Ekstein is by the Dutch sire Zion, who unfortunately died at an early age. Zion has four approved sons despite being used for only two breeding seasons before he died. Considering there cannot be many Zion offspring around in the competition world, his 127 points on the Dutch showjumping index is remarkable.Zion is by the famous Thoroughbred foundation sire Lucky Boy XX, whose offspring are renowned in Holland and all over the world for their jumping ability. Lucky Boy produced fifteen offspring who competed internationally, and is a \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\preferent\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ foundation sire of the KWPN studbook. Lucky Boy had four sons competing in the Los Angeles Olympics and three on the 1987 Nations Cup winning US team at Spruce Meadows. He also had seven offspring competing in the 1992/93 Volvo World Cup series. Calypso with Melanie Smith was ranked amongst the very best ever; they won the World Cup final in 1982 in Gothenburg, and he was on the US team that won five Nations Cups and the Gold Medal in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Just as impressive was the record of The Freak, who with three different riders topped the list of international classes. The Freak won the 1988 Olympic Team Gold Medal. Other famous progeny are Van Gogh, Madrano, VIP, Dutch Regard, Servus, Windsor, Zatou and US Neapolitan.
Palatina, Zion\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s dam, was the only KWPN mare never to be beaten either in hand or under saddle. She won three consecutive national championships in various disciplines