Hula Town – top eventing sire now at Longspring
Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Sir Tristram stallion Hula Town has moved from Nelson to spend his retirement years at Longspring Stud in the Wairarapa where he is expected to attract sport horse mares based on his phenomenal record at producing international event horses.

As often happens, ex racehorses by a sire can be quite special in equestrian pursuits and this is certainly the case with Hula Town progeny. He has produced more top event horses for New Zealand than any other sire in recent years. They are particularly talented jumpers and bold cross country with speed to match. They apparently have a tendency to “buck” but properly trained through, this translates into a wonderful jump.

At 23, Hula Town is in surprisingly good condition and has settled in well. While not always successful with older stallions, Syenz Equine Reproduction (associate company to Longspring) hopes to freeze his semen for the future.

His top progeny include Crusada who competed with good results at Badminton in the UK and at the World Equestrian Games for the NZ team. Other top 3 Star level horses internationally include Money Train (UK), Clifton Hula, Freetown (USA), Westella (USA) and RH Rocket (UK). Ask any event rider in the UK what is one of NZ’s top bloodlines and you will more often than not hear “Hula Town”.

Interestingly enough, top Australian Olympic showjump rider Chris Chugg was recently in NZ and in an interview with Anne Vallance (currently being transcribed), he said that in terms of thoroughbred bloodlines for jumping and eventing, Sir Tristram blood is the best! 

Hula Town stands for $1200 + gst and includes the first collection for transported semen. With his age, there is no point in delaying another year to breed to this well known stallion. 

Check out the photos of his event horses on the stallion page - you'll notice they all appear to love their jumping!