Codex One moves to Zangersheide.

07 June 2019

Although he has devoted himself exclusively to his sporting career in recent years, Codex One (Contendro x Glueckspilz) will finally be available to breeders and will be stationed in Belgium, at the Zangersheide stud farm.

Codex One brought Christian Ahlmann his first victory in the legendary Aachen Grand Prix but also won the World Cup stage in Stuttgart, the Grand Prix***** in Basel, and the Global Tour stages of Valkenswaard, Hamburg and Berlin.

Owned by Ahlmann’s loyal patron Marion Jauss, Codex One appeared one last time in front of his audience last Sunday to bid farewell to the competition in Hamburg on a track where he shone many times.

Codex began his international career under the guidance of Karl Brocks, who led him to fourth place at the seven-year-old World Championship in Lanaken. In 2011, Christian Ahlmann took over the reins of the big bay and, in dazzling style, they became one of the most successful pairs in the history of show jumping. Nations Cups, World Cups, European Championships, World Equestrian Games and Olympic Games were all major events where Codex One excelled.

 "During his career, Codex One has given me some fantastic moments," relates Christian Ahlmann. "Together, we have won many medals and the most prestigious Grand Prix. I want to thank him for everything he did for me! That's why I think it's important to withdraw him from competition when he's still healthy and fit. He will now be able to enjoy his retirement and his second breeding career. At this point, I would also like to thank again Mrs Marion Jauss, Codex’s owner, for all the years that she has entrusted me with her best horses and her unfailing support. Show jumping competition would not be what it is without owners like her."

After 68 starts in CSI5*, 12 in championships, 17 for the German national team and 22 starts in World Cups, it’s time for Codex One to focus on his offspring. This will happen at the Zangersheide stud farm, in Belgium, where he will join another famous Ahlmann retiree: Taloubet Z.

Codex One, a son of Contendro I, did not cover much during his sporting career, so his current offspring are extremely rare (less than forty in total). Rare offspring perhaps, but extremely efficient, as evidenced for example by his son Curious George, who is currently competing in 1.60 m events, ridden by Laura Kraut. The stallions I Am Codex (dam by Calvaro Z) and Cantona TN Z (dam by Caretano Z), are among the very best of the six-year-old generation.