The king ar­rives at Am­ber­ley House

Northern Outlook - - OUT & ABOUT - EQUINE

Am­ber­ley House, in its 125th year, has fur­ther en­hanced its sports horse stud with the re­cent pur­chase of the ma­jes­tic stal­lion Remi Lion King.

The Aus­tralian-bred seven year old Lion King was im­ported into New Zealand a few years ago by Voll­rath Hanove­rian stud.

Am­ber­ley House’s goal is to fea­ture its new stal­lion in na­tional com­pe­ti­tions once he has be­come es­tab­lished in his new North Can­ter­bury home where he will also be used over their grow­ing herd of warm­blood mares.

Am­ber­ley House also in­tends to of­fer his ser­vices as a stal­lion to other breed­ers given his ver­sa­til­ity in both jump­ing and dres­sage dis­ci­plines.

Andy and Angie Mason have been de­vel­op­ing Am­ber­ley House’s Sporthorse breed­ing pro­gramme since mov­ing to the prop­erty in 2014 with nine foals now bred on the prop­erty so far and an­other seven due this com­ing sea­son.

Angie said it was a very ex­cit­ing prospect for South Is­land breed­ers to have a stal­lion as well bred as Lion King liv­ing and com­pet­ing lo­cally.

Stand­ing at 17.2 hands (1.75 me­tres) Lion King is a rich bronze with an af­fec­tion­ate gen­tle per­son­al­ity.

His gait and paces are a re­flec­tion of his ex­em­plary Euro­pean pedi­gree that has as his grand­sire Lon­don­derry who promi­nently fea­tures in the top 20 warm­blood dres­sage sires in the world since en­ter­ing the rank­ings in 2014, and great grand­sire Lau­ries Cru­sador, win­ner of the Hanove­rian Stal­lion of the year in 2007 and re­garded as pos­si­bly the best thor­ough­bred ever to en­ter the warm­blood stud­books.

Lion King’s jet black sire, Lau­ries As, pur­chased by Remi Stud in Aus­tralia, has all the per­son­al­ity he has given his son and has won many in­ter­na­tional dres­sage events in Aus­tralia and Europe at the top ech­e­lons demon­strat­ing four un­bro­ken gen­er­a­tions of stal­lions at the top of world.

Am­ber­ley House is tak­ing book­ings for Lion Kings ser­vices this com­ing sea­son and al­ready has a num­ber of mares sched­uled in.

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Am­ber­ley House has en­hanced its sports horse stud with the pur­chase of stal­lion Remi Lion King.

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