The Official Scottsdale Daily News – Finals and Wrap Up for 2016
Today’s Official Scottsdale News is sponsored by Schoukens Training Center of Belgium, owned by Glenn, Tom & Cathy Schoukens. Glenn Schoukens and Mieke Opsteyn were on hand at the Scottsdale show this year representing Schoukens Training Center. Glenn presented two horses for H.E. Sheikh Jassim Bin Khalifa Al Thani, owner of Aljassimya Farm in Santa Ynez, California and managed by Bart Van Buggenhout.
Glenn showed Monther Al Nasser to the titles of Unanimous International Egyptian Heritage Champion Stallion Five Years and Over and Unanimous International Egyptian Heritage Champion Senior Stallion. In addition, Glenn also showed the 2015 World Silver Champion Stallion Equator to the titles of Unanimous International Champion Stallion Six to Seven-Years-Old, as well as Unanimous International Gold Champion Senior Stallion.
Schoukens Training Center has a longstanding working relationship and a deep personal friendship with H.E. Sheikh Jassim and so the success at Scottsdale with his horses is even more meaningful. They look forward to the future and presenting the beautiful horses of Aljassimya Farm. Watch for them in show rings around the world.
The final day of the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show came all too fast. Even though it was a long show – 11 days! – it went by far too quickly and before we knew it, we were saying goodbye to all of our horse show friends. There were more international visitors this year than in the past several years. This was due to the fact that there was a break in the show season in the Middle East, which allowed many people from that region, as well as Europe, to attend. It was so much fun because for many of the international guests, it was their first time to attend the Scottsdale show.
In both the halter and performance arenas, I believe I heard of more firsts than ever before: their first Scottsdale show, their first time to show in Scottsdale, their first Scottsdale win, their first foal, their first time to attend the Scottsdale Signature Stallion Auction, their first time to purchase a breeding, and on and on. After attending the show for 31 years – this was one of the most surprising and delightful aspect of this year's show. It is wonderful to know that the efforts of the AHAA to share the Arabian horse with new people and have them join the community are being so successful.
Every day, I walked the aisles of stall fronts and each day more and more colorful ribbons and roses were added, creating a very exciting and festive atmosphere. There just is nothing that compares to the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, which I am sure accounts for the fact that it was voted as the Arabian Horse Times Readers' Awards, “Horse Show of the Year”, again this year. It's simply the best! And that's not just my opinion, that is the opinion of a great many people. I encourage everyone to mark your calendars now for next year's show – the dates are already set: February 16-26, 2017.
Although the show is over, you can continue to enjoy the fun and excitement of the show by visiting the website and viewing the galleries, reading the news, watching videos and checking results. Everything can be found at: www.scottsdaleshow.com
You can also enjoy news, photos, and special moments on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/scottsdalearabian
I hope you have enjoyed the Scottsdale Daily News as well as the photos from the show. I would like to thank the official show photographers, Howard Schatzberg/Rick Osteen Photography. Be sure to visit their website: www.osteenschatzberg.com