Saddle up

The 50th U.S. Nationals Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show is returning to Tulsa Expo Square this fall. 

The show begins October 21 and runs through October 29, starting daily at 8 a.m.

Take advantage of free admission to watch handlers and riders compete in a myriad of class disciplines. This nine-day event will feature competitions in cutting, native costume, sidesaddle, working cow and halter, among others. 

During last year’s show, 10,000 spectators came to watch over 1,700 horses compete. 

Hosted by the Arabian Horse Association, the show will offer several activities in addition to watching the horses compete. 

The Annual Wine Walk and Calcutta, hosted by the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund, will take place on Friday, October 29 starting at 5 p.m. There will be a silent auction while drink and food is served. 

Free behind-the-scene tours will be available to the public from October 21 to October 25. The Total Arabian Interaction and Learning Program (T.A.I.L.) will take children and adults on a tour which includes the chance to meet an Arabian horse. All children who participate in T.A.I.L. will receive a children’s book entitled The Black Stallion, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. 

‘A Tour of Arabian Horse Legends’ exhibit will be located in the Exchange Center for the duration of the show. This walk-thru display will take you back in time to discover the history of Arabian horse breeders and trainers. 

There will also be shopping available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Exchange building, daily. Venders will feature clothing, art, jewelry, and more. 

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