Obama tour at Janadria Farm
United States President Barack Obama visited Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to begin his tour of the Middle East and met with King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz at his Janadria farm near Riyadh.
The king presented the president with a gold necklace at the farm prior to a bilateral meeting and a dinner. The two met two months ago at the G-2 economic summit in London.
Janadria farm stands Thoroughbred stallions Torrey Canyon, an English stakes winner who was Saudi Arabia leading sire in 2007 and '08; Blue Burner, runner-up in the '02 Florida Derby (G1); multiple graded stakes winner Dynever; and Official Flame. Tasso, champion two-year-old male of 1985, is a pensioner at Al Janadriyah.
The farm also was the home of 1987 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1) winner, Horse of the Year, and stallion Alysheba from 2000 until last fall, when King Abdullah sent him home to Kentucky as a gift to the American people. Alysheba, who suffered from a degenerative spinal condition, was euthanized on March 27 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
Janadria farm also is home to several hundred Arabian horses, who are kept in air-conditioned stables, the New York Times reported, and is a frequent stop for American presidents. George W. Bush visited in January 2008.
"Despite his many official duties in the kingdom, perhaps the favorite moments of King Abdullah are quiet afternoons spent at Janadria farm, when he visits his beloved stallions, mares, and foals and delights in presenting them to visiting dignitaries and friends," the website stated. "With prancing steps and heads held high, the horses gaze afar to the distant dunes, providing a treasured glimpse into the past and symbolizing hope for a future bright beyond measure."