New home for Christian Cullen


Christian Cullen has a new home at Dancingonmoonlight Farm in Ohoka.
He was a superstar on the race track.
Christian Cullen won 22 races, including the New Zealand Cup, the Auckland Cup and the Miracle Mile, for more than $1.2 million in stake money, then became a super sire when he retired.
He won the sire’s premiership five times, and the broodmare sire’s premiership for the first time last season. To date he’s left 851 New Zealand-bred winners and 169 Australian-bred winners including champions, Christen Me, Stunin Cullen, Gotta Go Cullen, Mainland Banner, Kiwi Ingenuity and many others.
He also has a phenomenal siring record in North America with 95 winners, from only 113 foals bred there. His progeny have earned $32.9 million in New Zealand, $37 million in Australia and $20.9 million in North America.
The stunning-looking stallion arrived at Dancingonmoonlight Farm in June and is in the care of Trent Yesberg and Sara Smith.
At 22 he is in the twilight of his brilliant career but is still a force to be reckoned with at the annual yearling sales where in February this year one of his sons, the eye-catching colt Cullenburn, sold for $160,000 at the New Zealand Premier Sale.
Cullenburn was bought by Christian Cullen’s owner, Ian Dobson and he is a full brother to Locharburn the winner of more than $384,000 to date.
Christian Cullen began his stud career at Wai Eyre Farm Stud, at East Eyreton, near Kaiapoi.
He remained there until 2013 when he was moved to Nevele R Stud at Prebbleton in an attempt to solve fertility problems.
But with a zero foal percentage last season his owner decided it was time for a change again, this time to the peaceful, lush surrounds of Dancingonmoonlight Farm, where he has another superstar pacer for company in the paddock next to his, dual New Zealand Cup winner Monkey King.
It is hoped that the smaller, boutique stud environment will help Christian Cullen’s fertility issues and initial sperm tests are good. But whatever happens he will remain at Dancingonmoonlight Farm for the rest of his life.
‘‘This is his forever home,’’ Sara said.
He has settled in well at the farm, looks fantastic and has a small book of mares booked to breed with on-farm only, beginning in about a week’s Running shoesNike Air Max 270