Made up of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia (a central area of the United States), it is also the “center” of considerable horse activity, not only from its leadership in the Arabian horse community in America, but also for its range of activities.
The rolling fields and hills of some portions of the region have provided beautiful and challenging sites for national competitive and endurance rides over the years. Each May, the nationally-recognized Buckeye Sweepstakes horse show rolls around, giving us a preview of winners to come at the U.S. Nationals. This show is one of the most prestigious Arabian horse shows in the country and we are proud that it happens in our region! And speaking of regions and shows, the Silverama comes around in June every year. This is the Region 14 regional championship show, and what a show it is. Known as one of the “toughest” shows, in terms of competition, this show has garnered praise and compliments from exhibitors nationwide for the quality of the facility – the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky – and the professionalism of those working to see that the show is one of the best in the country. We also have many smaller breed and open shows throughout our region that encourage competition at all levels and many disciplines, including dressage and sport horse.
The Al Marah Arabian Horse Gallery, completed in 2010, is an impressive permanent exhibit that is part of the Kentucky Horse Park’s museum. Annually over one million people visit the park and have an opportunity to see the wonderful Arabian horse. We are honored to have this as part of our region.
We all know that owning horses does not necessarily mean showing them. We encourage people to enjoy their horses in any way they can including recreational riding programs. We have numerous local clubs and delegates, elected annually from these clubs, attend the national AHA convention. They speak for you and others, so make sure you know your club’s delegates and let them know your thoughts and feelings. Regional meetings are held regularly and you are invited and encouraged to attend. Work through your clubs and their officers and your regional officers — keep involved, keep informed and most of all, keep enjoying your beautiful Arabian and Half-Arabian horses!