2022 SSS Auction Total = $391,233.65
2021 SSS Auction Total = $290,700.00
2022 SSS Stallion Nominations = 165
2021 SSS Stallion Nominations = 152
2021 SSS Mare Nominations = 728
2020 SSS Mare Nominations = 638
2021 Gelding Incentives = 376
2020 Gelding Incentives = 332
What new classes were offered this year, and why?
The Arabian Halter Association $10,000 In-Hand Trail Extravaganza for Two-year-old Fillies/Colts & Geldings — this class was created to encourage exhibitors to get their two-year-olds out into the showring and to do something a little different. The prize money attracted many new people to the show and gave the non-halter horses a special class where they had to perform through an in-hand trail class.
Your personal favorite moments?
Some of the special moments were: HoofbeatZ Immersive Arabian Horse Experience, Friends of Vail Scholarships, and the Leadline classes.
Everyone’s favorite competitor was Stephen Bishop and his 13-year-old Arabian gelding “Guiness,” Khasta Beaujalais DT (Khasanova DT x Starberry Wine). They made a splash at the 2022 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show becoming an online sensation! This dynamic duo showed in 21 classes across multiple divisions, winning Top Tens in reining and the “Fan Favorite” award during the Arabian Costume AATR.
Please share with us the sweet story of Keith King and the late Vicky Bowman’s dog Freckles.
We know that many amazing friendships develop at our horse shows but this one is a very special one between a man and Vickey Bowman’s dog!
Keith King has worked the show for ProEm Security for three years, always near the north road horse crossing. The first year, he was on the north side of the horse crossing, in front of the Burkman stalls, where Vickey Bowman used to stable. Each day Vickey’s dog Freckles came out and spent the day with Keith. The following year Keith was assigned on the opposite side of the crossing. Freckles continued to come out each day to see him. Now that Vickey is gone, Freckles seeks Keith out first thing in the morning and spends the day with him. Freckles knows which truck Keith drives and comes out as soon as he pulls in. When it’s cold out, Keith puts the dog in his truck to stay warm. When she wants to come back out, she pops her head up and he lets her back out. Keith brings a blanket and some toys for Freckles and they spend each day together watching out for our exhibitors and their horses. They have an amazing bond that brings tears to everyone’s eyes.
Vickey’s daughter Devin has invited him to take Freckles out after the show and Keith says he plans to do so, spending some days with his friend. Thank you Keith for your kind gentle nature and for watching out for our show competitors and for Freckles. I am sure Vickey still has a smile on her face watching this beautiful friendship from above!
Championship night was electric this year. We had a full house and the competition all night was amazing. We started with the Gamblers Choice, which is a crowd favorite. We had many great horse and rider competitors this year; it was fun to watch. The liberty is always fun for so many reasons. The horses and handlers seem to have fun but the crowd is what makes this one a favorite for me. To see the crowd engage and get so excited about the beautiful Arabian horses is so exciting.