The Zangersheide Stud already had a World Champion for 7-year-old horses two years ago with Solid Gold Z. Now a Belgian title can be added to its list of achievements, thanks to Cascol Z and Dayro Arroyave's win at Sentower Park in Opglabbekk in September.
Cascol Z's story begins in the Netherlands with breeder Piet Janssen, whose famous 'Colle' line has produced many good sport horses. Cascol's dam Bharcolle also produced Garmex, Khomedian and Chello Z, all successful 1.50 m jumpers. In 2013 Janssen bred Cascol Z by Casall ASK and out of Calvacolle Z (Calvaro Z). "Casall was one of the better stallions for me back then and I always wanted to breed with him, but it's not a given if you don't have a Holstein mare. You'll soon lose a few thousand euros. But I was able to buy an embryo through Mr. Melchior, and so Cascol Z was born." Janssen and his foals are seen regularly at the Z-festival, and that was no different in 2013. "I sometimes keep fillies for breeding, but I always try to sell the colts. You need to have the right accommodations to keep colts, but having them there with broodmares and the young mares is not easy. That's why I took Cascol Z to the Z Festival. Cascol placed 6th there with a score of 32.50 points, and was selected for the Zangersheide Quality Auction."
Cascol Z's qualities were also noticed by Judy-Ann Melchior, who purchased him during the Quality Auction. As a 4-year-old Cascol Z jumped several regional competitions and also appeared at the start of the Z-festival with Mike Van Olst. He also competed as a 5-year-old in several tests including the PAVO Stallion Competition. Dayro Arroyave took first place with the chestnut stallion later that year at the World Championships for Young Horses, qualifying them for the final on Sunday where they finished with just one fault. During that same World Championship Cascol Z was also presented to be licensed as a Zangersheide stallion. His athletic way of jumping, combined with an enormous impression, canter and scope impressed the jury.
At the beginning of last year Cascol Z was with Thomas Van Minnebruggen and together they competed at the PAVO Stallion Competition among other shows. But Colombian rider Dayro Arroyave then took over the reins when he founded his own stable. The pair competed at several international competitions where they managed to jump clear 13 times in 18 rounds. In December they ended their year with a 5th place in the test for 6-year-old stallions at Jumping Mechelen.
Dayro and Cascol Z travelled to sunny Oliva, Spain earlier this year to prepare for their summer season, placing 3rd and 7th and jumping several clear rounds together. But they also competed internationally several times in recent months with success, including 3rd place in Lier and taking 6th place three times in Bonheiden. But the highlight came when they won the Belgian Championship for 7-year-olds at Sentower Park!
"I can only thank Judy-Ann Melchior for entrusting me with such good horses," says Dayro. "I've really been working towards this championship. Actually I had my mind set on the World Championship in Lanaken, but when that was cancelled we had to adjust our goals a bit," he laughs. Dayro especially praises the character of his brand new champion. "Cascol Z has an incredible attitude. He just went to Zangersheide to be used for breeding for a month and a half. What's fantastic is that even when he comes back from breeding, he’s the same horse. He is immediately focused on his work. We want to give him some rest now and then we'll see."