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Born: April 01, 2007

Gender: Mare

Colour: Bay (gg EE AA)

Height: 16.3 hh/1.71m

Breed: HOLST

Offspring: Continera, Di Caprio, Verdinale, Diassini 3, Zineline, Captain Picard, Zirassini Blue, Neilan and Oxley

Bloodline Background

Sire: Cassini I

Dam Sire: Caretino

Dam Dam's Sire: Ramiro Z

Cassini I:  One of the most successful holsteiner stallions, Cassini I died at the age of 24 in 2014.  Cassini looked good at his stallion licensing especially in the freejumping, and followed that up with the fourth best score of his stallion test at Adelheidsdorf the next year. He was ridden as a five year old by Herbert Blöcker before the Dane, Bo Kristoffersen took over the next year qualifying the horse in grand style for the Bundeschampionate with seven wins. In 1997, Franke Sloothaak took up the reins and they went on to a string of successes at Grand Prix, Nations Cups and World Cup levels. Sire to such champions as Eurocommerce Berlin, Cavalor Cumano and Carambole NOP, Cassini I has produced 25 more licensed sons!  These are just a few examples of the Cassini I offspring in sport, which so far have won 3.5 million Euro:  Cumano, Eurocommerce Berlin, Cocu, Pikeur Calanda, Verelst Curtis, Cashmira, Quite Cassini,  Ci Ci Senjor ASK,  H&M Cabrio van de Heffinck, etc.

Caretino:  When he died at the age of 28, Caretino was the last of the seven stallion sons of Caletto II to enter the Holstein Studbook. He revealed his qualities at the stallion performance test, where he received a jumping index of 145 points.  He went on to win numerous young jumper classes showing his outstanding jumping technique. At 5 and at 6 years old, Caretino participated in the Bundeschampionate under Thomas Schöning.  Bo Kristoffersen took over the ride on him a year later and commenced competing at Grand Prix and Nations Cup level for Denmark. At the time of his death, Caretino offspring had earned more than 3 million Euros.  Caretino produced an impressive string of internationally successful show jumping horses, including Bernardo Alves' Chupa Chup, Richard Spooner's Cristallo, Jill Henselwood's Toyzrus and Rolf-Goran Bengtsson's Casall la Silla.

Ramiro Z:  Conceived in Holstein, born in Westfalia, licensed at Neumünster, and himself an international performer under Fritz Ligges, Ramiro influenced nearly all European Performance Studbooks.  Ramiro was the most popular representative of the Ramzes line and at one stage was the most frequented sire in Germany. He stood at stud in Westfalia, Holstein, Zangersheide and Holland.  Ramiro’s influence on the Dutch Warmblood breeding was, and still is, of utmost importance. The Dutch bestowed the title – ‘Horse of the Year’ – on Ramiro in 1992.  While he may not have established a sire line, Ramiro blood prevails in the mare lines! 

Dam: Raritat I

Zanzahra's dam, Raritat I, is a Holstiener mare that was born in 2001. In 2004, she was declared "Staatsprämie" in Elmshorn. 

She has been a good broodmare for owner Carsten Harms (Radesta, Germany). 

Previous Offspring:
  1. Calatino - 2005 gelding by Calato, sold to VDL stud
  2. Zanzahra - 2007 mare by Cassini I, career broodmare
  3. A-Corrada - 2008 mare by Corrado I, 1.50m with Ludger Beerbaum
  4. Contino - 2009 mare by Contender, broodmare in Russia
  5. D-Cassina - 2011 mare by Cassini I, 1.40m with Jannik Harms
  6. Numeri - 2012 Stallion by Numero Uno, 1.40m with Dennis Heyer
  7. Dilapalu - 2014 mare by Diarado
  8. Dia Caretina - 2015 mare by Diarado
  9. For You - 2017 filly by For Pleasure, sold to France at ESI Auction
  10. Silver Sky van't Neerhof  - 2018 colt by Untouchable 27
  11. Una Caretina van't Neerhof - 2020 filly by Plot Blue

Offspring from Raritat I

A-Corrada by Corrado I

Contina by Contender

Ridden by Ludger Beerbaum. She competed up to 1.50m.

Breeding mare at Westfalen Swit in Russia

D-Cassina by Cassini I

Numeri by Numero Uno

Ridden by Maximiliam Lill  Currently competing at the 1.55m level.

Ridden by Dennis Heyer and Gerrit Nieberg  competing at the 1.45m Level.

Dilapalu by Diarado

For You by For Pleasure

Silver Sky van't Neerhof by Untouchable

Sold at the Belgian Warmblood Foal Auction on 28 Sep 2018 for 9,000 Euro.

2017: Visiting Zanzahra before purchase

Zanzahra is a career broodmare from Holsteiner Stamm 1752.   She is expecting a foal by Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve in June 2018! We are very excited to be adding this mare to the broodmare band of Mikali Farms!!

She has been owned and in the care of her breeder Carsten Harms of Germany since birth. She has had 7 foals to date. 

Previous Offspring:
  1. Continera - 2010 mare by Contendro I; broodmare - already the dam to a licensed Holsteiner stallion (Cieran)
  2. Di Caprio - 2011 stallion by Diarado: currently jumping 1.30m with Ashley Ray (GBR)
  3. Verdinale - 2012 mare by Verdi, broodmare in Russia
  4. Diassini 3 - 2013 stallion by Diarado: currently jumping 1.15m/age classes with Oliver Ross (GER)/Claudia Wolff (GER)
  5. Zineline - 2014 mare by Zinedine: currently jumping 1,15m/age classes with Marvin Drenkhahn (GER)
  6. Captain Picard - 2015 stallion by Casall, sold via the ESI Auction.
  7. Zirassini Blue - 2017 Colt by Zirocco Blue, sold via the ESI Auction to the Netherlands.

Continera by Contendro I

Zanzahra is Granddam to the licensed Stallion Cieran by Casall out of Continera (Contendro I) 

Rated "Bezirkspramie" with the Holsteiner (7 7 7 6 6 7 7).

Sold at the ESI Auction in 2014. Licensed at the 2016 Hoelstiner Korung in Elmshorn.

Di Caprio by Diarado

Verdinale by Verdi

Ridden by Eoin Gallagher (IRL) and jumping 1.50m.

Breeding mare at Westfalen Swit in Russia (Sold at the ESI Auction).

Diassini 3 by Diarado

Zineline by Zinedine

Ridden by Oliver Ross (GER). Competing at the 1.15m Level.

Started her competition career. Ridden by Jannik Harms.

Captain Picard by Casall

Zirassini Blue by Zirocco Blue

Sold at the ESI Auction 2015.

Sold at the ESI Auction 2017 to the Netherlands.

2017: Zanzahra has arrived at Stal De Ontginning!

Visit: April 06, 2018

April 20, 2018: Colour Genetics

The results from Zanzahra's coat colour analysis are in: She is EE AA, meaning that she can only have bay offspring!!

Born: June 21, 2018 - A colt!!

I am thrilled to announce the safe arrival of Zanzahra's eighth foal - a lovely bay colt by Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve.

We will be naming him "Neilan" - a name of irish origin meaning "champion".

He is an athletic, attractive colt and we are very pleased to see another great example of what Zanzahra can produce!

With a due date later in the season, we can only hope that Zanzahra takes on her first breeding attempt.

We have choosen the remarkable stallion Quabri de l'Isle for her this year. He particiapted in the World Equestrian Games of Normandy and took fifth place with the team of Brazil. He had an individual 5th place at the 2015 Pan-Am Games in Toronto, an individual 16th place at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, winner of the Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva in 2016 - he has an amazing partnership with his rider Pedro Veniss!

Fingers crossed for a positive pregnancy for this exciting match!!

August 01: Zanzahra is in foal to Quabri de l'Isle!!



Visiting on February 01, Zanzahra is 198 days in foal to Quabri de l'Isle. She looks happy, healthy and totally settled in to her new home. I have been impressed with the few Quabri offspring that I have seen, so I am very excited to see Zanzahra's foal this summer. I am positive that it will be tall, athletic, beautiful and bay - just like mom!


With a due date of mid-June for Zanzahra's Quabri de l'isle foal, I have made the decision to leave her open this season so that we can get an early start next year and move up her delivery date.

Born: June 26 - It's a colt!!

Zanzahra has once again produced a stunning bay colt! 

We have decided to name him "Oxley".

He is a tall, athletic, attractive colt - looks very modern in type.

I'm looking forward to seeing how he unfolds and develops over the next few days!!

July 17, 2020: Pregnant to Liamant W VDL for 2021!

Well the plan had been to move up Zanzahra's breeding date this year, but she unfortunately didn't get pregnant from the stallion that I had originally chosen for her (Comme Il Faut). 

However, she has taken off the first attempt with our second choice - the young and talented Laimant W VDL.

Last Updated: July 17, 2020