by Denise Hearst

With Lebanon in the news now for the fragile state of its government, it’s easy to wonder how life can ever be stable enough to support a thriving Arabian horse community. But at the Fourth Lebanese National Arabian Horse Championship this past summer, we met passionate horse lovers who showed their horses with pride and optimism for the future.

Here, on this sliver of land between the Mediterranean and Syria, it seems that every major civilization has passed through, from the Phoenicians to the Assyrians, Babylonians, Ottomans, Romans and more. All left their ruins and relics behind, such as the Roman temples in Baalbek, one of the wonders of the ancient world.

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