09/21/2012 4:51PM

Kitalpha, leading sire in Zimbabwe, dies at 13

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Kitalpha, a full brother to Kingmambo and Miesque’s Son who was a leading sire in Zimbabwe before relocating to Kentucky, has died of cancer at age 13.

Kitalpha sired two-time Zimbabwean Horse of the Year Rebecca’s Fleet and champions Killaridge and Frogwatch before Gerry Aschinger imported him to his War Horse Place near Lexington, Ky., in 2008.

Kitalpha was found dead in his paddock on Sept. 17, according to a release Aschinger released Friday afternoon. The Mr. Prospector horse recently had been found with cancer, and he appeared to have died “with no trauma,” the release said.