This past April, a diverse group of equine enthusiasts gathered at Varian Arabians in Arroyo Grande, California for some serious fun. The event, “The Varian Hands-On Clinic”, featured guest speakers, expert horsemen and women: Lester Buckley, Brett and Marjie Becker, Jaime Hernandez, and Mike Perez who assisted the participants in taking their horse skills to new levels. This was truly a hands-on experience with many people bringing their own personal horses to the event so they had a chance to work with them and be guided in new techniques by the coaches. Many others attend the event to listen, watch, and learn. It was a shared experience with everyone helping and encouraging one another. The first day consisted
The Israel Arab Horse Society: An Introduction & The Israeli Spring Show Season By Lisa Abraham The Israeli spring show season consisted of two important events which were both organized by Israel Arab Horse Society (IAHS) and in the region of Galilee. The first was the 24 th annual Arabian Horse Spring Show, which took place on March 23-24rd; and the second was the 20 th annual Galilee show, which took place on May 4-5 th . Although the IAHS organizes many shows a year, the Spring Show was the only one exclusively for Israeli breeders, with horses born in Israel and presented by Israeli handlers. This show featured the competition of 161 horses and represented 150 owners. The Galilee Show, which was the first
The 2017 Arabian Horse World Championship ~With a Dedication to Dr. Nasr Marei By Lisa Abraham The 2017 Arabian Horse World Championship in Paris, France took place on November 24 – 26 and under the High Patronage of His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco. Although the 37 th edition of this historically important show, it takes place as part of the much larger equine exposition, the Salon du Cheval. The Salon du Cheval, which is one of Europe’s premier equine events, is in its 47 th edition and took place over a nine-day span beginning on November 25 th . It welcomed 150,000 visitors, 450 exhibitors and over 2,300 horses. An American in Paris Nancy Harvey: It has been my goal to attend the Arabian Horse World Championship
The 2017 Salon Du Cheval D'El Jadida By Lisa Abraham ~with three FULL SIZED photo galleries (links at end) The 2017 Salon Du Cheval D'El Jadida, which took place from October 16-22 nd , marks the tenth edition of this outstanding event. Organized under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, over 220,000 visitors from all over the world enjoyed Morocco's rich equine heritage. As this was the Salon's decennial anniversary, the theme of this year's edition was "Ten Years of Pride and Passion." In his Word from the President , His Majesty Prince Moulay Abdelllah Alaoui wrote, "According to many observers, the challenge of making this an important, attractive, prestigious and internationally renowned
The 2017 All Nations Cup Festival By Lisa Abraham With a Tribute to Ignacy Jaworowski By Scott Benjamin & A Tribute to Gazal Al Shaqab By Michael Byatt The 2017 All Nations Cup (ANC) Festival, which took place from September 21-24, was a spectacular Arabian horse show with nonstop entertainment. After the busy show season of summer, the excitement in Aachen was elevated as this was the first leg of the European Triple Crown. It was here that the farms chose who was to represent them—and all stops were pulled. Promotional output was high and so were expectations. Once again, all activities took place in the Albert-Vahle-Halle, located in the heart of the charming German city of Aachen. The agenda in Aachen is
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 Arabian Breeders World Cup: VEGAS! By Lisa Abraham The 2017 Arabian Breeders World Cup (ABWC), which took place from April 12 th -15, was another spectacular show and exceeded all expectations one would have of a thrilling Las Vegas venue. Just as Las Vegas is one of the most exciting cities in the world—the ABWC is one of the most glamorous shows on the planet. In its eleventh edition, it also celebrated the prestigious status as one of the world’s most important Arabian horse competitions as many of our most prominent breeders attend along with their top horses. 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 stay
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.
The 2017 Qatar International Arabian Horse Show By Lisa Abraham The 2017 Qatar International Arabian Horse Show, which celebrated its 26th edition, was a not only a great horse show, but also one which showcased the warm Qatari hospitality and their unbridled enthusiasm for the Arabian horse. Although the spirit was heightened in the International competition, which took place from March 10th-12 th , all the Qatar shows are a healthy combination of important competition and a reunion of respected and often lifelong friendships and mentorships. Despite the actual winners, the energy was infectious as everyone seemed happy for one another. Naturally, the International show draws competitors and enthusiasts
Directly following the Qatar International Show in Doha, on March 13-14, 2017, took place an Arabian Horse National Judge Course. It was sponsored by Sheikh Hamad bin Ali Al Thani and Al Shaqab Stud with the cooperation of the Doha Racing & Equestrian Club. The Arabian Horse National Judge Courses are designed as a first step for those who are interested in judging Arabian horses at the level of National. The esteemed instructors of the course were ECAHO Class A Judges: Claudia Darius (DEU), Marianne Tengstedt (DKN) and Mohamed Machmoum (MAR). This two day course included: classroom lectures which covered several topics such as International scoring systems, categories of evaluation and conformation; field exercises where live horses were scored; and finally, individual testing in which the instructors evaluated the overall knowledge of the participants.