Born 1987- Died 2008 Height 170 cm Breeder Caspar von Rumohr, Hemmelsdorf
The Ahorn Z son, Acord II was another stallion discovered by the great stallion master, Maas J. Hell and he stood at the Stal Hell from 1992, standing jointly with the State Stud Celle from 1994 onwards.
Unlike his predecessor from Zangersheide, Athlet Z, Acord II easily won his performance test in 1991, scoring 9.5 to 10 for showjumping, and 9 to 9.67 for rideability. His overall score was 146.04 scoring 138.26 in dressage and 148.47 in jumping.
He went on to the 1992 Bundeschampionate in Verden ridden by Thomas Mohr, where he was reserve champion behind Franke Sloothaak and the Caletto I son, Calero. That year, five sons of the Zangersheide stallion, Ahorn Z (not to be confused with Wiepke van de Lageweg’s Ahorn by Nimmerdor) qualified for the Bundeschampionate.
Acord II continued to compete up to Advanced level for winnings of €4,026, however by 2010, his progeny had won 1,895,511 euros, with 833 jumpers who have placed in competition, and 149 dressage horses. He has produced 21 jumpers with winnings in excess of €15,000, the most successful of which has been Artur, with the American rider, Aaron Vale, with €90,125, followed by Dobel’s Araconit, ridden by the German, Olaf Peters, with €40,224 but he has nine more with winnings in excess of €30,000: Acoretto, Annabell, Armani, Dobel’s Araconi, Azzuro Classico, Broere VDL Atlantic, Adolfo FRH, Horse Gym’s Aribo and Meuerer’s Antares.
As of 2010, Acord II has an FN jumping ranking of 139, as against his dressage ranking of 93. The Hanoverian Stallion book for 2010 records that on the basis of mare tests and auction evaluations, he has a dressage score of 77 but a jumping score of 146 – with a negative trot score of 71 and an even worse walk, 58, but a positive canter score of 109.
Acord II is a nice balance: the two stars of the Z book, Almé and Heureka, with the added bonus of Cor de la Bryère through Calypso I and the Thoroughbred Ladykiller.
Acord II is out of Ribecka, who was a champion mare in Holstein. Mandarin in the fourth line of her pedigree is out of Holle, who was also the grand-dam of Ramiro. Mandarin’s daughter Urbine is the grand-dam of the international jumper and supersire, Burggraaf. On the other side, the line travels to that hugely influential Thoroughbred, Ladykiller xx, through his son Lancaster, who also carried the blood of the Anglo Arab Ramzes, and was himself a showjumping competitor.
Acord’s top stallion son – VDL Atlantic (out of a Lord mare) and Wout-Jan van der Schans
Acord II has produced more than 40 stallion sons, one of the more famous is Broere VDL Atlantic, who was the Six Year Old Jumping Champion at the 1999 Bundeschampionate with Ulrich Kirchhoff. Another stallion son to shine with Kirchhoff is Action Hero – like Atlantic, he is based in Holland. In Germany his stallion sons are Acorado, Antaeus, Alboretto, Ars Vivendi, All in One and As di Villagana.
Acord II’s entry in the Hanoverian Studbook includes the comment: “His first foals are impressive with a strong, correct conformation and above average floating movements.”
In an interview I conducted in February 2007, Thomas Mohr summed up his qualities: “Acord was the sire of many stallions. He won the stallion test as a four year old because he had been operated on as a three year old for colic. He was second in the five year old class at the Bundeschampionate, and he had many mares as a five and six year old. His foals were very typey and the rideability was very good – they were easy to handle. Last year more than 45 Acords were placed at S level in Germany.”
The Acord II son, As di Villagana (out of a Ferrari II / Graphit / Gotthard mare) is one of the top 5% of jumping stallions in Hanover, with a jumping breeding value of 148.