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.
With an awe-inspiring history spanning nearly five thousand years, the Arabian horse is celebrated the world over as an equine of unsurpassed beauty, versatility, intelligence and endurance. Domesticated, and subsequently bred and nurtured, by the Bedouin of the Arabian Peninsula for generations to survive the harsh and challenging conditions of nomadic desert life, the Arabian horse has evolved as an equine athlete of superior conformation and function. Those attributes which comprise fundamental Arabian type – superb balance and harmony of proportion, exceptional refinement and quality of skin and hair coat, strong solid dense bone and hooves, an instinctive alertness, curiosity and intelligence, uncompromising tenacity and stamina, as well as the ability to travel long distances at extreme temperatures with limited food & water – have inspired breeders and horsemen throughout the civilized world for millennia. As a result, horses of Arabian origin have been incorporated into nearly every light horse breed in existence, including several pony breeds and a handful of draft breeds. No other breed has had such a profound influence on equine activity & history, and subsequently influenced the success of human history, as has the Arabian horse – the world’s oldest, and still the incomparable original, equine breed.