The 5th National Breeders' Conference

Contact Info

Contact Person:
The Pyramid Society
(859) 231-0771

Featured Event

Event Date:
Fri, 10/12/2012 - 1:00pm to Sun, 10/14/2012 - 1:00pm
19600 Stone Lake Drive
Tomball, TX 77377
United States
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The Pyramid Society and The Pyramid Foundation, Inc. present The 2012 National Egyptian Breeders' Conference - Creating Excellence: Standards in Egyptian Arabian Breeding! See the full itinerary below and Register TODAY!

Preferred Airport
Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
2800 N Terminal Rd
Houston, TX 77032
(713) 640-3000
Super Shuttle is available from Airport to Hotel
(remember to book in advance when returning from hotel to airport)
Host Hotel
Hilton Garden Inn
7979 Willow Chase Blvd.
Houston, TX 77070
(832) 912-1000
Rate: $69.00
(CLICK HERE, or use group code PYRA)
Member Registration Fees
Initial Registration: $350
$250 for up to three additional registrants per Member Farm
(registrants must share the same Membership number to qualify for discounts)
Non-Member Registration Fees
Initial Registration: $400
$300 for one additional registrant
(registrant must be Spouse/Partner/Farm Co-Owner to qualify for discount)


Your Registration Fees include a copy of the NEW Standard of Excellence Publication, admission to conference, conference notebook, daily beverages, Friday night dinner, Saturday lunch & Saturday night dinner.

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2012 CONFERENCE ITINERARY (click to download)  

Friday, October 12, 2012

12:30 p.m. Registration

1:00 p.m. Welcome and Introductions

1:30 p.m. The Desert Tradition: Reality and Romance

Presenter: Cynthia Culbertson

A look at the origin of important traits valued by early Breeders of the desert bred Arabian horse. Which were real and which are myth? And how those traits have influenced the evolution of that horse into our modern Egyptian Arabian.

2:30 p.m. The Making of Standards: A Model from The Pyramid Society

Presenters: Lisa Lacy and Becky Rogers

The Pyramid Society is committed to creating and maintaining excellence in Straight Egyptian horses. The development of Standards of Excellence was identified in its Strategic Plan as an essential element for the future of the breed. The process by which standards were developed and the areas of unique importance to breeders of Straight Egyptian horses will be discussed by two of those most deeply involved in their composition.

3:30 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m. Standards: “Out from the Tent”

Presenter: Emma Maxwell

A look at an important part of the Standard for Egyptian Arabian Horses – Character. A frank discussion about the role played by environment, training and genetics in shaping the character of our horses today vs. those same roles in the hands of the Bedouin. Emma Maxwell will present her viewpoint as a lifelong Horsewoman, Breeder, Trainer, Photographer and Judge.

5:00 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. Standards: Application Breeding Programs – “In The Eye of the Beholder”

Presenters: Judith Forbis - Ansata and Becky Rogers - Kehilan Arabians

A discussion about developing a unique vision for a Breeding Program. Each breeder has chosen to utilize some of the same foundation horse(s) in entirely different directions which created very different examples of modern bloodstock. All quality representatives of the Egyptian Arabian Horse and adhering to the Standard of Excellence but reflective of a variance acceptable within parameters of that Standard.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

8:00 a.m. Introduction and Orientation

8:15 a.m. Measuring Excellence: Scope, Focus, Process in the Show Ring

Presenters: Shawn Crews, Judith Forbis, Lisa Lacy, Emma Maxwell, Joe Polo

Respected judges/breeders, well-acquainted with the Straight Egyptian horse, will review the scope and focus of the Standards of Excellence developed by The Pyramid Society. They will describe and illustrate a common “way of looking” at live subjects in disciplined adherence to the standards set forth.

9:30 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m. Measuring Excellence: Practice and Critique

Presenters: Shawn Crews, Judith Forbis, Lisa Lacy, Emma Maxwell, Joe Polo

Judges and attendees will work in teams, each headed by an experienced breeder/judge of Straight Egyptian horses, in assessing a group of live subjects.

11:30 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. Assessing Excellence in Breeding Stock

Presenters: Janice Bush, Hank DeShazer, Allison Mehta-Westley, Christie Metz, Bridgette Orwig

This session discusses the application of Standards of Excellence in assessing breeding stock. Using live subjects, breeders and judges will identify areas of unique emphasis for their use in breeding programs, as well as highly transmissible conformational features.

1:45 p.m. Assessing Excellence in Breeding Stock: Practice and Critique

Leaders: Janice Bush, Hank DeShazer, Allison Mehta-Westley, Christie Metz, Bridgette Orwig

Again, working in teams, attendees will have the opportunity to assess a group of live
subjects according to the Standards of Excellence with specific attention to their use
as breeding stock.

3:15 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. Breeding Standards: Implications and Issues for the Show-Ring and the Breeding Barn

Panel: Christie Metz (chair), Jeanne Abernathy, Gail Mailloux, Allison Mehta-Westley, and Joe Polo

5:00 p.m. “A Vision of Excellence”

Reception and Presentation of DeShazer Arabians Breeding Program

7:30 p.m. Dinner

Sunday, October 14, 2012

8:00 a.m. Introduction and Overview

8:15 a.m. Breeding Standards – “Size Matters or Not!”

Presenters: Louise DeRusseau and Bridgette Orwig

The challenges faced by “Limited Number Breeders” are often daunting. Applying a Standard of Excellence within a small by number gene pool requires different tools. Two Breeders who average 5 or less foals a year with successful long term programs share their strategies. The similarities and yet the different paths each have taken to this success are explored.

9:30 a.m. Break

9:45 a.m. “Say that again, please”

Throughout the conference, attendees will be invited to submit questions for presenters to address in this closing session – points left incomplete, issues that call for more attention. A moderator will facilitate the discussion among the presenters and all attendees.

11:45 a.m. Evaluation and Closing

Please also note the following Open Houses and Events hosted by area Member Farms. CLICK THE LINKS BELOW FOR RSVP INFORMATION.

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