Arabian Horse Show, Saguro Classic, Desert Classic
saguaro classic, desert classic show
2014 desert classic horse trail course

Photographer: Susan Kordish

Saguaro Classic, Desert Classic

Photographer: Paula Anderson

2014 Desert Classic, Saguaro classic

Photographer: Paula Anderson

2014 Desert Classic / Saguaro Classic

Enter a world of magic...
spend a day with the Arabian Horse

The oldest known breed of riding horse arose from the deserts of the Middle East. Originally bred by the Bedouins as a war horse, the desert environment gave the Arabian a large lung capacity, a short back for strength, incredible stamina coupled with the quickness and intelligence needed to be a superior war mount. This magnificent breed has contributed directly, or indirectly, to most of the breeds of today.


The severe climates of their beginnings forced them to share food, water and, in many cases, tents with their owners. This gave the Arabian a close affinity to man which is still evident today. The Bedouin tribes maintained the purity of the breed leading to the beautiful, athletic equine we see today; a horse capable of many disciplines from English to western and endurance to racing


Now take a short, guided tour of our Desert Classic All Arabian Horse Show: Sit in the comfortable, climate-controlled Equidome, and watch classes in English Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Halter and the ever-popular Native Costume Class, where the horses and riders show in authentic Arabian costume.


Venture out the east doors to the Working Western arenas and get a thrill as you see an Arabian, Half-Arabian on Anglo-Arabian reining horse run down the arena at full speed and then slide to a breathtaking stop!


As you catch your breath, walk over to the Trail arena and be amazed at how these highly intelligent horses negotiate a specific course of obstacles which may be found in any trail riding scenario.


Not enough yet? OK, keep walking and you will come to the Hunter/Jumpers. Yes, these wonderful horses can jump, too. And there's more! Marvel at the precise maneuvers performed in the Dressage tests as riders invisibly communicate with their horses while executing required movements in front of the judge. You will see horses being judged on their "good looks" and quality of movement in the Sport Horse In Hand classes.


On your way back to the Equidome take the opportunity to walk through one of the open barns and have the chance to get up close to these special horses.


After taking in all the excitment you will surely have developed an appetite. Enjoy great tasting food & drink and a cash bar in the Equidome. Complete your day by doing some pre-holiday shopping at our commercial vendors.


Here’s the best part — the show is FREE and so is parking! What are you waiting for!



Show your horse to a group of renowned judges in a world-class equestrian facility:

We offer classes in Halter, Pleasure and Country Pleasure Driving, English Show Hack, Native Costume, Ladies Sidesaddle, English and Country English Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Reining, Western and English Trail, Hunter/Jumper,
Sport Horse and Dressage.


Our show is AHA and USDF Recognized and USEF Rated and is a qualifying show for Region VII and Pacific Slope.


Cash prizes are awarded every session! You could be a winner!


First Place class winners and Champions receive vouchers that are good at any of our commercial or food vendors.


Our Patron’s Lounge now serves a full lunch to Patrons on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Our food vendor offers a variety of great food and is open throughout the show.


The Desert Classic Show is the third largest show in Region VII and has a reputation as being one of the most exhibitor friendly shows in the nation. We invite you to bring your horses and enjoy the experience.

Photographer: Susan Kordish