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An Australian-bred hanoverian colt closely related to classy eventer Underdiscussion has been bought by New Zealand interests.
Rising three-year-old Remi Lion King, whose dam Remi Waltzing Matilda is a half-sister to Underdiscussion (formerly Remi Lethal Weapon), has been bought by Vollrath Stud principals Berny Maubach and Jutta Rosenblatt from Cheryl O’Brien of Remi Stud in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley.
Ridden by Australia’s Chris Burton, Underdiscussion won the CCI 2* at Tattersalls in Ireland last year, and followed that up with a win in the CICO3* at Aachen‘s World Equestrian Festival in July 2012. Underdiscussion, who started out as a dressage horse in New Zealand, has since been sold.
Remi Lion King is by the Londonderry stallion Lauries As and out of Remi Waltzing Matilda, who is by Walt Disney I. He is in turn byWorld Cup I, a son of Woermann who features in the pedigree of former Vollrath stallion Worldwide, now in Australia and a gold-medal winning Paralympic horse.
Waltzing Matilda’s dam is the thoroughbred Surabaya, by Mighty Kingdom and out of the New Zealand-bred mare In The Cup, by the French-bred In the Purple, a son of Right Royal V.
Adding to the Vollrath connection to Lion King’s pedigree is the fact that Londonderry, by Lauries Crusador, is the sire of the stud’s top performing dressage stallion and successful sire Lessing.
Lion King is being started under saddle by Tor von den Berg, who rides and competes horses for Remi Stud.
While strictly speaking a “dressage stud”, Vollrath’s owners also recently imported the jumping bred colt Gershwin (Goldfever II/Ramires/Dorian).
Vollrath Stud’s Berny Maubach says crossing Lion King’s bloodlines with their existing lines of hanoverian sires Genius, Dynamit, Worldwide P.B, Anamour and Lessing “promises to cover all three equestrian disciplines”.
“We think that we are very near to achieve what we set out to do some 30 odd years ago. Dreams do come true – provided one works at them!” he said.
Maubach said they found Lion King while looking in Australia to buy a colt who would be complementary to their breeding programme. The deal was done after they viewed a video of Lion King.
“We are very excited about the new addition. We expect Remi Lion King to arrive at Vollrath at the end of August, in time for the new breeding season,” Maubach said.
More information: http://hanoverian.co.nz