Around the World.” An unprecedented line-up of activities are planned throughout the week, as exhibitors and spectators join together to honor the Egyptian Arabian horse.
Held at the “Horse Capital of the World,” the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, the Egyptian Event offers breeders and owners diverse opportunities to showcase their horses. Yearlings, two-year-olds, three-year-olds and mature horses compete in halter classes and performance classes where internationally-renowned judges select the most representative of the breed.
Each day of the Event begins with an expert-led educational seminar including such topics as “Getting to the Show and Back: From a Vet’s Perspective” and “Mastering Good Horsemanship.” Following the morning seminars, the showcase of performance and halter classes begins in the covered arena. This year’s payouts will exceed $200,000
Visitors can look forward to an “up-close and personal” meeting with leading Egyptian stallions during the Stallion Showcase held Wednesday, June 8, and Saturday, June 11, at 1:00 p.m. Each stallion is first presented individually, and once the stallions have all entered the arena, attendees are invited to convene in the arena to meet them individually. When show classes end on Wednesday, the crowd is invited back to the barns for “barn parties” consisting of afternoon refreshments and presentations of horses from many of the exhibiting farms.
At the Egyptian Breeders’ Challenge Live Stallion Auction, attendees can bid on breedings to some of the world’s most sought-after Straight Egyptian stallions, then stay for the Kentucky barbeque dinner and celebration party. Foals produced from breedings sold will have the opportunity to compete as yearlings in EBC classes. This year’s EBC class payout will exceed $135,000.
The Egyptian Event also features an Art Auction, including art from world-renowned artists such as Ali Al Mimar, Shary Akers, Valerie Hinz and more. Attendees may bid on items from numerous outstanding artists in the Silent Showcase Auction all week long, then participate in the Live Premier Auction held Friday night during the Annual Gala and Fundraiser.
Entitled “Around the World to Venice,” the Carnival Masquerade Gala and Fundraiser, held at the Embassy Suites Hotel, will feature an elegant sit-down dinner, entertainment by the Baroque Trumpeters and Memory Laine Venetian Artists, as well as an auction of exquisite art, followed by dancing. Tickets must be reserved in advance and may be purchased online at http://www.PyramidSociety.org or during the Egyptian Event at The Pyramid Society booth.
The Pyramid Society strives to make the Egyptian Event a week filled with family-friendly activities, including numerous youth activities each day. Youth ages 6-17 may look forward to a fun line-up of activities at this year’s Egyptian Event. A complete description of the Youth Program is available on The Pyramid Society website.
The Pyramid Society is pleased to announce Al Baydaa Stud as the Signature Sponsor of the 2011 Egyptian Event. Al Baydaa is a Lifetime Member of The Pyramid Society and has supported the Egyptian Event for many years. The Pyramid Society is honored by their sponsorship.
Photo (top) of Al Adeed Al Shaqab by Richard T. Bryant
Photo (bottom) Mirajh, 2005 Egyptian Breeder's Challenge Champion colt and Bellagio, 2005 Egyptian Event Junior Champion colt by Richard T. Bryant
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Tuesday, June 7
Seminar – “Getting to the Show and Back: From a Vet’s Perspective.”
8:00 a.m. – Patrons’ Lounge
Presenter: Duncan Peters, DVM, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute
Well-known veterinarian Dr. Duncan Peters will address the key risks associated with trailering horses and what precautions may be taken to reduce the risks.
Wednesday, June 8
Seminar – “Mastering Good Horsemanship”
8:00 a.m. – Patrons’ Lounge and Covered Arena
Presenter: Gil Merrick, USEF Team Leader for Dressage at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games, the 2007 Pan American Games and the 2008 Olympic Games
2011 Educational Sponsors: Hylant Group Nashville and Markel Equine Insurance
Gil states, “Becoming the very best horseman we can be puts us on an educational journey that we share with our horses throughout our lives. And there are some fundamental principles of good horsemanship that we must master along the way if we are to meet with success in our quest. Because they are fundamental, these principles apply to every breed of horse and to all riding disciplines – regardless of the specific training methods we use to create our horses’ performance.”
Stallion Showcase Presentation
1:00 p.m. – Covered Arena
The Stallion Showcase has been a central and vital part of the Egyptian Event for many years. Members and guests, young and old, continue to enjoy the excitement of watching these classically beautiful Straight Egyptian stallions as they are presented individually in the arena. The Stallion Showcase offers an unprecedented opportunity for breeders to offer the public a personal introduction to some of the most prominent Straight Egyptian sires available today.
Thursday, June 9
Seminar – “Top Notch Down Under: Egyptian Arabians in Australia and New Zealand”
8:00 a.m. – Patrons’ Lounge
Presenters: Fanus Crous, Louise Cordina, Glenn North and Marion Richmond
Active breeders from New Zealand and Australia will discuss the history of Egyptian breeding in those countries, its present status and unique opportunities confronting today’s breeders. Presenters will provide extensive photo references and welcome questions from attendees.
Guided Barn Tours – Back by Popular Demand!
This is an excellent opportunity for visitors to enjoy a “behind-the-scenes” look at the Egyptian Event’s participating farms and horses! Tour attendees will receive guidebooks with information about each participating farm, their programs and horses.
Egyptian Breeders’ Challenge Social and Live Auction, Followed by Kentucky Barbeque Dinner and Entertainment
5:30 p.m. – Covered Arena
EBC Sponsor: Lyday Farms of Honey Grove, Texas.
All EBC registered bidders who have secured a bidding number are invited into the arena to enjoy complimentary refreshments prior to the live EBC Auction. Join in the excitement of bidding on breedings to some of the world’s most sought-after Straight Egyptian stallions, and then stay for the Kentucky barbeque dinner and celebration party. This year’s EBC class payout will exceed $135,000!
Friday, June 10
Seminar – “Lady Anne Blunt: The Legacy of Shekyh Obeyd and Crabbet”
8:00 a.m. – Patrons’ Lounge
Presenter: Peter Upton, World-Renowned Author and Artist
Based on his historical research for Desert Heritage and later for The Arab Horse, Peter Upton will chronicle the contribution of Lady Anne Blunt to Arabian horse breeding worldwide.
“Around the World to Venice” – Carnival Masquerade Gala and Fundraiser
6:30 p.m.-Midnight – Embassy Suites Hotel
The annual gala and fundraiser will feature an elegant sit-down dinner, entertainment by the Baroque Trumpeters and Memory Laine Venetian Artists, as well as an auction of exquisite art, followed by dancing. Tickets must be reserved in advance and may be purchased online at www.PyramidSociety.org or during the Egyptian Event at The Pyramid Society booth.
Saturday, June 11
Breakfast, Membership Meeting and Founders’ Lecture – “Royal Heritage”
8:00 a.m. – Patrons’ Lounge
Presenters: HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein of Jordan and Peter Upton
Commentary and informal discussion will be held regarding the illustrated chronicle of the Royal Stables of Jordan. The stables of Jordan are closely linked with the Bedouin heritage of the Egyptian Arabian horse and the state and private studs of Egypt. “Royal Heritage” will be published in early 2011 and will be released in Amman and at the Egyptian Event. The lecture will be followed by an autograph session.
Saturday Evening Championship Session
7:30 p.m. – Covered Arena
The evening’s festivities will include awards and championship classes, beginning with the immensely popular Stick Horse Class for kids eight and under, and leading up to the crowning of the 2011 Egyptian Event Supreme Champions!
Lining the perimeter of the main arena will be artists, craftsmen and purveyors of goods and services offering Arabian art, fashion, antiques, jewelry, specialty merchandise and equine services. Also plan to visit The Pyramid Society’s Showcase Silent Auction booth to bid on original artwork, limited edition prints, unique products and historical items.
The Egyptian Event provides an unequaled opportunity to observe first-hand the influence Egyptian breeding can have on any breeding program. The world-class horse show, the educational opportunities, combined with the socials and camaraderie, make it a “not to be missed” experience. We look forward to seeing you in June!
The Pyramid Society
Susan Frank, Marketing and Public Relations Manager
4067 Iron Works Parkway, Suite 2
Lexington, KY 40511
Tel: (859) 231-0771
Fax: (859) 255-4810
Office hours: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday