Waander 512: successful mix of pedigrees 38 and 50

Zweitse fan Pier’s Hiem Star (Loadewyk 431 x Beart 411) from Murk de Jong’s breeding stud in Tjalleberd was approved for stud services under the name of Waander 512, as the first approved son of Loadewyk 431. Waander 412 positively caught the eye with his fine breeding type, movement technique and his boundless energy.

A closer look at Waander 512’s lineage tells us that his bloodline on the paternal as well as the maternal side is based on two exceptionally successful lines within the Studbook: the Namke line (Foeke van der Velde’s breeding programme from pedigree 50) and the descendants from Wijkje Model Preferent Performance (Benedictus line from pedigree 38).
Waander’s sire Loadewyk 431 is a Tsjerk 328 son out of Marianne van de Zuiderwaard Star (Jurjen 303) from pedigree 50. Via her dam Fenni Star Preferent (Naen 264) and granddam Penni Star Preferent (Ewoud 250), Marianne harks back to Namke Model Preferent (Nuttert 200). Waander 512’s dam Sigrid Star is a Beart 411 daughter from pedigree 50. In his dam line this Preferent stallion also leads back to Namke via Setske F. Star Preferent Performance (Feitse 293) and Kingke Model Preferent (Dagho 247). Sigrid, Waander 512’s dam, is from pedigree 38, her 3rd dam is Wijkje Model Preferent Performance (Nanne 197). Wijkje’s offspring include Tsjerk 328 and Djurre 284.

Embedding breeding genes

This ‘double’ linebreeding into families from pedigrees 38 and 50 was a deliberate choice by Waander 512’s breeder Murk de Jong from Tjalleberd. He bought Sigrid as a 3-year-old from a trader who knew that De Jong was looking for a mare from pedigree 38, one specifically from Wijkje’s line: ‘Sigrid is a not overly tall and in terms of exterior fairly standard mare. Went I visited to view Sigrid we obviously also looked at her movement. That was the decisive factor, she really knows how to move. Her walk is superb, that earned her very high scores.’ Murk de Jong deliberately pairs Sigrid to stallions with Tsjerk 328 in their lineage because he is keen to breed back to Wijkje so that her top breeding genes can be embedded in his programme.

Big and youngish

Murk de Jong is convinced that all the characteristics he wanted to embed by linebreeding with Tsjerk 328 and using the Namke line, come together in Waander 512. The stallion has fine breeding type and moves with vigour and lots of verve. When Waander 512 was a foal Murk de Jong sold him to Olaf Visser and his girlfriend Merle Veurink: ‘I have known Olaf’s father Peter Visser for twenty years now. Peter frequently drops by and Olaf sometimes accompanies him. His girlfriend was looking for a Loadewyk 431 foal and one thing led to another. As a 3-year-old Waander 512 was big and youthful-looking. It was terribly exhilarating to witness the entire process of the stallion examination process. Waander was invited for the instruction days but Olaf and Merle chose to give him another year to mature. Initially I doubted if this was the right decision but it has actually worked out very well. One year later Waander 512 had developed well and become stronger. I thought he really stood out from the other stallions with his movement technique.’
The Jury was very positive about how Waander 512 performed in harness: he demonstrates great posture and moves with self-carriage. But in the other disciplines Waander 512 also showed fine progress in the course of the test. Thanks to his energy, his movement shows lots of impulsion but sometimes the regularity in walk suffers a bit from his enthusiasm. Both the rider team as well as the drivers are full of praise for the stallion’s trainability and work ethos. Much of the ‘same’ blood from pedigree 38 and 50 flows through Waander 512’s veins, which automatically means he carries less blood from other lineages: his kinship of 17.3 % therefore is relatively low. Waander 512 is free from the hydrocephaly- and dwarfism genes.