Ulysses M2S

Key data

Breed: Dutch Warmblood
Height: 16.3hh (170cm)
Born: 2001
Colour: Bay

Ekstein x Voltaire

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“The ultimate modern Sport Horse”

* Closely related to Beijing Olympic Gold Medallist Hickstead!
* Sire of the International jumper Millfield Ultymate – 2009 Joint Champion of the British 4-Year-Old Young Horse Showjumping Championship; 2010 Vice-Champion British 5-Year-Old Young Horse Showjumping Championship; selected to represent Great Britain at the 2010 and 2011 FEI World Breeding Championship for Young Jumping Horses.

Ekstein x Voltaire x Le Mexico x Marco Polo

Ulysses M2S is a super example of a modern sporthorse: beautifully engineered, highly athletic, and possessing world-class performance genes. He was Licensed by the Anglo European Studbook in March 2005 after competing against thirty-five of Europe’s best 4 and 5 year-olds at the Zwolle International Stallion Show; in November 2005 he was Approved by the Anglo European Studbook after qualifying for the Dutch Championship for Four-Year-Olds, jumping many double-clear rounds at 1.10 metre, and winning the 1.10 metre Stallion Competition at the Euregio Indoor Denekamp Show in the Netherlands on 25 October 2005.

In 2007 Ulysses M2S competed at the CSI** Show at Valkenwaard (Netherlands) in the International Jumping Competition for 6 & 7 Year Old Horses, and had 2 double clear rounds finishing in 9th place. He is now jumping 1.40m tracks with Belgian Junior rider Rossella de Simone.

Ulysses M2S is very high quality and his temperament is outstanding. He has three excellent gaits and his conformation is exceptional. As a showjumper Ulysses has very good technique both in front and behind and he uses his back very well. He descends from outstanding families on both sides of his bloodline.

Ulysses’s sire Ekstein is approved by the KWPN and Irish Horse Board and he was Champion of the Stallion Performance Test and Champion 7-year-old showjumper. Ekstein`s most famous son is the Olympic competitor Joel and his most famous grand-son is Eric Lamaze`s Olympic Gold Medal Winner Hickstead.

Ulysses M2S is very closely related to the dam of Olympic Gold Medallist Hickstead. Ulysses M2S is by Ekstein out of a Voltaire mare by Le Mexico, and Hickstead’s dam is by Ekstein and directly out of a Le Mexico mare.

Ulysses’s dam Gudrun (by Voltaire) has an outstanding breeding index of 142, and has been recognised by the KWPN as one of their mares by recently awarding her ‘Preferent’ status for producing a Keur mare, a Ster mare, and a Keur Sport-Showjumping mare. She now boasts the title ‘Keur Preferent Prestatie’. Her son President won the 2001 Italy Stallion Performance Test and was approved by UNIRE; he then became 4-Year-Old Belgium Champion, was declared `Elite`, and was approved by the Belgian Sporthorse Studbook. In 2003 Princess Haya purchased President. Gudrun`s Keur daughter Kretienne was KWPN Champion Mare and was ranked as the 19th best mare. Gudrun`s daughter Cruisly (registered name Orashi) jumps internationally and earned the Sport-Showjumping predicate.

Ulysses M2S is Approved with the Anglo European Studbook and foals can be registered with the AES or Studbook Zangersheide.

12th 1.40 m. CSI*** Arezzo
19th 1.40 m. CSI*** Arezzo

3rd 1.40 m. CSI*** Lons le Saunier
8th 1.40 m. CSI*** Vimeiro
11th 1.45 m. CSI**** Chernyakhovsk
18th 1.40 m. CSI** Zwolle
24th 1.40 m. CSI** Zwolle

2nd 1.40 m. CSI*** Lummen
10th Grand Prix CSI** Zelhem
10th Grand Prix CSI** Hulsterlo

4th Grand Prix CSI** Geesteren

3rd 1.35 m. CSI** Valkenswaard
5th 1.35 m. CSI** Auvers
5th 1.35 m. CSI** Moorsele
5th 1.30 m. CSA*** Lummen
6th 1.40 m. CSI** Valkenswaard
7th 1.40 m. CSI** Hoofddorp
8th 1.30 m. CSI** Barbizon
9th 1.35 m. CSI** Auvers

4th 6 Years CSI*** Vejer de la Frontera
9th 6/7 Years CSI** Valkenswaard
10th 1.25 m. CSI** Bois le Rois

4th 5-Year-Old Future Stallion Championship **CSI Zwolle (with Eddie Brinkman).

* As a 2 year old, at the Inaugural SCOPE Auction the website reported –
“The star of Ireland’s inaugural SCOPE auction of showjumping, dressage, and eventing prospects was the last lot of the day.
After a round of spirited bidding that included two-time Olympic gold-medal-winner Gillian Rolton accepting telephone bids from the United States, the final bid of euro67,000 was placed ringside by the famous Irish horse marketer Paul Larkin of Larkin Brothers International Ltd. The bid was not sufficient for the breeder/owner to part with this magnificent prospect for sport and breeding, and Ulysses M2S left the ring unsold.”

In September 2006 50% of Ulysses M2S was sold to the family of Belgian international junior rider Rossella de Simone, and the horse and rider are trained in 2007 by the reigning World Champion Jos Lansink.



Millfield Ultymate 2011 international showjumper with Tracy Priest (GB); 2009 Joint Champion of the British 4-Year-Old Young Horse Showjumping Championship; 2010 Vice-Champion British 5-Year-Old Young Horse Showjumping Championship; selected to represent Great Britain at the 2010 and 2011 FEI World Breeding Championship for Young Jumping Horses.
Advocate M2S Competing successfully in eventing with British international rider Nicola Wilson; he did his first CIC* in 2011.
Bodessa M2S Sold to Ireland`s No.2 ranked International Dressage rider Judy Reynolds. “I selected Bodessa M2S because she is a beautiful high-quality filly with long legs, an uphill build, very good basic gaits, and tremendous elasticity and use of her hind legs,” said Reynolds.
** Fantastic fertility with frozen semen **
From Ulysses M2S’s first crop (2005):

  • A colt foal named Antrim Coast M2S was sold to a Northern Ireland showjumper
  • A filly foal named Ahsianita M2S was sold to a competition and breeding farm in the USA
  • A colt named Amandla M2S was sold to Catherine Thornton (who won the 2006 Irish 4YO Championship on the Condios son RoundThorn Madios)

From his second crop (2006):

  • A filly foal named Bodessa M2S (photo above) was sold to Ireland`s No.2 ranked international dressage rider Judy Reynolds.

Other progeny
ANTRIM COAST m2s: Competing in showjumping, eventing, and dressage with Irish rider Joanne Jarden.
AIRBORNE m2s: Competed in eventing with British international rider Simon Lawrance.
MAXIMUS: 3rd in the 2011 Cavan 4-Year-Old Showjumping Final.
ATITLAN m2s: Competing successfully at Novice level dressage in Great Britain.
DEDALUS m2s: In November 2011, 2nd place in the loose-jumping qualifier held by the Half Bred Horse Breeders Society of Northern Ireland. In December 2011, winner of the Half Bred Horse Breeders Society of Northern Ireland’s Loose-Jumping Championship.
AHSIANITA m2s: in November 2011 began her showjumping career in the USA after producing a foal for her owner.


Ekstein b 164 cm 1986 KWPN Champion of the Stallion Performance Test and Champion 7-year-old showjumper. Ekstein`s most famous sons include the Olympic competitor Joel, and the winner of the Spruce Meadows CSI**** $1,000,000 Grand Prix, Hickstead

Zion (1981) 1.62m br KWPN Zion unfortunately died at an early age after only 2 seasons at stud. Despite this he has 4 approved sons. Considering there cannot be many Zion offspring around in the competition world, his 127 points on the Dutch showjumping index is remarkable.
Lucky Boy (1966) br (Thoroughbred) His offspring are renowned for their jumping ability. He produced 15 offspring who competed internationally & is a Preferent foundation sire of the KWPN studbook. He had 4 sons competing in the LA Olympics & 3 on the 1987 Nations Cup winning US team. He also had 7 offspring competing in the 1992/93 Volvo World Cup series. Calypso was ranked amongst the very best ever; they won the World Cup final in 1982, & won 5 Nations Cups & the Team Gold Medal in the 1984 Olympics in LA. Also he sired The Freak, who topped the list of international classes & won 1988 Olympic Team Gold Medal. Compromise (1954) br Successful sire of Thoroughbreds and Dutch Warmbloods Nearco (1935) br
Idealist (1948) ch
Sejane (1957) dkb/ br Ksarinor (1947) br
Jeanne Seymour (1948) b
Palatina KWPN. (Keur Pref Prestatie Sport) She was the only KWPN mare never to be beaten either in hand or under saddle. She won three consecutive national championships in various discipline Palatin (1959) b 1.67m (Sport Keur Pref) Fra Diavolo (1938) blk/br 1.61m (Thoroughbred)
Ecume (c. 1949)
Jostella (1968) Exact gr 1.68 (c1966)
Bostella (1960)
Zaniki (1981) KWPN (Ster Pref Prestatie) Full sister to Approved Stallion & International Showjumper Palfrenier. Dam of numerous International Showjumpers inc. Ekstein, Fury, Heartdancer, Joniki, & Lajos Joost br 165 cm 1968 Holsteiner Sire of many International Showjumpers Consul (1960) br Cottage Son (1944) 1.64m blk/br (Thoroughbred)
Isolde (1950) br
Ulana (1960) br Anblick (1938) br (Thoroughbred) Progeny won DM 226,674 in sporthorse competition
Diastolchen (1945) b
Aniki (1967) KWPN Half-sister to Apollo (twice winner of Aachen Grand Prix, Individual Bronze Medallist at the World Championship, Individual Bronze Medallist & twice Team Gold Medallist at the at the European Championships). Aniki’s daughters & grand-daughters have produced the sires Ekstein, Consul & Equador, the International Jumpers Nebraska, Promise Me & Galveston, & the International Dressage horses Consul, Hercules, Feliki & Fellini Kassander (1963) Carajan ch 1.66m 1956
Karibia (1955)
Niki dkb/br 1.65M 1961 (Model Pref Prestatie) Sinaeda dkb/br 16.2 1955
Fikina (Ster)
Gudrun KWPN (Keur Preferent Prestatie)BSO 142 Produced 2 Ster Mares and 4 Showjumpers. Dam of the Elite Stallion President, Champion of the 2001Italian Stallion Test & 4 Year Old Belgian Champion and is now owned by Princess Haya . Dam of Keur mare Kretienne who was KWPN Champion Mare, and Cruisly who is an International Showjumper.
Voltairebr 168 cm 1979Hanoverian. Voltaire was really the first of the super star performance stallions to go on and prove himself equally as important as a breeding stallion. In the competition arena, he won at the highest level, winning Nations Cup classes at Calgary, Stockholm, s’Hertogenbosch, Lanaken, Helsinki, Wiesbaden and Wembley. In 1989 he won the Grand Prix of Berlin.
Furioso II dk ch 1965 Anglo Norman Furioso II is one of the most influential sires of show jumpers, producing over 200 state premium mares and 68 approved sons. Furioso II won his 100-day testing in 1968. He went on to become the top producing stallion in Germany from 1979-89, based on earnings won by offspring & was still the top producer of dressage horses in 1990. Furioso (1939) blk/br (Thoroughbred) Precipitation (1933) ch
Maureen (1931)
Dame de Ranville dk ch 1947 Talisman (1941) ch
Que Je Suis Belle (1943) ch
Gogo Moeve (1975) br Hanoverian Gotthard (1949) gr 166 cm Goldfisch II blk 169 cm 1935
Ampa (1942) gr
Mosaik (1966) blk More Magic gr 164 cm 1957 (Thoroughbred)
Eric Stute (1957)
Adriana KWPN (Pref) She produced the Ster mare Deborah, who competed in both dressage & showjumping & is the 3rd dam of the Vice-Champion of the 2004 Sella Italiano Stallion Performance Test, Temptation van Herikhave, & 2nd dam of 2004 Belgian Showjumping Champion, Ringo. Adriana also produced the Keur Preferent Prestatie mare Evident, who competed in dressage & is the dam of the Approved Stallion Mercurius. Adriana is also dam of the stallion Fontaine 861, who was approved by the Swedish Warmblood Studbook & exported to the USA, & the gelding Justice, who competed in both dressage and showjumping. Le Mexico(1970) ch 169cm Selle Francais (Keurhengste)BSO 146 (0.96) Mexico (1956) 1.63m br Furioso (1939) blk/br (Thoroughbred)
Dame de Ranville dk ch 1947
Peche Melba (1959) dkb/br Brule Tout (1945) br
Guitoune (1950) br
Sunia KWPN (Keur Pref) Marco Polo (1962) dk ch 1.58m Trakehner. One of the foundation sires of modern Dutch Warmblood sporthorses. He became one of the greatest sires of the Netherlands, famous for his hereditary jumping talent and obliging character. He sired many international showjumpers and also a number of approved sons and daughters Poet (1941) ch (Thoroughbred)
Mirakel (1955) ch (Trakehner)
Ineke Commandant ch 166 cm 1961
Nunicca (1949)