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May 11th, 2012

She is every little girl's dream - the beautiful woman in the spotlight surrounded by a spellbinding herd of Arabian horses at liberty. Her name is Sylvia Zerbini, and she transforms liberty work into the ultimate equestrian performing art. "I've been with horses my entire life. It's in my blood," says Sylvia, a ninth generation performer who has captivated audiences throughout Europe, North America, and South America since her debut on stage at the age of five.

"It's about the bond," explains Sylvia, who grew up around her family's Lipizzaner, Arabian, and Spanish horses. Studying their behavior at rest and play became her equine classroom, inspiring Sylvia to adopt liberty as a chosen way of communicating with horses. "I listen to what they tell me," remarks Sylvia, who uses only body positions and a handful of verbal cues to communicate with 8-10 horses on stage--one third of which are stallions.

Most recently the star of the acclaimed equestrian spectacle Cavalia (2008-2011), Sylvia's gift for orchestrating nine Arabians at once in her mesmerizing Grande Liberté performance has earned accolades from widespread media ranging from the Los Angeles Times to CNN to Arabian Horse World.Now, The Pyramid Society and the Kentucky Horse Park are excited to welcome Sylvia Zerbini andGrande Liberté to the 2012 Egyptian Event, to be held June 4-9 at The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington,KY!

"For over 40 years, The Pyramid Society has promoted the humane handling of horses at the Egyptian Event," states Executive Director Anna Bishop, "Sylvia's Grande Liberté is a commanding example of how horses respond to abuse-free training." Zerbini's critically-acclaimed performance will be open to the public and will kick off the action-packed Egyptian Event Championship Finals, beginning with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 9th in the Kentucky Horse Park Covered Arena. "We're absolutely anticipating large crowds for this one-of-a-kind show," says Bishop, "local spectators should make plans to arrive early to do a little shopping, grab a drink, and find a great seat before the arena fills up!"

John Nicholson, Executive Director of The Kentucky Horse Park adds, "For three decades the Egyptian Event has been one of our most popular annual horse shows here at the park, so to have horses trained by Sylvia Zerbini performing for our guests will make this event even more enjoyable than ever. We really hope the public will attend and experience these Arabian horses with all their charm and exotic beauty. It's guaranteed to be a memorable experience."

General admission seating is free to the public during The Egyptian Event Finals night. Reserved Seating options are also available. Visit the Event website at or contact The Pyramid Society at (859)-231-0771 or for more information.


Born in Sarasota, Florida, Sylvia grew up with her parents on tour. Her father was a wild animal trainer. Like her mother, a famous trapeze artist, Sylvia took to the air as a girl, but horses were her true passion. At an age when most teens get a driver's license, Sylvia was professionally training and performing with liberty horses. Sylvia calls the horses themselves her greatest mentors. She coined the phrase Grande Liberté (French for grand liberty) specifically for liberty exhibitions involving more than six horses--her specialty.

Honored with numerous awards including the prestigious Cup of Monaco, presented to her by Monaco's Prince Rainier, Sylvia has performed for nearly 10 million people in her career, to date. She appeared at landmarks such as Madison Square Gardens in New York, Playa De Americas in Mexico City, Molsen Center in Montreal, and Los Angeles' Staples Center, before touring with Cavalia.

Now launching a dream that has been a lifetime in the making, Sylvia is developing seminars and clinics, which have never before been offered to the public, to share her knowledge of liberty training. Seminars and clinics will be available throughout the country, as well as in Ocala, Florida, where her headquarters is located.


Every year in early June, thousands of people from across the globe gather in "The Horse Capital of the World" to experience The Pyramid Society's annual Egyptian Event, well-known as the world's largest showcase of the Egyptian Arabian Horse.

This year's highly-anticipated Event, "Born of the Desert Wind," will take place June 4th - 9th, 2012, at the Kentucky HorsePark in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. The Egyptian Event is free to attend for KY Horse Park guests and offers world-class halter and performance competition, expert-led educational seminars, superb shopping, exciting live and silent auctions, and a variety of social activities for all ages - all in celebration of the legendary and exotic Egyptian Arabian horse!

Come feel the desert wind blowing across the heart of horse country! Get a complete schedule, order activity tickets, and make your plans to attend this year's Event today by visiting Please direct any inquiries to The Pyramid Society at or (859)-231-0771. The Pyramid Society is pleased and honored to recognize Pyramid Society Life Member Al Baydaa Stud, Shebin El-Kom, Egypt, as the returning Signature Sponsor of the 2012 Egyptian Event


The Pyramid Society is a member organization actively seeking to educate, inspire and connect people world-wide who are interested in Arabian horses with Egyptian bloodlines. Formed in 1969 by a small group of American Arabian horse breeders, The Pyramid Society originally set out to prevent Straight Egyptian Arabian blood from completely vanishing in North America.

Today, The Pyramid Society has grown into an international community of breeders, owners, and supporters who remain dedicated to this mission: to preserve, perpetuate and promote the Straight Egyptian Arabian horse as the premiere source of classic Arabian type in the world. Visit today to learn more about the Straight Egyptian Arabian horse, The Pyramid Society, and the many ways you can get involved.


The Kentucky Horse Park is the leading equestrian facility of its kind in the world, recognized as the theme park for the American horse industry, as well as the Commonwealth of Kentucky's leading tourism attraction. In addition, the park is the nation's epicenter for equestrian events and includes a recreational campground and the National Horse Center equine office park. Visit or contact (800)-678-8813 for more information.