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ADVERTORIAL: Talent in abundance at Zangersheide
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ADVERTORIAL: Talent in abundance at Zangersheide
on 23 March 2018
Judy Ann Melchior gives her personal view of a balanced selection of pensioned stars, active top sport horses and promising stallions at Zangersheide Stud


“Cicero Z has shot up in the WBFSH-ranking to the top 50. He owes this position to scores of offspring active at the highest level. This stallion has 120 products jumping from 1.45m to 1.60m level, which indicates that he is an extremely reliable sire. I always like horses with Carthago Z blood and Cicero Z is one of those.”


“In the past few years I have developed a special tie with Dominator Z. He would be a dream horse for every rider. He is tall yet compact and he has a remarkable amount of quality, power, jumping with his withers high. Dominator Z is highly reliable, both in the sport and in breeding. In the past few months he had only one fence down and that was in the jump-off in Mechelen. He is just as reliable in breeding, with an extremely uniform lot of foals of good size that can canter well and with jumping manners as impressively as their sire’s!”


“Comilfo Plus Z is a true natural: a light-footed, active and supple horse. Now that his oldest offspring are five-year-olds, the extreme quality of Comilfo Plus Z as a sire becomes more than clear. His products are like rubber balls, with a very light-footed canter and a remarkable take-off and jumping technique. He is a stallion that can add blood, quality and suppleness to your mare’s products.”


“Taloubet Z has recently given me one of the finest moments in my life. His goodbye was like a fairytale that could not have been written better. To dominate in the sport up to age 18 and then saying goodbye in Leipzig by winning the World Cup…it simply could not be any better.

“Now that he is back at Zangersheide, he can devote the rest of his life to breeding. When you cross your mare with Taloubet Z, you can be sure of a product with super fast acceleration, power, a flashing foreleg and enormous hardiness. These qualities made Taloubet the horse that he is and these are the qualities this stallion will pass on to his offspring.”


“Aganix du Seigneur Z has caused a fresh wind blowing in breeding. Aganix himself was a remarkable sport horse under Jos Lansink that had everything to go very far. When an injury put an end to his sport career, I did not hesitate for a moment to acquire him for breeding. And I am still very happy that I did, especially now that his oldest products have found their way to international top-class stables. Agana van het Gerendal Z recently moved to Cian O’Connor, Agadance van’t Gelutt Z to Jos Lansink, and Oak Grove’s Americana Z is with Harm Lahde. Breeding with Aganix du Seigneur Z offers a guarantee for a sporty, extremely athletic and energetic foal.”


“Cabrio Z is one of our most recent acquisitions and he comes from the ‘wall of fame’ of pensioned five-star winners that have started their second career at Zangersheide. We are therefore very excited about the arrival of Cabrio Z. He is a stallion with a lot of blood that won the $1 million Grand Prix of Spruce Meadows, dominated in the top sport for many years and, in addition, is exceptionally successful in breeding.”

Cabrio Z at the Zangersheide stallion show


“Asca Z was the youngest stallion this year to reach the top 100 of the WBFSH-ranking and that gives him the status he deserves. As a sport horse he was active at the highest level, both under me and Christian (Ahlmann) and it is hard to find another stallion with the same qualities. Asca Z is tall-framed, long-lined and has an exceptional amount of blood. We see the same blood in his offspring, which are beginning to feature everywhere in the last few years. Asca Z is my pearl, I really love this stallion and often recommend him to my friends and breeders, because I have total confidence in his breeding quality.”


“Brunetti is a striking appearance; wherever he performs, breeders are crowding around the exit of the ring to take a look at him from close by. He has a lot of blood, tremendous power, he is long-lined and has a good mouth. Besides, he is an extremely noble horse with a solid, good balance. In short, a sport horse that many riders dream of and of the kind that we are going to need in the future. I believe that, in view of his own qualities, Brunetti Z may herald a new era in breeding and produce the horses of tomorrow. I am already looking forward to the first foals of Brunetti Z. Even if this stallion passes on just some of his good points to his products, we are already well served.”


“At the latest stallion selection in Westfalia, Christian and I were deeply impressed by this young stallion. He displayed immense power combined with a perfect technique. You do not find a stallion like that every year and we were determined to bring this one to Zangersheide and make him available to our breeders.

“Qatar Z is a cool-headed and smart horse, pleasant to handle. Besides, we had wanted to add the blood of his sire Quasimodo Z to our breeding for some time already. I am absolutely convinced that Qatar Z is an asset for our stables and for breeding. We will give him good chances, anyway, and I will use him for some of my own mares.”

These are only a few of the stallions of Studfarm Zangersheide. You can find the complete collection on

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