Plans to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Society, beginning with our educational lecture and anniversary toast in Scottsdale were an important topic at the January Board meeting. Historical photos and films are being reviewed and a wonderful selection of Society memorabilia will be offered at this year’s silent auction.
While everyone is thrilled at the Society’s significant 50-year milestone, we are not exempt from challenges. While the Society is blessed with significant financial reserves thanks to successful projects and fundraising efforts, rising facilities costs and declining entries have meant that our beloved Egyptian Event has operated at a loss for several years when all expenses, including Society staff time, are taken into consideration. The Board conducted a careful review of many other organizations that operate a show and the most successful model is a Show Commission that operates under the auspices of the parent organization, while being responsible for the show management and fiscal health of the show. A new Show Commission was then formed, headed by Lisa Cifrese, who has assembled a talented team to create a realistic new vision for future success. The Society will continue to offer social and educational activities in conjunction with the Event so that it retains its historical tradition of being more than a horse show.