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Californians shine in sunny 55th Scottsdale show

2010 Arabian show entries surpass 8,200

From Horsetrader staff reports - March 18th, 2010 - Show & Event News

Master Jullyen V (Jullyen El Jamaal x Misty Morn V) was handled by Mike Beethe for Varian Arabians of Arroyo Grande to the Scottsdale Signature Stallion Yearling Colt Championship at the 55th Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Feb. 11-21.

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Master Jullyen V (Jullyen El Jamaal x Misty Morn V) was handled by Mike Beethe for Varian Arabians of Arroyo Grande to the Scottsdale Signature Stallion Yearling Colt Championship at the 55th Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Feb. 11-21.

SCOTTDALE, Ariz. – The Valley of the Sun lived up to its name this year at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show at Westworld, as show officials and exhibitors alike hailed the 55th annual edition of this event a success.

Except for a stormy final two days, the Scottdale Show basked in spring-like weather compared to the rest of the nation, and participation was warm, too. Entries increased this year to 8,230 in 744 classes, with the number of horses (2,240) about 350 more than two years ago. The horse total may have fallen from last year, but show officials were pleased with the increase in entries, nonetheless.

“It was a great show,” said Executive Director Taryl Pearson, who saw record crowds of 200,000 go through the gates. “A lot of people have said to me that they might cut out a lot of the other shows — the smaller shows that they did throughout the year if their budget is tightened — and just go to one or two shows. Scottsdale is on the roster.”

Show secretary Jean Beck said those who made the event registered for more classes.

“It seems to be a trend where if people are going to come to the show, they are going to make the most of it and show more,” said show secretary Jean Beck.

Making the most out of their trip was a California contingent from Burkman Centre of Los Alamos. Led by Cynthia Burkman and her assistant trainers Marisa Basinger and Danielle Stock, the Burkman Centre team took 34 of their clients’ top horses and returned with a bounty that included seven championship titles, eight reserves and 37 Top Tens.

Two young riders, Madison Stevens and Sarah Esqueda, came away with Youth Out-of-State High Point titles in the 14-17 and 13-under categories, respectively. Stevens enjoyed championships with Aflair CF (Half-Arabian Hunter Pleasure Junior to Ride and Junior Owner to Ride) and Cowgirl Cool (Half-Arabian Western Junior Owner to Ride) and Reserve titles with Cowgirl Cool (Half-Arabian Western Pleasure Junior to Ride 14-17), Premier Edition V+// (Half-Arabian Show Hack Junior to Ride 17-under) and Maverick Afire+ (Purebred Show Hack Junior to Ride 17 and under). Esqueda was show champion on The Big Dance+ (Half-Arabian Country Junior Owner to Ride 13 and under) and reserve on Moonlightt Cyzzle+// (Half-Arabian Hunter Junior Owner to Ride 13 and under).

Cynthia Burkman and Burkman Centre of Los Alamos -- here with winning Arabian Hunter Pleasure, Maiden Horse, Jade Creek's Brando JCA -- had 37 Top Tens.

Rick Osteen photo

Cynthia Burkman and Burkman Centre of Los Alamos -- here with winning Arabian Hunter Pleasure, Maiden Horse, Jade Creek's Brando JCA -- had 37 Top Tens.

“This was the first show for Burkman Centre this year, and there were some notable advancements,” said Basingser, who was show champion on GR Khaleidoscope in Purebred Ladies English Sidesaddle. “”Many of our then-5 year-old junior horses turned six this year and moved on to the adult horse divisions, and two of our junior riders moved up into older age divisions and did so with confidence. In that sense, this was a very rewarding show.”

Under the wing of Burkman Centre, Highland Pride Arabians of Whittier enjoyed show success. Along with her cousin, Esqueda, Highland Pride was represented by Caitlin Pigott, who moved up to the 14-17 age division and earned awards on RCK Austintacious+//, Moonlightt Cyzzle+/, Malibu Sunset M+/ and LA Justincredible+/. Alison Pigott competed in the Adult Amateur division and excelled with two of their stallions, Krusayder+ and Psytation EA+.

The young Stevens represents Remington Monroe Equine LLC, which also enjoyed success from sibling Holland Stevens. In her first show cantering in the show ring, Holland took Maverick Afire+, GR Khaleidscope, and Capt Jack Sparrow PGA to awards.

Burkman Centre’s neighboring farms also sent horses to Scottsdale with Burkman, who showed in the open division horses from Jade Creek Arabians and Daydream Arabians, both in the Santa Ynez Valley.

MORE RESULTS: For complete results of the show, go to website: http://www.scottsdaleshow.com

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