Story and photographs by Betty Finke
Until the early 1980s, Arabian showing in Europe consisted mainly of small breed shows that were intended to help breeders evaluate and select their breeding stock. There were very few international shows. Halter horses were still shown the traditional way, although a few newer breeders were already beginning to copy the American style of showing, and professional trainers were all but unknown. People still showed their own horses, unless they knew someone who could do it for them if they couldn’t run fast enough.