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Beloved Gracious Lady: On Top Of The Worldby THERESA CARDAMONE “20! 20! 20! 20! 20! 20!” Beloved Gracious Lady’s scores for movement rang out across the tiers of VIP tables at the 2017 Arabian World Championships in Paris. Stacked to the rafters along the elegant show arena, the appreciative audience erupted with spontaneous applause at the stunning result. It was the first unanimous decision rendered by the international panel of six renowned judges for any horse, in any category on the scorecard, in any class to that point. In fact, a perusal of the judges’ cards shows only one other...

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Turismo RA: The Undefeated Championby THERESA CARDAMONE Turismo RA (Trussardi x Marlene Dietrich, by Marwan Al Shaqab) is a breeder’s dream on both sides of his pedigree. The 2016 United States and Canadian National Champion Futurity Colt was bred in America by Rojo Arabians, is proudly owned by Silver Stag Arabians, LLC, and stands in the great state of Delaware at Adandy Farm under the loving care of Cathy Vincent. Turismo’s tail male line runs through World Champion Gazal Al Shaqab—who, because of his extraordinary influence through both sons and daughters, has been dubbed the foundation sire of the contemporary...

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Leaders Of The Times: Prince Michael MPE—Royal Bred, Internationally Raised by THERESA CARDAMONE  Prince Michael MPE has every reason to be dubbed an international royal. He descends from a sire line dripping with Kings of the breed, one incredible stallion after another—from his father “the Champion Maker” WH Justice, to powerhouse sires Magnum Psyche, Padrons Psyche, Padron, Patron, Aswan, Nazeer, Mansour—and further back to Saklawi I, foaled in the Syrian desert in 1880. Each of those stallions has founded his own branch of their joint paternal dynasty. Bred by Manzi Pure Egyptian Arabians at their picturesque farm in the Italian...

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Leaders Of The Times: Afflictionby MARY KIRKMAN Affliction can’t help attracting attention. For one thing, he’s coal black in that take-no-prisoners style that doesn’t admit a whiff of dark bay or seal brown. For another, he’s so tall that he easily accommodates his six-foot-plus trainer, Jim Lowe. And he doesn’t stand around like a cart horse after a day’s work: his neck comes up out of his shoulder like a skyscraper, giving him a look of alert pride, a declaration of here I am, even when he’s just killing time conversing with a barn cat. As he nears his debut...

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Leaders Of The Times: Gitar MF—Polish Fire Powerby THERESA CARDAMONE When Gitar MF stands in silhouette, the trained eye can see every line of his pedigree reflected in his form, from the upright carriage, high-set neck and sloping shoulder of his sire, the legendary Afire Bey V; to the smooth muscling, straight legs, and dry, refined face of his imported pure Polish dam, Gitara. When he moves, his genetics compel him to snap his knees above level in an effortless, powerful trot, or bound forth in a lofty canter. Gitar is the perfect combination of Arabian form and function. Gitar’s...

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