Scheherazade (aka Zadie) is a beautiful grey PRE revised mare named after the legendary and captivatingly beautiful storytelling Persian Queen of "One Thousand and One Nights". Zadie was bred by Jennifer Gill of Highwood Park Pure Spanish Horses in Alberta and born at Gremlan Farms in California.
Zadie is a lovely, big-bodied mare with an excellent Spanish profile. She is an athletic mare with a fantastic pedigree and a very affectionate and willing nature. She is trained under saddle but will now concentrate on her broodmare career. Her lineage is quite impressive that includes top dressage and halter horses making her an ideal broodmare prospect. And, as a bonus, Zadie's dam is bay so Zadie has the ability to produce non-grey foals 50% of the time when bred to a non-grey stallion. She also has the red gene to produce rare chestnut offspring, too.
Among all the amazing horses in Zadie's pedigree, her sire, the incomparable and renowned grey 16.1hh imported stallion, Gaucho III, is probably the most notable. He was first at SICAB in 1991 as a yearling, winning both in morphology and in movements. In 1992, he was first in movement at Zafra Trujillo. Gaucho III was imported from the prestigious stud farm of Yeguada Señorio de Bariain of Bilbao, Spain, in 1996, where he was being trained by Juan Matute of the Spanish Olympic training team. Gaucho immediately caused a sensation internationally as an extraordinary dressage competitor, competing in the US at Intermediate I and Grand Prix levels. He was exceedingly successful and was short listed for the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Unfortunately, he injured himself at the selection trials at the CDI and was unable to compete.
Gaucho III made his mark as a sire of quality in the United States, Spain, Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica. He cemented his role as a preeminent sire of dressage horses through the accomplishments of his sons and daughters. In the , Gaucho III is ranked 33th out of ALL breeds - the first PRE Andalusian to achieve such recognition. At one time, he was ranked at high as 9th overall!
Gaucho III carries Yeguada Militar, Miura, Bocado/Terry, and Escalera lines. He is a half-brother to the Spanish Olympic Team’s Invasor II and both, along with Fuego de Càrdenas, are grandsons of Lebrijano III - a lineage shared by many successful Spanish dressage horses. See a video of Gaucho III here.
Gaucho was also ranked as a *Reproductor Calificado ("qualified reproducer") in the Spanish Studbook. What this means is that he not only received basic breeding approval from a Spanish veterinarian, but that he underwent a rigorous evaluation process before a Tribunal which included critique of conformation, functionality tests, review of performance records, review of health, extensive x-rays, review of his reproductive system, etc. Very few Spanish horses accomplish this achievement. Sadly, the Andalusian world lost this influential stallion on September 15th, 2015… the same dam Zadie’s first foal, Serrano, was born.
Zadie's dam, Bellisima PMF, is a beautiful 15.3hh bay mare bred by June Clelland of Pine Meadow Farm and is a double bred Genil mare. Genil was a pure Cartuja/Bocado stallion bred by Miguel Ángel de Cárdenas in Spain. He was the 1980 Champion of Champions in Spain then was exported to Mexico where he was a Champion of Champions there as well.
Bellisima's sire, Palatin GF, was bred by Gremlan Farms in California. Gremlan Farms has been a top breeder and importer of very prestigious horses over the past 30 years. Palatin's dam, Patricia S, was imported by Gremlan Farms from her breeder, D. Pedro Salas Garau in Majorca, Spain, and was the 1984 US National Champion Senior Mare.
Palatin's sire was the beautiful black stallion and Genil son, Guarapo. Guarapo was imported from Mexico to the US as a weanling where he had a successful breeding and show career. Guarapo's dam, Intrusa II, was a black treasure from the prestigious farm of Maria Fernanda de la Escalera de la Escalera in Spain who are known for their exceptionally performance-bred functional black and bay horses.
Bellisima's dam, Jordana, is a 16.1hh mare bred by the renowned breeder, Federico Jiménez Sainz of Hacienda Santa Lucia, Mexico. This beautiful mare, a Genil daughter, has produced some spectacular offspring such as Conquistador XII (a black multiple performance, conformation, and best movement champion by Indiano XVIII), Joya PMF (a multiple Canadian National champion, reserve champion, and Gold Medal Movement winner), and Amadeus PMF (a multiple Canadian National champion and reserve champion). Joya and Amadeus are full siblings to Zadie's dam, Bellisima.
Thank you to Jennifer Gill of Highwood Park Spanish Horses for sharing her photos of Zadie!
*Qualified, or ‘Calificado’ Spanish PRE horses are horses than have not only passed the basic breeding evaluation and approval by a Spanish veterinarian, they have passed an intensified screening, an evaluation process, and testing by a Spanish Tribunal which includes critique of conformation, functionality tests, review of performance records, review of health, extensive x-rays, review of reproductive system, etc.