SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — WestWorld complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., played host recently to the 65th annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, described as the Greatest Horse Show on Earth.
From Feb. 13-23, nearly 2,400 horses gathered, bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world competing for a chance at winning. These horses, along with their riders or handlers, complete in a variety of disciplines over the 10 days across four different arenas.
The youth portion of the show included a local rider, Ryley Egan. She is the daughter of Josh and Amber Egan of Walnut, and an eighth grader at Bureau Valley Junior High. She, along with her family, made the trip to Scottsdale to exhibit two of their Arabian horses. She showed her 8-year-old Half Arabian mare Belle Epoque NNW (Belle) in the 18-and-under Half Arabian English Pleasure division. She also showed her purebred Arabian gelding JTC Thunderstruck (Thunder) in the 14-and-under Arabian Country English Pleasure Division. She and her horses are trained and instructed by Ryan Strand at Liberty Meadows Training Center in Bucyrus, Kan.
This was Egan’s second year showing at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, and she worked hard over the past year to improve upon her multiple top 10 finishes the prior year. This year, her trip was highlighted by a Reserve Championship on Thunder in the Arabian County English Pleasure Junior Owner to Ride 14-and-under class. To go with her Reserve Champion garland, she also brought home two second-place ribbons, and third- and eighth-place ribbons, as well as three Top 10 ribbons. She credits her success to the support of her family and friends, and thanks everyone for cheering from home and in the stands.