Remi Lion King has a new home in North Canterbury

Written by on May 1, 2018 in News with 1 Comment
Remi Lion King in November, 2017

Remi Lion King in November, 2017 under Jutta Rosenblatt on Mowhanau beach

We’re pleased to announce the sale of Remi Lion King to Angie and Andy Mason of Amberley House in North Canterbury.

The Masons have been developing Amberley House’s Sporthorse breeding programme since moving to the property in 2014 with nine foals bred on the property so far and another seven due this coming season. The breeding programme offers a mix of stock for sale and horses being produced for competition disciplines. Their broodmares feature dams of several recent Horse of the Year winners, including 2018.

Remi Lion King in 2014.

“We can’t emphasise enough how excited we are to have Remi Lion King join our stud and family,” Angie says.

“We had been looking internationally for a stallion of quality breeding that could be also competed under saddle and had attended some of the European auctions. Imagine our surprise and delight when we became aware Remi Lion King could potentially be available and he was already in NZ!  We made the trip to Vollrath Hanoverians in Wanganui from Napier whilst up for Horse of the Year in March. It was a long trip but worth it!

“Andy and I fell in love instantly with this majestic stallion who offered everything we had been looking for without any compromises,” Angie says.

“Berny and Jutta have been wonderful mentors and now friends. We enjoy their friendly banter and learning of their experiences and achievements so  are thrilled to have their support in this next chapter of Amberley House breeding operation.

“Lion King has settled in beautifully here and we expect to bring him back into under saddle work next month.”

The Australian bred seven-year-old was imported into New Zealand a few years ago by Vollrath, who have produced him into an exciting dressage prospect. Amberley House’s goal is to feature Lion King in national competitions once he has become established in North Canterbury where he will also be used over their own warmblood mares.  Amberley House also intend to offer his services as a stallion to other breeders given his versatility in both jumping and dressage disciplines.

“It’s a very exciting prospect for South Island breeders to have a stallion as well bred as Lion King living and competing locally where he can be experienced first hand,” Angie said.

© Derek Barrett

“So often breeders are only offered the choice of stallions from online or magazine advertisements or YouTube videos and never get the opportunity to actually meet the stallion and learn his personality or see him compete. This is where Lion King is expected to excel.  Standing at 17.2 hands (1.75m) Lion King is a rich bronze that really does shimmer in the sunlight, with an affectionate, gentle personality that woos every one who meets him.”

Amberley House is taking bookings for Lion King’s services this coming season and already has several mares scheduled.

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  1. We indeed are excited for Lion King’s new owners and wish Angie and Andy the best of success in breeding with and riding “Simba” in competitions to come!
    Berny & Jutta from Vollrath Hanoverian Stud

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