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SEPTEMBER 22, 2010

The Scottsdale Classic set for Sept. 30 – Oct. 6

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scottsdale classicCelebrating its 8th year, The Scottsdale Classic being held Sept. 30 – Oct. 6 is shaping up to be one of the best yet. Already the host hotels are reporting brisk bookings, and entries are streaming in for the Quarter Horse classes, the NRHA and NSBA classes, and the Futurities.

Over the years, the show held at WestWorld in Scottsdale, has consistently attracted some of the best American Quarter Horse competition in the country. That reputation and a history of being a well-run event with great parties and activities, has resulted in steadily increasing numbers, even through a difficult economy.

This year the show will not disappoint, as competitors and spectators can enjoy new events, make use of new WestWorld facilities and relax at festive new parties.

The Scottsdale Classic is expecting even more than the 7,000 entries seen last year. In 2009, over $200,000 was paid out in money and prizes. This October, there will be plenty more cash, trophies and prizes to be won, including the return of $50,000 Added Open 3 year old Reining Futurity, the $10,000 Added Non Pro Reining Futurity, the $7,500 Added 2 Year and 3 Year Old Western Pleasure Futurity, along with additional NSBA/NRHA Futurities and Maturities. Back by popular demand this year will be a Special Event Trail and Western Riding. New this year will be the NRHA Conquistador Whiz Open and Non Pro Derby with $15,000 added money.

Competitors benefit from large AQHA class sizes ensuring plenty of points. Even with the large number of horses however, the spacious WestWorld grounds allow plenty of room for warming up or hanging out. Close to 2,300 AQHA points were awarded in 2009 to competitors that came from 29 states and from Canada. The show typically has a good youth turn out as well.

As always, The Scottsdale Classic strives to be the “Fun Show,” and this year the fun will include a Pro-Am Reining, a Dog Agility class, Costume Dog and Handler class, as well as Costume Stick Horse and Lead Line classes for the littlest exhibitors. Friday is Cancer Awareness Day when everyone is encouraged to show in pink and culminating in a Pink Glove dance during the Equine Chronicle Party. A complete listing of classes, special events, parties and activities is available on-line at

Scottsdale Classic co-founder and Chairman, Jerry Kimmel, sums it up best; “we are looking forward to seeing everyone again this year at the 8th Annual Scottsdale Classic. This year has many new and exciting events that we are certain everyone will enjoy.”

With good competition, a variety of fun events, great parties and friendly staff, it is no wonder the Scottsdale Classic has become one of the premier Quarter Horse shows in the nation.

For more information about the Scottsdale Classic Futurity & Quarter Horse Show contact Barbara Dietz at 602-919-2971.