Few Degrees Separate American Breeders and For Freedom Z

US-bred For Freedom Z (For Pleasure x Baloubet du Rouet) and Keean White (CAN) on their way to the FEI World Cup. For Freedom Z was bred by Windsor Farm – Margaret O’Neill. sportfot photo.

US-bred For Freedom Z, who is competing for Canada with Keean White, starts in the eighth slot for Round 3 of the Longines FEI World CupTM, having posted a clear round on day 2.

Born, For Freedom Windsor Z, the bay gelding by For Pleasure out of Ureedom VDL was bred by Margaret O’Neill’s Windsor Farm in Virginia. His mother, Ureedom VDL (by Baloubet du Rouet) was purchased by O’Neill as a yearling and left in Europe to grow up. She was bred to Olympic medalist For Pleasure as a 3-year-old and shipped to the U.S. to foal. She was later sold to Darren Graziano went on to compete to 1.40m herself.

For Freedom Z’s half brother, Jagger, by Diabolo d’Esquelmes, was sold to Nancy Whitehead as a weanling.

The resulting foal, For Freedom Windsor Z began a career in the young jumpers under the ownership of Skara Glen Stables, first ridden by Candice King and eventually by Paul O’Shea.

“We lost sight of him for a while,” explained Windsor Farm breeding manager Alex Korompis, “until a couple of years ago. He popped up again under the ownership of Angelstone Stables. His name had been shortened to its current version, dropping the ‘Windsor’ from For Freedom Windsor Z.

For Freedom Z was Ureedom VDL’s only foal until 2015, when she produced a colt by Diabolo d’Esquelmes (Chin Chin x Carthago), named Jagger who was sold as a weanling to USEF Leading Jumper Breeder, Nancy Whitehead.

“I saw a video of him as a foal, and I just had a feeling,” she said. “I’ve always been a fan of his sire, and it just felt like the right thing to do.”

Whitehead isn’t too far wrong with her feelings. Her stallion Roc USA has won the USEF South Pacific Award countless times, and has dozens of sport foals, from winners on the line, dressage, hunters and the grand prix jumpers Morocco, Rocs to Riches, Role Model, etc.

Whitehead’s training has also touched the careers of the likes of Kent Farrington — who still calls her ‘Coach’—Lisa Goldman, Nick Novak, and Taylor Flury.

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