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GRK Arabians … Founded On Familyby THERESA CARDAMONE Gary Kehl was basking in the warm memories of a recent family vacation … and what a trip it was. “When you have three kids and adopt six more, you’ve started a garden,” he explains. “Fifty-two of the 60 of us were there.” Gary and his wife Nancy have also been the foster parents to more than 20 other kids. Together with their successful business and busy home-life, horses of any kind were not even a passing thought. But, when two of the boys—popular high-school football players—came to their father asking for...

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The Return Of The Champion Turismo RAby THERESA CARDAMONE Turismo RA is unfamiliar with the word defeat or the feeling of being defeated. A regional champion as a yearling and a 2-year-old, he extended that streak when he was named the 2016 Region 16 Champion Stallion. Thus qualified, Turismo moved on to the national level, where he captured both the Canadian and United States National Champion Futurity Colt honors for Merrilee Lyons’ Silver Stag Arabians. Given the following year off in order to start his breeding career, Turismo RA (Trussardi x Marlene Dietrich, by Marwan Al Shaqab) returned to the...

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Leaders Of The Times: Eleanor Hamilton by CHRISTY EGAN Eleanor Hamilton has won numerous awards, especially over the last decade. Named APAHA Amateur Working Western Rider of the Year in 2007 and 2012, she also won the APAHA Distinguished Service Award in 2012. In 2015, Eleanor’s Arabian Farm was named APAHA Breeder of the Year. In 2017, she was honored by them for breeding the 2016 Half-Arabian Working Western Horse of the Year, Built By Peppy (Little Sorrel Peppy x Fae Zee Princess), a horse she still owns. Yet, after more than 35 years as a breeder and exhibitor, Eleanor still...

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March Cover And Leaders Of The Times: Vitorio TO … A Once-In-A-Lifetime Horse              by THERESA CARDAMONE Once in a lifetime, astallion comes along who fulfills our every ambition and dreams. He is a model for breed standards, an international champion, and the progenitor of offspring that are his equal, and perhaps even better. For Janey Morse, that once-in-a-lifetime horse is Vitorio TO. The most accomplished son of multi-National Champion DA Valentino, Vitorio TO is out of the double-Negatiw mare Sol Natique. Ever since he won his first United States national title as a yearling, Vitorio has identified himself as...

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Leaders Of The Times: Jerland Farms’ Recipe For Success … Breeding Arabians Of Glorious Beauty And Versatilityby CATHERINE COLE FERANDELLI With six decades under his belt being around Arabian horses, Jerland Farms owner Larry Jerome has seen, admired and had for his own, many a great member of the breed, including Khadraj NA, leading sire of western pleasure, halter and hunter champions.  Raised in the livestock world, Larry’s father instilled the value of genetics early on. These teachings would bode well when Larry sought to develop Jerland Farms: a breeding farm of Arabian horses where “a beautiful horse and an...

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