Aristos B, a Dutch Warmblood stallion (Onyx – Nenia), died Friday, August 6, due to spinal cord entrapment as a result of arthritis. He was 28.
Aristos B was born in the Netherlands in May of 1982 and was imported into the United States in 1984. Owned by Michael Korotkin of Sandalwood Farm in New York, Aristos B was retired to stud at age 11 after a successful run as a show jumper. He finished out his breeding career at Barracks Stud.
“He was the king of Barracks Stud. He was a very studly boy, but affectionate and playful with those of us he considered friends,” said Morgen Flynn, who is the daughter-in-law of Dr. Daniel Flynn, owner of Barracks Stud. “He loved being groomed and fussed over and lived for ‘spa days.’ He was a ham for cameras and would put on a great show every time I took a camera out into his paddock. His favorite treats were Fig Newtons and graham crackers.”
Aristos B’s most famous offspring is the hunter Rox Dene, owned by Elaine Boylen and shown by Elizabeth Solter. With Solter in the saddle, Rox Dene was the grand champion in 1994 at Devon (Pa.) and the National Horse Show. She received six overall AHSA Horse of the Year awards from 1991-1994. Rox Dene was the Chronicle of the Horse’s 1992 Hunter of the Year, and 1994 Overall Horse of the Year.
Aristos B was also the sire of Rox Don, Beyond A Dream, Anastasia B, Ovation, Dream Of Me, Aloof B, Wokokon, Aria, Who’s On First, Honor Bound, Trouble, Special Delivery and many more.