By Lisa Abraham. Congratulations to Sheikh Hamad bin Ali Al Thani! In addition to managing Al Rayyan Farm, Sheikh Hamad recently returned as Al Shaqab's Breeding and Show Manager, a position he held most of the time during his varied equine career. For those who have known Sheikh Hamad, his return comes as no surprise. Under his direction, Al Shaqab Stud became one of the most important and influential breeding programs in the world.
In 2015, Sheikh Hamad bin Ali Al Thani, of Al Rayyan Farm, arrived at the US Egyptian Event, in Lexington, Kentucky, with a string of beautiful, world class straight Egyptian competitors. That year, not only did he sweep up all the ribbons, but also, after time away from the competition ring, he won the hearts of the American Egyptian community. It was also at this show where he and I struck up both a friendship and working relationship. When Sheikh Hamad invited me to attend the 2016 Qatar International Arabian Horse Show and the Al Rayyan presentation of horses, I was thrilled with the opportunity to make a contribution. As my research began, I found that much like the Arab culture, the history of Al Rayyan Farm was
The 2015 All Nations Cup with a Commentary by Dr. Hans J. Nagel Text by Lisa Abraham Featuring photos by Mohammed Abu Haimed (KSA), Henrike Hörmann (GER) and Lisa Abraham The 2015 All Nations Cup (ANC) in Aachen (Germany), from September 26-27, featured not only a stimulating show environment, but also one of the toughest competition arenas in the world. Due to its prestige, the ANC attracts some of our world’s most important competitors and attracts spectators from all over the world. Since 1987, in cooperation with the German Arabian Society, the ANC has taken place in Aachen, Germany. Originally the intention of the organizers was to have the show take place in a different country
My Morning with Dr. Nagel by Lisa Abraham (In anticipation of the 2015 All Nations Cup in Aachen, Germany, I wanted to share a wonderful experience that took place just after the 2014 show. This article was originally published in The Source : Volume 3: Fall/Winter 2014-A Publication of The Pyramid Society. It is being republished with kind permission of The Pyramid Society and Arabhorse.com) Katharinenhof Stud is home to the famous NK herd. It is located in Northern Germany, about 45 minutes from the city of Bremen, which is where Dr. Hans Joachim Nagel resides with his wife Nawal. The farm is comfortably situated in a serene country setting that has become an international destination
By Lisa Abraham
The Pyramid Society’s (TPS) 36th Annual Egyptian Event in Lexington, Kentucky (USA) was a show of brave innovation and deep community spirit. From June 7-11, members of the Straight Egyptian (SE) community gathered from all over the world to enjoy a week of camaraderie and competition. For the Egyptian Event, 2016 represented a year that important changes were implemented and these were received with both support and appreciation.
Judy Sirbasku of Arabians LTD: The Exclusive 36th Anniversary Signature Sponsor
It is exciting to announce that the 2016 exclusive 36th Anniversary Signature Sponsor was Judi Sirbasku of Arabians LTD—most particularly as this was her second consecutive year. Judy’s contribution and support of this show has been enormous. Not only has she bred and owned many of the horses competing each year, but she also represents a strong client base. It is also important to note that an impressive number of Pyramid Society members and SE breeders were initially introduced to this breed through the efforts of Judy, her late husband Jim and Arabians Ltd.
Anna Bishop: The late great football coach Vince Lombardi is credited with a quote which very effectively summarized the impact of teamwork. He stated, “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Certainly a spirit of teamwork and a belief in the group
Fall was in the air as the colors of the season were beginning to appear and the heat of the summer was replaced with a cool, comfortable breeze. It was a perfect day on September 21, 2016 when Judith Forbis and I visited Dr. Hans Nagel at his Katharinenhof Stud in Northern Germany. Our visit took place just days before the All Nations Cup was to be held in Aachen where Judith, long known for her Ansata Arabian Stud and various educational activities, was to be recognized as the first person to receive the All Nations Cup Lifetime Achievement Award. After spending time walking around the stables and looking at all of Dr. Nagel’s horses, including the latest foal crop, we relaxed in the sitting room at the farm’s charming cottage. Although I have enjoyed personal friendships with both Dr. Nagel and Judith, it was an honor to experience them together in this lovely and informal setting as they shared precious memories of their influential past.
A Personal Profile of Ali Almimar By Lisa Abraham ~ with contributions from Members of the Community I really don’t remember when I first met Ali Almimar as I feel I have known him forever. Our paths have crossed many times all over the globe and each visit has been special. As a person, Ali is kind, warm and deeply sincere. As an artist, his work is stimulating—both mentally and emotionally; it is inspirational and has been influential throughout the entire world of Arabian horses. Like many, I am a big fan of his artwork and have been captivated by it since I was first introduced. The depth of Ali’s work is inviting as every solitary element contributes meaning and it is obvious that it comes from his heart. His paintings
The 2017 Kuwait International Arabian Horse Festival All Nations Cup - Straight Egyptians By Lisa Abraham The 2017 Kuwait International Arabian Horse Festival, in its entirety, lasted from February 3-21. It began on February 3-4 with the 6 th International Championship, followed by two days of Open House Stud Visits which included an exhibition of artwork by Mr. Ali Al Mimar at Bait Al Arab. Then on February 17-18, it continued with the All Nations Cup - Straight Egyptians and three more days of Open House Stud Visits with the exhibition and launch of the book Ansata Hejazi - Born to Rule . Both shows were excellently organized by and hosted at The Arabian Horse Center Bait Al Arab, the State Stud of Kuwait. Since