Studbook Zangersheide was created 25 years ago and is growing throughout Europe. With almost 4,300 registered foals, 2016 was a record year for Studbook Zangersheide. Also the Z-Festival has been splitting at the seams over the last few years; 406 foals entered in 2015, increasing to 619 in 2016 – an increase of 52% no less. In order to serve the breeders even better, and especially to show our gratitude for their trust in Studbook Zangersheide, we will henceforth also organise cross-border Z-Festivals. Z-breeders will be able to show their foals in 2017 at four locations, from which foals will also be selected for three foal auctions: Two ‘Z Online Auctions in August and the Z Quality Auction during the FEI-WBFSH showjumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses, September20-24.
9 July, 2017 – Z-Festival Germany: The European tour will start in Marl hosted by the Rohmann family. Marl, the birthplace of Christian Ahlmann, lies in the heart of Westfalia, a region where loyal Z-breeders have been breeding Z-foals for years.
13-16 July 2017 – Z-Festival Belgium: The traditional Z-Festival in Lanaken will, as in 2016, be a four-day event. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday the foals will be assessed. On Sunday it will be the tur of the three year olds in free jumping action. On Saturday and Sunday also the four-, five- and six-year-old horses will jump in classes to qualify for the Belgian Championship in Gesves, and the Lanaken WBCYH for the five- and six-year-old youngsters.
29 July 2017 – Z-Festival the Netherlands: Way north in the Netherlands, in the province of Drenthe, lies the village Westdorp, which will turn blue and yellow on 29 July. A great many showjumping horse breeders are living in this region and the fine accommodation of Reinie Tewis is the ideal basis for the Dutch Z-Festival!
6 August 2017 – Z-Festival France: The European tour will conclude in France. In the Loire region, not far from Nantes, the chateau of Haras de Hus will provide the background for the French Z-Festival. Host Xavier Marie has been breeding high level showjumping and dressage horses for many years and is a loyal supporter of Studbook Zangersheide.