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.
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
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.” From an article titled, “How
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
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
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
Jadem Arabians Open House: Monday Sept 28 th , 2015 By Lisa Abraham My first encounter with Christine Jamar was in 2012 at the Midwest and Fazenda Floresta Cocktail Party and Stallion Presentation in Scottsdale. She had assisted Luciana Fasano (Brazil) with her purchase of the straight Egyptian stallion Al Hadiyah AA and was there to present him. Of course I had heard of Christine, but this was my first time seeing her in person—needless to say, I found her to be impressive. Then in 2014, at the Arabian Breeders World Cup in Las Vegas, I had the fortunate opportunity to spend quality time with her. While watching classes, we chatted over coffee. Even though I was newer and represented smaller publications,
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