The Arabian Working Western Community Facebook group brainstormed this past winter, culminating in the announcement of the Arabian and Half-Arabian Ranch Riding Futurity (horses aged 3 – 5). This event will offer $5,000 in added monies, split evenly between purebred and half-Arabian divisions in 2019. The Ranch Riding Futurity concept has had great traction among other stock horses, but until now has no equivalent in the Arabian breed.
The Arabian and Half-Arabian Ranch Riding Futurity is a great opportunity for young horses that might not be ready mentally or physically to take on the challenges of Reining, Cutting or Reined Cow Horse Futurities, but are solidly in their training process and ready to start a show career. This lower-key, lower stress alternative allows breeders, owners and trainers to show off their young stock, earn accolades and win some money to support their showing, breeding and training programs.
Ranch riding offers a showcase for the inherent versatility of the Arabian, and allows many of our breed types and bloodlines to participate successfully. Arabian and Half-Arabian western pleasure, hunter pleasure, sport horses and working western horses can all find a place in this exciting discipline. By introducing this new event, we hope to grow the Ranch Riding division as well as help support and incentivize breeders, trainers and owners who are producing and showing versatile, athletic Arabian and Half-Arabian horses. Be there at the WW Celebration Show, September 12 – 15, 2019, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin! Enjoy watching or being a part of this exciting new Arabian competition!
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