Zabina was imported in-utero and is the product of a very successful mare line in Holland. Ultra modern in type, Zabina is a tall long legged mare with an athletic uphill build. She moves with an excellent leg-technique displaying much power from behind and elevation with animation in the front.
To the best of our knowledge Zabina is the only Cabochon mare in Canada and one of Cabochon’s very last foals due to his unexpected and untimely death just a few months before she was born. Sadly Cabochon’s semen was never frozen. Her fantastic pedigree offers a unique blend of legendary stallions who appear time and time again in the top dressage horses of today and truly represents the best of the best; Cabochon, Flemmingh, Sultan and Nimmerdor.
Cabochon blood is much desired by dressage riders and trainers alike. We have been faithful fans of Cabochon for years and have wanted his blood in our breeding program. It is without question the super character that Cabochon seems to stamp all of his offspring with that over the years has left us with a lasting impression!
Zabina was in full time training with Canadian Dressage Team Member and Pan-Am Silver Medallist, Diane Creech. Piloted and trained by Diane, Zabina successful completed the IBOP mare test with marks of 8.0 for trot and 8.5 for canter, she was crowned Champion of the DG Bar Cup for four-year olds. The KWPN jury commented on her modern exterior and desirable type awarding her with the much sought after Keur, Elite predicate.
Keur Preferent Prestatie
Keur Sport (Dressage)
Keur Preferent Prestatie
Year of Birth: 2017
Name: Mojo P
First Premium Dressage Foal, Best Young Dressage Horse of Keuring
Year of Birth: 2010
Name: Flex P
Zabina’s sire is the Keur KWPN stallion Cabochon. A much loved ambassador of the Pretendenthoeve and Van Norel family, Cabochon died at the stable where he was born and lived for 20 years on Tuesday, May 4th, 2004. Well known as a dressage sire Cabochon has been at the top of the list for dressage breeding values with an index of 177, reliability 85%.
As a three year old, Cabochon was lauded as the “stallion with the best trot” at the stallion show in Utrecht. In 2000, Cabochon was awarded the Keur predicate by the KWPN thanks to his exceptional heritability qualities.
Cabochon’s sire Vincent was Dutch Champion Grand Prix Dressage with Annemarie Sanders-Keizer in 1989. Gonnnie, the dam of Cabochon, was also the dam of the world famous Grand Prix stallion Vanitas.
Many offspring of Cabochon are highly qualified in the sport of dressage for example: o.c. Luzelma, Moszkowicz, Jabbazelma, Jashmir, Hurricane and No Excuse.
Zabina is a product of one of the leading KWPN marelines Relanse-stam, Merrielijn 33, fokfamilie 1712.
Zabina’s dam Jeldina is an imported Keur Sport (Dressage) KWPN mare. As a three year old Jeldina, was champion of the Friesian central selection in Drachten and was referred to the UTV. Jeldina successfully competed on the ZZ level Dressage tour in Europe to earn her Sport (Dressage) predicate with the KWPN.
Jeldina’s sire the Preferent KWPN stallion, Flemmingh, scored 9 out of a possible 10 for three sections of his performance test which include: paces, trainability and jumping under saddle. He is an internationally appreciated stallion, regarded as an outstanding improver of action and passing on good conformation to his progeny. Flemmingh is considered by many to be the greatest producer of dressage horses in the world.
Flemmingh sires beautiful big, long-lined horses with three perfect gaits. This can be seen on numerous Ster and Keur mares, champion foals and dressage performance horses that he has produced. The foals of Flemmingh are very much in demand by dressage riders, trainers and dealers because they are eager learners, like to work and move with great ease.
Flemmingh mares prove themselves in breeding. The approved stallions; Krack C, Santino and Lingh are some of the most famous Flemmingh sons.
His son Lingh, ridden by Edward Gal, won several Grand Prix and was Reserve Champion at the World Cup Final in Las Vegas, where he was the crowd favourite. He won and was placed in several other Grand Prix and World Cup qualifiers. He was also a member of the Dutch team at the European Championship.
Flemmingh’s approved son Krack C has also won several Grand Prix and was the best KWPN dressage horse during the World Championship in Jerez 2002. Krack C won the Grand Prix Special in ’s Hertogenbosch and became the Dutch Dressage Champion of 2006. Also very successful is BeSe, ridden by Catherina Morelli, who won the Grand Prix Special and the Grand Prix at the International Horse Show in Palm Beach. Melvin with Imke Schellekens-Bartels was very successful at Grand Prix level.
Flemmingh is the sire of many champion mares such as: Kwebbel, reserve-champion UTV and the highest IBOP of the Netherlands with 90 points, Likina Field reserve-champion UTV and Kevanie UTV reserve-champion.
Flemmingh’s dam Texas also produced three other approved sons: Gaspari I and II and the Holstein Champion Litorio. Texas is a daughter of Carneval who is a proven sire of show jumpers such as Panasonic Video. His sire, Cor de la Bryere, is one of the most important stallions in modern show jumping who also features on the ranking for dressage sires with many graded sons throughout the world.
Flemmingh is line-bred to Ladykiller xx through Lacapo and Lorenz, a practice employed in Holstein breeding to reinforce and increase the percentage of proven talent in the bloodlines. Lacapo, represented by a good BLUP score for dressage of 120, is sire of six graded stallions including the popular Laredo and he has several daughters which have produced graded sons.
Lacapo’s sire Landgraf I by Ladykiller xx is a top source of all-round competition talent in the Holstein breed. He has over 30 offspring currently jumping at top International level including: Libero H, Taggi, Major Wager and is the sire of the international dressage horse Lugano 140. His total progeny winnings to date are over 2.5 million.
Zabina’s grand-dam Eldina, is a Keur, Preferent, Prestatie mare by the Keur KWPN stallion Sultan. Sultan comes from the famous Reina line, also called Burga-stam which is the renowned mare line from breeder Wim van Arkel [Dutch mareline 8 of breeding family 6o]. Famous horses from this mother line are: Darkdream, Sultan, Kallisto, Mendel, Charmeur and Waldo.
Sultan gives both dressage and show jumping qualities to his children. He has several approved sons such as: the KWPN stallion Bustron [Sultan – Eros], NAWPN stallion Charmeur [Sultan – Ronco xx] and the NRPS stallion Sultano [Sultan – Roemer]. Sultan’s famous show jumping son, It’s Otto [Sultan – Farn], competed at the highest levels of the sport and his daughter Jaguar [Sultan – Doruto] was an international dressage horse.
Zabina’s great grand-dam, Wildina, was a Ster mare by the prolific Preferent KWPN stallion Nimmerdor. At his stallion testing Nimmerdor distinguished himself by his great jumping abilities. He went on the have a successful career in show jumping with Albert Voorn competing in various World Cup competitions and had top showings at other international competitions such as: Berlin, Paris, Gothenburg, Dortmund and London. Nimmerdor was invited to the Los Angeles Olympic Games but his owner, VDL Stud, opted to keep him home for what would later prove to be his legendary breeding career. Nimmerdor held to top position in the Dutch jumping index for many years with the highest degree of reliability. In 2000, Nimmerdor was awarded the prestigious titles “Stallion of the Year” as well as “Stallion of the Century”.