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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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HA Toskcan Sun+ … A Decade In The Limelightby CHRISTY EGAN In the spring of 2012 a magnificent, 5-year-old bay stallion, HA Toskcan Sun+, made his show ring debut at the Scottsdale show. He won both the English Pleasure Jr. Horse class and the Championship. It was the opening show ring gambit of a success story that personifies the lifelong dream of California owner-breeder Michelle Harris. Over the past decade, Michelle and her husband Scott’s budding hope to follow in the footsteps of her Aunt, renowned Arabian horse breeder, Pat Mills, has blossomed into reality. In the fall of 2012...

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Fazenda Floresta: Embracing The Futureby THERESA CARDAMONE The verdant foliage of the tropics and the vibrant hues of graceful historic structures complement the glistening coats of magnificent Arabian horses at Fazenda Floresta, outside of São Paulo, Brazil. There, Luciana Fasano has established the foundation for her breeding program through careful selection of individuals who carry the finest purebred bloodlines in the world. Luciana’s head sire is AAS-Elishahh (Eden C x Sempre), Arabian Breeders World Cup Gold Supreme Champion and two-time United States National Champion. Elishahh is passing on his height, body, and extremely shapely neck to his progeny, along with...

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Integrity and Commitment—The Hallmarks Of Beloveds Farmby THERESA CARDAMONE Breeding and raising horses is a labor of love that Pat Dempsey has embraced for most of her life. Today, she is widely known in the Arabian horse industry as the owner of Beloveds Farm in Lady Lake, Florida. Even though she is a small breeder in terms of number of horses, for the past two years, Pat has been the leading U.S. owner of halter winners at our national championships. She is also a strong supporter of the Arabian horse in the open marketplace, having twice broken world records to...

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Cover Story: Afflictionby MARY KIRKMAN Dr. Nancy O’Reilly, the face behind Amazing Horsewoman LLC, got into Arabian horses because they’re fun. It’s been five years since she accompanied a friend to Chrishan Park, bought her first Arabian and learned to ride; three years since she moved to California and added riding at Lowe Show Horse Centre to her routine; and a little more than one since she purchased a young stallion named Affliction (on this month’s cover) and three-quarters interest in another, Life Inthe Fazt Lane. That’s when she began a breeding program that’s not just a breeding program. It’s...

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