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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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The Rae-Dawn Ambitionby THERESA CARDAMONE The 2018 Canadian Nationals was a continuation of an already spectacular show season for Shirley and Murray Popplewell and their Rae-Dawn Arabians. They had great Scottsdale results in February, accumulating many honors in both the open and amateur divisions there. “It’s a team effort,” Murray is eager to state. “That’s the thing that we want to express. Our goal has been to get our trainer Bruno Guiraldelli into the National arena, because that is where you pay your dues. He and his team got the horses ready. He won the Junior Fillies in Scottsdale and...

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Cover Story: Afflictionby SARAH JAYNE JOHNSON There is something so special about an Arabian black stallion, and Affliction (Mamage x PSI Love U) had that special spark. Born at Lowe Show Horse Centre, Nancy O’Reilly, the face of Amazing Horse Woman LLC, was instantly in awe when she first set eyes upon the 2013 stallion, purchasing him in 2016. O’Reilly was drawn to Affliction for his beauty and the way he moves, as if he is floating on air. The stunning stallion made his way into O’Reilly’s heart for his personality, one of the reasons he is so special to her,...

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Cover Story: Coltrane SS—In The Rhythm Of It Allby JENN TRICKEY In jazz harmony, the “Coltrane changes” were introduced to modern jazz by the world-renowned saxophonist, John Coltrane; harmonic variations that he substituted in common jazz chord progressions. In other words, taking “common” to a level of anything but. Perhaps this is why Conway Arabians’ 6-year-old stallion, by IXL Noble Express and out of the legendary Brassmis, is so appropriately named. Woven into his unique characteristics, lies the perfect harmony for an extraordinary show horse. A perfect fit for long time breeders, Lori and Peter Conway. A true reputation of quality...

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