As can be seen in the picture on this page, ZEST and I enjoyed many a happy time. However, when an injury left her sidelined for a while, I decided to breed a foal from her. That is when the breeding bug bit me hard.
The first foal was a filly ZEAL. ZEAL was sired by the Polish stallion CYRASA imp Aust, an own son of the world famous stallion COMET and out of the mare BARCELONA ( Doktryner - Brussa ) who had been imported to England by Patricia Lindsay back in the early sixties.
Over the years, ZEAL was to prove herself a fabulous riding horse, with many wins in Open company and the Arab classes. You name it, we did it, and usually won it.
Now she is a very successful broodmare. Her first of three foals by QUASSA, a filly, named ZEALIA in a multi Supreme Champion and her two gelding sons are proving to be wonderful riding horses.
The second of ZEST'S foals was also a filly. ZELLAH is 96% Crabbet and is a daughter of the Australian bred TOUCH OF MAGIC ( Risheem - Sefra ). A beautiful moving horse, TOUCH OF MAGIC was a grandson of the famous English stallion IREX and has left a legacy of Arabians with extravagant movement. ZELLAH has left us some lovely foals to too. Her chestnut son Zilla D'Oro is proudly owned by Pam Harris of Blenhiem and his photo is featured on the cover of Kim Swan's excellent book "The New Zealand Horse".
The third and final foal out of ZEST before her untimely demise was also a filly. Also sired by an Australian stallion, but this time a gray, ZHOLA was to bring to the stud some of the best performance bloodlines in Australasia. She is one of only a handful of purebred mares sired by ARABESQUE CRYSTAL FLAME imp Aust ( Tafadin - Crystal Queen ). Once again, a high percentage Crabbet mare, 90% in fact, ZHOLA has left us three strapping males, the gelding ZION a halter Champion in the North Island and ZIBAQ KHAN our present colt and a grey rising two year old called Zircon.