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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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Lesley Farms: Where Intuition Encounters Passionby KARA LARSON The role of horses in our lives is ever evolving. Across the board, equestrian realms are at a crossroads as we strive to keep horses a viable entity in modern society. Arabians are no different. For Carolyn Lesley, owner of Lesley Farms, her answer to this issue rests upon her own intuition and passion for the horse. Carolyn’s father, Noel, founded an events management company that serves as the General Contractor for NFL (National Football League) special events, including its annual spotlight event, the Super Bowl. In 2010, when Noel passed away,...

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Wadee has captured Gold for the second time in Menton! Now it is onto Paris to capture a second Gold, but this time as the World Gold Champion Stallion. With World Gold Champion sire Marwan Al Shaqab, grandsire Gazal Al Shaqab, and brother Kahil Al Shaqab, the title is only fitting. The wonderful world of Wadee continues to unfold beautifully!

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Holland Stevens—Beyond the Show Ringby KARA LARSON “Truly connecting with a horse means really caring for them and their well-being as much as you care for your family and friends’ well-beings. When you look at them as more than just a tool, but as a friend and speechless mentor, I think that is when you are connecting. When you realize words are not always necessary to communicate.” – Holland Stevens There’s change brewing in the Arabian show industry and it emanates from perceptive individuals like Holland Stevens. In an increasingly modern, impersonal world, we have a new generation of young...

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by THERESA CARDAMONE Over the past decade, the Arabian Breeders World Cup in Las Vegas has developed into one of the most prestigious shows on the planet. It was conceived by a group of horsemen to promote and reward the efforts of those most dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the Arabian horse—the breeders. The Arabian Horse Breeders Alliance then created the AHBA Breeders Cup Award, to be presented to the entity whose homebred horses were the most dominant at the annual World Cup. After only six years in operation and with just five foal crops on the ground,...

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