I am sponsored by the City of Scottdale.
My artist is Julie Mason.
I am here to support The Rotary Club of Scottsdale.
And I have a story for you.......
Talented local artist Julie Mason had such a good time painting her horse Esperanza, which means hope in Spanish, that it became a labor of love for her. The horse is so large she needed to paint in her garage and was met with transfixed faces and offers to help from her neighbors and friends. Esperanza is sponsored by the City of Scottsdale and it could not be more appropriate. Julie chose to have one side of this beautiful horse as a sunrise and the other side as a sunset. What a cool way to portray life in the City of Scottsdale which tries very hard to give it citizens and visitors hope for the future every day.
Julie is originally from Spokane, Washington but she and her family moved to Scottsdale when she was only 4 years old. She always loved art, but chose to do it as a hobby. Julie loves working with other artists and photographers and some of her friends helped with the inspiration of painting the Scottsdale sky at different times of the day.
Color and light were always on Julie’s mind as she brought Esperanza to life. Painting a large three-dimensional piece like this is a big challenge, and Julie took it on headfirst. Her mother, who is also an artist, added to the long list of her friends who had good ideas for her which she incorporated in many cases. In the end she stayed with her instincts about Esperanza’s heritage as an Arizona horse. If you look closely you can see the colors of the Arizona Flag emblazoned throughout this beautiful horse.
Bringing Esperanza to life became a magical experience for Julie. She would work on him for a while and take a break and when she come back, she somehow, she knew exactly what he needed to help bring out his message. You will notice this as you gaze upon this amazing horse.
By bidding on Esperanza, you will be offering hope to the many charities that will benefit from this beautiful piece. Just as Julie’s family came to Scottsdale hoping that our amazing dry climate would help them live better, all of can us relate to Scottsdale being this bastion of goodwill among its citizens. While nothing is ever perfect, Julie’s horse Esperanza is meant to be a beacon of hope that will instinctively induce the viewer to appreciate that feeling of living another wonderful day in the great City of Scottsdale from sunrise to sunset.
We are proud of our support for youth in our area, Scottsdale's Rotary Park, Scottsdale Sister Cities, Rotary International and for the quality of our weekly luncheon speakers/programs.
The Scottdale Arabian Horse Show is a world-class horse show showcasing over 2,000 horses from around the world while providing entertainment for the whole family.
Since 1955 the Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has set the pace in the Arabian horse world. The first show was held at the grounds of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel which was a beautiful setting for a horse show. The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show was a first class show from the very first day.
After the show's beginnings at the Arizona Biltmore, Ann McCormick bought 150 acres in Scottsdale and made it into the horse facility known as Paradise Park which served the needs of the show for many years.
Since that time, the show has been held at WestWorld in Scottsdale. It has grown from 50 horses to nearly 2400 horses bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world competing for a chance at winning. A win at Scottsdale can mean big money in the breeding barns.
The 2023 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is proud to benefit these worthwhile charities: Arabian Horsemen's Distress Fund, Arabian Horse Promotional Fund, Friends of Vail Foundation, Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Refuge, Hoofbeatz USA, Horses Help, March of Dimes, JDRF, Scottsdale Community College, Stallion Stampede, and Youth For Troops.