Horsing Around at SVS Sport Horse Festival
Some will be there simply for the thrill of the ride and to learn about horse care; others will be ready to buy, selecting from a crop of beautiful, spirited young horses. The setting is north Scottsdale’s West World, which will host the SVS Sport Horse Expo and Auction Nov. 20 through Nov. 23 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
The expo is a combination of athletic events and studious seminars. Highlights of the event schedule include:
• Young Horse Free Jump Challenge – wild-at-heart young horses get to do some free-styling, taking off on their own and jumping obstacles.
• High Jump and Gymnastic Exhibition – the faint of heart will cover their eyes here, as while horses are leaping, human gymnasts flip and twist.
• Dressage Dancing Presentation – a Western ballet of sorts, with riders guiding horses to gracefully “dance” around the arena.
The action culminates with the annual Sport Horse Auction, a grand finale with bidders going after the best of this year’s bunch.
The long ride of a weekend also features guest speakers such as Dr. Martin Crabo of Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center; Julie Winkle, a well-known equestrian and judge; and Buddy Uldrikson, a cowboy who will present “How to Break a Young Horse.” Other seminar topics range from equine massage, to bits and bitting, to lameness issues.
Events and presentations for children include “Paint by Number,” “Discovering the Equine Skeleton” and “Discovering the Equine Digestive System.”
This year, the Horse Expo is raising the bar by supporting five local organizations: the Phoenix Dream Center Foster Care Program; Horses Help; Canter; Just World; and Scottsdale Community College.