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Ekstein Cruises Above the Rest as Ireland's Leading Sire of Top International Showjumpers

Morningside Stud's sire EKSTEIN leads Ireland in the number of progeny competing at the very highest level in international showjumping, according to data from
the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses. Ekstein (Zion x Joost) is the only living sire in Ireland to have three progeny on the list of the world's top 400 showjumpers.

Ekstein's progeny on the list are Joel (Ekstein x Ramiro Z), who last year won the Gold Medal in the European Young Rider Championship and led the Dutch Team to the Gold Medal in the Samsung Nations Cup World Final, and this year has placed in two World Cup qualifiers; Kasmir (Ekstein x ?), who last year came in third in the Athens Nations Cup and fourth in the Bratislava Nations Cup; and King (Ekstein x Goudsmid), who has placed in two World Cup qualifiers so far this year.

Ekstein and the deceased Clover Hill lead Ireland-based sires with three progeny in the top 400. Clover Hill, who died several years ago, has 1,923 foals registered with the Irish Horse Board. Ekstein has about one-third as many foals, fewer than 700, registered with the Royal Warmblood Studbook of the Netherlands (KWPN). Ekstein was also born 13 years after Clover Hill, so many of Ekstein's progeny are still too young to be eligible to compete in international competitions.

As of 15 April 2002, the Ireland-based stallions with progeny in the world's top 400 international showjumpers are:

Ekstein (3 progeny)
Clover Hill (3)
Cavalier Royale (1)
Chairlift (1)
Cruising (1)
Diamond Chin (1)
Errigal Flight (1)
Glidawn Diamond (1)
Slyguff Joker (1)
Touchdown (1)
Western Promise (1)



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