The Pinto stallion Bonte Nico kept turning heads all through the sixties of the 20th century. The media, also showed plenty of attention for this striking and noticeable Pinto horse. Our current Barockpinto Studbook ows him the right to exist!
Nico came to farm “Lunia State” Kees Hellinga, son of the owner in Marssum. In January 1964, Nico was first submitted for inspection for the Warmblood breeding, in Alkmaar. Initially, mister Hellinga sr. mostly used Nico for breeding his own mares and his sons’ mares. The noticeable color, quickly spiked the interest of other local farmers. Thus, he quickly became a popular “wild stallion”.
Present day, breeding with a not approved stud does not cause any problems, however, this was very different. In 1965, the AID wrote many fines to the owners of mares that were bred with Bonte Nico. The agriculture association even ordered the confiscation of Bonte Nico. To dodge this fate, the owner wrote an urgent letter to HRH, Prince Bernhard. The prince in turn, moved the letter on to the then Minister of Agriculture, Mr. van Biesheuvel. He intervened personally twice, to have Nico been given the green light, for all breeding. Mr. van Biesheuvel based his decision on article 35 of the Horselaw, as it was at the time..