By Gymnastik Star out of Kinnordy Gabriela / Graf Landau
With enormous respect for a very special horse Astek Stud announces Gym Bello’s retirement at the age of 20 yrs.
Astek purchased Gym Bello as a yearling. He had suffered a fracture to his hip and ribs prior to purchase so time and physiotherapy were needed to help him overcome his injuries enough to become a stud.
From his first crop of 8 foals (all of which gained titles in various disciplines) he never looked back. Repeatedly producing offspring with trainability movement and lovely heads.
Gym Bello himself has been an absolute pleasure to have, he is extremely fertile and was the most reliable horse to handle and serve. Often with very little time to spare on urgent requests for his semen he never once let us down.
His progeny have achieved significantly in all disciplines gaining him the respect he deserves. We love to hear of his progeny’s achievements.
Gym Bello now resides in retirement with Sophie Wilkinson and Katie Bird in Taupo. Katie’s skills as a bodyworker have already eased his pain.
A horse tells us when its time to retire and although I know Gymmie would continue to do his duties despite his ageing body it was time to be fair on him and offer him rest and comfort for the rest of his life.
We salute you Gym Bello for your wonderful contribution to the NZ sporthorse industry.
A GENERAL OUTLINE OF WHAT IS INVOLVED
Written by Astek Stud, Nelson, New Zealand
When people come to us interested in breeding a foal, our first question to them is what sort of riding they are interested in and what type of horse they would like to produce? It makes sense to chose the best sire and mare you can, that are most likely to breed a foal suited to your own size, personal preferences and favourite disciplines!
Astek Stud proudly announces the arrival of Spectacular Dream's Filly by Damien / Voltaire son - standing at Astek Stud.
This filly is purpose bred for eventing being 3/4 TB and 1/4 WB blood.
She has an amazing temperament and will be offered to a competitive home.
To find out more about this course and to enrol, please contact Sue by email or ph: 027 222 5037
Astek Stud is very proud to host Hubertus at our home arena 369 Wakefield Kohatu Hwy. any questions or inquiries plse email email@example.com or phone 027 2225037
Voltaire II has created an enormous influence on the shape of the current New Zealand sporthorse. Now retired from breeding in 2015, his legacy lives on through his many progeny still competing and his broodmare daughters and stallion sons.
Astek Stud's foundation stallion, the Holsteiner sire "Ramirez", by world famous Ramiro Z, is now sadly deceased in late 2015 at the age of 24.
RIP to this magnificent stallion who's presence will remain in our hearts forever. May his performance progeny, stallion sons and broodmare daughters continue his legacy for years to come.
Seeking warmer climate and to be closer to family, Astek Stud has moved back to Nelson after spending over 10 years in the Christchurch region. Now located in Wakefield, approx 25 minutes south of Nelson city, this area is well known to Sue having lived in Wakefield previously and now grownup daughter Diana and son Michael both having been attendants at Wakefield Primary School and the Nelson Colleges.
It was a huge effort to move all of the horses and belongings to Nelson, first priority was establishing safe paddocks for the stallions to move into. Gym Bello and Ramirez continue to live side by side in large front paddocks up the lovely new tree lined driveway, while Voltaire II and Quatermaster are both thoroughly enjoying their large paddocks behind the house surrounded by majestic native Totara trees.
The broodmare herd has been reduced right down in recent years to now including a select few special Warmblood and TB mares, some of whom are almost due for retirement. The current crop of foals born in 2014 sired by Astek Quatermaster have all been sold to fantastic homes with top riders prior to weaning which is a very exciting start for this young stallion.
A large sand based all-weather arena is currently being put in place in the middle of the property where Sue looks forward to holding clinics and hosting coaches from all disciplines to support ongoing training development in the Nelson equestrian community.
Broodmare and breeding services will also be available at the new residence for a limited number of outside mares.
Sue is thoroughly enjoying being back in the lovely milder Nelson climate and slotting back into the great local community again.