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Marajj: More Than A Champion (Marwan Al Shaqab x RGA Kouress) by THERESA CARDAMONE Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi beamed with joy as he led his newly crowned United States National Champion Stallion Marajj on a victory pass. Having owned, believed in, and promoted Marajj ever since he was a yearling, Sheikh Mohammed took extreme pleasure in his triumphant return to competition among some of the finest horses on the planet. It was the culmination of a remarkable 28 hours that had already seen his two other entries win their own National Champion honors to set the stage for...

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Featuring AAS Elishahh

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ANSATA HALIM SHAH Leader of the Great Migration Once in a Lifetime  By Judith Forbis © (Portions of this story are condensed from Authentic Arabian Bloodstock II) A Hint of Things to Come If you were visiting Ansata Arabian Stud on April 28, 1980, you would have felt excitement pulsating throughout our farm deep in the piney woods of Lufkin, Tex.  The broodmares were happily grazing the tender spring grass.  The staff were tending their daily chores, lunging show horses, putting them on the walker, grooming Ansata Ibn Halima, Ansata Ibn Sudan, Ansata Shah Zaman and various horses in the show...

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Featuring Heirs Noble Love This year, the scene stealer at Scottsdale was the classy bay mare who slam dunked the show’s English Pleasure Championship finale. “Not since Summer Storm …” many veterans were saying. “Like Afires Heir!” younger ones countered, a notable reference, as the mare is an Afires Heir daughter. In a recent publication, master horseman Gene LaCroix observed that she now is the standard, probably the best ever. Even the Scottsdale judges, all of whom chose Heirs Noble Love as the champion, weighed in with praise. For the inside story on this interesting mare, AHT spoke with her...

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Featuring Delacroixx—The Heir Apparent by THERESA CARDAMONE  As the yearling colts entered the ring, it was clear that the field was stacked with talent. Even so, Delacroixx stood out as if in a class of his own. A burnished bay son of RD Dynamo and *HED Caramba, he seemed to elevate and gain stature with every step he took into the arena—almost as if he were expanding within his own skin. This was the finals of the 2016 Canadian National Championships, and Delacroixx appeared to be well aware. He kept his exuberant spirit contained, floating across the footing in a...

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