Star stallion: Zip Phinn

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Star stallion: Zip Phinn
Star stallion: Zip Phinn

All about Weston Warmbloods’ successful home-bred KWPN show jumper Zip Phinn, whose outstanding jumping bloodlines have produced many top winners at home and abroad

About Zip Phinn

Owned by Weston Warmbloods

Home-bred by Gerda Weston

Born: 2004

Colour: Bay

Height: 16.2hh

Breed: KWPN

Sire: Phinn Phinn (keur)

Dam: Super De Luxe (Lux Z)

Registered with KWPN and approved Anglo European Stud Book

Standing at Stallion AI Services Twemlows and available for fresh, chilled and frozen semen

Bloodlines and highlights

Home-bred by Gerda Weston of Weston Warmbloods in Hampshire, Zip Phin comes from an impressive long line of proven show jumping stock. The talented eight-year-old, who has already produced exceptional youngstock, is by the outstanding keur stallion Phin Phin, out of Super De Luxe (Lux Z), an excellent mare line which has produced successful stallions such as Habsburg (sire of Michael Whitaker’s European team bronze medallist Portofino and Ellen Whitaker’s superstar Ocolado) and Non Stop R.

His great grandmother is one of the foundation mares for the De Radstake Stallions in Holland, from which Zip Phinn’s dam was also purchased.

"He has proved everything we had hoped for and more!" says Gerda’s daughter Anna Beck, who trained with Graham and Tina Fletcher and has built a successful partnership with the stallion. "When he was born, my mother, who has been breeding horses most of her life, described him as ��perfect from the tips of his ears down to his toes!’ He moves so beautifully that he could do pure dressage and is stunning to look at too!"

Zip Phin was sent to De Radstake Stud as a two-year-old to be prepared for his KWPN gradings where the judges described him as "a rubber ball" and he was given a high mark for his jumping ability, but with the comment that he was not sufficiently mature and should return under saddle.

Anna backed and produced him through British Novice and Discovery classes as a four-year-old until she became pregnant at the end of 2008. The young stallion returned to De Radstake Stud and Stal Puck where he was ridden by Ester Blekkink and Robert Puck.

As a five-and six-year-old, Zip Phinn won and was placed in nearly every age class he contested throughout Holland and Austria.

In 2010, Zip Phin returned home for Anna to take up the reins again and, in just a couple of months, he achieved all his double clears in Foxhunter classes.

"He definitely specialises in big jumping classes, the bigger and more technical, the better!" enthuses Anna. "He loves the challenge and has such unbelievable scope."

Temperament and type

According to his breeder Gail Weston, Zip Phinn proved his super temperament from an early age:

"He was exceptionally easy to back, in fact Anna did it all on her own! She gave him his dinner, saddled him up and got on him while he was eating! She then phoned and said "Oh by the way I backed Zip Phin tonight!" Within one week he was happily riding around the school and has never looked back.

"He is very cuddly in the stable and relaxed – he will often lie down and let you go and sit with him. He loves his stable -- he has a double aspect box so he can view the yard from both angles and not miss a thing!

"He has an incredibly easy trainable attitude to his job and loves to work. His weekly routine often consists of one day off, which he spends sleeping, a couple of schooling sessions on the flat, a session of lunging and at least one show. If there aren’t any shows, he will have a jump at home, including some gridwork and gymnastic exercises and also loves to go for a good hack.

"He loves to go out in the field and happily grazes for hours, or you will find him sleeping in his stable recovering from his stud duties

According to Gail, Zip Phinn knows he’s special and although he is treated like a king at home, he is very down to earth and workmanlike with an easy going temperament.

"He’s also proved that he suits all mares, but particularly gives quality to old fashioned types," she says."He is neither cold or hot, so often puts a calmer temperament to a hot mare or a little more spark to a colder mare.
"The great thing about Zip Phinn is that he is loved to bits by everyone who comes into contact with him and has an ever increasing fan club with his own page on Facebook! He really is our horse of a lifetime!"

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