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
By Lisa Abraham. The 2016 Qatar National Arabian Horse Show, took place in the capital city of Doha, from December 9-10. The show, which celebrated its 19th edition, is organized annually by the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC). Issa Bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, the Committee Chairman of QREC, stated, “We thank purebred Arabian horse owners, studs, farms and stables for their efforts and care for the breed of purebred Arabians. This year, the show sees an increase in the number of participating horses, demonstrating the growing attention paid by horse owners to show horses and their interest in owning top horses and improving the performance of their existing horses. We, at QREC, strive and dedicate our collaborative efforts to further promote the standing of Qatar’s equestrian sport with all its disciplines and particularly those related to purebred Arabian horses on both the Arab and world arenas.”
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.
2016 Arabian World Breeders Cup By Lisa Abraham The Arabian Breeders World Cup (ABWC), which took place from April 14 th -17th, celebrated its tenth Anniversary as one of the world’s most important Arabian horse shows. Once again our global community gathered in Las Vegas, at the South Point Hotel & Casino, to enjoy both each other and top level halter competition. Muntaha Kahook, of NK Arabians (Jordon) shared, “My husband Nofal and I attended the ABWC for the first time this year—and it was truly an amazing experience. The warm and elegant atmosphere reflected an inviting, family affair. The show was well organized; the activities were continuous; the horses were of high quality;
Qatar International Arabian Horse Show and International Arabian Peninsula Horse Show: 2016 By Lisa Abraham On March 11 through the 13 th , 2016, the 25 th Qatar International Arabian Horse Show took place, followed by the 6 th Qatar International Arabian Peninsula Horse Show, on the 14 th and 15 th . It was five days of exciting competition and warm Arabian hospitality and comradery. Although the show was enjoyed by a prestigious international gathering, it was the enthusiasm of the Qatari breeders and fans that made the show memorable. To experience a horse event in Qatar is a privilege, as the horse has occupied a treasured role in the history of the country. In an article titled “Al Shaqab—Galloping
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
It's TIME: Scottsdale 2016! By Lisa Abraham The 2016 Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, which will take place from February 11-21, is celebrating its 61 st anniversary as one of our most important shows. Once again, the global Arabian horse community will gather in the beautiful state of Arizona (USA) to see the horses that will be setting the standards for the 2016 show stage, as this show will determine the tone for the entire season. The city of Scottsdale will celebrate what is locally referred to as “the Arabian show” by demonstrating outstanding local support. Due to diligent and strategic planning, the Scottsdale Show has successfully created a model marketing program aimed
The 2015 Championnat du Monde du Cheval Arabe By Lisa Abraham with contributions by Judges Dr. Nasr Marei, Claudia Darius, Koenraad Detailleur, Colleen Rutherford and Urs Aeschbacher ~ featuring photography by Lisa Abraham and Henrike Hörmann On the evening of November 13, 2015, Paris was under a terrorist attack. In Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris, three suicide bombers attacked innocent people attending a concert, followed by mass shooting in public areas. Sadly, 130 people were killed, while 368 were injured. According to Wikipedia, “The attacks were the deadliest of France since WWII and the deadliest in the European Union since the Madrid train bombings in 2004.”
The 2015 Salon Du Cheval D’ El Jadida: Part three of three Tbourida , with a contribution by Dr. Nasr Marei : By Lisa Abraham Several years ago, I was invited to the Salon Du Cheval D’ El Jadida to display my photography. Although it was quite an honor, my schedule did not permit participation, which was a huge disappointment. So this was my first year attending. As my arrangements for the 2015 show, were made very close to the departure date—there was little time for research. So mentally, I came without preconceived ideas and ready for a brand new show experience. My first sign that this was going to be a positive experience was coincidentally meeting longtime friend and artist, Ali Almimar, at the Casablanca airport