I was watching the Egyptian Event off and on the last couple days and it's changing a little over the years. I was wondering what everyone else thought.
Please be nice about it.
First what I liked. I think the horses are shown in a more relaxed manner. The horses on the rail seemed very relaxed for the most part. I was very pleased to see not much of the really greasy faces. The horses actually looked like horses and not plastic models. From the few classes I saw I think the bodies are getting better substance. A change that I don't see happening as fast in AHA shows I've watched.
Changes I don't like. I wish they would have kept the Endurance races. I understand the reason they stopped them (I know it takes a lot of work and volunteers) but think it was an very important part of the Event, it sort of stated to the world what SE's should be ........ functional and beautiful. The mature Stallion Showcase should have stayed. I realize the entries were small but I want to see the stallions I would possibly breed to in one place where I can compare them up close and personal without driving all over the country. A couple years ago I drove 1500 miles to the EE round trip. I mainly wanted to see the Endurance races (but they didn't have them that year) and the Stallion Showcase. So although the entries were small in the Showcase I still thought it worth driving that distance to see them. So maybe instead of looking at it as not drawing enough participants as they would like, looking at it as drawing more spectators. I know my dollars didn't go directly to the PS, but we did bid on a couple auction items and bought WAY to many items at the booths. The young colts are interesting but not so much as to drive that far to see.