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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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Matoi: The Little Stallion Who Could—And Did by MARY KIRKMAN Any number of people have a number of memories of Matoi—he won national championships in 1990, ’92, ’93, ’99 and 2000. But those who were in Tingley Coliseum for the 2001 U.S. Nationals most likely will say, “That time he carried the flag.” “That time” was barely five weeks after 9/11, when the country was still reeling from what had happened in New York. Probably no one in the stands knew what was about to happen, right before show time, as the arena lights faded to black. And then a...

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The *Khadraj NA+++/ Birthday Party, The Jerome Family And The Singular World Of The Arabian Horse Breeder by  CHRISTY EGAN  When Larry Jerome invites you to take a tour of the bloodstock at Jerland Farms, pack a lunch and just say “yes.” Don’t misunderstand. The trip up to Jerland Farms in Barron, Wisc., is worth every minute and every mile. After spending his entire life breeding world-class bloodstock with numerous species, Larry Jerome has evolved into a true breeder’s breeder and what he has to share with you about Arabian horses, Holstein cattle and German Shepherd dogs is a college...

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