Being British means I take my dogs and horses very seriously! The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is for anyone who takes their horses seriously and that of course includes dogs! Every year it takes place at WestWorld in north Scottsdale and this, the 63rd annual event is running through to Sunday February 25th.
General admission tickets are just $10 and this enables you to walk around and see just about everything. Seating and boxes can be secured with more expensive tickets.
Arabian tribesmen - the Bedouins were the first to breed the Arabian horse and they were valued above all other possessions. Eventually they made their way into North Africa and up into France, Spain and England. The first Arabian horse in the United States was owned by George Washington, who crossbred his thoroughbred Arabian stallion with cavalry horses to strengthen the military.
The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has grown over the years and today brings in around 2000 horses with owners, trainers and breeders from around the world competing for a win. It can mean big money for a breeder winning here in Scottsdale.
Activities start at 8 or 9 am and go on throughout each day of the event until 6 pm. There are "behind the scene barn tours" and "meet an Arabian horse", as well as a host of other fun things to learn and do! The show is very dog friendly, so BYOD on a leash of course, and enjoy a number of dog activities with your fur baby!
The outdoor arena is a perpetual flow of competitions in various categories. An indoor arena also showcases various events and there are warm-up rings where horses and riders can get the blood flowing. It's non-stop horsemanship at it's best.
Outside, around the main arena, top breeders lounge in their mini marquee tents with plush interiors and entertain buyers.
Horses are walked or ridden from the warm-up ring to their competition or back to their stables, so you really get to rub shoulders and withers with the finest!
It's an open, easy going event to saunter around, be prepared to get some good old Arizona dust on your boots. Enjoy a myriad of fashions too, from horse garb to traditional Arabian costumes, to those who invest all their money in horses and don't honestly care what they wear!
Inside the main hall, vendors sell everything horsey: saddles, tack, clothing and accessories!
My horsey background began when I learned to ride as a young child, English style of course! For most of my late childhood and early teens I went to the local riding school every week for an hour lesson and an hour hack (a ride through the countryside). I cycled five miles there and five miles back come rain or shine (mostly rain) every Saturday and Sunday for this privilege! I entered every local gymkhana and show jumping event and acquired a stack of rosettes which I proudly kept until some point in my adult life when they finally disappeared.
At the age of 19, I took out a bank loan and bought my own pony for five hundred British pounds. Her name was Moony because she had a moon crest on her forehead! She was a solid 15 hands Welsh Cob! She was not happy about her move to come and live with me - she missed her partner in crime, a donkey who had been her mate for donkey's years ha ha! She became erratic and very disagreeable, such that I couldn't take her out on the road as she was too unpredictable. Eventually, I sold her to a reputable riding school where she would have the company she so desired. I later found out that she became one of their best ponies in the school. She was happy again!
Hats off to all the competitors, exquisite horses, breeders and the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and it's sponsors! This is a phenomenal event that we are so fortunate to enjoy here in beautiful Scottsdale. Do visit if you can! Click here - Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show to check out the timetable of events on their website.
As always, thank you for stopping by!
Crane birds are the latest graphic to turn iconic, rather like pineapples and pelicans in seasons past. My crush began last year with a pair of crane bird palazzo pants, and now continues with two recent finds that are so inexpensive they're bound to fly off the racks before you can say "Get the flock out of here!"
First up, this crane bird shirt from H&M - $34.99. It's a wide-cut satin fabric of a heavier than normal weight which provides a good fall and drape. It's slinky with deep broad cuffs, red piping detail and feels like wearing a lose fitting jacket or kimono. Despite the weight, it's surprisingly cool and possibly one of the comfiest blouses I possess. It's non-form fitting silhouette and thickness makes it a bra-free advocate adding to the comfort factor.
It works just as well with flats as it does dressed up with heels. It also works with a variety of pant styles from smart to casual. Since my outfits above were predominantly black, I added the red bag to highlight the red piping on the shirt.
The possibilities go on an on with this shirt. I'm struggling to find anything more pleasurable to wear right now, it feels luxurious against the skin and is a major win in the style category. It runs very large - I've sized down two sizes for a less billowing effect.
Next up, this wrap, kimono, cover-up, whatever... call it what you want, it's the jewel in the crane crown!
Long at the front, short at the back and proper arm holes so it doesn't slip off! Twirl away in this emerald green (they call it teal) Asian inspired wrap. It would also make the perfect beach cover up.
This wrap is from Forever 21 - $17.90. It comes in two sizes, this one I'm wearing is S/M. It's only available in store so I don't have a link to it below, but here is the bar code number: 00242819021 and the style number: C00141 should you want to seek it out!
If you like either of these pieces, better hurry before they take flight... ha ha! Link to crane bird shirt and similar pieces below to get the look!
Have a wonderful weekend lovelies!
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As Valentine's Day approaches romance is in the air and spring tickles our senses with the melting of snow, peep shows of sunlight and flowering buds
Only recently did bike-sharing make its debut in Scottsdale AZ, although the program has been active in Phoenix (on a much smaller scale) and elsewhere within the US for several years.
They appeared like magic out of nowhere. Abracadabra... suddenly there were lime green and bright yellow bicycles left randomly on street corners, at bus stops or lined up in neat rows like soldiers.
Bicycles were multiplying across the city faster than you could say "on your bike mate"! We are being invaded by aliens disguised as neon colored bicycles!
We have Balenciaga to thank for the return and subsequent sock booties crush that has emerged this past fall and winter season. That's alright, I for one enjoy crushing on high-end designer styles, especially when they're rapidly made available at a not so high-end designer price!
In case you're unfamiliar with the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions, they are the car lover's dream and for those who can afford to bid, and win - perhaps a dream come true!
Shopping for jeans is perhaps one of the most difficult endeavors we women have to deal with from a clothing stand point. Finding the perfect pair has been my life's work!
With high street shops and mall store favorites closing down on a weekly basis, we better get our heads around this online shopping malarkey. It's here to stay and millions of online vendors selling everything from cat litter to cat walk designer clothes are magically opening their virtual doors for business out there in the ether of internet land. So too are the plethora of "influencers" jumping on the band wagon from here to Timbuktu persuading their followers that this, that or the other product is the best. But it's not all bad... let me explain!
Hello, my name is Karen and I'm addicted to coats! As a self professed coat addict, I recently decided that a faux fur leopard coat is not just a "nice to have" but an essential winter wardrobe "must have"! Clearly everyone else thinks so too, because faster than I can write this article, the faux fur leopard coats and jackets are selling out like hot cakes.
Here is my comparison between two faux fur leopard coat contestants that made it to the keepers finale!
Ready for Christmas, I wish! It's a rare occurrence for me to be fully prepared for Christmas in advance of the actual due date, in particular the buying of gifts. Even less likely to be gift ready for those I know who celebrate Hanukkah since the due date for that is even earlier! You probably think I have a fear of deadlines... perhaps so!
At least I have the decorations up! Last year the hubby didn't erect the tree until it was so late I didn't have time to hang the baubles on it! We had a naked tree all through the holidays with the only consolation being that it's pre-lit so it sort of had it's underwear on!
Let me introduce you to my new shopping BFF, Natalie Attired! Fashion fun in a box delivered right to your door as often as you like!
Wearing a suit definitely gets you taken more seriously. The epitome of power dressing, a Prince of Wales check suit is one to be reckoned with, and this one is serious on so many levels: style, comfort, price and versatility.
It's quite possible I may have saved you from the arduous task of searching for the perfect little black dress that can be styled up or down, is simple, comfortable, versatile and inexpensive. You're welcome! My perseverance has paid off and "voila", say hello to my little friend the perfect LBD!
A spray-on tan has to be one of the easiest and cost effective ways to get yourself an allover instant golden tan ready for a vacation or special event. I had the opportunity to try this beauty treatment, a completely customized hand sprayed tan at the Golden Glo Airbrush Tanning salon in Scottsdale. I am absolutely amazed how natural it looks and how gorgeous it made me feel.
Don't underestimate shopping in your daughters' favorite stores. Whilst they're not likely to become our be-all and end-all shopping euphoria, the prices are ridiculously cheap, and if you seek out the right fit, fabrics and styles, you can snag yourself a wardrobe gem that doesn't look cheap or Forever 21!
Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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