show is held on June 4th - 8th at the Kentucky Horse Park,
which is a fabulous venue. The Pyramid Society Board have really
tried to knock out the use of ginger and the constant shanking,
and should be commended for taking a lead in these matters.
added interest of various seminars were a popular attraction.
'From Science to Art and Beyond' with Dr. Redden and Karen Kasper
exploring 'form to function' was a favourite. The next day Judi
Forbis and Joe Ferris discussed 'If Wishes Were Horses.' 'Breeding
the Problem Mare' with Dr. Michelle LeBlanc was another great
lecture that was well attended.
three judges were Scott Brumfield (USA), Silvia Garde-Ehlert
(Germany) and Marianne Tengstedt (Denmark).
As I didn't arrive until lunchtime, the first classes I saw
were the World Class 2 year old Colts and 3 year old stallions.
The winner, Insignia Desha (Thee Desperado x Jubillee),
was an extremely typey, quality and good moving colt.
just loved the winner, the elegant, typey rich bay mare, Dorian
Oreana (Dorian Oran x HF Driade). The next class was huge
32 World Class Yearling Fillies. There were some exquisite fillies
here, but emerging as the winner with actually the highest score
of the show was the beautiful Farid Nile Dream (Farid
Nile Moon x Imperial Maysama) The 23 World Class Yearling Colts
also contained some good entries. The winner in this class was
the pretty bay colt, SSAtlantis (Thee Desperado x MFA
lunch, we had ten Halter classes lined up. The Extended Specialty
Straight Egyptian classes were first, beginning with the
three year old mares, which was a good small class won by the
very attractive Imperial Baarakah (Imperial Baarez x
two mares came forward for the four year old mares, but the
winner was absolutely lovely. This was Sweet Eloise (Thee
Desperado x Kuhaylah Nitaya). The 3 year old stallions had eight
entries of a fairly good standard. The winner The Source
CC (Salaa El Dine x Mouna IASB) was a typey and deep bodied
horse. Only four stallions entered the ring for the four year
old class. The very clear winner was RZA Orient Express
(PVA Karim x Orient Queen)Ða typey and correct stallion.
Next to go were the Futurity Egyptian bred classes, the
first for 2 year old fillies of four entries, which was won
by Kismyt (Royal Phariel x Kaylie Jamaal). The two year
old colts had just one entry who was disqualified for twice
getting loose. The yearling fillies were much better although
only three in the class. The pretty winner was Satine
(Thee Desperado x The Dreamspinner). Again only three yearling
colts came forward for their class. The very clear winner was
Fareem (Farres x Imperors Madonna), a pretty good moving
That evening there was the first of the two stallion presentations,
which was quite a spectacle of famous stallions, from which
to select a sire for next year. The audience were allowed to
view the horses close up on the outside of a chain link barrier.
The next day saw a lovely class of two year old Futurity 2 year
old fillies. There were some really good fillies here. A final
top ten were selected to go through to the final. The ten finalist
colts were of a good standard too, and included the two year
old colt winner of the World Class colts, Insignia Desha.
On Thursday evening there was plenty to watch. First into the
ring were 32 Futurity Straight Egyptian Yearling fillies for
their preliminary judging. Again there were some exquisite entries
that went forward for the final. Twenty two colts were judged
for their final, out of these there were one or two of potential
The 4 year old World Class stallions were next, but only
four entered the ring, and they were all fairly nice. Winning
was the typey headed TH Knight Rider (AK Khazar x Midnight
Hour) The 3 year old World Class mares had some very nice entries,
and was won by the pretty, feminine HMT Fariha Karim
(PVA Karim x Princess Fariha). Storming into the next class
for WorldClass stallions of 10 and over, was an ethereal apparition
trotting as only the European stallions do. This was Nigmh
(Ansata Halim Shah x Nasbah). He's a lovely stallion and he
easily won the class unanimously.
What a disappointment to see only three mares of ten and over.
In other countries this is often the best class of mares. The
winner was Madrigall (TheMinstril x Esprit D'Asadd),
The Get of Sire was won by a good group by Imperial Baarez
(PVA Karim x BB Ora Kalilah).
On Friday morning the one class was the excellent one for the
24 World Class stallions of 5-9 years. The winner was Al
Salil (Thee Desperado x Mistil), a very typey and correct
The finals of the Futurity Straight Egyptian classes were held
in the afternoon. The first final was the 2 year old fillies
justifiably won by Antara Shalima. The 2 year old colts
winner was Insignia Desha. The winning yearling filly
was Nakhda Saqqara (CN Jericho x Nisrs Bint Kamal), a
small but exotic headed and feminine filly. Thee Bravado
(Thee Desperado x Shahadaa) was the yearling colt winner.
The exciting finals of the liberty class was a unanimous win
for Ravenwood Jaleel (RG Al Mone x Kismat RSI).
Colt: Insignia Desha
On Saturday morning the endurance competitors set off. There
were over 100 entrants of all breeds, and the rides were 25
and 50 miles. The winner of the 25 miler was a Straight Egyptian
Desert Sword, owned by the Pyramid Society President, Martha
Lucas, and ridden by Tricia Lingle in 2 hours 23 minutes. The
winner of the 50 mile ride in 4 hours 42 minutes was yet another
Straight Egyptian, TP Shaloul, ridden by Michelle Owens.
The ridden Championships were held in the morning, and were
larger and more impressive than usual.
all that was left was the Halter Championships. First
in were the fillies, and I must admit I had a hard time choosing
between Antara Shalima and Farid Nile Dream. The
judges chose Antara Shalima as Champion with Nakhada
Saqqara Reserve. The colt Champion wasn not surprisingly, Insignia
Desha with Entebbe CA (Thee Desperado x Shaamisa Mystique)
who was second in the class as Reserve.
Filly: Antara Shalima
The Champion Mare emerged as Dorian Oreana with
Sweet Eloise in Reserve. The Supreme Champion mare
was Dorian Oreana with Antara Shalima as Reserve.
Mare: Dorian Oreana
I thought the stallion Championship was wide open, but my personal
preference was Nigmh, but the judges chose RZA Orient
Express with Al Salil in Reserve. The was RZA Orient
Express with Insignia Desha in Reserve.
Champion stallion: RZA Orient Express
This show is absolutely a must on my calendar for the year.
It is a really fun and friendly Event with lots to do and see,
but keep an eye on your credit cards, there's lots of temptation