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“Golden Boy . . . was approved for an experiment in which he would breed up to 50 Tuigpaard mares a year...”

says Lisa Rosenberger Jones, the horse’s trainer before he was sold, and later on his final owner.“ He had the most charisma and best character of a stallion. He was the sweetest animal.” Golden Boy represented the Saddlebred breed at the

Hanspferde exhibition in Hamburg, Germany, where he was voted the favorite horse at exhibition. Lisa describes him as quite high headed with a very

straight croup line and his tail coming out at the top of the croup, which is a desirable trait in the breed. “He was absolutely beautiful. His head was beautiful and he was nearly a black palomino.” His experience in Holland included presentation in

harness at his performance testing at Ermelo in March 1991. The reaction to him was: “Intelligent, friendly, attentive and honest. During the first weeks he was rather tense during the light work asked of him. He relaxed more later on. The walk is good. The stallion walks with much tact and the walk has sufficient scope. The trot is often hurried, but there are some good moments. The stallion goes with enthusiasm. He has sufficient maneuverability. He is very willing to work. His stall behavior is good.” Also that year, Golden Boy was presented at the

keuring in Zwolle at which he was approved for an experiment in which he would breed up to 50 Tuigpaard mares a year. Reaction to the foals was mixed. The juries were pleased with the offsprings’ refinement and quality. They credited Golden Boy with improving the shape of the head and length and quality of shape of the neck which is “very well carried and goes into a noticeably good poll.” They also credited him with adding nobility, hardiness and enrichment of the color palette. “The wither is repeatedly short and flat. The shoulder has sufficient length but should have more slope. The back is long. The loins are well connected. The croup should be a little longer but does have good shape. The stance of the foreleg is correct, sometimes a little long. The base has sufficient substance and quality. The walk could have more scope. The trot does have sufficient scope, but the tuig type manner of moving is not hardly ever there. The foreleg stays flat without the desired knee action. The foals also did not rise in the forehand and the hind leg often lags behind.” The conclusion was that the foals should be given a

chance to be presented in harness. However in 1996, the stallion lost his approval status as the offspring fell short of expectation. Two years earlier he was exported to Germany to join Lisa, his former trainer who had moved

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a.k.a. Immigrant

THE OTHER SADDLEBRED STALLION EXPORTED was Callaway’s Mardi Gras sold by Joan Hamilton of Kalarama Farm in Kentucky to Jan Schep of Holland. This nearly 16.1 hand chestnut 1990 stallion became known in Holland as Immigrant in keeping with the KWPN naming system (all foals born in 1990 had to start their names with “I”). He was approved by the KWPN for the breeding experiment following his performance test in 1993 when he was given a 5 on the walk, 6.5 on the trot, a 9 on character, 8 on stable behavior and 8 on training. While it is unclear what happened to the stallion,

today he has two KWPN approved sons resulting from the experiment: Marvel was described during his stallion approval as “of good rectangular type, has a good front and has class. The croup is a little high and a little short.” Majesteit was imported to the U.S. and stands in LaGrange, Kentucky.


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from Kentucky to Germany to train Saddlebreds. Her assignment was to train him for exhibition at Equitana. Eventually she purchased the stallion. Sadly, her joy at reuniting with one of her favorite horses did not last long. In 1999 five of the breeding stallions in her barn developed a lung disease. Golden Boy was nearly recovered when a penicillin shot produced an anaphylactic shock and he died. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77
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