By Jo de Roo
Dominator 2000 Z, Diamant de Semilly, Aganix du Seigneur, and Amadeo van’t Vossenhof Z certain left their mark during the recent Zangersheide stallion approval, from which we drew up an interesting balance sheet.
The catalogue listed 127 candidates, of which 40 in the first, second or third generation descend from the progenitor Diamant de Semilly – currently number two in the WBFSH sire ranking – via their sire line. Of the six direct Diamant sons, half were jury approved, while his son, Dominator 2000 Z went one step further with six approved sons. Amadeo van’t Vossenhof Z also scored well: two of his four registered sons were approved. And what about Aganix du Seigneur? His three registered sons were all awarded the ‘approved stallion’ label.
The international Grand Prix stallion Dominator 2000 Z was the purveyor of this stallion selection with 16 registered sons, and six approved, including Diego van de Zeshoek Z, bred by Paul Merckx out of the dam Galina van de Zeshoek (Quite Capitol), a descendant of BWP dam line 59. According to Mercks; “Galina belongs to the lineage of Eldorado van de Zeshoek. She is a somewhat classicly built dam, easy going. We’ve used her exclusively as a broodmare but this year sold her to France.”
Galina van de Zeshoek (Quite Capitol - Douwinaourai x Utrillo Z) has already presented her business card in breeding several times. Through her first descendant, the mare La Dolce Vita MXL (Bamako de Muze), Galina is the granddam of the Zangersheide approved stallion Rien A Declarer MXL (Diamant de Semilly). “Rien A Declarer was bred by our son Pieter and is now available for breeding at Enterbrook in the Netherlands. Galina’s second descendant, Mylona van de Zeshoek (Vigo d’Arsouilles) also produced an approved stallion, Romeo van de Zeshoek. Thanks to Diego van de Zeshoek, Galina now has her first approved son.
Mercks continued by saying; “It all started with the dam Ramourai (Calypso III), a long-legged mare standing over a lot of ground. She met the requirements that a broodmare must meet. She successfully completed the cycle for six-year-olds and was then used in breeding.” Ramourai not only produced Douwinaourai, but also the showjumpers Valdorai, Bijou Orai, Clay Ourai, and Esalieourai. Bijou Orai, in turn, is known as the dam of Eldorado van de Zeshoek and the five-star Grand Prix showjumper GL Events Dorai d’Aiguilly. “Out of Esalieourai we have, amongst others, an Eldorado van de Zeshoek daughter, named Kjenta Ourai. Kjenta is the dam of Origi van de Zeshoek, with whom Eduardo Pereira de Menezes performs at 1m50 level. Origi won a 1m45 four-star class in Wellington a few weeks ago. We were lucky that our son Pieter competed with Valdorai. This gave us the first opportunity to buy offspring from that lineage from the Martens family, including Bijou Orai, a half-sister to Valdorai. We had done some research and had come to the conclusion that this is a good lineage. Jean Meurrens then imported Livia (Lord - Fippe x Fokus II)) and started breeding with her. Ramourai is a granddaughter of Livia,” Mercks said.
Q Diego van de Zeshoek Z is by Dominator 2000 Z – why Dominator?
PM: “Because Dominator is a big horse with a lot of charisma. I am a fan of large-framed horses. He also has a lot of blood through his sire Diamant de Semilly. And the most important reason: Dominator jumps well. Opinions about Dominator are divided, but I think Dominator is an extremely good horse.”
Diego was presented by the Bruynseels stable during the Z-approval. “We have bred an El Barone 111 Z son out of Quibelle van de Zeshoek – a daughter of Galina – namely, Un Barone van de Zeshoek, who was presented at the BWP stallion approval this year and has already successfully passed the second phase. We entrusted both Un Barone and Diego to Nick Vrins for the preparation for the stallion approvals. Both Un Barone and Diego were sold to Niels Bruynseels.” Diego was subsequently sold to Sweden for €78,000 euros during the Zangersheide stallion auction... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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