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Azemieka VDL (Sport, D-OC)

Born: April 05, 2005

Gender: Mare

Colour: chestnut (gg ee Aa)

Height: 16.1 hh

Breed: KWPN

Offspring: Ellamieka, FaizemiekaJadziamiekaKanadaLestrade, MacNeil, NannamiekaPrinsesmiekaRohan and Celeborn Z

Bloodline Background

Sire: Darco

Dam Sire: Indoctro

Dam Dam's Sire: Silvano

Sire: Darco lead the WBFSH Stallion Rankings for a number of years. His list of achievements as a jumping stallion are a testimony to his dream-like career: 7th at the Barcelona Olympics, 2nd at Spruce Meadows/Calgary, 6th in the World Equestrian Games and Stockholm, among his many wins and placings at countless World Cup and International events. As a sire, Darco, who was described by his rider as an extremely honest and intelligent horse never known to produce offspring that fell short of excellence, was always on top of the list for breeders from all over the world. Mares produced by him are highly coveted as broodmares and often sell for astronomical prices, while many of his male offspring have gone on to become highly successful themselves: Parco (Darco x Attack Z) was 9th on the World Ranking List in 2001, while Kin Darco competed at the Atlanta Olympics. Daughter Sapphire competed in the Beijing Olympics.

Dam Sire: After being Champion of his stallion test, Indoctro went on to a successful jumping career with Ulrich Kirchhoff. Indoctro has been such a success as a sire for the KWPN studbook, that at the age of 16 he received the title: ‘Preferent’. All over the world Indoctro has produced winners at Grand Prix and World Cup level.

Dam's Dam Sire: Silvano, who was started in jumping competitions by Bert Romp and Henk Nooren before going on to success in Italy with Giorgi Nutti, placing in a number of World Cup qualifiers. In 1985 they were 2nd in Milan, 5th in Brussels, and 8th in Geneva. Silvano is by Le Mexico. Despite his jumping success, Silvano was little used by the breeders, but mares by him have produced many competitors and three famous stallions: Democraat, Glennridge and Heartbreaker. 

3x Dam's Grand Sire: Hanassi xx is one of the first thoroughbreds to have sired KWPN jumping horses (eg. Sanyo Galazi, Tower Lands and Anglezarke).

Dam: Uzamieka VDL is a ster  mare from the famous fokfamilie 452. She is the mother to two approved stallions. Her 2006 son Bugatti VDL by Silverstone placed 6th at the KWPN Stallion Selection Show where he displayed an excellent jumping technique. He is an approved KWPN stallion currently being competed at the Grand Prix level in the USA. Her 2011 son Bengtsson VDL by Bubalu VDL was approved with the NRPS Studbook and sold in the VDL WEF Auction in 2017

Grand dam is the preferent prestatie mare Aziemieka, who has produced international stallions and show jumpers like Glennridge, Everest, Jezetro, Montgommery and North Cannon. She is also the mother of Helena, European Champion mare, and Independence, keur mare and Z-level jumper.

Purchased - April 2008

Azemieka was purchased in April 2008 as a three year old fresh in from the fields of VDL. After a day of looking at a variety of 2-4 year old mares, she left an impression both from her own physical power and incredibly strong damline!! 

We have made the decision to breed her to the proven stallion Corland before beginning her show jumping career. She will be prepared for her studbook presentation in Boijl before being started under saddle and turned out to foal next spring.

KWPN Studbook Keuring

We presented Azemieka for her studbook inspection on July 2008. She narrowly missed receiving her ster predicate scoring a 65 for conformation, 70 Gaits and 75 for jumping. 


Although easy to start under saddle, the decision was made to hold off on sending her to her IBOP as she was getting rather heavy in foal.

Azemieka presented us with a beautiful filly on March 22. We are naming this filly "Ellamieka".

Although we thought about her future sports career, we could not resist the temptation to breed her for a second time. We have choosen the powerful young stallion Zirocco Blue VDL.


Once again, Azemieka has gifted us with a powerful, athletic filly. Born on May 17th, we have decided to name her Faizemieka. Faiza is a name of Arabic origin that means 'victorious', and we hope that she will go to have many victories in her future competitive career. Upon weaning, Azemieka will begin the next phase of her career - that of a sport horse!!


Azemieka was slowly brought back into work while still stabled with the Dirksen family in Hattem. 

With the necessary fitness and initial training done, Azemieka's first appearances in competition were ridden by Bernard Dirksen.

We have made the decision to move Azemieka into the care and training of Nella Bijlsma in order to further her training and work towards earning her sport predicate.


As of February, Azemieka is now ridden bu Marcel de Boer with the formal plans for Azemieka being to continue showing until she earns her sport predicate, at which time she will be retired from sport and resume her duties as a broodmare!


I am very excited to report that Azemieka has earned her sport predicate!! Many thanks go out to Marcel de Boer for his time, effort and training in pursuit of this goal. 

Azemieka will now rejoin the broodmare band. 

The plans are to breed her to Harley VDL and hopefully take another step towards earning her preferent predicate.

My visit - July 04

I am happy to report that Azemikea is currently 8 weeks pregnant to Harley VDL!! She has one more pregnancy check before she will be turned out in the fields with the other mares at Stal de Ontginning.

March 19, 2014

Here are two of the most recent photos of Azemieka. She is 325 days pregnant to Harley VDL, and we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of her next foal.

March 30 - It's a FILLY!!

Azemieka has blessed us with yet another filly! Jadziamieka was born healthy at 336 days.

My visit - April 06

Azemieka is proving to be a fabulous mother! She certainly does not seem to be missing her days as a show jumper!!

April 23

Good News!!

We have a little black dot on the ultrasound!! Looks like Azemieka will be expecting another foal by Zirocco Blue sometime in March 2015.

This will be a full brother or sister to our wonderful mare Faizemieka!!

My Visit - July 03

March 08, 2015 - It's a COLT!!

Born early in the morning, Azemieka delivered a tall, strong and healthy colt!! We are going to name him "Kanada".

August 12, 2015

Pregnant to Grand Slam!

Having seen what Azemieka can produce, we have decided to try a younger stallion for her this year.

I am happy to report that Azemieka is pregnant to the wonderful Grand Slam VDL.

February 06 2016

April 14 - It's a colt!!

Born on day 332, Azemieka has delivered another strong and healthy colt. This little fellow will be named "Lestrade" after the character of Inspector Lestrade played by Rupert Graves in the TV show Sherlock.

Lestrade has been accepted in the Prinsjesdag Auction to be held on September 13, 2016!

Pregnant to Cardento!!

I am thrilled to say that Azemieka is currently expecting a foal by Cardento - due April 2017.

I have loved this stallion for years and with his declining fertility decided that there was no time like the present to bred to him!!

November 14: Azemieka has received her D-OC predicate!

April 10, 2017 - It's a BOY!!

At day 335, Azemieka has delivered a strong, healthy colt by the great stallion Cardento!

We are so blessed by Azemieka with the gift of this athletic colt. 

Named "MacNeil" after the Clan of my father's Scottish ancestry - Clan MacNeil of Barra.

Pregnant to Corporal VDL.

We loved Azemieka's colt by Cardento so much that we tried four times to get her pregnant to him again, but unfortunately it just was not meant to be this year.

However, I am happy to say that Azemieka is pregnant for 2018.

We have choosen a son of Cardento - Corporal VDL. I think that the combination should bring a much needed touch of blood and refinement to Azemieka.

April 06, 2018

Azemieka is 290 days in foal to Corporal VDL in these photos. This will be her seventh foal and we are really hoping that it will be a keeper filly to continue the mareline!!

May 19 - It's our keeper filly!!

We are beyond excited to welcome this special filly from Azemieka into the family. It is looking like we got the much desired keeper filly that we were after!!

What started out so full of promise was not meant to be. Little "Nan" took a turn for the worse and passed the morning of May 21. Thankfully, Azemieka is in good health. We will continue to keep a watchful eye on her while she adjusts to the loss of her precious girl.

July Update

It has been a hard year for Azemieka. With the sudden loss of her filly, Azemieka hasn't given us any breeding attempts this season. 

Originally the plan was to breed her with frozen semen to Quabri de l'Isle. As time passed and it got later and later in the season, we were hoping to get one attempt with fresh. Sadly her heat cycles just aren't good enough to want to even attempt breeding her, so we are going to just leave her open for this season and hope that we can get a good early start next year.


February 01

Azemieka is looking in great health after last years loss. I am hoping that we can get an early start on breeding her this year, and will start with my choice from last year - Quabri de l'Isle - as I still believe that his blood and type will be a good match for her.

April 19

I'm excited to report that Azemieka has given us our first black dot of the season! Fingers crossed for a successful and uneventful pregnancy, and that perhaps we still might get our keeper filly.

Quabri de l’Isle is a great international winner under the saddle of Pedro Veniss.

20145th with the Brazilian team at the World Equestrian Games.

2015: won the Nations Cup in Calgary, 2nd Challenge Cup Barcelona, 5th in individual Pan American Games

2016: won the GP CSI 5* Geneva , the Challenge Cup in Barcelona CSIO, 2nd Nations Cup CSIO Calgaryand he competed in the Rio Olympic Games, finishing 5th with the Brazilian team and 16th individual.

2018: 24th at WEG (Tryion)

April 24 & 26

Born March 07, 2020: Our keeper filly!!

I am thrilled that Azemieka has once again gifted us with the most beautiful filly!! We have decided to name her "Prinsesmieka" for the little princess that we think she is. 

April 22, 2020

April 27: Pregnant to Defender VDS Z for 2021!

I am so excited to announce that Azemieka has produced our first black dot of the season and it is to the exceptionally talented young star Defender VDS Z.

After very convincing appearances at the KWPN stallion show, where he was selected for the performance test, Defender VDS Z also made a great impression at the Zangersheide stallion approvals where he was licensed.

In his pedigree, the very successful powerhouse Dominator Z under Christian Ahlmann is combined with the proven Teusi line. Dominator Z makes a big impression at the highest level and seems to make his mark as a sire.

Defender VDS Z is bred out of a 1.40m level jumping half-sister of the outstanding stallion Etoulon VDL (s.Toulon), with whom Jur Vrieling performs at international 1.50m level.

Offspring Update:

It's always nice to see how the young horses have developed and are doing in their new homes and careers. Here are four of Azemieka's previous offspring.





March 6, 2021 - It's a Boy!!

Azemieka's newest colt is certainly a beautiful modern blood type, and we couldn't be happier with the cross! We have named him "Rohan" after J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy setting of Middle-earth where Rohan is a kingdom of horsemen, the Rohirrim, that provides its ally Gondor with cavalry. 


Last Updated: July 23, 2021