I would like to express my sincere thanks to Nancy and Mike Mazzoni who a few years ago kindly invited me to their thoroughbred farm in Kentucky. It was this eye-opening visit which set me on the path to researching material on the horse in China and to writing this book.

I am indebted to Carol Dyer of Word for Word in Hong Kong for the support and encouragement she provided me in pursuing the book’s publication and for editing the manuscript.

My thanks also go to Liu Ruikai who gave me advice on traditional Chinese equine veterinary medicine.

Finally, I extend my gratitude to GIMP (free image editing software) and the following parties for the permission given to reproduce photographs without charge:

  • Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum Site Museum
  • Hong Kong Racing Museum
  • Kerri-Jo Stewart
  • Maoling Museum
  • National Museum of China
  • Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts
  • Shaanxi History Museum
  • Wang Zhanhong of CPC Liaoning Animal Domestic Genetic Resources Conservation and Utility Centre
  • Wu Mingcheng and Xiang Mingyi of Heilongjiang Animal Reproduction Supervising Station and Northeast Agricultural University

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