the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. It raised the bar
for the Arabian horse industry in a way that would last
for the next thirty-plus years. In its first year, forty-nine
straight Egyptian Arabian stallions took part in the Hall
of Stallions and ninety-one Egyptian and Egyptian-
sired horses competed in four futurity halter and five
performance classes. Over $20,000 in prize money was
offered. There was no indoor arena as is enjoyed today.
Classes and presentations were held on the infield of a race
track located west of the Big Barn.
Held June 2-6 of this year, the 35th Anniversary was
in the same general location, but the Event’s traditions
have evolved and developed over the years, while still
maintaining a distinct glamour and an unequalled
dedication to the Egyptian Arabian. The 2015 Signature
Sponsor of The Egyptian Event was Arabians, Ltd., of
Waco, Tex. This year’s show theme was “Stallions: Kings
theme and hosted by Joe Ferriss. The annual gala party
was held at the historic Spindletop Hall, with a buffet, art
auction and dancing. It was somewhat less formal than in
years past and thoroughly delighted virtually all
Al Rayyan Farm, of Doha, Qatar, was the 2015 Egyptian
ribbon sponsor, among other sponsorships. They also
won a number of the highest awards at the Egyptian
Event based on six, splendid grey horses they brought.
These were handled and managed by Michael Byatt.
Their horses, especially the mares, were the talk of the
show. The 2015 Gold Champion Filly was Nawaal Al
by CHRISTY EGAN
The 35th Annual
Judges: Ferdinand Schwesterman (Switzerland), Richard Petty (USA), Talal Al Mehri
(Kuwait), and Manfred Hain (Germany).
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Champion Mare was Rayyana Al Aliya (Ashhal Al Rayyan
x Asrar Al Rayyan). Both mares were unanimous and both
were also chosen Most Classic in their divisions.
“The show was quite good this year, with an excellent
turn-out,” said a smiling Anna Bishop, Pyramid Society
Executive Director. “Our visitors were relaxed, enjoyed
themselves thoroughly, and were full of compliments. I
think the judges in particular were very well received. Our
appreciation and kudos to Manfred Hain from Germany,
Talal Al Mehri from Kuwait, Ferdinand Schwesterman
from Switzerland, and Richard Petty from Oregon.” Anna
adds, “I was fortunate to have visited the Middle East and
Gold Champion Senior Straight Egyptian Mare and Most Classic Head RAYYANA AL ALIYA (Ashhal Al
Rayyan x Asrar Al Rayyan), bred by Sheihk Mishal Bin Essa Bin Thamer Al Thani
and owned by Al Rayyan Stud.
Gold Champion Senior Straight Egyptian Stallion and Most Classic Head PHAAROS (ZT Faa’Iq x Bint Atallah),
bred by Judy Guess and owned by Alfala Stud.
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when I first saw them, I found their beauty so profound
that it brought tears to my eyes. It is delightful that
exhibitors and spectators at this year’s Event were able to
see a few of these classically beautiful Egyptian Arabians.”
The show’s Gold Champion Colt, Montage CCA
(Ramses Mishaal Nadir x Bint Ananda CCA) was bred
in America by Michael Cimino of Colthill Crescent
Arabians, an Arabians, Ltd. affiliate, and shown by Frank
Spönle. Montage CCA was also chosen Most Classic in
his age group. Gold Champion Stallion was the handsome
15-year-old, flea-bitten grey, Phaaros (ZT Faa’Iq x Bint
Atallah), a line-bred Ruminaja Ali straight Egyptian of
great quality, shown by Austin Coleangelo for Alfala Stud,
Saudi Arabia. Austin’s father, Mario Coleangelo, owns and
handled the winning Egyptian Breeder’s Challenge Colt,
Jaguar ABC (Jaleel ABC x Ohanna Di Style JM) to the
championship and winnings of over $20,000, while David
Reissig led Bint Bint Asila RCA (*Mishaal HP x Bint
Asila RCA) to unanimous roses in the EBC Fillies for
Arabians, Ltd.’s Judy Sirbasku and Rock Creek Arabians
of Waco, Tex. Speaking of the EBC, their stallion auction,
held annually at the show, is one of the most successful
programs of any niche group in the Arabian horse
industry. Class payouts in 2015 exceeded $100,000!
Dr. Nasr Marei signing his new book, The Arabian Horse Of
Egypt, for Allison Mehta.
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Event is its focus on the spectator, the new breeder and the
casual visitor. They put forth a veritable “waterfall” of social
events throughout the week allowing for exploration of
the horse world, learning from educational opportunities,
and taking delight in socialization, during parties,
gatherings and horse presentations. Each year someone of
international notoriety is honored and this year’s horseman
celebrity was Dr. Nasr Marei of Albadeia Stud, Egypt. On
Friday evening during the Gala, Dr. Marei was awarded
for his many years of dedication to the breeding and
preservation of the Egyptian Arabian horse. The third
generation of his family to breed Egyptian Arabians, Dr.
Marei’s bloodlines are represented internationally. On
Saturday afternoon, Dr. Marei signed his new book, The
Arabian Horse of Egypt, for fans and collectors.
As Lisa Cifrese, 2015 Egyptian Event Show Chair
aptly stated, “The Egyptian Event is far more than a
horse show, it’s a week-long celebration of the Egyptian
Arabian horse.” It also manages to reach out and introduce
newcomers to the Arabian and to horses in general.
For that we are all indebted, and tip our hats to this
35-year-old showcase for the Egyptian Arabian. Happy
Anniversary and many happy returns to the Kentucky
Horse Park in June next year! n
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