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by THERESA CARDAMONE Over the past decade, the Arabian Breeders World Cup in Las Vegas has developed into one of the most prestigious shows on the planet. It was conceived by a group of horsemen to promote and reward the efforts of those most dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the Arabian horse—the breeders. The Arabian Horse Breeders Alliance then created the AHBA Breeders Cup Award, to be presented to the entity whose homebred horses were the most dominant at the annual World Cup. After only six years in operation and with just five foal crops on the ground,...

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Al Jood Stud: The Fulfillment Of A Dream by THERESA CARDAMONE The Beginning According to the lore of indigenous people, the stars that blanket desert skies in the Middle East sprang from the galloping hooves of the Arabian horse, which itself was formed by grains of sand flung to the winds by the Creator. From the earliest oral and recorded histories, the stars have fascinated and inspired creativity and innovation—today, most stars still have Arabic names due to the inspired work of Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi who first observed the Andromeda galaxy and mapped the constellations in his Book of the...

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Vitorio TO … The Sire by THERESA CARDAMONE Stepping into the stall of Vitorio TO feels like a homecoming. At ease in his surroundings, this five-time National and International Champion turns to greet his visitors as soon as they appear; his large, dark eyes focused on his guests with a happy expression of welcome, his shapely ears pitched forward with interest. Vitorio gives the impression that if he could, he would throw an arm around one’s shoulders like a favorite uncle or an old friend. His near-perfect conformation and exquisite Arabian type enhance his larger than life reputation as one...

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Cover Story: Royal Asad by ANNE STRATTON Even before you’ve seen Royal Asad, his pedigree stands out. “Unique” is what everyone who knows him calls it. Not only is it saturated with type and athleticism, but also it represents a welcome outcross for North American halter breeding that often is dominated by a few accomplished names. That’s what was in Rodolfo Guzzo’s mind when he recommended that Royal Arabians’ Cindy McGown and Mark Davis purchase Royal Asad in Brazil just prior to the Brazilian Nationals. (The youngster promptly confirmed their faith by scoring unanimously as Brazilian National Champion Junior Colt.)...

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A New-Age Equestrian: Kendyl Peters by KARA LARSON When you grow up in the Arabian horse industry, it’s easy for people to feel like they know you. They may assume details about who you are, where you come from, and whether or not you deserve the success you’ve accrued. They see you sail out of the show ring wearing roses and a big smile and think that’s the extent of your connection to the horse—the victory. However, in most cases, it’s amazing how little they actually know. In a show world where the outcome can overpower the journey, Kendyl Peters and...

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