The Championship Features

The Purebred Arabian Championships

The Purebred Arabian Championships is the marquee showcase for the Arabian horse, not only at the Australian Arabian National Championships, but within the show scene across the continent. Celebrating its 38th anniversary in 2020, the Purebred Arabian Championships has been the core event around which all the breeds, disciplines and exhibitor skill levels have united to create the ultimate celebration of the Arabian & Arabian Derivative breeds at the Australian Arabian National Championships.

The Arabian Derivative Championships

The Arabian Derivative has been an essential component of the Arabian horse in Australia since the 1940’s, when the Anglo-Arabian registry was created to provide support for one of the world’s most celebrated combination of breeds: the crossing of the ancient noble Arabian horse with the aristocratic Thoroughbred. Since that time, seven more Arabian Derivatives registries and one performance register have been created domestically to encourage the breeding and wide-spread use of Arabian related equine athletes across a broad range of demanding endeavours and highly skilled disciplines.

The Non-professional Championships

An important element of the Australian Arabian National Championships is the focus on Non-Professional exhibitors, a demographic of great potential and expansive growth, towards which the Arabian Horse Society of Australia has dedicated considerable resources in an effort to introduce the Arabian horse both positively and proactively to the largest number of new owners, breeders and enthusiasts.

The Dressage Championships

While not classified as a separate section of the Australian Arabian National Championships, the Dressage Championships has steadily grown in both number of exhibits, as well as in prestige & popularity over the past decade. Both purebred Arabians & Arabian Derivatives excel in this Olympic sport, as do our Youth & Non-Pro exhibitors.

Ridden Championships

The Arabian Horse Society is pleased to utilize the Ridden Scorecard for Purebred Arabian & Arabian Derivative Ridden National Championships since 2016. Used to assess the Championship according to the class specifications of Type & Conformation (60%) and Performance (40%), the Ridden Scorecard will assess all exhibits on a scale of one (1) to ten (10) in the following categories.

Silver Snaffle

A perpetual favourite, the Silver Snaffle feature the best young saddle horses (aged 4 & 5 years only) in both the Arabian and Arabian Derivative divisions and will be a highlight on Thursday afternoon in the main indoor arena.

Ultra Arabian Challenge

After a very successful introduction in 2016, the Ultra National Championship Challenges are back as a permanent feature of the event! Expanded to include all breeds of Arabian Derivatives as well as API recorded horses, the Ultra Arabian, Ultra Arabian Derivative & Ultra Arabian Performance Index Challenges will reward those entries that best exemplify their respective breed ideals both as a breeding/in-hand horse and as a ridden performer.

Versatility Challenge

Also back as a permanent feature is the Versatility Challenge, expanded from its introduction in 2016 to include three divisons: purebred Arabians, Arabian Derivatives and Arabian Performance Index recorded horses in their own separate sections.

Honour Roll

A complete list of Australian Arabian National Champions since 1982 has been compiled on the AANC Honour Roll.