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Randel Z sired the best show jumping horse in the world

10 / 09 / 2014
After the end of the Final Four at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy Jeroen Dubbeldam was crowned world champion. The best horse throughout the competition was Cortes C from Beezie Madden, who earned the bronze. Her horse, a son of Randel Z, only had a single jumping fault in all the nine rounds of the championship with more than 150 competitors. In the horse exchange on the Sunday, he was the only horse to go clear under all four riders.
Sire Randel Z was born in Lanaken at Domain Zangersheide thirty years ago. He is still standing at stud at the Walloon stallion station Haras des Aucels of Pascal Rigaud. Like Ratina Z, Robin I & II Z and Riviera Z, he is a product of the combination Ramiro Z x Almé Z. His grandam was one of the many Hanoverian Gotthard daughters offering their services at Zangersheide at the time. The dam of Randel is Alaric Z, a daughter of the Normandy stallion Alme Z. Alaric Z won several S-level competitions and earned platform places at the European Championships for junior riders under the Swedish Arnold Askinson. Randel Z himself did not do badly in the sport, either. In 1989 he jumped ten clear rounds out of twelve in the Belgian cycle for 5-yr-olds and finished in fifth place. That year he also finished fourth in the finals of the BC in Gesves. Two years later he won the finals for 6- and 7-yr-olds in Bavikhove and also that year’s stallion competition of Jumping Mechelen. Then he moved for a year to the showjumping stables of Ludo Philippaerts. There he won in short time, in Belgian competitions alone, more than 100,000 Belgian francs under Ludo and Danny Verheyen. About twenty years ago this was a more than considerable amount to win in national competitions in Belgium.
Randel Z started his breeding career in Flanders. He was often used in East and West Flanders. In the past, his products Prudence de Bioagrico, Kilkenny Randall Z and Verelst Quebec were already noticed for their showjumping qualities. Meanwhile Randel also earned his metal in breeding as a sire of good broodmares. Some of his grand-children are Cicero Van Paemel Z, Lorrain Z, Vivaldo vh Costersveld, Best Mix Elien and Careful Z vh Hofterrijckel. Also Cornet Obolensky’s grandam is a daughter of Randel Z. It is therefore not really surprising that he turns out to have produced the best showjumping horse of this world championship.

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