Up in the north, near Edmonton Alberta Canada, you will find a twenty-one year old stallion who is living life on Lormar Farms.
Lori DeBruijn and Mark Vanderlinden own Zips Heaven Sent, known in the barn as Jed. This 1998 sorrel tobiano stallion is by Zippos Heaven Sent and out of the mare Ballou Bar. He is the 2004 Reserve World Show Champion in Brideless Western Pleasure, has 430 APHA points, Superiors in Open and Amateur Western Pleasure, and earnings of more than $60,000 in his lifetime.
Lori realized that up in Canada they were needing a stallion with his quality. With his looks, offspring, and his performance record, they purchased Jed as an already ‘made’ sire at the age of seventeen years old.
Jed has many foals on the ground, and a lot of them have done some amazing things. The foals that they have bred are only just coming to their two year old year, but Lori says that she loves every one of them along with everyone else’s that she has had the chance to meet.
Lori’s favorite though, has to be a two year old gelding out of an Iron Age mare. This boy strings to 17.1H and she is keeping him for her own personal show horse. He is a bit special- they unfortunately lost his momma 2 1/2 months post foaling due to a colon torsion.
Another she is excited about is a yearling homozygous tobiano colt named A Little Eye Candy, or Lucas, out of an Invitation Only bred mare. They are hoping that Lucas will one day be his daddy’s legacy. It seems Jed’s good looks, fantastic movement, and great disposition is always passed down to his foals.
homozygous /ˌhōməˈzīɡəs,ˌhäməˈzīɡəs/ adjective: GENETICS 1. having two identical alleles of a particular gene or genes. "homozygous embryos" -Google Search
Tobiano (pronounced: tow be yah’ no) The dark color usually covers one or both flanks. Generally, all four legs are white, at least below the hocks and knees. Generally, the spots are regular and distinct as ovals or round patterns that extend down over the neck and chest, giving the appearance of a shield. Head markings are like those of a solid-colored horse–solid, or with a blaze, strip, star or snip. A tobiano may be either predominantly dark or white. The tail is often two colors. -APHA Website
Jed is super lovable, sweet guy. He literally loves carrots straight from the garden, its his favorite treat. At one point, Lori was told his nackname used to be Jaws, but they brought him home and let him be a horse. He loves it outside, and only comes in during nasty Canadian winter days.
Time never seems to slow down for the team, nor is there ever enough. Both Lori and Mark work full time, but they do what it takes to get client’s mares in foal! Even with this struggle, it is still Lori’s favorite moments to reminisce about any of the mares foaling out. Seeing Jed’s babies come into the world is incredible, all of their hopes and dreams rest with these littles.
Their plans for Jed now that he is twenty-one years old are to continue to stand to the public and they’ll breed their own mares as long as he is sound and happy. He has found a forever home at Lormar Farms, where he will retire and stay for the rest of his days.
You can find him here.