Ramiro Z (G Ramiro Z)
Over a period of of thirty years, the "Preferent"
G Ramiro Z's performance as a sporthorse and breeding sire has
clearly earned him the well deserved titles 'Stallion of the Century'
and "King of Sires." Bred in Holstein, born in Westfalia,
licensed at Neumünster, Ramiro Z was an international performer
under Fritz Ligges, a stallion that has had a far reaching influence
on the greatest acheiving sports horses of today. Ramiro was one
of the first Holstein stallions to actually appear in competition
unlike many others of that era. During his own sporting career
he had numerous wins at all levels of show jumping including Nations
Cups, Puissance (jumping over 2.2 metre) and in international
Grand Prix competition.
was the most popular progenitor of the Anglo Arab stallion "Ramzes"
and by far the most frequented sire in Germany at that time. He
stood at stud in Westfalia, Holstein, Zangersheide and Holland.
Numerous sons and daughters conserve and pass on his valuable
genes providing excellent rideability, movement and jumping talent.
It comes therefore as no suprise that we find Ramiro's children
and grandchildren at the top levels of showjumping and dressage
today. A quick glance through the WBFSH rankings, some 15 years
after his demise we can clearly identify the success of his descendants.
When Ramiro was presented for selection, he was
described as the ideal type of the modern Holsteiner - strongly
imprinted by his dam, a stallion of substance but lighter than
the traditional Holsteiners of his time inheriting the strong
topline of his , maternal grandfather the Thoroughbred stallion,
Cottage Son xx. In movement Ramiro displayed a very good walk,
a good trot, with an exceptional canter.
at Ermello in Holland for acceptance into the KWPN studbook in
1980 he received a 9 for stable behaviour and Character. Ramiro's
influence on the Dutch Warmblood breeding was, and still is of
utmost importance. The Dutch awarded him the title 'Horse of the
Year' in 1992 and went on to sire no less than 12 KWPN approved
sons, to list only a few, Almiro, Architecht, Damiro, Diro, Elmero
B, Bernstein, Royal Bravour and the ZZZ level dressage stallion
Zeoliete exported to the USA, out of the Keur Pref Preferent mare,
Sargab" (Abgar x Nimrod) .
From his first breeding season, he sired the
fabulous mare, "Fatinitza" out of a the Holstein mare
"Pommerantz" Loewnjaeger x Heidleberg) show jumping
victory after victory under Fritz Ligges and Thomas Frühmann,
and later mother of the Zangersheide stallion, Almiro Z when bred
to Almez Z. Ramiro's second season saw him in Holstein where he
produced three stallions: Rinaldo (out of a Trakehner x Holstein
mare), Rio Negro, (Pernod x Zew xx) who became a Grand Prix dressage
horse, trained by Willi Schultheis, and L Ronald out of a Heilbutt
x Monarch mare. L Ronald was for many years a popular stallion
in Holstein, where he sired five licensed sons and more than a
hundred top broodmares, many of whom became mothers of sires such
as Alcatraz, Lord Incipit, Larno, Le Grand - all exquisite and
excellent sporthorses. L Ronald, like his famous father, went
to Holland - where he stood for five years, and also sired, the
KWPN show jumping sire Saluut who appears in the pedigrees of
Libero H by Landgraf x L Ronald and Hatttick, Ahorn x L Ronald.
In addition he became the strongest and most successful sire for
Leon Melchior's performance breeding program at Zangersheide.
Whilst at Zangersheide Stud Ramiro was presented with a selection
of superbly bred jumping mares including the famous foundation
mare, Heureka Z who competed successfully up to 1.60m Internationally.
Huerka Z was bred to Alme Z and produced the daughter Argentina
Z who when bred to Ramiro produced Ratina Z. Ridden by Piet Raymakers
and Ludger Beerbaum, Ratina Z won World Cup Finals, the European
Championships, the Grand Prix of Aachen, individual Olympic Silver,
double Olympic Team Gold, Team Gold at the WEG, and twice team
gold at the European championships. Argentina Z also produced
the Ramiro Stallion sons sons: Rebel I Z, Rebel II Z, Rebel III
Z and Rock Z none of which produced the same results in competition
as thier full sister. Ratina Z Now a mother herself Ratina since
produced the approved stallions "Crown Z by Carthago ridden
by Judy-Ann Melchior in competition up to 1.40m at the young age
of eight and more recently "Comme Il Faut" by the up
and coming Cornet Obolensky approved by the Westphalian stud book
As well as his impressive ancestry and sports
results, another of G Ramiro Z's greatest assets was his fertility
and semen quality. It was of such a good standard that it was
used in the research of artificial insemination and frozen semen
to produce the science we know today.