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Belmont Golden Boy
Belmont Golden Boy
Age:25 years Height:16.0 hh
Breed:LICENCED Warmblood Colour:Chestnut
Discipline:SportHorse, ShowJumping, ShowHunter, Dressage, Showing, PleasureRiding
Stud Fees:$800.00
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The stallion that started our breeding program here at Harstone Equestrian is the NZ warmblood stallion Belmont Golden Boy.  He is still with us, serving a handful of mares a year, and still has a loyal group of fans from throughout the country who are always asking after him.

Golden Boy is a 25 year old 16.0hh LICENCED Warmblood stallion. He is the only son of Ramzes II standing at stud in New Zealand. The Ramzes II line has proved over the last decade and a half to be one of the most successful lines in New Zealand, with numerous top class horses in all three Olympic disciplines.

Belmont Golden Boy has outstanding presence and paces - two virtues that have seen him excel in the dressage arena. He was graded Advanced (Prix St Georges / Intermediare I) for about four years before his retirement at age 17.  He was fit, sound and happy when he retired from competition, and was at the top of his game – having just won the 2004 Advanced Horse of the Year title against the best in New Zealand.

Golden Boy’s temperament can only be described as exemplary. His good manners have allowed him to compete alongside mares with no problems - even in showing type classes. He also possesses a huge scopey jump and has won or been placed in all his Horse Trials starts.

At present Golden Boy has sired about 60 progeny, and these range from foals to 12 year olds. His eldest son Kintyre proved to be a superstar. When he was a barely five years old he was the youngest horse at Pony Club Championships, representing the winning Waikato team. He jumped clear and recorded the fastest cross country round, and he’d only been broken in one year! Kintyre also has had many placings in dressage and show hunter disciplines. His best performance to date was coming third in the Two Star at the Puhanui 3DE, and he is now ADVANCED. He has since been exported to the USA. Belmont Oh Boy is another son excelling in eventing, and has won a six bar challenge clearing 1.60m – not bad when you are 15.3 hh! He has also gone to CCI 3* level in eventing.  Another son, Global is Elementary level dressage and has won many classes already.

All of Golden Boy’s progeny are inheriting his standalone paces and lovely temperament. It is quite obvious his jumping ability is being passed on as well. Because he is a cross-bred Warmblood stallion he is suitable to bred to a variety of mares, be it pony, Warmblood, TB, or whatever. He will stamp all of these foals with paces, temperament and jump.

Some of his competition successes have included:
  • 3rd place at Brisbane CDI at Prix St George
  • Winner of the National Musical Leaderboard for 4 years running
  • Winner of the Vetpro Leaderboard for Advanced horses 3 years running
  • Winner of the St George Trophy for 1st year horses in PSG tests nationwide
  • Twice judged Supreme Champion Warmblood at the North Island All Breeds Show (In-Hand)
  • Selected for the New Zealand dressage pre-elite squad
  • Top 10 placings at the prestigious Sydney CDI
  • 2003 New Zealand National Champion at Advanced level
  • 2004 Advanced Horse of the Year
 

Belmont Golden Boy - Competition Stallion – Best Friend


The Golden Boy story began in 1985 when Palmerston North Warmblood breeder Wendy Hayward put her Stationbred mare Venetia to Ramzes II.  The result of this mating was a chestnut colt with four white socks and a blaze – somewhat different from the typical grey Ramzes II hue.

As a three year old Mick and Sandy Fryatt purchased him along with another Ramzes II colt “Chatswood”, and so the “Belmont” prefix was added.  Mick has always had a love for competition stallions, so the decision was made to keep Golden Boy entire and begin to show him.  Breaking in a colt though can be a trying experience – Mick often recounts to me that they could never lead him out of the paddock, he would be easy to catch, but then half way to the gate he would just turn and ‘bugger off’.  Mick always has a ‘trick’ for naughty horses, and so a long rope was attached to Golden Boy’s halter to lead him in (unbeknown to the young colt, Mick had tied the end of the rope around a post).  Well when he did his usual turn and gallop off trick he only got so far before the rope pulled tight on the post and the poor colt lost balance and ended up sitting in a ditch!  Far from panic though, he just sat there eating grass and sulking for a long while!  After that he was always fantastic to catch and lead in to the stables.

Mick and Sandy competed the young “Goldie” in eventing, dressage and showjumping, but he managed to injure a tendon in a paddock incident.  He was then turned away and used to breed a few mares.  When I first met the Fryatts they had already moved from Wellington up to Otaki to a brilliant big stud farm.  How I met the Fryatts is another story in itself, but I started doing a bit of work for them, and had always admired this small, but gorgeous chestnut stallion out in the colt paddocks.

It was in 1996 when I had finished a successful Pony Club eventing season on the evergreen “Belmont Warendorf” (Winnebago/xx) that I was offered Golden Boy.  I was looking for a horse to do dressage on, and Sandy just said “Why don’t you take Goldie?”.  At this stage he had done pretty much nothing for three or so years, and was a 10 year old.  I can still remember phoning my parents in Raglan to say “I’m bringing home a stallion – we will need to build some tall fences!”.  My parents were shocked to say the least, but are never ones to question my ’hair-brained’ schemes.  And so he came home to Raglan.

We really knew nothing about riding and handling stallions, but Golden Boy was so well mannered he really made it easy.  In those days we only had a single horse float, but we dragged him all around the countryside in it, competing at Elementary level (I had never really done graded dressage before this point).  It certainly was a bit of a novelty competing on a stallion; not many were to be seen around here six or seven years ago.  I think I won my first few classes in a row, and so was bitten by the dressage bug – I thought it was easy!!!  That first year Golden Boy (now called GB) went on to be Reserve North Island Elementary Champion behind JK Lots of Fun and Katherine Gorringe.

Once I had a stallion I knew we had to breed from him.  Again we were lucky that his manners and temperament were there to lend a hand.  There were a few sticky moments (figuratively and literally!!!) and I thank my somewhat non-horsey parents for their patience as we all learnt the ropes.  We have it all down to a fine art now, collecting semen off a home made dummy (we call her “Marmalade” after her yellow carpeted exterior), and hand serving visiting mares.

After that first season Mick and Sandy decided to up and move to the UK.  GB who had been on loan was now for sale.  I couldn’t stand the thought of loosing him so we managed to get the money together to purchase a half share in him.  The other half of him is owned by Sandy’s father Howard Hunter, past Chef to the NZ eventing team.  It was also about this time that GB passed his Licencing test to be entered into the NZ Warmblood Studbook.

The season that followed saw him progress to Medium and he just kept progressing till we got to Prix St George.  We had many wins and placings along the way, at local level right up to Nationals and Horse of the Year.  It was at PSG and Intermediare I level that this horse really began to shine.  In his first season at PSG he won both the National Accumulator Leaderboard and the Esprit Musical 
Leaderboard.  He was also awarded the St Georges Trophy for the leading newcomer horse to PSG level.  To cap off a beautiful season we were selected to represent NZ at the Brisbane CDI.  We placed third here in the PSG class and won the three show “Sunshine Series” at that level.

In his second year at Advanced Grade I took him across to Sydney for the CDI held at the Olympic venue Horsley Park.  He was a great stallion to fly with, just like taking a good pet on holiday.  No sedation was ever needed to fly this man, he would just get up on that plane, yawn and go to sleep like any business class traveler would do.  I would always travel with him, feeding him biscuits and chocolate milk, or whatever I might have with me.  He finished in the top ten at the event, and then was trucked to Brisbane for another international show where he again performed with credit.

Before the 2004 Horse of the Year show I made the decision that Golden Boy was to be retired.  He was 17 years of age, and had nothing left to prove to me or anybody else.  Although he never made it to the lofty heights of Grand Prix, he was a fantastically consistent performer at Small Tour level.

His list of major achievements include:
3 x Vetpro Accumulator Series winner
4 x North Island Leaderboard Musical Series winner
PSG Trophy winner
Top ten placings at Sydney and Brisbane CDI’s
2003 National Advanced Champion
2004 Advanced Horse of the Year

GB’s progeny are doing very well for themselves.  His oldest son represented NZ in Australia in the Young Rider team – surely making him the only NZ stallion to gain his Silver Fern and have a son do the same?  That son, Kintyre has since been exported to the US but there are plenty of others competing with success in NZ across the disciplines.  He is a very prepotent stallion, passing on his looks, paces and temperament to his offspring.

There certainly have been bigger, fancier moving dressage horses around in the past decade or so.  But a horse with a bigger heart I have not seen.  “Mr B.” is one of those horses that never seems to have an off day.  He has been such a trier for me and I will always be indebted to him for his efforts.  I reckon you could have chopped off one of his legs, and he still would get around a test for me.

I thing I will miss most is the breakfasts we used to share together at the shows.  Every morning when I would get my cereal, Mr B would puff himself up at the truck and  lean over to me.  He loved eating off the spoon, with sweet dishes like Coco Pops and Honey Puffs being most to his liking.  Afterward he would lick up the remaining milk out of the bowl just like a dog – we loved watching him do that!

Golden Boy is still standing at stud here with us.  He remains fertile and sound, and is happily living out a well earnt retirement.

 

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