PROFESSIONAL RIDERS take note: the Iberians are coming and former big business manager and Grand Prix rider Karen Shepherd and her Pepperwood Park stud and training centre can put you on the inside track. She believes that if British riders ignore Iberian gene pool potential they could soon find themselves out-distanced not only by the Germans but also by the Americans.

Karen has backed her belief by investing in two Iberian stallions. Her new purchase, pure-bred bay eight-year-old Lusitano, Esmerilhão da Sernadinha (Merlin), arrived this August. She has owned Pura Raza Española . . .

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