Looking back on a magical show season, it's fun to think about the 2011 season and musing about shows I would love to attend – a bucket list of sorts. To read more about each show listed, just click on its highlighted name.
I realize that the World Equestrian Games (WEG) were just held in Lexington, Kentucky, but with Renoir showing at the national level there was just no way to fit it in, so for that reason the WEG gets on the list. The next WEG will be in Normandy, France in 2014.
Salon du Cheval
December 4-13, 2010
Paris, horses, just weeks before Christmas! Need I say more?
World Equestrian Festival
July 8-17, 2011
Geographically, Aachen is Germany's westernmost city, located along its borders with Belgium and The Netherlands. On the face of it, to me, this looks to be a lot like the WEG. Germany has so many fabulous horse barns and I am sure I would enjoy losing myself just touring them.
Arabian Breeders World Cup
Las Vegas, NV at the South Point Hotel & Casino
April 14-17, 2011, in its 5th year.
I'm told this show is the closest we've got stateside to the Salon du Cheval in Paris. I would love to combine a trip to this show with tickets to see Celine Dion again at Caesar's Palace.
Menton Arabian Horse Show
In France's Alpes-Martimes department, on the French Riviera Mediterranean, Menton is near the Italian border and hosts this show annually in mid June.
Arabian Horses Rendez-Vous
Monte Carlo, Monaco
May 7-8, 2011
I don't know much about this show other than what's written on its website. Ever the Francophile, I am lured by the equine/venue combination.
Pride of Poland
If I could give up going to Canadian Nationals I would love to put together an Eastern European holiday with this show as the trip's centerpiece.
Counted among my current all time favorites is the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Technically, since I've been twice and shown there once this isn't a true Bucket List candidate, but I would like to make it a perennial trip so I'm adding it. Scottsdale is so much fun with such beautiful animals, plenty variety in classes, an abundance of shopping, lots of local farms to visit, several of my social networking friends make the pilgrimage, plus there is usually plenty of warm and sunshine, which for this Minnesotan is a much needed mid-winter balm.
Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
Scottsdale, Arizona at Westworld
Feb 17-27, 2011, in its 56th year
No doubt, there are other great horse shows, and I am open to suggestions, but these are the ones I know about and dream of attending as a spectator or exhibitor.
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