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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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Cover Story: JJ Bellagio … The Future Of Gemini Acres by THERESA CARDAMONE The heart of Gemini Acres Equine is the uniquely collaborative partnership that Jim and Sally Bedeker fostered when they joined forces several years ago with longtime client Scot Mason and his son Taylor. Between them, they have created an ownership group with a combined 70+ years of experience breeding Arabian horses. While each brings an individual perspective to decision making, they share a common vision of the ideal Arabian and what they need to do within their program to try to attain that perfection. Although there have...

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