Thank you for following and reading The Pyramid Society's E-News in 2013. Although many of you are current members, there are still a number of loyal subscribers, past members, and future members who may not have received my October letter about upcoming changes to the organization. We feel these changes will impact The Pyramid Society and the Egyptian Arabian breeder community in a positive manner. I hope you will take the time to review my letter below, and please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. We're looking forward to serving you in 2014 with our ongoing efforts to promote the Egyptian Arabian horse, online and offline.
October 1, 2013
It is with trepidation, realism and optimism that I write this letter to you. Trepidation, as this letter addresses change and I realize change is often difficult; realism, that we cannot continue to do the same things and expect different results; and optimism, that we can work together to re-energize The Egyptian Event in a way that is both exciting and sustainable. And thus when reading this letter I ask you to bear in mind one wise philosopher’s statement, “Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.” It is with that “better design” in mind, our board has tackled some difficult issues which I wish to address with you.
The Board has, after meticulous deliberation, determined the Egyptian Event Halter Championships should consist of Straight Egyptian Champions only. This decision will be applauded by those who have repeatedly expressed their belief that our Event champions should be Straight Egyptian. And, perhaps not surprisingly, this sentiment has come from both Straight and Egyptian Sired breeders and owners. This also dovetails with our long-range goal of establishing a World Championship for the Straight Egyptian with similar venues around the world.
Egyptian Sired horses may continue to participate at the Egyptian Event, beginning in 2014 in our EBC, GSS, Yearling Egyptian Sired Futurity (which will be replaced by GSS in 2015), two-year old Egyptian Sired Futurity until 2015, Amateur Halter and Performance Classes. The above class winners will be recognized as the winners in their respective classes but will not move forward to the Junior or Senior Halter Championships. Going forward, only Straight Egyptian entries will participate in the Junior and Senior Halter Championships.
The Pyramid Society will continue to support and promote the Egyptian Sired horses through the Golden Scarab Sweepstakes (GSS) at the Egyptian Event and sponsorship of Egyptian Sired classes at other shows.
As referenced earlier in The Chariot, the time has come to re-energize the Egyptian Event, while maintaining and strengthening those things about the Event that we hold so dear. The economic realities of today must provide the courage for us to develop a new model for the Egyptian Event. The previous effort to shorten the Event did not achieve the desired result because no classes were eliminated. And thus as part of our ongoing policy, annual entries are being reviewed with the intent of eliminating classes that have 5 or fewer entries three years in a row. By making those adjustments, our schedule would be shortened and we’d still have the time for the educational and social aspects of our Event that continue to set our show apart.
In this same vein of streamlining the schedule, the decision was made to eliminate the 3 and 4 year-old Extended Specialty classes, as now, in most cases, this would be duplicity due to the fact only Straight Egyptians will be competing in the World Classes. And finally with our trending downward of futurity participants, the Straight Egyptian Yearling classes will be combined when there are fewer than 26 entries.
The Board will consider and approve the show schedule at our November Board Meeting, with the goal to preserve the qualities of this unique social event of Straight Egyptian Arabian breeders and the celebration of the Egyptian Arabian horse while confronting today’s economic realities. In essence, we are at work, carefully rethinking, reenergizing, reevaluating, in our continued efforts to remain world-wide industry leaders. I will conclude with one final thought. Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow to reach new heights.
As always, both your continued support and involvement are crucial for growth to occur. Our organization has remained strong due to your steadfast support and loyalty and we thank you once again for both. I look forward to sharing our finalized plans with you after the November Board meeting.
The Pyramid Society