William Woods freshman scores big at Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

Emily BarkerEmily Barker, a freshman William Woods University equestrian science student from Chino Hills. California, won big at the 61st annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Feb. 11-15.

She and her horse, Hidalgo WP, earned reserve champion in Half Arabian Sport Horse Under Saddle Junior To Ride.

Barker also rode Rohara Marc My Word in Half Arabian Country English Pleasure and received Three Top 10s on him. She showed Hidalgo WP in Half Arabian Sport Horse, Dressage and Hunt Seat Equitation and they earned three Top 10s.

The largest event of its kind in the world, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is held at WestWorld in north Scottsdale and attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators. In addition to exciting competitions, gala parties, educational seminars and an international cuisine court, the event features more than 300 vendor booths, offering everything from lavish jewelry and clothing to works of art.

Since 1955 the Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has set the pace in the Arabian horse world. Over the years, it has grown from 50 horses to nearly 2,400 horses, bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world competing for a chance at winning.

Total prize money available at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is more than $1 million, and a win at Scottsdale can mean big money in the breeding barns.