Usual the 15th of August is a reason to celebrate for Michael Middel as it is his birthday – this year, however, he had not reason to celebrate. His grey mare, the famous Rap Zee who celebrated her 33th birthday in Spring – surrounded by family, friends and treats – had to be laid to rest. Rap Zee who was usually a very sound and healthy horse you could see running around the pasture had to fight against heart problems since the past summer. In winter, however, she felt great – it was only when it got too hot that she had to struggle. This year’s heat wave therefore proved to be a great challenge for the “grande dame” of Michael Middel Quarter Horses.
Rap Zee was by the stallion Reynolds Rap and bred by Ruth Ballard. In 1190, the Breitreiner family bought the mare in Texas and imported her to Germany. In her new home, the mare had a great show career in Open, Amateur and particularly Youth classes at the AQHA shows. But Rap Zee was a great broodmare, too. Her son, Rap My Blues by Aint It The Blues won the DQHA Fohlenschau in 2008 and just made the finals in Senior Western Riding at the 2018 European Championship of American Quarter Horses. Rapzodee In Blue owned by Michael Middel was German Champion at the DQHA Stutenschau in Aachen and Ranch Riding Maturity Champion – she currently has a weanling by Mechanic by her side.
Here is what Michael Middel had to say about his amazing and unique mare: “Until this day, it is an honour for me to have been part of Rap Zee’s life – I am pretty sure we had the world’s greatest grey horse in our barn. She died how I always hoped she would: She fell asleep proud and calm. It was a warm summer night, she was at home surrounded by her barn friends. It was entirely peaceful…”
Text: Sandra Görtz (translated by TSL)