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September 26, 2011
Commemorate 45 Years of U.S. NationalsAurora, CO (Sept. 22, 2011) – The 2011 U.S. National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show at Expo Square in Tulsa, Okla., Oct. 21-29, will commemorate 45 years of world-class competition between the finest Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses. Lauded as the most prestigious North American championship in the Arabian show horse industry, U.S. Nationals names and honors the superb—the very best—at least until the next year.
Over 1,700 horses from over 45 states and provinces are expected in Tulsa to compete in a vast variety of disciplines including hunter and western pleasure, English pleasure, halter, reining, cutting, working cow, trail, mounted native costume, sidesaddle and more. Classes are held for riders, drivers, and handlers in both adult amateur and open professional divisions. To see a tentative schedule of classes, click here.
Nine days of a rigorous show schedule all comes to a grand finale with the Friday and Saturday Evening Performances, Oct. 28 and 29, in the Ford Truck Arena at 7 p.m. Some of the most popular Arabian and Half-Arabian class finals are showcased these two nights, including the the Arabian Stallion Championship, Mounted Native Costume and the always-exciting Park class.
There is $522,500 in Arabian Breeders Sweepstakes money available this year for sweepstakes nominated horses that show in sweepstakes designated classes. For more information on the Arabian Breeders Sweepstakes program, click here.
Along with nine days of top-notch classes in three arenas, there will be plenty to see at the River Spirit Casino Shopping Expo in the Exchange Center. Over 100 equine-related booths offering tack, equestrian gifts, clothing, art, jewelry and other unique items will be open for business from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily. The River Spirit Lounge in the Exchange Center opens the first day of the show with comfortable amenities including two HiDef televisions where show goers and spectators can relax and watch cable television or a stream of the show. The lounge will also be open from 5-6 a.m., Monday through Friday, providing free coffee, tea and cookies.
This year's Wednesday Night Extravaganza will kick off with the Exhibitor Appreciation Party on Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the River Spirit Casino Shopping Expo. Free food and beverages will be provided by River Spirit Casino and AHA to exhibitors on the only night of the show with no classes scheduled. From 6-7 p.m. Nashville recording artist Brian Mullen will offer exhibitors a free show while they enjoy food and beverages and browse the shopping expo. Exhibitors are encouraged to pick up their River Spirit Casino Match Play card from shopping expo vendors to use at the River Spirit Casino eight miles south of Expo Square. To find directions to River Spirit Casino, click here.
U.S. Nationals is also the site of the annual AHA Arabian Horse Judging Contest. This special event is a training ground for young men and women who will shape the future of the horse industry. Contestants from 4-H and FFA clubs, AHA clubs and universities from across the continent come for almost $10,000 in scholarships in amazing prizes including saddles from Nymeyer's At Tanglewood.
Tuesday, Oct. 25 is Total Arabian Interaction and Learning (T.A.I.L) day as AHA staff and volunteers will host families from the Tulsa community on in-depth tours of the show grounds to meet and pet an Arabian, learn about the Arabian horse's rich and long history and watch and learn about a few of the many classes offered at Arabian horse shows. For more information click here.
U.S. Nationals is supported by AHA Corporate Partners: Adequan, All Things Equine, Bank of America, The Hat Lady, Iron Horse Jeans, River Spirit Casino, Silver Lining Herbs and Zia Graphics.
Visit www.ArabianHorses.org/USN for more information and daily video updates during the show.
AHA is a major equine association serving 26,000 members across North America. It registers and maintains a database of more than one million Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses and administers approximately $3 million in annual prize money. AHA produces championship events, recognizes close to 400 Arabian horse shows and distance rides and provides activities and programs that promote breeding and ownership. For information about Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses, call 303-696-4500, e-mail info@ArabianHorses.org or visit ArabianHorses.org