Levisto Z is no more (1997 - 2021)
The king of our stable, Levisto Z, left us on 10 December at the age of almost 25.
With his luxuriant bunch of white manes, his striking appearance and exceptional character, Levisto Z was world-famous and loved by everyone who met him. For Judy Ann, the Melchior family and his grooms Levisto Z was probably the most exceptional horse ever and the absolute favorite of the stables.
At the age of 7, Levisto Z was bought by Léon Melchior with a view to a sporting career under Judy Ann. It clicked immediately between rider and stallion and led to the most beautiful successes. For years, the duo was one of the most outstanding performers on the international circuit, achieving numerous brilliant results, among them undoubtedly the best at the Grands Prix of Helsinki, Sao Paulo, Lyon, Rio de Janeiro and Hamburg, as well as the World Cups of Oslo and Stuttgart.
After his farewell to the sport in 2013 Levisto Z continued his career as a breeding stallion at Studfarm Zangersheide and for years he was one of the biggest favorites of numerous breeders all over the world. His offspring are praised by riders for their extreme rideability, overview and co-operative character. All qualities that made Levisto Z himself so unique as a sport horse. Dozens of his offspring adorn the international top sport, among which Pumped Up Kicks, Mr Visto, Lennox Luis and Luftikus S are the best known.
Losing Levisto Z is a hard blow for Judy Ann, her family and Studfarm Zangersheide. The memories of this striking stallion are beautiful, the stories are many and will be told for years to come. Also in the sport we will be able to enjoy the offspring of this extraordinary appearance for many years to come.
Thanks for everything Levisto. We will never forget you...