious event.
The American Royal Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been a Kansas City tradition since 1899. Each year more than 270,000 people attend events at the American Royal Complex. In 2012, the Royal was able to give $1.4 million in scholarship and educational awards. In addition to its educational mission, the American Royal generates some $60 million of economic impact, $4.4 million in local tax revenues, and supports 450 jobs. For further information, see www.AmericanRoyal.com