By Ross Millin

  The South African connection:

(Avis photo)


Direct imports:

Supeme O’Lee  – 1973 S.A. Reserve Junior Three Gaited Champion – sire of numerous S.A. Champions and Grand Champions. (See below)

Sultan’s Beauty Queen – owned by Kosie and Dina Botha, dam of S.A. Champions, Simon Templar, Aqualady.

Sultan’s Blue Skies – sire of Miss Blue - SA. Grand Champion Mare in Hand. S.A. Champion Childs Riding Horse.

O’Lee O’ Lee – Weanling World Champion. S.A. Grand Champion Stallion in hand. Imported by Inus van Niekerk.

His Honour The Sultan – imported by Judge Dirk Kotze. Sire of Sultan’s Sheena (x Feeling Free). S.A. Champion Child’s Riding Horse. Sire of Sultan's Xterminator, the sire of the current (2005) S.A. Fine Harness Grand Champion, Sultan’s Zorba.


All of them had a positive influence on the local industry but none as big as the legendary Supreme O’ Lee. He is a product of the so-called golden cross being by Supreme Sultan out of a Wing Commander mare, The Royal Princess.  Originally registered as The Royal Sultan he was imported as a yearling by the late Bill Sieberhagen and Danny Theron of Richmond in 1971. Gielie Visser of Darling was his last owner.



Supreme O’ Lee at 20 years old

Photo by Ross Millin






Bourbon Genius




Genius Bourbon King






Blessed Event



Valley View Supreme







The Genius




Diana Gay



Supreme Sultan



Lady Alice










Edna's May King




Anacacho Denmark






Jane Black



Melody O' Lee







Leatherwood King




Judy O' Lee






Ace's Orchid










Edna's May King




Anacacho Shamrock






Sally Cameron



Wing Commander







King's Genius




Flirtation Walk



The Royal Princess



Spelling Bee










American Ace




Ace O' Goshen






Kalarama O'Goshen



Princess Margeret O' Goshen







Sparkling Bourbon O' Goshen




Princess Elizabeth O'Goshen






Pandora O' Goshen

Grandsons and daughters of Supreme Sultan through Supreme O’Lee:

Martha Lee – through her son El Nino, the sire of 1997 Five Gaited World Grand Champion Commander in Chief.


                                                                                      Commander in Chief and Red Crabtree                                                                                

      painting by Helen Hayse



 Prince O’Lee  Succesfull sire used by Gert Kruger. The sire of The Engraver, World Champion Three Gaited 15,2 h and under.


                                                                                            Sparkling O’ Lee and Andre Maskell                                                                                              

 photo by R.Millin

 Sparkling O’Lee -  Sire of Sun Queen, the dam of S.A. Champions Barcelona and Perfect Timing.   

  -   Sire of Sparkle’s Spirit – the sire of 2000 S.A. Five Gaited Grand Champion, War Hawk.


                                                                                    Perfect Timing and Kevin Eltringham                                                                                     

 photo by Fotojan


Yoko’s Tornado  - 1997 S.A. Fine Harness Grand Champion through his dam Sarah Lee (Supreme O’Lee x Cameo’s Rare Jewel)

Warlords Touche through his dam Miss Cassidy (Supreme O’ Lee x Miss Buck and Wing) - sire of numerous S.A. Champions eg Let’s Celebrate, Black is Beautiful, My Testimony, Zucherro etc

Easy to Love – Succesful sire used by Pieter Jacobs of Fauresmith. Sire of 1984 S.A. Fine Harness Grand Champion, Moon Tiger.

Ben Gurion – Succesful sire used by Gert Kruger of Douglas.



Supeme O’Lee’s influence on S.A. Grand Champions and World Champions:

Three Gaited Division

Lynn O’Lee – (Supreme O’ Lee x Courageous Caroline) S.A. Grand Champion 1985, 1988

Atari -  (Supreme O’ Lee x Majestic Malinda) S.A. Grand Champion 1990, 1991

The Cookie Collector – (Supreme O’ Lee x Wing’s Love) S.A. Grand Champion 1999  

Jim Dandy – his sire Dare To Win is out of The Sultan (Supreme O’Lee x As Written On The Wind) S.A. Grand Champion 2000



 Lynn O'Lee and Eliska Murdoch

photo by Jan Genade

The Cookie Collector and  Eliska Claasens

     Photo by Niel Scholtz       


      Atari and Bill Schoeman      

Photo by Bennie





Fine Harness Division

Moon Tiger through his sire Easy To Love (Supreme O’Lee x Indian Love Song) S.A. Grand Champion 1984

Master’s Moment through his dam Supreme’s Santa-Rosa (Supreme O’ Lee x Cameo’s Siboney) S.A. Grand Champion 1988, 1991

Never on a Sunday – through his dam Now or Never (Supreme O’ Lee x Miss Buck & Wing) S.A. Grand Champion1994, 1995, 1996

Yoko’s Tornado, through his dam Sarah Lee (Supreme O’ Lee x Cameo’s Rare Jewel) S.A. Grand Champion 1997




Master’s Moment and Fanie Hauman

photo by Ross Millin



Five Gaited Division

Commander in Chief, through his sire El Nino who is out of the Supreme O’Lee mare, Martha Lee  (Supreme O’Lee x Ensign’s First Kiss) S.A. Grand Champion 1994, World Grand Champion 1997.  

Warhawk, through his sire Sparkle’s Spirit who is out of a Supreme O’Lee stallion, Sparkling O’Lee (Supreme O’Lee x Cameo’s Rare Jewel) S.A. Grand Champion 2000.

Prince’s Domino – through his dam Catherine Lee (Supreme O’ Lee x The Witching Hour) S.A. Grand Champion 2004, Gelding and Reserve World Champion 2005.



So even though few Supreme Sultan imports got to South Africa we definitely had one of the best in Supreme O’Lee. If one look at the success of Supreme O’ Lee as a sire he especially had a huge influence on our broodmare band. If one studies the above it is crystal clear that Supreme O’ Lee’s second and third generation descendants were especially influential in South Africa and now also back in the USA.


copyright Ross Millin 2004