Approved by the Irish Horse Board
3 October 2002
a recent inspection, the Irish Horse Board has fully approved Ekstein,
the champion Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by Morningside Stud
in County Clare.
(Zion x Joost) is a 16-year-old bay that is also approved by the
KWPN, the Royal Warmblood Studbook of the Netherlands. Ekstein was
champion of the KWPN stallion performance test and champion seven-year-old
stallion showjumper in Holland. He has eighteen offspring competing
in (inter)national classes at 1.40 1.60 metre, and at least
twelve of these progeny are competing in CSIO, CSI-A, or CSI-B classes.
Three of his progeny compete successfully in Nations Cup classes
and four successfully compete in World Cup shows. In addition, at
least ten of Eksteins progeny compete at high levels in the
USA. Four of Eksteins sons have been approved as sires in
leading studbooks such as the KWPN, NRPS (Holland), AES (United
Kingdom), and sBs (Belgium). Ekstein is also the dam-sire of at
least two approved stallions in Holland.
World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) in their 2000
2001 listing ranks Ekstein as the 97th best sire in the world
for producing top international showjumpers. Ekstein and the deceased
Cavalier Royale (ranked 92nd) are the only foreign stallions in
Ireland to be ranked in the top 100, 200, or 300 in the world.
the most recent rankings of international showjumpers published
by the WBFSH in early September, Ekstein has one progeny in the
top 50 in the world (Joel at 50), one in the top 200 (King at 177),
and one in the top 300 (Kasmir at 285). Ekstein is the only living
foreign sire in Ireland to have any progeny listed in these WBFSH
rankings. And Clover Hill and Ekstein are the only sires in Ireland
to have more than one progeny in the top 300 in the world.
most famous son is Joel. Under Gert-Jan Bruggink, Joel represented
Holland at the 2002 World Equestrian Games and with the Dutch Team
placed fifth in the team competition. This gelding also won the
2002 Dutch Showjumping Championship, won the individual Gold Medal
and the team Bronze Medal in the 2001 European Young Rider Championship,
was the 2001 Vice Champion Showjumper of Holland, and led the Dutch
team to victory and a Gold Medal in the 2001 Samsung Nations Cup
World Final in Madrid.
are very pleased that the Irish Horse Board has fully approved Ekstein,
states Tom Reed, the owner of Morningside Stud. Ekstein is
the only warmblood stallion to come to Ireland already proven as
a sire of international showjumpers. And since Morningside Stud
purchased Ekstein, his progeny have won two gold medals, the Dutch
Showjumping Championship, and begun competing successfully in Nations
Cup and World Cup competitions. Eksteins first crop of foals
in Ireland have been outstanding; so good, in fact, that Morningside
Stud has purchased three Ekstein foals from Irish breeders: a colt
out of King of Diamonds mare, a filly out of Cruising mare, and
a colt out of a Ballinvella mare. Ekstein is destined to become
one of the very best sires ever to stand in Ireland.
will be available to Irish breeders in 2003 on a no foal
free return basis.