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Nancy O’Reilly’s Southern California Equestrian Centerby SARAH JAYNE JOHNSON This past fall, Dr. Nancy O’Reilly, the face of “The Amazing Horse Woman, LLC” and who started riding in 2014, purchased her first horse property, which is “women owned and managed, along with an amazing team of equestrian specialists,” in Dr. O’Reilly’s words. Formally known as Mission Pacific Equestrian Center, it is currently being transformed into Southern California Equestrian Center (SCEC). The farm is in Somis, California, between Camarillo and Moorpark, and is only 40 minutes north of Los Angeles. The property consists of 21 acres surrounded by eucalyptus trees, hundreds of...

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Cover Story: Al Nayfat Studby HEATHER WEBB “The horse is God’s gift to mankind.”—Ancient Arabian Proverb Al Nayfat Stud is a spectacular creation born from Saudi Arabia’s enduring love of the Arabian horse. This deep-rooted passion that is centuries old, still flows through the veins of many a man and has been brought into modern times with the aim to breed the ultimate Arabian horse—horses of perfect stature, displaying perfect conformation, refined but strong, and embodying elegance and breathtaking beauty; horses hailing from various lines of champions from Royal bloodlines and descendants of genetic giants … this is Al Nayfat...

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Cover Story: ROL Divine Styleby MARY KIRKMAN When you ask Nancy DeLisi, who with her DELSAN Arabians partner Carol Sandusky owns ROL Divine Style, to explain the stallion’s appeal, she just laughs. “What would you expect?” she queries. “I’m his owner. Of course,I think he’s fantastic!” Ask those who are breeding and rebreeding to him, she says, and the trainers who have worked with him. Find an objective view on what is so special about “Duke” (everyone calls him that; his personality fills the air the way film star John “Duke” Wayne once owned the screen). As it turns out, those...

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Turismo RAby MARY KIRKMAN More than 40 years ago, as a young mother in San Francisco, Merrilee Lyons decided that riding horses in Golden Gate Park would be a nice activity to share with her daughter. She had no thoughts of a particular breed and certainly not of showing; it would be just a pleasant pastime. Fast forward to the present. Now, her stunning young stallion Turismo RA, who sports one of the most proven pedigrees in the industry and a list of titles that give him automatic credibility, is one of the hottest tickets for the U.S. National Championship in...

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Beloveds Farm: The Heart Of Homeby THERESA CARDAMONE Beloveds Farm is a 160-acre, serene paradise of beautiful pastures and majestic trees in Central Florida. Boutique barns dot the landscape, with adjacent pastures providing abundant space for grazing and play. The idyllic scene is pure tranquility with the physical and mystical elements that constitute the heart of Home. There is a sense of being embraced and secure, a stability that builds confidence and serves as a launching pad for great achievements out in the world. Pat has created an ideal environment to breed and raise a remarkable collection of animals. Be...

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