Friday, February 28, 2020

Foundation Sire: Ahorn Z

Here is the next installment of Warmblood Stallions of North America’s Foundation Friday.  Every other Friday we will be featuring a foundation sire - one who has been influential in the development of warmblood breeds. We pull from the incredible archive of The Horse Magazine, published by Chris Hector of Australia. Thank you, Chris, for permission to draw on your expertise!


172 cm
Breeder: Leon Melchior, Zangersheide

The genes from the great French sire Almé flowed to the rest of Europe through a curious portal – Zangersheide, a studfarm established by a Belgian businessman who had made a fortune building hospitals and was then bitten by the showjumping bug, a visionary who set out to breed the ultimate jumping machine.

It was at Melchoir’s Zangersheide that Almé’s licensed sons Alexis, Almeo, Athlet and Ahorn Z saw light of day. By 1989 they were in the German top 10 sires rankings of their respective age classes, according to the winnings of their progeny.

Ahorn inherited his extraordinary movement from his dam sire, Ganeff …

Ahorn Z was an immediate success at stud, producing state premium mares and a string of stallion sons, as well as successful competitors.

Ahorn Z competed internationally as did his licensed sons ….

One of his first sons, Acord I was a noted sire in Bavaria before moving to the United States, and his full-brother Acord II was reserve champion of the 5 year olds at the Bundeschampionate in 1992. In 1996 Acord III, the youngest full-brother, became the Brazilian champion stallion.

As a broodmare sire, Ahorn Z has also been very successful. …

Some measure of the influence of Ahorn Z may be seen in the latest issue of Jacob Melissen’s Dutch directory, The Leading Stallions of 2007. Amongst this line up of prominent stallions, we find Acapulco, by Acorado by Acord II by Ahorn Z; Broere VDL Atlantic, by Acord II; Cartano, by Carthago but out of E-Dream Girl by Alasca by Ahorn Z; Casantos, by Cantos out of the Ahorn Z grand-daughter, Cassima; VDL Indorado is by Corrado out of Aida, a daughter of Ahorn Z; Numero Uno, by Libero H out of Jolanda, a grand-daughter of Ahorn Z; VDL Prestige, by Silvano, out of a grand-daughter of Ahorn Z and VDL Sydney is by Goodtimes out of a grand-daughter of Ahorn Z.

To read the entire article, with pedigree, details of Ahorn Z's sons and daughters, on the Horse Magazine website, click here.

There are stallion descendants of Ahorn Z in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on

Westminster VDL

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