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Zambesi is the result of sport horse breeding with a vision. The legendary Heartbreaker, who is world-famous for his reflexes and attitude, was combined with Calvaro Z, who stood out due to his unlimited scope. Zambesi’s dam Calanda Z jumped at international level with Mathijs van Asten, while granddam Alanda performed at international level with Pieter Kersten. Alanda is a daughter of Le Mexico and bred many top horses, such as It’s The Business (Geoff Glassard) and Galanda (Edwin Smits), who is again the dam to Now or Never (Piet Raijmakers).
As a youngster, Zambesi himself was already successful in showjumping: at the age of six he qualified for the finals at the World Championships in Lanaken and ridden by Sjaak Sleiderink he became three times second out of four competitions in the KWPN Stallion Competition, of which he won both the final and the overall standings in Den Bosch. Later on, Zambesi competed successfully at 1.45m level.
Zambesi’s offspring show great potential for the big sport. For example, the now six-year-old Fozz was acquired by Ashford Farm for top-rider Marlon Zanotelli in 2015, his offspring stand out in young horse competitions again and again and a son of Zambesi x Polydor became reserve champion of the Stallion Show in Westphalia. Just like Zambesi himself, his offspring show reflexes, a great attitude and a lot of power. (Text Copyright Team Nijhof)
Heartbreaker x Calvaro Z x Le Mexico
2004 KWPN - SJ Level 1.45m
Sire - Heartbreaker
Heartbreaker was owned by master Dutch breeder, Henk Nijhof.
As a 6 year old Heartbreaker placed fifth at the World Championships for young show jumping horses and was ridden by a New Zealander, Grant Wilson.
One year later, he returned to finish fourth in the seven year old class. By the age of eight, Heartbreaker commenced his international career in 1.40m classes. In 1968, ridden by the Dutch rider, Peter Geerink, he won the Nations Cup at Falsterbo, and finished third in the Grand Prix of Hamburg, Rotterdam and Geesteren. Heartbreaker was fourth in the Grand Prix of London and fourth in the Grand Prix at Aachen. He was also the winner of the Stallion Showjumping class at Zwolle.
Heartbreakers career was nothing short of phenomenal but he also excelled as a Sire, leaving exceptional competition and breeding progeny all over the world before his recent death. In 2016, Heartbreaker had a breeding value of 161 to stand 6th on the German FN standings. On the WBFSH stallion standings for 2015, Heartbreaker was 6th.