Slatington, PA – The Elite Hanoverian stallion Gold Luck has passed away. He was euthanized due to the infirmaries of old age at Maurine (Mo) and Jim Swanson’s Rolling Stone Farm in Slatington, PA, on February 16, 2013 at the age of 26 years old.
Gold Luck (Grundstein I-Annette/Abundance) was bred by Linda Seybold of MD, and has been owned by Mo and Jim since 1994. He leaves behind a legacy including many offspring that were named top foals at their inspections, eight Elite Mares and three Elite Mare Candidates for the American Hanoverian Society (AHS). He sired 118 foals in total. In 2011, Gold Luck had two colts named Premium by the Oldenburg Horse Breeders Society (GOV) and his daughter Special Premium Candidate Ghodiva (damsire, DeNiro) was named the top mare of the year for the GOV. He has been listed in the top 25 of Leading Dressage Sires for the USEF every year since 2003. He has produced many competition horses that have been ranked high in Horse of the Year standings and in USDF All-Breeds awards for the AHS. He produced multiple show champions in Dressage Sport Breed shows, and to demonstrate the versatility from his bloodlines, in 2005 he produced the highest score for the nation in the Mare Performance Test free jump chute for the AHS. In 2003, two Gold Luck offspring won their under saddle classes at Dressage at Devon. He has at least two offspring thus far that have reached the Grand Prix level in dressage.
Gold Luck was a personable stallion, and always a gentleman. Mo has always remarked that if she were a Bedouin, he would have lived in her tent. He loved his people and was safe enough for the Swanson’s grandchildren to kiss and hug. Although arthritis from Lyme’s disease cut his own competition career short, he was ridden and shown in hand by Mo in the early days. His passing leaves a hole in the hearts of the many people who knew and loved him.