If you’re an Arabian fan, there’s only one place to be during June: the Egyptian Event held at Kentucky Horse Park. Now in its 34th year, the Egyptian Event showcases the Egyptian Arabian. This year’s event was held from Tuesday, June 3rd through Saturday, June 7th. You can bet that some of the world’s best quality Arabians were in attendance.
So what makes the Egyptian Event so special? The event is a one of a kind opportunity to see Arabian horses and learn about their heritage. The classes offer significant prize money to draw the best of the best, and are run by top judges. True Arabian fans descend on Kentucky Horse Park during the event, and they’re given the opportunity to take part in barn parties, barn tours, shopping, educational seminars, auctions, and even a gala.
The theme of this year’s event was Gleannloch Farms: The Legend and the Legacy. Douglas and Margaret Marshall of Gleannloch Farms dedicated their lives to breeding and showing Arabians. They began their stables during the 1940s, when Arabians were relatively rare in the United States. Starting with a single mare, the Marshalls built their stables and breeding program into one of the most successful in the United States. They imported horses that significantly impacted the Arabian breed in the United States, Morafic perhaps being the most well-known. By 1959 the farm had been expanded into two, and the horses brought home awards from prestigious competitions including Scottsdale, Houston, and Nacogdoches.
This year’s show paid tribute to the Marshalls and their great contributions to the Arabian breed. Many of the items auctioned off were from the Marshalls’ estate, and included Bedouin saddles that they had been gifted, the Egyptian halters of the Gleannloch Farms stallions Morafic and Nazeer, and a watercolor painting of Morafic. The event also included the publication of a tribute book to the Marshalls, along with a special section in the show program to honor horses that had been bred by Gleannloch Farms.
While it’s too late to attend this year’s Egyptian Event, if you’re a fan of the breed, you should make an effort to get there at least once. Plus, you’ll get to visit the Kentucky Horse Park, see some of the finest horses in competition today, and get a close look at the stallions of tomorrow. For more information on the Egyptian Event, visit the Pyramid Society’s website.
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