The Most Glamorous Arabian Event in the World
The 2015 Arabian Breeders World Cup was once again host to some of the most influential Arabian horses, breeders and owners in the International Arabian community. The panel of International Judges included Connie Cole-O’Brien of the USA, Emrys Jones of the UK, Reinaldo De Rocha Leao of Brazil, Richard Petty of the USA, Colleen Rutherford of Australia and Karl-Heinz Stockle of Germany.
As quoted by Beth Ellen Hunziker in her coverage of the show, “This international show is the most prestigious showcase devoted to purebred Arabian Halter and Breeding horses in America and it is gaining ground with breeders, owners and handlers around the globe. To compete at the World Cup, horse and handlers must be ready to stand up against the best in the Arabian show ring today. The depth of this year’s competition, the extravagant staging of the venue and the intense energy of Las Vegas made this World Cup a truly exhilarating experience.” Click here to read complete article by Beth
In addition to the awards presented to the highest quality purebred Arabian mares, stallions, fillies and colts of the show, the AHBA annually recognizes the members of the Arabian community who significantly contribute to the success and growth of the breed.
- Handler of Excellence - This award is sponsored by Chris and Sonya Bickford and is presented to the handler the judges find to have demonstrated the best horsemanship, sportsmanship and respect for their horses and peers during the show. Ted Carson was the 2015 recipient of this award. The judges also requested honorable mention of Murray Popplewell for his dedication, horsemanship and sportsmanship.
- AHBA Breeders Cup - In honor of the show title Arabian BREEDERS World Cup, an award is presented annually to the breeder who achieves the greatest success with horses competing at the show. This prestigious award was presented to Dean and Terri Wikel of Pegasus Arabians.
- Ambassador Award - Sheila Varian was the recipient of this years Ambassador Award. The AHBA and award sponsors Murray and Shirley Popplewell of Rae Dawn Arabians were honored to congratulate Sheila on her accomplishments and dedication to the Arabian horse community.
“There is a serendipitous quality to time in regards to socializing at the ABWC. I have formed more meaningful friendships and acquaintances in Vegas than any other show—and nearly each one is rooted in impromptu opportunities due to the unique venue.” states Lisa Abraham in her article on the 2015 show. Click here to read the complete article by Lisa
The Arabian Horse Breeders Alliance Board of Directors and The ABWC Show Committee extend a heartfelt thank you to the exhibitors, sponsors and spectators for their continued support and look forward to celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the show with you all in 2016.