Color: smokey black
Age: 13 yrs
Price: over $15,000 if purchased outright, less if “sponsored” purchase: Buyer agrees to train and compete this horse in a suitable discipline, such as endurance riding, representing Rancho de los Cielos, with breeding rights maintained by Rancho de los Cielos
Stud fee: $1000 to MM mares; $500 outcrosses. Live cover, fresh cooled semen available and frozen semen availability planned for the future.
Sire was Ninja de Sao Joaquim, pure black 15.1H regional champion Brazilian stallion, Abaiba bloodlines, did both batida and picada, ridden at jumps, exhibited in dressage. Dam was Jaina do Passo Fino, palomino 15H, regional Brazilian champion mare, Herdade and Tabatinga bloodlines, classic batida gait clocked at 20-21 miles per hour.
Zorro was born on our ranch and has never left, but he was originally a Designer Foal whose buyer chose the parents and contracted to have us raise Zorro until he was paid off over time. The buyer failed to complete the contract. Zorro was born a buckskin but rapidly turned black. Like the fox he was named for, Zorro is quick, high-hearted, clever, and fast. He cleared a 5ft fence from a standstill as a yearling so he could gawk at the mares preening in their enclosure. He was easily caught and cooperative, so proud of himself, strutting back to his corral. He matured into a lean, whip smart, dominant stallion, who draws the eye from near and far with his electric energy. At liberty, his gait is a high stepping, dancing batida, almost trotty. From his first time under saddle, he’s given us a beautiful, naturally smooth picada, then transitions into a batida like riding a rocket and finally stretches into a flat out gallop even faster. He loves to run, at liberty or under saddle. He plays with a ball in the arena, chasing it and jumping it, even while ridden. He does alternating flying lead changes across a pasture just because he can. His training is beyond the basics, including riding alone on the trail, but still needs hours under saddle to solidify his comfort riding with mares or in groups with other horses. He approaches people with calm arrogance, deigns to be petted, is readily handled if you keep in mind that he is a breeding stallion. He’s a proven producer of great gait in his children, even his out-crosses. Zorro is for sale as a stallion or gelding. We would sponsor him to a buyer who’ll give him his chance to shine. Or he’ll be the horse this little old lady will ride in endurance,…until his daughter, Luna Sombra, comes of age.