Skip to content

Equine Obituary... Sultan’s Starmaker

One of the leading sires for more than a decade, Sultan’s Starmaker was humanely put down due to complications from colic on Sunday, January 13 at the age of 22. Having been purchased by Carter and Karen Cox of Woodstock Farm as a coming two-year-old, the prolific stallion lived the rest of his life at their Danville, Ky., farm.

“He’s been on this farm as long as we have,” reflected Carter Cox. “He was a great asset to this farm, producing many, many nice horses for us. He produced a lot of game horses. If they lacked any athletic ability he more than made up for it with gameness.”

It wasn’t an accident that Sultan’s Starmaker produced so many show ring champions. Bred by the late Alvin C. Ruxer, he was a product of the “golden cross.” His sire, Supreme Sultan, led the ratings for many years and his influence is still greatly felt today through a number of world’s champion producing sons. Starmaker’s dam was the top Wing Commander daughter, Ann O’Lee and his second dam, the Leatherwood King daughter, Judy O’Lee, was also the second dam of Supreme Sultan.

Like Supreme Sultan and many of his sons, Starmaker gained an early reputation as a futurity sire producing many beautiful foals. And also like many in the Sultan line it took years before he was appreciated as a performance sire as well. In Saddle Horse Report’s recent World’s Champion Sire Rating, Sultan’s Starmaker was tied as the sixth overall sire of world’s champion performers, also ranking number three in both the five-gaited and three-gaited divisions. His current winners included Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited 13 & Under World’s Grand Champion Tyler, the noted junior gaited performer Starmaker’s Triton, Three-Gaited Pony World’s Grand Champion Simbara’s Audacity, Amateur Three-Gaited 15.2 & Over Reserve World’s Champion The Irish Lord, the many times three-gaited champion Biras Creek, and the champion park horse Killian.

In addition to the above stars, his previous world and reserve world’s champions include Touch The Stars, Gone East, Like Fine Wine, Starmaker’s Southern Star, Coming Out, Starmaker’s Bouquet, Starmaker’s High Heels, The Star Of The Show, Timely Affair, Valhalla’s Valentino, Almond Joy, Starmaker’s Look At Me, Tortola, Albelarm Elegant Lady, and Clover Hill’s Cohiba.

More Stories

  • ASHA Seeks Executive Director

    The American Saddlebred Horse Assocation (ASHA) is currently seeking to hire its next Executive Director. Founded in 1871, the ASHA’s mission is to safeguard the integrity of the American Saddlebred breed, to promote the use of American Saddlebreds, and to expand the public knowledge of the American Saddlebred.  Read More
  • Prize Lists Available for Asheville Saddlebred Classic

    The inaugural Asheville Saddlebred Classic is fast approaching and prize lists are now available at The entries closing date is April 20th and entries can be submitted online until that date. Hard copies of the prize list are available upon request... Read More
  • Blue Ribbon Opening

    Read More
  • Royal Crest's Mister Stone Now Being Offered For Your Consideration

    Consistently in the ribbons, this wonderful gelding has proven to be an absolute star in whatever division he is entered in: Walk and Trot Equitation, Open English Pleasure, Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure - he can do it all and he is ready for his next young rider! Direct inquires to Country Meadow Farm. Read More
  • HS Queen Of The Castle Now Being Offered For Your Consideration

    A lovely mare that will get you noticed! Shown successfully in Junior Exhibitor and Adult Show Pleasure and Park Pleasure with lots of wins to her credit. She is suitable for a more advanced rider - let her win for you! Direct Inquiries to Jennifer Dixon. Read More
  • VVM Uncensored Now Being Offered For Your Consideration

    This cute gelding has plenty of expression and is suitable for any level rider. “Vegas” has been shown successfully in the Classic Pleasure and English Pleasure divisions. Have some fun with him in the show ring! Direct Inquiries to Jennifer Dixon. Read More
  • Supreme Kiss Now Being Offered For Your Consideration

    This beautiful bay gelding turns heads when he’s in the show ring! Successfully shown in the five-gaited pleasure division and will walk all day long. Kiss is ready for his next rider! Direct Inquiries to Jennifer Dixon. Read More
  • Sedgefield’s IL Divo Now Being Offered For Your Consideration

    This colorful 7-year-old gelding is a blast to ride! He has been successfully shown in pleasure, park pleasure and park. He is ideal for a junior exhibitor or amateur rider. Started on pattern work, he would be a top contender in the equitation division as well.  He has a great attitude and loads of personality. Don’t miss the chance to own a great one! Direct inquires to Country Meadow Farm. Read More
  • Mr. McDreamy Now Being Offered For Your Consideration

    A superstar on the competitive Country Pleasure division and is also equitated. A perfect first horse, he is high-headed, safe and loves his job. Priced to sell. Direct inquires to Evan and Mary Orr. Read More
  • Lady Cinnamint Now Being Offered For Your Consideration

    Proven in the competitive Country Pleasure and Show Pleasure divisions. Very reasonably priced and ready for any level rider. Direct inquires to Evan and Mary Orr. Read More