A GIFT FROM THE DESERT
A major international exhibition and film entitled A Gift from the Desert:
The Art, History and Culture of the Arabian Horse will be presented by the
International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington,
Kentucky, the United States. The exhibition will be produced and held in
the museum during the summer and fall of 2010 in conjunction with the Alltech
FEI World Equestrian Games.
The one-hour film will be produced and directed by Jo Franklin, president
of SeaCastle Films. She is noted for her eight highly acclaimed productions
on Saudi Arabia and the Near East, all of which appeared in prime-time broadcasts
on the Public Broadcasting Service. Franklin is also an owner and rider
of Arabian horses. Based on attendance figures from the museumís previous
two international exhibitions, and the additional guests expected to attend
the Kentucky Horse Parkís Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010, ĎA
Gift from the Desertí is anticipated to attract approximately 300,000 visitors
while the film will be broadcast in primetime worldwide and subsequently
released internationally on DVD.
Geographically, the film will concentrate on the Near East, covering Saudi
Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Yemen, Kuwait, Bahrain, Syria,
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Turkey and Iran showing the Arabian
horse in its native environement while telling the dynamic story of its
impact on civilization. "A maginficent horse, with a magnificent history
and presence today."
Filmed on location
in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Great Britain, Kentucky, and California with
the Saudi Equestrian riders, the Oman Royal Cavalry, National Jumping
Champions, National Dressage Champions, National Western Champions,
National Working Cowhorse Champions.
A soaring panorama of the horse that began in Arabia and went on to
create Empires and champions today in every category.
"This is a truly exciting history from the early to the modern evolution
of the Arabian horse. Learn about the breed that has made more of an
impact on modern breeds than any other."
ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION