October 28 – 29
Judge: Tessa Peacock
The Queensland Arabian Saddle Horse of the year is the penultimate event of Arabian Saddle Horse competitions.
Since 2014 the Downs Arabian Club has hosted this prestigious event, running in conjunction with the Top of the Range Arabian Event. We are proud to offer two great shows over one weekend!
The show was first held in 1994 in conjunction with Equestrian Australia. 14 Purebred Arabian stallions contended for the title that year. The QLD Crabbet Arabian Group (with Russell Flynn and Kathy Saggers organising) ran the show and it was held in conjunction with EA for the last time in 1997 at Brookfield. That was 31 August 1997, the day that Princess Diana had been killed in a car crash. Competitors remember announcements being made over the loudspeaker to inform them of the accident. In 1997 and 1998 at Brookfield Peter Wright on one of his stallions lead the horses into each class. The 1999 Show then moved to Toowoomba with EA and from 2000 and on the QLD HOTY became a stand alone show finding it’s home at Gatton for a number of years.
The perpetual trophies originally belonged with the Queensland Crabbet Group’s Arabian Summer Show. The Lady Diana Trophy for Purebred Newcomers was donated by Phyllis Hopf in memory of one of her great foundation mares. The Eileen Wolfe trophy for Champion Youth Rider was named for Eileen Wolfe, the longtime secretary of the Crabbet Group, and an organizer of the Summer Show. The Mark Grundy trophy for Derivative Newcomer is named for Mark Grundy, a prominent Crabbet breeder and a great showman who handled successful horses such as Arabian Park Phaeton.