We mourn the loss of GLOCK’s Zonik
It is so unbelievable and so unreal. We are in deep shock, full of grief and horror.
We have lost our wonderful stallion, this exceptional sire, our sporting partner: GLOCK’s Zonik. He was our equine friend and, at the same time, one of our most important breeding and competition stallions.
Zonik became lame shortly before CHIO Rotterdam and, following suspicion of a problem with a hoof, thorough examination led to diagnosis of an injury.
We decided to have him operated upon and, to this end, transported him to Germany to what is indeed one of the most renowned equine veterinary clinics. The operation on GLOCK’s Zonik took place there on 13 July 2021. The operation went well but, in the recovery box, Zonik injured himself so badly that we could only put him out of his misery. He had broken both of his hind legs.
“We’re lost for words right now. We are deeply saddened and shaken to the core by the loss of our great equine friend, GLOCK’s Zonik. He still had such a bright future ahead of him, but it was not to be,” were the tearful comments of Hans Peter, Edward and Nicole. “Beloved, great friend, rest in peace and shine like a star, because that is what you were; a star, truly a king. We will always have you in our hearts and never forget you. Thanks for having had you in our care, courtesy of Kathrin and Gaston Glock. Thank you for having allowed us to be part of your life. It was a privilege and a blessing. Now we have to carry on without you, and that is hard, very hard…”
Rest in peace, dear Zonikie; gallop over the rainbow meadows.
We miss you.
We request that members of the press refrain from submitting questions and respect this with regard to Edward, Hans Peter und Nicole. They are riding for medals for their country at the Olympics and need the opportunity to be able to concentrate on that.
Portrait GLOCK'’s Zonik
GLOCK’s Zonik joined Zack, Romanov and Don Schufro to count among the most influential stallions in Danish horse breeding. GLOCK’s Zonik already thrilled the spectators at his debut in 2015 (Indoor Brabant) as a 7-year-old, winning the Small Tour with over 78%. He took the Small Tour in the 2016 Dutch Championships with a score of 81.70%. As a 4-year-old, he was impressive at the Danish Dressage Championships and won with a total of 9.3 points, where his trot was awarded a 10.0. GLOCK’s Zonik also won the Danish Stallion Licensing. He stands stood out for his power, elasticity and impulsion and his natural elevation.
GLOCK’s Zonik N.O.P. made his international tournament debut under Edward Gal in the summer of 2017 and became Dutch champion for three years in a row. This dark bay, strong-moving stallion achieved top results through great performances at the Dressage World Cup stages in London Olympia, Amsterdam, 's-Hertogenbosch and Paris. In 2018 he competed in his first World Cup final and was in the Dutch team both at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon (USA) and the European Championships in Rotterdam (NED). Through his great performance, GLOCK’s Zonik N.O.P. contributed significantly to the team silver medal gained at the European Championships in Rotterdam. In 2020, during Jumping Amsterdam 2020, he scored for the first time above 85%. Consequently GLOCK’s Zonik has earned the suffix N.O.P. (Nederlands Olympiade Paard). In 2021 Hans Peter Minderhoud took this strongly moving stallion on and had already achieved two victories at the CDI4* in Le Mans (FRA).
His offspring exhibit great generosity and strength of movement and possess athletic proportions combined with ideal size. His progeny Zucchero and Zum Glück RS2 were first and third at the 2018 National Championships in Warendorf. Zucchero, who died in February 2020, was fourth in the World Breeding Dressage Championships for 5-year-old Dressage Horses in Ermelo. In 2019, Zucchero became the outstanding World Champion. Another son of GLOCK’s Zonik, Zhaplin Langholt, took third place and Zum Glück RS2 won the National Championship in Warendorf 2019. Half-brother My Blue Hors Santiano (Sezuan x Romanov) was approved during the autumn stallion test with 87.5 points.
His father Zack (by Rousseau) was both a KWPN and Danish champion stallion and won the Danish Championships with an average of 9.22 points. He has now sired more than twenty licensed sons.
Name: GLOCK’S Zonik N.O.P.
Riders: Hans Peter Minderhoud, Edward Gal
Bloodline: Blue Hors Zack x Blue Hors Romanov
Breeder: Linette Jaeger, Avlum (Den.)
Owner: Glock HPC Holding B.V.
Year of birth: 2008
Stud book: DWB
Licensed for: DWB, KWPN, MECKL, OLDBG, RHEIN, WESTF
Most important results:
CDI4* Le Mans 2021: Winner of Grand Prix Freestyle (80.425%) and Grand Prix (76.065%)
European Championships Rotterdam 2019: Team silver and individual 4th place (Grand Prix Freestyle (84.271%), Grand Prix Special (77.994%), Grand Prix (78.758%))
CDIO3*-NC Geesteren 2019: Winner Nations Cup, winner Grand Prix Freestyle (82.250%) and Grand Prix (78.304%)
CDIO5*-NC Rotterdam 2018: Winner Nations Cup, winner Grand Prix Freestyle (80.075%) and Grand Prix (76.957%)
CDI-W 's-Hertogenbosch 2018: Second Grand Prix Freestyle (83.900%) and Grand Prix (77.696%)
CDI-W Amsterdam 2018: Second Grand Prix Freestyle (81.860%) and Grand Prix (74.283%)
CDI-W London 2017: Winner Grand Prix (76.68%) and 3rd place in musical freestyle (79.34%)
Dutch Dressage Championships Ermelo 2017: Champion seniors
CDI3* Rotterdam 2017: Winner musical freestyle (77.450%) and Grand Prix (75.440%)
CDI4* Roosendaal 2017: Winner Grand Prix (75.780%) and Grand Prix Special (76.333%)