Well, "Guest," it is touching that you are concerned about the success or failure of the Fair, and it's such a shame you couldn't have been there to support it yourself (weekend business or maybe a "family day" or some such kept you away, perhaps). I am sure I am misreading the "tone" of your questions; unfortunately, your wording (UNINTENTIALLY, I'm sure) smacks of negativity - almost like someone with an ax to grind. And the fact that you've taken steps to cloak yourself in anonymity compounds that feeling, so maybe next time you might use your own name to avoid those kinds of misunderstandings.
Of course, if you're just curious about numbers, you'll probably have to call Becky Rogers or maybe Judi Forbis. I don't know anyone else who has access to those figures - Ohhhh...maybe our good friend Laura Graves has the numbers! If you can tell me who the "we" are that have been awaiting these numerical and financial details, I'll personally ask Becky or Laura to email each one of you privately.
As for the Fair itself, from what I observed, there were fewer people than we would have liked to have seen there - hopefully, with this first Fair under our belt, those numbers can be raised next year. I would guess that there were probably about 150-200 people for the opening barbecue and Slave Auction. After that, I really couldn't tell you because I was constantly on the go, taking care of horses and getting horses ready, etc. - and didn't get to participate in all the activities provided.
What I DID see was amazing - the fogged entrance of the stallions (exactly like what you see at the Nationals, except CLOSE UP) was just unbelievable. And when Kehilan's Marquis I bumped into one side of the rope pathway, coming out of the fog into the dark arena and scared himself half to death, we got to see a wonderful example of the powerful, trusting bond between that horse and Becky Rogers, as she was able to calm him down and continue down the runway to the presentation area to cheers and thunderous applause. Makes me tear up, even now. Oh, and during the stallion presentation, we had a lady sitting with us who didn't even own Arabian horses - we were trying to convert her! And I'm sure she wasn't the only Arabian horse newbie there. )
We've already mentioned the slave auction which was a real hoot. Of course, I also want to mention the unbelievable rendition of the Start Spangled Banner that was sung each morning by my 15 year old niece, Autumn Guthrie. I was soooooo proud of her.
Because I was involved in the presentation of the horses, again, I can't tell you about numbers in the audience during that. But I sure had a great time!! It was fun - no pressure - and everyone presenting seemed to be having a great time - I just felt a real cameraderie with my fellow presenters that was just FUN. I really enjoyed getting to see so many horse "family members" though - very educational. The judging seminar conducted by Lisa Lacy and Judi Forbis was educational and fun with audience members being encouraged to enter the arena to examine the horses close up.
Another highlight was the historical breeders panel (the room was filled) - especially interesting because audience participants not only learned about specific horses and breeding programs from the past, but they were also able to learn more about some of these historic "Treasures" - the PEOPLE themselves,who are the foundation of our Straight Egyptian family. I found out that those people sitting at the front of the room had many of the exact same dreams and stories as I did. we were also able to ask the panel members questions - it was exciting!
The Scott Trees/Jerry Sparagowski photography seminar was educational and entertaining, and so was the Marketing seminar by Eileen V. and Janice Bush. I'm really glad I got to see most of that - before again dashing off to prepare horses for presentation. All in all, it was a lot of fun and lots of connections were made, and new people introduced to the Egyptian Arabian horse.
I honestly don't know if Carol has photos of the audience since most of what she was told to shoot was NOT the audience, but rather the activities, and I don't think EVEN she knows yet because she's been so busy with making videos and photo shoots every single weekend, that I don't think she's had time to even SEE all the photos she has! Allison borrowed Carol's camera for awhile though, after Mike Albertini asked Carol to videotape the Historical Breeders Seminar, and I think she may have gotten some photos of the crowd during that activity. I'll ask!.
Anyway, don't know about the numbers, but from where I stood, the Fair was a lot of fun and definitely worth repeating! I believe there are already plans to do it again next year in California.
Oh wait! I just got an IM from Carol as I'm writing this, saying yes, she does have crowd pics! I'm going to upload them and post them in a separate post. Stay tuned! And I hope you will be lucky enough to be able to attend the next Egyptian Horse Fair!
Here's a preview pic! This was on the first evening, during Karen Kasper's seminar about the Arabian horse in Art. Very educational - my daughter even saw things mentioned that she's been studying in her world history class!
Oh, and I believe that grey filly IS Arabella KA, a Makhnificent KA filly who was Top Ten in the EBC and in the Futurity class at the EE this year.