Archfather papa Rutherford (Cardinal Johnson) is a retired horseman and retains a keen interest in the equine world. He studied combined training with a particular passion for jumping. He is a long-time supporter of foxhunting and country sports, as well as equestrian competition. In college, papa Rutherford was a founding member of the Georgia Tech Equestrian Team, which still remains a valuable part of Georgia Tech club sports. He still attends competitions and shows, as well as the races at Keeneland and elsewhere whenever possible.

In addition, the Archfather has been active in research on diverse topics in the equine industry ranging from the economics of valuation of horses and facilities to the history of Lipizzaner horses. His efforts have helped to promote equestrian sports, recreational riding, and preservation of equestrian history.





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The Anglican Patriarchate (Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church) is an ecclesiastical sovereignty by right of Rome with an independent government in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Additionally, we descend from the See of Utrecht, which was granted autonomy in 1145 by Pope Eugene III and confirmed in 1520 by Pope Leo X in the Bull Debitum Pastoralis, this right becoming known as the Leonine Privilege. As the sole successor of Pope Leo X and temporal successor of St. Peter the Apostle in Italy and Britain, the Patriarchate is fully Catholic and holds the same canonical authority as the Roman Communion (Vatican). The Patriarchate is the ecclesiastical successor to temporal Rome, the temporal patrimony of the Roman Empire claimed historically by right of the papacy. The succession passed to the Patriarchate after Benedict XVI by right of Rome and Florence, with the Archfather (Bishop of St. Stephen) with papal authority as temporal successor of St. Peter, and the Pope (Bishop of Rome) as spiritual successor of St. Peter and de facto sovereign of the Vatican City-State.