This book was published to pay tribute to one of historys truly outstanding breeder of Arabian horses, Cristobal Colon y Aguilera the XV Duke of Veragua of Spain. It covers his ancestors, which include Christopher Columbus, and family but mostly it is about his magnificent Arabian horses that seven decades after his death continue to profoundly influence the breed. Christobal Colon y Aguilera not only lived up to, but surpassed his ancestor's reputation for breeding fine horses. He assembled one of the finest groups of Arabians on the face of the Earth and one of the most famous breeding farm in history. This book covers the history, tradition and fortune of the Veragua family, Arabian horse racing and the Madrid Exposition, purchases from Lady Wentworth at Crabbet Park, Skowronek and his Spanish decendents, the Spanish Civil War and the death of the Duke, the after math of the war and the rescue of the Duke of Veragua's horses, the tragedy that befell the Spanish Arabian horse, the post Spanish Civil War horses of the Veraguas and much more. A well researched and scholarly work. Loaded with B&W and color photos of Arabian horses, many publish no where else. Includes facinating interviews and wonderful old family photos. For anyone interested in Spain, first hand accounts of the Spanish Civil War and Spanish history revolving around the Arabian horse, this is the book for you. This is a hard to find title and a must have for any well rounded Arabian horse library.