Inaugural National Arabian Horse Day Announced for Feb. 19
By Claire Natale -
Monday Jan 24, 2022
Arabian Horse Association of Arizona Secures National Day, Celebrations Planned
– Founded in 2021 by the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona (AHAA), a non-profit organization, National Arabian Horse Day on Feb. 19 seeks to introduce and educate the world on the benefits of having an Arabian horse in your life, thus ensuring the breed's longevity.
Arabians are one of the oldest horse breeds in the world, with origins dating back thousands of years to the Arabian Peninsula. The Bedouins, tribesmen of Arabia, are believed to be the first to domesticate the horse, forming a harmonious relationship in times of both peace and war. The horse is good-natured, quick to learn, and willing to please, while also exhibiting supreme endurance and speed. A symbol of military might, cavalry needs led to the spread of the breed around the world.
Today, the Arabian horse retains all these desired qualities that made it so coveted, exemplifying beauty, grace, stamina, athletic ability, versatility and emotional connections with its human counterpart. Arabians are both champion show horses and backyard companions.
This inaugural day falls during the world’s largest Arabian horse show, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, taking place at WestWorld in Scottsdale from Feb. 17 through Sunday, Feb. 27. The AHAA is planning special celebrations at the show on Feb. 19 and welcomes the public to get involved by attending the show, and joining a local affiliate club (visit arabianhorses.org for more information.). To visit an Arabian horse farm, go to experiencearabianhorses.com/farm-finder to learn more and share your experiences and knowledge of the breed with others. Use the hashtag #NationalArabianHorseDay on social media to stay connected.
“We are thrilled to have a national day recognizing the Arabian horse,” said Taryl O’Shea executive director of the AHAA. “This breed is extremely special, and we hope that more people get involved in the Arabian horse community and experience the joy and excitement these horses can bring to your life.”
About the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona
The Arabian Horse Association of Arizona (AHAA), a nonprofit organization, is the recipient of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce Sterling Award, Arizona Business Magazine’s Economic Engines of Arizona Award, the Arizona State Governor’s Tourism Award and inductee into the Scottsdale History Hall of Fame. AHAA donates to charitable causes such as March of Dimes, Cox Charities, Phoenix Crisis Nursery, College Education Funds, Youth Programs and many more worthy organizations. Learn more at http://www.scottsdaleshow.com.