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Kathy reports on the VIPs who turned out for the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show.
The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is one of the most prestigious horse shows in the world. The royalty of the Arabian horse world, including some Shiekhs, along with the 2,400 Arabian and Half -Arabian horses are all part of this magnificent Scottsdale 10-day event.
Wayne Newton is also royalty here. And as “Mr. Las Vegas” walks through the arenas and barns, his celebrity status is more than just show-biz royalty. That’s because he's known as one of the finest Arabian Horse breeders .
“My two loves are music and horses,” says Wayne, as we visit in one of the barns with the other loves of his life - his wife Kathleen Newton and their 13 year old daughter Lauren Newton. Kat, who's a lawyer, and Wayne, have been married now for 22 years.
Wayne’s Arabian horse breeding program which has produced generations of champions. began with Naborr and Aramus (son of Naborr) along with the late TV station owner Tom Chauncey and the Chauncey family’s Arabian Horse business (which is a whole other wonderful story.)
And now you don’t have to be a reporter or one of Wayne’s friends to actually see some of his horses. In fact, you can visit his famous home, Casa de Shenandoah Ranch in Las Vegas. Wayne’s casa is now open to the public for tours! In addition to the luxury palace itself and historical showbiz and museum collections, Wayne and Kat have several animals. Nine dogs, their precious monkey Boo and a penguin. (Here's link.)
When Wayne made his grand entrance at the Scottsdale show, his signature song was playing - "Danke Schoen" which of course is now the famous score for the movie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Congratulations to the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona. Executive Director Taryl O'Shea says the show continues to grow and evolve into the premier event in the equestrian world.
Kathy Shayna Shocket is a freelance Writer and TV -Field Producer based in Phoenix, AZ. The former TV Reporter has written for publications such as TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, PEOPLE Magazine,The Hollywood Reporter and The NEW YORK TIMES. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org