Region 2 Championship Arabian Horse Show – A Story in Pictures

The annual Region 2 Championship Arabian Horse Show was held this weekend at the Earl Warren Show Grounds.  Exhibitors from across California and neighboring states brought their best show horses and competitive attitudes to the picturesque coastal city of Santa Barbara California where champions were named and dreams were realized.

The Region 2 Championship is an AHA and USEF Recognized event that requires horses and riders to compete and qualify based upon points and placings gathered in Class A qualifying shows to be eligible for participation.  Riders compete for honors that include Champion, Reserve Champion and Top Five.  A host of classes, including Halter, Showmanship, Western Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure, English Pleasure, Sidesaddle, Trail, Reining, Native Costume, Driving, Show Hack, and various Equitation events are offered.  The Region 2 Show staff does an excellent job each year of making this a fabulous event for riders of all ages and experience levels, from trainers to walk/jog riders.  Ice Cream Socials, volleyball, BBQ’s and a Patron’s Dinner brings competitors together outside of competition, but the majority of the action is centered in preparation for those thrilling and all too fleeting moments in the show ring.

The only thing more beautiful than the weather this weekend, which hovered around 80 degrees, was the host of incredible horses and amazing talent.  And now that it’s over, we begin the journey all over again so that we can enjoy another fabulous Region 2 Championship Show next year!

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I have been an equestrian most of my life, having gotten my first pony at the age of 5, and 30 years later, I competitively exhibit my Half Arabian Reining horse on both the Arabian and NRHA circuits. There are three passions in my life, riding, photography and writing. Being able to combine all three of these things is a dream come true.

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