Olympic champion Eric Lamaze is the new co-owner of Wang Chung m2s, formerly ridden by Germany’s Felix Hassmann. Lamaze recently purchased a 50 per cent share in the young superstar, bred by Morningside Stud.
Wang Chung m2s is a 2003 chestnut KWPN stallion, with impressive international show jumping results. Under Hassmann, he won five German Grand Prix, the Bronze Medal in the German Championship of State Champions, and the Vice-Championship in France’s Future Elite series for young international show jumpers – in total they won 13 CSI classes and finished 13 times in either second or third place in international show jumping classes. In addition, Wang Chung m2s was ranked by the FEI as the third best 2003 stallion in international show jumping, a position maintained in the 2011 final rankings even after the horse moved to Lamaze’s Belgian base, and took on a lighter competition schedule.
Prior to Hassmann Wang Chung m2s was ridden by the Netherlands’ Eddie Brinkman, with whom the he won the CSI** Zwolle Future Stallion Championship as a five-year-old.
Dr. Thomas Reed, owner of Morningside Stud, said “When Eric asked to buy half of the stallion, I was delighted because he believes so much in the stallion’s potential, and he was willing to enter into a long-term partnership between Torrey Pines Stable and Morningside Stud. I believe there is no better rider and horseman in the world to develop Wang Chung for top international sport.”
Wang Chung m2s was sired by the world’s third best show jumper in 1997-1998, Royal Bravour (by Ramiro), and is out of the ster, preferent, prestatie mare Harnita [by Ahorn]). He is approved as a sire as by the Warmblood Studbook of Ireland (WSI) and three of the world’s top 10 studbooks: Anglo European, Irish Sport Horse, and Belgian Warmblood (as a foreign sire).
Due to his athletic career, the stallion has been used lightly in breeding, but he has already produced from his first crop of foals the WSI-licensed stallion Chien-Ming Wang m2s (out of Vampire Slayer m2s x Ekstein x Cruising) and three more stallion candidates for the WSI. Frozen semen from Wang Chung m2s will be available from Morningside Stud for export throughout the world. His frozen semen has been used very successfully during the last two years.