The 2015 Arabian Breeders World Cup, from April 16-19th in Las Vegas (USA), was another memorable show experience. This year marked its ninth anniversary as one of the world’s top showcases for Arabian horses. Known for its international appeal, competitors and guests travel from all over the world to participate. Denis Schoukens, from Belgium, was in attendance to support his son Glenn, of Schoukens Training Center. He shared, “I have been to the Breeders World Cup in Las Vegas several times and without a doubt, this year's show was the best. In many ways the World Cup reminds me of the top European shows. The staging and arrangement of the arena was excellent. It was quite elegant and nice for the people to watch and enjoy and it was an ideal set up for the handlers to present the horses. The great horses, great breeders and special friends made it a show to remember."
The South Point Hotel and Casino has been the home to the ABWC since the beginning. It is a unique locale as show participants and guests can actually stay where the show is being held—which makes for exceptional convenience. The Hotel was opened in February 2006 and is the only one in Las Vegas to offer equestrian facilities. It hosts over 60 shows annually, of various disciplines and breeds and offers 4600 seats with 1200 stalls—ample room for even the largest expositions.
The 35 th Annual US Egyptian Event, “Stallions: Kings of the Nile” By Lisa Abraham The 2015 US Egyptian Event, “Stallions: Kings of the Nile,” from June 2-6, was a show whose importance was marked by the people who attended and who are committed to the Straight Egyptian Arabian horse. This year attendees celebrated the show’s 35 th Anniversary with warm community spirit and loyal camaraderie. Guests arrived not only from the United States, but from various international destinations as well. The pre-show promotion for the Event was outstanding—both formally and casually. Through effective promotional methods, The Pyramid Society (TPS) did
A Breeder’s Journal
Breed Characteristics of The Arabian Horse: Type and Quality
by Christie Metz
When I first thought of writing about Arabian horses, from a breeder’s perspective, it made sense to me to start at the beginning. Like so many other people, something happened when Henry and I were first introduced to this breed; up close and personal.
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, both owners and horses, and draws 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
Personal Profile: Debbie Fuentes By Lisa Abraham I met Debbie Fuentes, the Registrar of the Arabian Horse Association (AHA), several years ago in Paris, at the Salon Du Cheval. After classes one day, Anna Bishop, the Executive Director of The Pyramid Society, introduced us. Of course I was thrilled to meet her, since, like everyone else, I had a registration issue to discuss with her—right off the bat. As I quickly and happily discovered, Debbie is always prepared to handle AHA issues. She carefully listened, made notes and, after returning home, addressed the matter for closure. Since that time Debbie and I have become close friends, sometimes even traveling to shows together. One
It’s Almost Here! The 2015 US Egyptian Event: “Stallions: Kings of the Nile” By Lisa Abraham The 2015 US Egyptian Event, “Stallions: Kings of the Nile,” marks the 35 th anniversary of this historic and globally important show. From June 2-6, guests will arrive not only from all over the United States, but from various international destinations as well. The eblasts announcing EE contenders and guests are arriving in our inboxes providing an exciting sneak peak at some of the horses we can look forward to seeing. On a personal note, I was excited to learn that Michael Byatt will be bringing Sabeh Al Salhiyah (Ansata Nile Echo X Mareeka), Fahad Al Rayyan (Sinan Al Rayyan
A Life Changed by the Love of an Arabian Horse by Frank Hennessey A few years ago I invited a friend and his wife to visit the farm with their daughter Belle on her birthday weekend. Belle is autistic. A predictable daily routine is very important to her. Her environment is tightly controlled at home in order to avoid surprises that may upset her. However, understanding how relaxed and comfortable we try to make our home for our guests, her parents, who wanted to share a special birthday with Belle, felt she could handle it. The first day of their stay we walked the barns, visited the horses, the dogs, the cats and the donkeys. As evening approached, I pointed out a mare that was probably going to give birth to a foal
The 2015 Salon Du Cheval D’ El Jadida: The International Arabian Horse Show: Part two of three By Lisa Abraham The 2015 International Arabian Horse Show, from Oct 14-15, in El Jadida, Morocco, was an event with important potential. Although a relatively new show, it is already being supported by some of our most important farms, breeders and enthusiasts. It was organized by the Association du Salon du Cheval (ASC) and the Royal Moroccan Arabian Horse Breeders Association (ARMECPSA), in collaboration with the Societe Royale d’Encouragement du Cheval (SOREC) and the Arabian Horse Organization (AHO). Christine Jamar, one of the 2015 judges, shared, “The Morocco show
A Special Vegas Moment Text and photos by Lisa Abraham The Arabian horse world is dynamic. Change can occur at lightning speed with eruptions of trends—some of which will fade as quickly as they began, while others will influence generations. Many of these trends begin in the show ring, on the scorecards of our Judges. Because of this, every show is important and each provides memorable experiences. If we are really lucky, it is with our own horse in the ring. But at world class shows such as the Arabian Breeders World Cup (in Las Vegas) the opportunities for lasting memories are endless. As both horses and people travel from all over the world to participate, whether it be as a competitor and/or a spectator,
The 2015 Salon Du Cheval D’ El Jadida: An Overview Part One of Three By Lisa Abraham The eighth edition of the Salon Du Cheval D’El Jadida, from October 13 th -18 th , 2015, under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, was a spectacular experience. In his “Word from the President,” Prince Moulay Abdelllah Alaoui wrote, “The El Jadida Horse Fair was set up in 2008 for the purpose of contributing to the development of the Moroccan horse industry. Within the span of a few editions, the fair has been able to position itself as a ‘not-to-miss’ yearly encounter for horse professionals. Several activities relating to the horse are organized, in the framework