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Zangersheide represented with great distinction in Valkenswaard

16 / 05 / 2018
From May 14 to 16, the first event of 2018 at the Tops International Arena in Valkenwaard is held. On the fields of Jan Tops, youngster classes are alternated with competitions at one and two-star level. Zangersheide horses and Valkenswaard, it turns out to be an excellent combination of pure sport horses and good accommodation. Accordingly, the Z horses have represented Studbook Zangersheide with great distinction.

The Small Tour opening class at 1.35m level was immediately won by Alice Mury Marais Z, a twelve-year-old mare of Air Jordan Z x Calvin Z. With Patrick McEntee in the saddle, the home rider of Catherine De Buyl and her stud Mury Marais, the duo outran the 75 other participants. Also with his other Air Jordan Z-offspring, called April Mury Marais Z (sd: Quinar Z), McEntee was two times close from having a shot of winning. However, they had to settle for a second and a third place.

Springsteen Z (Spartacus x Canabis Z) and the British rider Sebastian Bishop became the runner up in the 1.10m class.

Among the five-year-olds, Laetitia Surin gained a fourth place with Odyssee Des Vergers Z (Ogano Sitte x Leonardo I) and an eighth place with Calciet Eb Z (Cornet Obolensky x Berlin). She also finished fifth with the eight-year-old Carlina des Vergers Z (Clapton VDL x Totoche du Banney) in the speed class at a height of 1.35m.

Melanie Gelin and Attoucha Hero Z won the first class for six-year-olds. The day after, they gained a fifth place. Attoucha Hero Z is a daughter of Aganix du Seigneur Z out of Gatoucha van 't Roosakker. That name might ring a bell. Gatoucha is not only the granddaughter of Usha van 't Roosakker, but this Diamant de Semilly offspring herself jumped at 1.50m level with Michael Korompis. Lieven van Decraen bought the full sisters Attoucha Hero Z and Alana Hero Z from their breeder Luc Henry. "When I heard how they had been bred, I immediately wanted them. Every year I breed a few foals and such a strong damline is certainly interesting! "Every week people call to ask if the sisters are not for sale, but Lieven is determined. "I have a few horses that compete internationally at the top and I have the same goal with Attoucha and Alana."

In the final class for six-year-old Stal Tops rider Alberto Zorzi and Adele Z (Air Jordan Z x Guidam) finished third. Piergorgio Bucci and Actionmaker Z (Action-Breaker x Carolus I) also remained double correct, but a slower chrono referred them to place five.

Axel 111 Z (Action-Breaker x Chatman) with Abdel Said and Christanna Z (VDL Cardento x Guidam) with Alberto Zorzi respectively ended sixth and eighth in the final for seven-year-olds.

Balumba Z (Balougran Z x Centauer Z), bred by Jorge Perez Lopez in Spain, gained a third place in the first GP qualifier with his Finnish lady rider Sonia Hungerbühler. In the second qualifier there was a fifth place for Karel Cox and the stallion Cascor Z (Casall x Coronado).

Whether the denouement of the Grand Prix also gets a Z filled top three, remains to be seen.

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