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Conference brings together owners of rare equine breed

Akhal-Teke stallion

Cathy Leddy shows her 5-month old Akhal-Teke, Mazan, at the Breeders Classic at the Monroe Fairgrounds. The stallion is now almost three years old.
Photo courtesy of Cathy Leddy.

rare equine breed For the first time in North America, owners of Akhal-Teke horses will meet. The conference will be held at the Best Western Kirkland Inn March 16 from 6 to 8 p.m.
   A parade of Akhal-Tekes and a barbecue is scheduled for March 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Cascade Gold Akhal-Tekes in Snohomish.
   Cathy Leddy,of Snohomish, conference organizer, describes them as arguably the oldest breed in the world, but not well-known outside the former Soviet Union, where they were in danger of becoming extinct.
   Leddy fell in love with Tekes and now has two mares and a stallion. She describes the unusual breed as not only beautiful, but highly intelligent.
   The public is invited. For ticket information, call Cathy Leddy at 485-4970.