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His Dynasty Will Live On…

Sad farewells to a cornerstone and pillar

Leading SA breeders Ridgemont Highlands issued a press release announcing the passing on Monday evening of Dynasty – news that reverberated through the local horseracing and breeding community.


Dynasty (Fort Wood – Blake’s Affair)

In the words of Ridgemont Highlands owner, Wayne Kieswetter, ‘Dynasty was a cornerstone and pillar of our champion farm, and indeed of the broader South African racing and breeding industry’.

In a shock for all those that loved and admired a rare thoroughbred athlete, Fort Wood’s champion son passed away on a black Monday for SA horseracing.

“Everyone at the farm, and part of our team, is devastated – he was a unique character, a great racehorse, a champion sire, and an ultimate fighter. He will be sorely missed by us all,” said Wayne Kieswetter of the multiple Equus Champion Sire and multiple Gr1 winning SA Horse Of The Year.

Calm before the 2003 July storm – Dynasty canters down

A star who produced 25 Gr1 horses and is still the highest rated 3yo ever to win the Gr1 Vodacom Durban July, Dynasty, along with his sire Fort Wood, is one of only 3 stallions in the history of South Africa to celebrate three SA Horses of the Year.

Ridgemont Highlands would like to thank everyone in the industry for their condolences and well wishes.

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8 comments on “His Dynasty Will Live On…

  1. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    RIP – champion , thanks for the memories

  2. Sarvan says:

    Yeah, thanks for the memories champ. I remember his run in the Daily News 2003. I was watching it at the course with this old timer and the champ won as he liked. Problem though he broke through the stalls prior to the race and when he won as he liked this old timer said to me, “in all my years of racing I’ve never seen a horse break through the starting stalls and win a race like that, son put all your money on this horse for the July, they can bring what they want, this horse is not going be beaten.” The rest as they say is history and to my mind, no horse has ever won the July like he did. He had no right winning that race and he won as he liked. Dean as well was very approachable and transparent when it came to Dynasty, he never once was rude to people asking of the champ and his well being. Long Live the Champ, Go Well Boy. ( I still have the clip with Sheldon saying and Dynasty’s gonna strike gold as he passes Yard Arm with consummate ease at the post…..what memories)

  3. perd says:

    best we had in years was at greyville when he won 1st time under lights 1600m with robbie fradd a superstar

  4. Crossby Simelane says:

    Lala ngoxolo Champ my Champion, uyibekile induku ebandla (The Dynasty)

  5. Debra du Toit says:

    RIP champion. Such sad news. We have your son Saxony, so each time we look at him we will remember you.

  6. Harold says:

    Great champ he is. He downed the best Rattray horse ever in Yard Arm. It may be an omen for Lammanskraal to win the July this year with the Bridge

  7. Livvy Simpson says:

    Epic stallion in the “legend stables ” now alongside Sea Cottage and other greats. This 70 + no longer attends races but memories have a habit of recurring when catching some tv races, bringing back ” those days ” when champs were champs and my friends sprinter also baylked the starting own and flew down the straight. Dear old Washington, also a beaut.
    RIP gorgeous Dynasty, you’ve done your teams proud.

  8. Marlin says:

    Marlin says ..If memory serves me correctly Robbie Fradd on the first timer Dynasty won the race.in his interview with tellytrack presenter Deez Fradd stated and I quote.. just going down to the start with this horse and felt something amazing and I’m saying this horse will win the July. Exactly what happened .It won the July.

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