It has been more than twenty years since the legendary Gleannloch Farms passed into history. Yet the influence of the horses bred by Gleannloch still resounds throughout the world today, and the Marshalls’ contributions to the Egyptian Arabian horse remain immeasurable.
Douglas B. Marshall was both a founder and first president of The Pyramid Society, and the genesis of this visionary organization in 1969 took place at the Marshalls’ farm in Spring, Texas. The passion and dedication of this extraordinary couple resulted in several landmark importations of Egyptian horses, including the immortal stallion *Morafic. In addition to their world-renowned breeding program, Gleannloch horses achieved unparalleled success in the show ring under the capable guidance of Tom and Rhita McNair, helping to popularize these unique horses and forever change the history of the Arabian breed in the United States and around the globe.
In 1981, after twenty years in Spring, Texas, the Gleannloch horses were relocated to Las Palmas, a magnificent Moroccan-inspired estate along the Nueces River in Barksdale, Texas. All of the items donated for our 2014 annual benefit auction were part of the personal collection of the Marshalls at Las Palmas. This unique collection reflects decades of the Marshalls’ incredible journey with the Egyptian Arabian horse. Those who share their passion will now have an unprecedented opportunity to obtain a part of the legacy of Gleannloch Farms.
The items to be auctioned in June, through TWO historic live auction venues and allowing for online bidders, are indeed treasures and include: the original hand-made Egyptian wool halters of the stallions Nazeer and Morafic; two spectacular Bedouin saddles gifted to the Marshalls from Jordan; stunning Islamic metalwork design lamps; original Orientalist oil paintings; an original watercolor of Morafic by Carl-Heinz Dömken; Framed Petit Point Needlepoint after Vernet; an exquisite Syrian metalwork table; and many more unique and wonderful items. (See a sample selection of these items in the Photo Gallery in the right-hand sidebar)
Those who have been influenced by the horses of Gleannloch will have several additional opportunities to participate in honoring the Marshalls. A beautiful tribute book will be published with various sponsorship opportunities and there will also be a special section of the Egyptian Event Show Program where members may honor their Gleannloch-bred horses.
Through the kind generosity of Dr. Doug Marshall and Dr. Amrita Ahuja, and the invaluable assistance of Alexandra Marshall, Pyramid Society members and Egyptian Arabian horse enthusiasts worldwide will join together in June to celebrate “Gleannloch Farms: the Legend and Legacy.”