memorize them just as I would memorize the physical attributes of each horse as though I had encountered each of them individually and, in person. I felt honored to have met so many of the early horses as well as the larger-than-life personalities associated with the Straight Egyptian Arabian and the founding of The Pyramid Society.
Gatherings such as this afford us the privilege to share in an outward expression and celebration of an inner commitment we all feel toward the Straight Egyptian Arabian horse. For how can we ever fully and adequately express our gratitude to these sentient beings, who, without uttering a word, speak peace to our souls, bind up our wounds, and bid our hearts to fly without wings?
One of the greatest blessings Carolee and I have been afforded as we have travelled the world is to feel the oneness and unity of purpose we share with breeders and enthusiasts of the Straight Egyptian Arabian Horse. We are warmly received wherever we go regardless of the nationality, political persuasion, or religious affiliation of our hosts. Our association with the horses and their humans teaches us that the things which unite us far outweigh anything which could possibly divide us. May we all enjoy the richness of such associations as we gather here at this time.
Some years ago, Carolee and I had the distinct privilege of meeting a great young man, Patrick Sullivan, as he attended his first Egyptian Event. He was so genuine, eager to learn and easy to love. We’ve followed him over the years as he has grown within the industry, made a name for himself, served within the Straight Egyptian community, and by love made his way into the hearts of horses and humans alike. A little over a year ago Patrick shared with me the vision he had for what has now become a historic ride across America, Gamilah Unbridled. I told him then that we wanted to help in any way that we could. With great support from the community, friends and family, he and Gami (and her kid brother, Hal) have won their way into the hearts of everyone they’ve met along the way. We had the privilege of holding an intimate gathering of friends and family at Cariswood to welcome Patrick, Nettie, Gamilah, Hal and Liberty, and to have them show us all what liberty is all about. He spent several days working with our son and daughter, several eager and inquisitive grandchildren, and other relatives and friends working with their own horses and learning the benefits of the training tradition of liberty.
The Pyramid Society has also been a sponsor of Patrick’s historic ride, and many have jumped on the bandwagon to welcome the outreach opportunity this represents for the Straight Egyptian Arabian Horse in America and around the world. As a second generation breeder now transitioning to yet the 3rd and 4th generations our motto has been “Generations of Excellence” As we looked forward to welcoming Patrick and Gamilah to Cariswood a quick review of her pedigree quickly revealed 9 horses in her pedigree that were owned and/or bred by our family, many of them the treasured friends and companions of my youth: our herd sire, Mohssen, the Egyptian imports, Omayma, Hekmat, Bint Nefisaa and others, all of whom I knew well. It thrills me to think that we’ve played some small part in all of this. And so it is with each of us. There are no small matters when it comes to our involvement with these horses and with each other. It was the great American architect, Daniel Hudson Burnham, who was credited with saying: “Make no small plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood…Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble [endeavor]…will never die, but long after we are gone be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency.”
Such has always been the vision and the work to which The Pyramid Society has been dedicated. Such is the vision and the work of Patrick and everyone associated with Gamilah Unbridled. And such can also be our vision as we work and labor together in this great cause, the preservation, perpetuation and promotion of the Straight Egyptian Arabian horse.
-Keri Wright, Cariswood Arabians