Inspections in South Africa: three Stars and Crown mare Tandora (Tjalf 443)

Van links naar rechts: Area van Doorndraai Ster (Tjalf 443), de voorbrengers van Doorndraai, Tandora Doorndraai Friesian Stud Kroon AA (Tjalf 443 x Friso van S. ), Marlise Botes, Zona van Doorndraai Ster (Tjalf 443), juryleden Sabien Zwaga en Annemieke Elsinga, Darius van Doorndraai Ster (Tjalf 443) en Nanning Lemstra.


March 21, 2022
From left to right: Area van Doorndraai Star (Tjalf 443), the Doorndraai runners, Tandora Doorndraai Friesian Stud Crown AA (Tjalf 443 x Friso van S), Marlise Botes, Zona van Doorndraai Star (Tjalf 443), Jury members Sabien Zwaga and Annemieke Elsinga, Darius van Doorndraai Star (Tjalf 443) and Nanning Lemstra.

South Africa has earned herself another Crown mare. On Monday the 21st of March Tandora Doorndraai Friesian Stud (Tjalf 443 x Friso van S) was promoted from Star to Crown at the Doorndraai inspection in Pretoria, also thanks to her IBOP of 78 points.

8.5 for walk

Owner Marlise Botes had asked Anke Kuppens to ride the mare in the IBOP. With 78 points and an 8.5 for her excellent walk and an 8 for impulsion the 8-year-old Tandora – from their own Doorndraai stud – therefore went into the inspection ring with quite a head start. And there on Monday the 21st of March, Jury members Sabien Zwaga and Annemieke Elsinga saw a mare with an attractive forehand, good body shape and a good topline too. ‘She showed lots of scope in walk, rhythm and fine use of the body’, Sabien explained. ‘In trot Tandora moves with a satisfactorily swift hind leg but she needs to improve her use of the back.’

The first-premium 2-year-old by Dries 421 out of Crown mare Tandora, with on the left Leo and Lisa Nanning Lemstra and Alti Clark.

Anke Kuppens presented Tandora in the IBOP

Daughter Leonora a first premium

Tandora’s first-born also received a first premium. The 2-year-old Leonora van Doorndraai (Dries 421) is slightly behind in development but had a lot of breed expression and dry legwork. The young mare showed a good walk with lots of expression in the foreleg in trot. Leonora was born in 2019 (October 3rd), so according to the South African calendar (where the seasons are just the other way round from here in the Netherlands) she will ‘officially’ be considered three years old next October.

Three Stars, two mares and one gelding

Breeding Stud Doorndraai can look back on a good inspection since they could take home another three Stars with a second premium. These three horses were sired by Tjalf 443. This Heinse 354 son passed away in November 2020, but he has left South Africa quite an impressive legacy.
Zona van Doorndraai (Tjalf 443 x Tsjerk 328) was declared Star with a second premium. She would benefit from a little more breed expression and should be slightly more uphill in build, but this 7-year-old mare upgraded herself in movement. ‘The mare demonstrated a roomy walk and placed her foreleg well forward. In trot she displayed lots of balance, impulsion and rhythm combined with strong use of the hind leg’, is how Sabien describes the mare. With her Star predicate she promoted her dam Mona Lisa van Doorndraai B-Book I to both Star and Preferent (Tsjerk 328 x Ruurd). Mona Lisa is the second generation from pedigree 258 and has a kinship of 15.5%.
Zona’s half sister Area van Doorndraai (Tjalf 443 x Aan 416) also became Star on account of her strong, proportionate build and good topline, her satisfactory rhythm and scope in walk, and her fine use of the foreleg in trot.
The third Star with a second premium was for the 5-year-old and proportionately-built gelding Darius van Doorndraai (Tjalf 443 x Maurus 441) who demonstrated good breed expression and had dry legwork, the Jury noticed. ‘Darius was a bit rushed in walk, in trot he showed fine use of the foreleg but he should step a bit more forward under the body from behind.’

Two first-premium foals

In the foal category there were two orange rosettes: In the colt category the rosette was for Ragnar van Doorndraai (Anders 451 x Reinder 452) who should have a bit more breed expression but has a correct build, he showed a regular walk and convinced in trot with a lot of capacity for transitions and suppleness. In the filly category the first premium was for Prada Doorndraai Friesian Stud (Reinoud fan ‘e Homar x Tjalf 443). She radiated breed expression and had satisfactory strength of conformation. Prada walked well and powerfully and in trot she combined good balance and self-carriage with fine use of the foreleg.

The 21-year-old Friso van S. (Thomas 327).

21-year-old Friso

A nice way to wrap up the day was the presentation of 21-year-old Friso van S. Star Sport AA (Thomas 327 x Nammen 308) who has a stud license for South Africa. ‘A stallion with a fine forehand and very abundant feathers.’

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