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Leaders Of The Times: Im The Real Deal+//—Building A Bright Reining Future by CATHERINE COLE FERANDELLI Im The Real Deal+// owner Audrey Zinke knows a thing or two about great Arabian reining horses, having owned both the legendary MHR Muscateal+ and his living legend son, Im The Real Deal+//, aka Barry. She remembers, “Barry’s sire Muscateal was the first purebred reining horse I ever saw to truly slide to a deep stop with his head down, and to spin with both ends down. He was incredibly balanced, and could spin like a top. He maneuvered his reining patterns in a...

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Leaders Of The Times: Cedar Ridge Arabiansby LAURELLE ANDERSON Established over 40 years ago, Cedar Ridge Arabians along with Dick, Lollie and Lara Ames, has risen to the crest of the Arabian horse community and has long been regarded as one of the most versatile and esteemed breeding facilities in the world today. One does not need to look far to recognize the solidarity of this remarkable family, or their collective passion and dedication to the Arabian horse, including the community it serves. Their journey continues to be an authentic labor of love for the entire Ames family, while one...

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by THERESA CARDAMONE When two stars are drawn into each other’s field of gravity, they merge to create an event that is estimated to happen once every 100,000 years—a Supernova—which exactly describes Destinyed Valentino. Al Jood Stud of Qatar recently had the opportunity to add this outstanding son of 2010 Arabian Breeders World Cup Top Five Mare Fabrices Destiny and the genetic giant, DA Valentino, to its roster of stallions, and Destinyed Valentino, indeed, is one of a kind. A 2014 Scottsdale champion, he drew the attention of Al Jood founder Mohamed Jaidah in large part because of his dam,...

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Leaders Of The Times: A Jericho “He is probably the hottest young stallion globally today.” That’s a strong statement about A Jericho, the 5-year-old sensation owned by Jean and Allan Abel, of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. But David Boggs stands behind it—and he supports it with facts. “For a young stallion, he’s had an extremely high percentage of champions,” Boggs says. “Breeding purchases for him now are worldwide.” North America provides a good example of what he means. As of April 1, 2017, there were only 10 foals registered in the United States and Canada to the son of A Jakarta,...

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Leaders Of The Times: Eleanor’s Arabian Farm by MARY KIRKMAN Eleanor Hamilton has been an award-winning breeder of working western, reining, and western pleasure horses for more than 35 years, so it might come as a surprise to those who watched her collect yet another honor at Scottsdale this year (Built By Peppy’s APAHA Half-Arabian Working Western Horse of the Year) that her first priority is not really show honors. She appreciates the ribbons, trophies and recognition, no question, but her first thought is that Built By Peppy and his barn mates know how to do a job: not just...

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