My name is Matt Gurniak and I am serving as one of the directors of the Empire State Arabian Horse Association. I want to welcome everyone to the redesigned web page for your club. For those of you who do not know me, I have been riding horses since I was 8 years old and have been involved with Straight Egyptian Arabians since my mid-20's. Like many of us, I happened into Arabian horses by pure chance. I was looking to purchase a horse and answered a newspaper ad for an Arabian colt. After purchasing him and reaching out to his breeder, I discovered that he was a Straight Egyptian Arabian and immediately fell in love with the breed after researching it. I have been hooked ever since and have not looked back. I purchased a broodmare, along with my father, Mark, and she had a gorgeous filly. I have two beautiful children, Rylee-Grace and Jacob and an amazing step-daughter, Emily, who are horse crazy. I have worked in law enforcement for over 14 years.
Our breed has seen a drastic decline in registration numbers and exhibitors at our shows (At every level). As a director on the board for our club, I would like to see our membership numbers grow and we need your help. Every two months, we will be putting out a newsletter. I would like to see more of our members involved in this newsletter. If you have an idea for an article, area of discussion or a way to get more outside involvement in our club, please reach out to me at and let's work at making our club to be the best in the area.