About 1800 horses with Arabian bloodlines will descend on Tulsa, Oklahoma, this week for the nine-day US Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show.
The show, which opens on Friday in Expo Square, is billed as the most prestigious North American championship in the Arabian show horse industry.
The event will showcase Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arab horses, with both amateur and professional riders or handlers competing in halter, native costume, reining, working cow, cutting, trail, show hack, sidesaddle, park horse, driving and english, western and hunter classes.
The event has also drawn about 1800 exhibitors.
The show’s economic impact for Tulsa is put at close to $US40 million.
Exhibitors and horses participating in the show must have qualified at local and regional level in order to compete.
The most prestigious title at stake is that of US National Champion.
Class sessions begin each day at 8am, 1pm and 7pm.
The event is free to attend.
The Arabian Horse Association serves 26,000 members across North America. It registers and maintains a database of more than 1 million Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arab horses and administers about $US3 million in annual prize money.
More information: www.arabianhorses.org/USN