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Success on the smallest scale

Vinea grazing with baby Jambo in 2014

Claartje van Andel is a well-known name to regular readers of BN since she joined our team of correspondents 20 years ago. However, Claartje is also building a reputation as a breeder and proving that it can be done on the smallest possible scale, with no farm of her own and starting with just one 'elite prestatie' mare: Vinea M (Ferro x Silvano). This past weekend, illustrating the quality of the foals she's produced, Vinea's fifth baby, the very handsome Jambo C (Lord Leatherdale), scored a masive 87 points, topping the leaderboard in the preselection for the Pavo Cup during the Centrale Keuring of North Holland. Jambo, a four-year-old gelding, was ridden by none other than Claartje's daughter, Debora Pijpers. The result of Claartje's first breeding with Vinea resulted in Ben Johnson (Johnson x Ferro), now being shown in Grand Prix by Marlies van Baalen. Her third foal, Dion Johnson (a full brother to Ben Johnson), became the national champion of the Subli competition for six year olds, was a runner up in the summer Nations' Cup Prix St. Georges, and is now progressing to GP level, also with van Baalen. As Claartje loved Jambo C as a foal, she again used Lord Leatherdale, resulting in a full sister, Kika C, now three years old and in foal to Iconic B (Bon Bravour x Jazz), who will be competing at the WBCYH in Ermelo in a few weeks time. In the world of breeding currently troubled with WFFS, it's gratifying to publish a feel-good story about a member of our own BN family.