Leon Melchior

Zangersheide Founder Léon Melchior Has Died

It was sad news for the equestrian world: Léon Melchior, founder of the Zangersheide stud farm in Belgium, has passed away today at age 88. The stud farm in Lanaken and breeding were his great passion, which he enjoyed to his last day, so the Zangersheide home page says. In the 70s, Melchior started at first with a small stable, which soon grew. Soon the breeder belonged to the biggest in the world with the newly registered breed “Zangersheide” and he initiated innovative breeding methods, for example embryo transfers and cloning. Léon Melchior was officer of the Ordre Léopold, a medal of honour for services of the city Maastricht, he was honorary citizen of Lanaken, honorary chairman of the MVV and founder of 53 companies. “His loss means that the family loses her patriarch, the business word a role model, and the equestrian world its supporter. The loss is great and he will be missed by all,” so the home page further states. “It’s his memory which will strengthen us while processing his death.”