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Sire: Artist (SWB) - Dam: Belle Rose (SWB)
Palomino Swedish WB - 15.2 hh

Sadly, lost to colic on Sunday, August 20, 2000

Remembered by owners, Nicole and Pierre:

"Your heart shone through like gold to the end....your braveness will never be forgotten.... nor your desire to overcome every obstacle... you will forever be a part of who we are."

A little background about Bel-Air

Janet Starr, of New York, imported Swedish Warmblood stallion prospects from Sweden in recent years, a cremello, Banquo, and two palominos, Bel-Air and Beltane. She co-owns Banquo who is also an Approved, Foundation stallion with SHOC.

Here's a short story about these rare Swedish Warmblood stallions and how they got to the U.S., as told by Janet Starr: "In 1991, I went to Sweden to look for a stallion prospect. I was specifically looking for a son of Flamingo. While there I looked up the breeders of a stallion that I already owned named Lucullus, "Luke." ... I took some video footage of an 18 month old colt which happened to be a palomino - Bel-Air! I purchased a colt by Flamingo (Flamenco) and returned to the US. When my husband saw the footage of Bel-Air he thought that we should purchase him as well....this was when Art Deco was making a tremendous influence on the breeding market and there were virtually no palomino warmbloods. I made a call over to Sweden and purchased Bel-Air. He arrived here that fall. Bel-Air is out of a Cremello mare named Belle-Rose. I learned from the breeder that every chestnut stallion he bred her to always produced a palomino. A couple of years later I called to Sweden thinking that I would look for a palomino mare to breed to Bel-Air to produce a cremello. I figured that it would take several years to make my own cremello. The mare had been sold to a woman who agreed to breed the mare for me and sell me the resulting foal. We bred the mare to Nactus that year but she did not get pregnant. (She was almost 20 at that time.) I asked her to return the mare the next season and I agreed to buy the offspring. In the meantime she went to a farm and found the cremello colt "Banquo, " called me and told me his bloodlines and I bought him sight unseen. He was just 10 days old at the time. I couldn't believe my good fortune. The following season Belle-Rose conceived to the stallion Nactus. Since I had agreed to buy the resulting offspring I ended up importing the colt Beltane."

Bel-Air, a gorgeous, nearly chocolate color, dappled, Palomino Swedish Warmblood, co-owned by Nicole Imbriglio and his trainer, Pierre Belanger, was successfully eventing prior to Nicole acquiring him. Nicole reports that Bel-Air enjoyed jumping and was shown in February 2000 at a couple of "A" shows in low jumpers and got two firsts. He won one of the classes by 9 seconds! He competed in Southern Pines twice and at unrecognized shows, winning all of those classes too. They were at 4'3." He was slated to begin showing again in the fall of 2000 doing mini-prixs...

Here are some quotes from those who knew Bel-Air....

Andra Tarleton, A friend and client: ... "Absolutely unbelievable!"... "The first stallion I have ever ridden and what a pleasure to ride!"

Pierre Belanger, Co-Owner and Trainer of Bel Air: "Little Big Man!"

Nicole Imbriglio, Co-Owner: "He gives his heart and soul....keeps a smile on your face....and looks you straight in the eye. I can only hope that he gives half his heart to his babies.....we are looking forward to our first foal crop with him in 2001! Everyone always seems to have the same comments about him...breathtaking....well behaved...and powerful!"


Photo Credit: Suzanne Sturgill
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