The event of the year for the New Mexico Egyptian Breeders Alliance was the Sonrisa Arabians Seminar and Open House held on September 26th in Los Lunas, NM.
The day began with a seminar at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the site of last year’s Pyramid Society Regional Breeders Seminar. The meeting room was full as breeders’ from New Mexico as well as surrounding states were in attendance. The first presentation was by Cynthia Culbertson, who spoke on the early horse both in the Middle East, as well as in New Mexico. Cynthia always provides an interesting and educational presentation and was much appreciated by those in attendance. Jake Gutierrez followed Cynthia, and spoke on the Arabian horse in New Mexico between 1900 and 1960. His talk included the horses and their interesting owners. Dr, A. Burton Melton spoke next on the straight Egyptian horses he was personally involved with, and a lively session of questions and comments was enjoyed by those in attendance. Finishing up the morning session was Jerry Dumas, Esq., whose talk was on taxes and the Arabian horse. Many good points were presented by Jerry on how to set up a horse business, as well as record keeping for IRS purposes.
The afternoon session began with the President of the Arabian Horse Association of New Mexico, Jim Porcher, who is also a well-known judge, giving his impression on how to judge a halter class. Jim had two mares presented individually who were graded by the attendees. Several members gave their scoring and when each section of the score card was discussed, Jim gave his grade. Much to the surprise of those attending, they found out that the two mares were full sisters! Jim’s candor and ability to share with the attendees was much appreciated by all. The afternoon session continued with a tour of the breeding facilities of Sonrisa Arabians, conducted by Sonrisa’s attending veterinarian, Dr. Andres Estrada.
After an excellent refreshment break, the evening program provided the attendees and guests a presentation of the Straight Egyptians at Sonrisa Arabians, as well as a beautiful buffet dinner. The New Mexico Breeders Alliance thanks all those who helped make our activities successful, and we expressly wish to thank Mary Ellen Chavez for her hospitality and generous donation of her farm and time.