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Zwolle International Stallion Show

Barry Dove and Obelix Z clinched the Future Jumping Stallion title at the prestigious Zwolle International Stallion Show in Holland at the weekend (28 February – 4 March). The title, which is presented to the stallion with the most points at the end of the show, carries a 750 euro prize.

Obelix Z (Ogano Sitte x Darco) took first place in the first round on Thursday evening and finished second in the final on Thursday evening. But having gained the most points overall, the pair was presented with the Future Jumping Stallion title.

“It was fantastic”, said Anne-Marie Mattox, who used to have a share in the five-year-old Obelix Z. “They jumped well against a very strong line-up of international stallions.”

More than 150 stallions took part in Zwolle International — a showcase of show jumping and dressage stallions from across the world. Britons Philip Spivey (Ramanov II) and Deborah Jackson (Larino) also contested the prestigious titles of Best, Promising, Young and Future Stallion.

Mattox believes that Britain should do more to run events of this type which promote and showcase top breeding. “The show was very well run with much bigger prize funds on offer than there are here in the UK,” she told HHO. “It is a shame that the UK doesn’t have more events like this on offer with a bigger emphasis on breeding – nearly all of the trade stands were studs advertising both dressage and jumping stallions.”

FUTURE STALLION JUMPING
Obelix Z (Ogano Sitte x Darco) – Z – bay – 2002
rider: Barry Dove GBR
owner: Mr. B Dove (E 750)
breeder: Y Clercx (E 100)

YOUNG STALLION JUMPING
Utah (Guidam x Amethist) – KWPN – bay – 2001
rider: Danny Schaper NED
owner: Mr D Schaper (E1500)
breeder: Hengstenhouderij Zwartjens (E150)

DE PEPERBUS PROMISING STALLION JUMPING
BMC Chiquitin la Silla (Chin Chin x Pilot) – KWPN – bay – 1999
rider: Jeroen Dubbeldam NED
owner : Mr. J. Dubbeldam and La Silla (E2500)
breeder: La Silla (E250)

STAD ZWOLLE BEST STALLION JUMPING
Concept II (Concerto II x Langata Express) – HOLS – bay – 1997
rider: Torben Kahlbrand GER
owner: Hengstation Maas J. Hell (E5000)
breeder : Mr. O. Peters (E500)

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