Cover Story – Vol. 47, No. 7

Cover Story – Vol. 47, No. 7

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 been many fantastic horses that have passed through their collective hands, it is JJ Bellagio who stands in the spotlight as the next step in the Gemini Acres breeding program.

He was foaled in 2007, a chestnut son of the magnificent Magnum Psyche and the RSC Carhif daughter, Joyeuse NY. Per General Manager Taylor Mason, it is with JJ Bellagio that the Gemini Acres team has discovered what may prove to be the golden cross for their collection of homebred Da Vinci FM daughters. And judging by recent show results of Bellagio’s offspring, he is producing high quality daughters who can be bred to Da Vinci in the future. “We are featuring JJ Bellagio as our cover horse because he has exceeded our expectations as a sire and we want to celebrate him,” Taylor explained. “Even though he has been bred relatively lightly to date, the extremely high quality of his progeny is truly exceptional.”

“JJ Bellagio has an open book to a limited number of outside mares in 2017, and we feel it is important to let the public know what he has achieved,” Taylor continued. “Our show string is the proof of that production. 2016 was the first year that Gemini Acres came full circle to showing our own horses that we bred ourselves. In 2017, nine of the 12 horses we will be taking to Scottsdale are sired by Bellagio. He sired both the Gold Champion Weanling Colt (Lucius GA) and the Silver Champion Weanling Filly (Bella Duchessa GA) at the 2016 Arabian National Breeder Finals, full siblings from Duchess of Marwan. But what excites us most is how JJ Bellagio crosses with Da Vinci mares.”

Gemini took three purebred Arabians to the 2016 United States Nationals … all sired by JJ Bellagio, and all out of Da Vinci daughters. The results speak for themselves. Exquisite GA, from the Da Vinci daughter Cinderella By Davinci, was named the U.S. Reserve National Champion Yearling Filly. The Da Vinci mare Dark Angel GA produced D Angelo, who was named U.S. Top Ten Junior Stallion, and Goddess of Da Vinci gave the Top Ten Futurity Filly, Satin Doll GA. With such uniformly excellent results, there is no doubt that JJ Bellagio is well on his way to cementing his legacy.

For Jim, Sally, Scot, and Taylor, the art of breeding is the ultimate satisfaction … the creativity of planning, the anticipation of waiting eleven months to see the results, the joy of witnessing the miracle of birth and the culmination of years of effort. JJ Bellagio has proven, beyond a doubt, that their faith in him was well placed. Now, it is up to other discriminating breeders to seize the opportunity to secure one of his breedings for their own programs, lest they be left out in the cold! Chances are, when the results are announced at the most important shows in 2017, a high percentage of the winners will be sired JJ Bellagio.