The first DAHA Show held in 1970 was a small benefit event put on by long time club member Colleen (Coke) Swift and the late Charlene Harmon. The show grew considerably the next year and a great tradition was underway. In 1971, Bud Soltau was our President and ringmaster. Ben Rabba++/ was crowned Champion Stallion. The show remained in Antioch at the ContraCostaCounty Fairgrounds along with the stock car racing and circus events through 1976. In 1977, an ever-increasing entry list forced DAHA to move the show to the SolanoCounty Fairgrounds in Vallejo, where it remained through 1993. For the next 5 years the show was held at RobertsonPark in Livermore, but again size and logistics forced the show back to SolanoCounty Fairgrounds. Finally in 2002 the show found its perfect home at BrooksideEquestrianPark in Elk Grove. Thanks to the vision of Mark Schuerman, Dr. Cory Soltau and Pam Jimenez the show had found its forever home!!!
Many of the horses presented at the DAHA Show over the years have become local and regional heroes of the breed, others have started their illustrious halter careers at the show and progressed to the top, such as 1987 U.S National Champion Stallion Fame VF & 1987 U.S. National Champion Mare Shahteyna.
Our show committees have always emphasized that showing our Arabians should be a fun and enjoyable experience. You will find highly competitive classes mixed together with "first timer" and "just for fun" classes. You will also notice that all these years later some things are different and some are very much the same. Ben Rabba++/ & Fame VF are gone, but their get and grand get are well represented. Charlene Harmon's memory lives on through the Charlene Lambert Harmon Memorial Trophy presented to our Champion Stallion.