Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
SmartPaker Carolyn and I packed our bags once again, but this time we headed to Scottsdale, Arizona, for the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. This show focuses solely on the Arabian horse and included almost any discipline you could think of (the shopping at this event is incredible too!). We had an opportunity to watch some fabulous horses and got a chance to chat with their owners and other spectators as well. We also had the privilege of visiting some wonderful barns in the area. We closed out the first week with a SmartPak Academy presentation where were talked with horse owners about some major supplement categories and horse health topics.
This February we headed down to the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. SmartPaker Kristen and I attended the first week of the show and it was perfect timing—we was able to delight in warm sunny weather while missing two major snow storms in Massachusetts! We enjoyed meeting customers at our booth, around the show, at the SmartPak Academy event that we hosted on the show grounds, and at barn visits throughout the Scottsdale area. Not only did we get to meet our human customers, but we met many of our four legged ones as well, both equine and canine! We had lots of fun watching the show and eating all of the great show food, particularly the ice cream!
As an Arabian horse owner for the last 16 years, I was excited to attend the 2014 Scottsdale Arabian Show in Arizona, and the show did not disappoint. From ruckus halter classes to lovely Western Pleasure rides, horses and riders gleamed in the warm Arizona sun. Fellow SmartPaker Paige and I literally hit the ground running as soon as we arrived at the show grounds as we assisted with our SmartPak Academy, visited several barns in the area, and made friends left and right at our booth in the main hall. As a native Floridian, I am used to nice weather in February, but nothing could prepare me for how beautiful Arizona was as we ooooh’d and aaahhh’d our way around Scottsdale, Cave Creek, and Phoenix. Twin L Performance Horses, Sherry Templin Training Stables, and RadStar Farm were very kind to allow us to pop by for visits, and what better way to enjoy a breezy afternoon than meeting lovely horses and their talented trainers? I can’t wait to go back next year!
As if getting outside of the office to go to a show with such a beautiful breed (Arabians, of course!) wasn’t enough of a treat, Scottsdale was 80 degrees and sunny every day! Coming from New England you have to understand that this was heaven! Aside from that, I had an amazing time getting to chat with lots of horse owners from all over the country helping to make their horses even healthier, hosting a SmartPak Academy, watching a wide array of classes at the show (like this adorable pair in the cutting arena), and getting up-close-and-personal with some of the 2014 Arabian champions while participating in a few award ceremonies. One of my favorite parts of this show was running into FOUR of our current customers that I work with. It truly is a small world as none of us had any idea that we were attending this show, but it was so fun to put a face to name. Here I am with Alana, Logan’s mom (a gorgeous Quarter Horse). So nice meeting you Alana, Marygrace, Tanja, (and seeing you again Cindy)! I also must add that anyone visiting Scottsdale must go to Over Easy for breakfast. I can’t wait to go back!