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
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
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 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
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 2018 AHO Breeders’ Championship in Egypt ~With an Introduction to the Arabian Horse Organization with Ahmed Adel Abdul Razik By Lisa Abraham The 2018 AHO Breeders’ Championship took place on December 13 th through the 15 th and was one of the last important shows of the year. It was heavily attended by an enthusiastic local crowd, who loyally participated from the very beginning of the show to its conclusion. Although there were many outstanding qualities of this show, the warm ties shared by the guests and participants were certainly special as it was a genuine gathering of community. However, there is another reason why the AHO Breeders' Championship had unique meaning, both to the Egyptians and to the
The 2018 All Nations Cup Festival By Lisa Abraham The 2018 All Nations Cup Festival was held on September 27-30, at the Albert Valle Hall in Aachen, German. The show was well attended by an international audience as well as viewed through out the world via live feed, compliments of Arabian Horse Global Network. For the first time, the show extended over a four-day period, which eased the intensity of long class days and provided extra time to enjoy the charming surroundings of this historic German city. Although the All Nations Cup (ANC) began in England as a show meant to travel, Aachen has been its home since 1987, and has subsequently been organized solely by the German Arab Horse Society (VZAP). For many, the ANC
2018 Egyptian Event ~ Cairo: Innovation in Egypt By Lisa Abraham The 2018 Egyptian Event ~ Cairo took place on November 1 st through the 3 rd in Egypt--one of the most historically important countries in the world. The show, which is in its second edition, was held on the outskirts of Cairo at the Pegasus Equestrian Center in Dreamland. Besides being a beautiful venue, Pegasus Equestrian Center was within walking distance to several major hotels and facilities which made attending comfortable as well as convenient. This was an exceptionally pleasant feature for the international guests and visitors who cheered alongside a strong local presence. Cairo is the epitome of a “destination” location. For many,
The 2018 Arabian Horse World Championship By Lisa Abraham The 2018 Arabian Horse World Championship took place on November 23 rd through the 25 th . This year marked the 38 th edition of this internationally important show and was organized, once again, under the royal patronage of His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco. Horses from over 20 nations competed while guests attended from all over the world to admire those who had remained competitive to fight in this final leg of the European Triple Crown and for the esteemed World medals. For many, Paris is one of the most wonderful cities in the world. It has long been considered the city of love and romance as countless couples have begun their lifetime commitments
The 2019 Souq Waqif Equestrian Festival: A Doha Experience By Lisa Abraham ~with a forward by Judith Forbis Boarding Qatar Airways in Dallas bound for Doha, Qatar last week, a sixteen-hour direct flight was once again ahead of me. I couldn’t help but reflect on how things had changed since I attended the first Qatar show in the early 1990’s. KLM was the airline of choice via Amsterdam with connections to Doha. There was no Qatar Airways then; now Qatar’s large fleet of jet aircraft services the world. In those days the airport boasted two small arrival/departure buildings, now the giant Hamad International Airport, inclusive of a huge high-end shopping mall, receives international traffic 24/7. There were
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
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