The other day we were looking for a particular photo of a particular horse here in Arabian Horse World’s offices. The search led to the 8 x 10 glossy archives … which got us thinking. We handle an average of 8,000 images a year — that means nearly half a million images in our 57-year history. And yes, we’ll be sharing more of our “finds” with you from time to time.
Anyway, that’s a whole lot of memories, and it’s easy to get sidetracked on such a task … like when you find photo like this one of a handsome bay colt at the 1997 Egyptian Event in Lexington, Kentucky.
We wondered, on that beautiful Kentucky afternoon could the colt’s handler, Eileen Verdieck, or the manager of Al Shaqab, Sheikh Hamad bin Ali Al Thani, even dreamed of the destiny that lay before young *Gazal Al Shaqab?
Eileen shares her memory of the day.
“*Gazal Al Shaqab (Anaza El Farid x Kajora) was so willing and intelligent and so determined to please whoever was handling him. When Gazal was named Qatar Junior Champion as a yearling, I remember joking with Sheikh Hamad that he was such an excellent show horse he would make a corpse look like a remarkable showman.
“I was fortunate to have him with me in the U.S. for several years and won many championships, including this one at the Egyptian Event when he was a two-year-old.
“We all knew he was destined for greatness, but he exceeded those expectations by miles. Of the thousands of horses I have been fortunate to show through my career, *Gazal Al Shaqab holds the top spot in my heart.”
— Eileen Verdieck