Stallion Profile: Cevin Z

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Stallion Profile: Cevin Z
Cevin Z and William Funnell

Cevin Z was bred in Belgium at Zangersheide Stud and bought from the auction there by Heather MacPherson as the top-priced foal. He quickly made his mark in the show jumping arena and as a six-year-old in 2003 finished fourth in the Horse & Hound Foxhunter Championship at HOYS.

By 1997, he was competing at top level with William Funnell and his international winnings that season totalled £8,000, with victories at Lisbon, Chantilly and Vimeiro. He also headed grands prix in Britain at Surrey County and New Forest shows.  At the time, his appreciative rider summed up "Kevin" as having the ability to make a top international grand prix horse and William also paid tribute to this talented stallion’s offspring: "His first progeny in the ring are showing great jumping potential and have excellent temperaments."

Sadly, Kevin never managed to reach his full potential, as a fetlock injury in 2008 meant he could no longer compete at the highest level. Since then he been ridden by junior Jake Saywell, who has gained much experience with him in Children on Horses classes.

When Heather MacPherson died two years ago, she left her pride and joy to William Funnell and the gentle grey is now an integral part of the Billy Stud breeding programme.

Breeding and Progeny

Cevin Z’s pedigree features the outstanding bloodlines for which the Zangersheide Studbook is famous and he carries double crosses of Cor de le Bryere and Capitol I in his pedigree.

His sire Coriall Z is one of the top stallions of the Zangersheide Stud. He has a top breeding index for show jumping and has produced graded sons. Kevin’s dam Larthago was an international show jumper whose progeny have fetched high prices in Europe. Her sire, Carthago Z, is one of the most successful sons of Capitol I and competed in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, while also siring nine graded sons.  This is the first year Cevin Z has stood at West Kington Stud, having previously had a season at Catherston in 2006/7.  "We’ve always been involved with freezing his semen and Heather was a friend," explains West Kington Stud’s manager Tessa Clarke. "We’re also the main agents for the Billy Stud stallions."

Tessa is a proud ambassador for this eye-catching grey, who has many admirers.

"Kevin passes on his very sound temperament, movement, athleticism and desire to please, as well as tremendous ability," she says. "He’s also produced a number of successful progeny intended for other disciplines, such Borough Penny Z, the seven-year-old British eventing champion and ninth in the world young horse championships, and others Pippa [Funnell] is competing."

Kevin’s offspring also includes Billy Mexico, an approved stallion and a big winner in young horse classes. Billy Mexico has already attracted interest from abroad and William Funnell thinks he has the potential to succeed at top level in the future.

Billy On Show was third in the national young horse championship as a six-year-old in 2008 and is on the Equine Pathway for 2012, while Billy Laden  won the British Breeders show jumping award for six-year-olds, having won the national championship.

Competition Success

 "Kevin was originally with Caroline O’Hara at New Priory Stud before being sent to William to be produced," says Tessa, "and so followed a very successful partnership. William describes Kevin as ‘straightforward’ and says he’s very level-headed and talented, with a great jump and temperament. Because of his bloodlines, Heather always believed the potential was there and this, combined with his temperament and rideability, made him special."

According to Tessa, Kevin is  "a wonderful character — very friendly and easy to deal with. But he likes people to deal with him correctly and doesn’t suffer fools gladly!

"He’s a quality horse with a fantastic head, neck and shoulder and powerful hindquarters. Kevin’s a superstar competition horse and sire — and he knows he’s special!"

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