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Born April 12, 1999
Ascot Knight x Sleigh Bells
3/4 Thoroughbred Gelding
Bred by Bernard & Karen McCormack
Owned by Julie Pring / Stonehaven Farm
is a 3/4 thoroughbred gelding who was purchased by Julie Pring in 1999.
At 2 weeks of age he became a bucket baby as his dam, Sleigh Bells, was
an exceptional nurse mare and she was needed. He came to Stonehaven
Farm in September of 1999.
Julie was responsible for
all of his early lessons including starting him under saddle. She took
lessons with Gillian Sutherland, Ian Roberts, Michele and was a working
for Peter Gray.
In September of 2004 he went out
on a long term lease to Michele as Julie was going to school. In May of
2005 Michele and Amistad debuted at Checkmate in the Open Training
Division and won with a 58.34%. They did some more showing throughout
the season ending with a win again in Open Training (25.50%) at Richland
Park, MI, USA.
In 2006 they showed in many events in the
Open Preliminary Division both here in Canada and in the US with
fabulous results. They also had wins in the CIC * at Bromont and the CCI
* at Mid-South.
In 2007 Amistad was named as the
Ontario Horse Trials Association Horse Of The Year and Michele received
the Intermediate Championship for the OHTA. 2008 proved to be another
successful year for the pair, finishing 2nd in their first 3* at Wit's
End. 2009 started off on a high with a 2nd at their first event. At
the next event a small injury to Amistad was discovered and he was given
the rest of 2009 off to fully heal.
2010 and 2011 were a bit of a roller coaster with Amistad sustaining an injury and needing healing time.
In 2012 a "bucket baby" went to the London Olympics! They were chosen to be on the Eventing Team! Sadly on cross country he re injured his tendon and they had to retire.
He is recovering very well and is retired from Eventing but the hope is to get into the dressage ring and show his talent there.