Here we would like to honour some of our beloved horses that have sadly passed on.

Mona Lisa van Doorndraai

Tsjerk 328 x Ruurd Vb

Dam: Loret van Geyerspan Bb 1 Stb Pref

Born: 19/01/2004
Height: 165cm
Foal Premie: 2nd
2007 Inspection: Star 2nd Premie

Mona Lisa became the second Doorndraai Bred Preferent mare when her Tjalf 443 ‘Sport’ daughter Zona van Doorndraai became star at the 2021 Inspection at Doorndraai.

At the age of 19 she however contracted very serious plastentitis that led to a secondary bacterial infection that she could not fight.  She passed away on the morning of 5 July 2023 surrounded by the grooms that cared for her, her whole life.  She leaves a gaping hole at Doorndraai.  Luckily we still have her two daughters Ivory and Zona with us.

Hiske fan Bokkum

A mare with great promise that was lost too soon. There are no words to describe our great sadness at her kiss, 

HiskeMaurus 441 Stb Sport x Onne 376

Dam: Swaantsje fan Bokkum Stb Kroon

Born: 6/4/2010

Foal Premie: 2010 1st

2013: Star 2nd Premie

2014: 1st Premie Crown

Neenke fan Bokkum

Neenke fan Bokkum was one of the best breeding mares ever at Doorndraai Friesian Stud. Her loss has left a massive gaping hole at our stables. We are however incredibly happy that her filly, crown mare, Karien van Doorndraai will now be standing in the stable she called home for over 10 years. RIP Neenke.

Wierd 409 x Nammen

Dam: Geartsje fan Bokkum Stb Star Model

Born: 15/07/2004

Height: 167cm

Mature Premie: Star 2nd Premie

Rita van Geyerspan Bb1 Pref *5

Rita became only the second ever South African bred preferent mare in February 2015 when two of her offspring became star at the 2015 Inspections.  It was a great loss losing this mare to colic early in 2016 as she was one of the corner stone mares at Doorndraai.  She was also Marlises riding horse and gave us many stunning young colts and fillies over the years.


Vincent Vb x Unknown


25/09/1986 – 7/5/2014

We said goodbye to one of our dearest horses this month and he has left a gap th

Goliath has won Champion and Reserve Champion Gelding at Rand show 3 times. He loved the carriage and was lovely to ride but he retired in 2000 and has now taken over the role of babysitting and helping to wean the young will not easily be filled. Goliath spent the past fourteen years living the good live after his retirement and was a well known figure here at the stud.  To me twenty eight year old Goliath was worth his weight in gold and he will be missed by all who was lucky enough to have known him.

He has reared more foals than most of the mares at Doorndraai and has taught good manners to a few youngsters that needed a bit of discipline.  He was one of our first Friesians and is a sterling example and representative of everything that makes this breed so popular.  Rest in peace gentle giant and we will love you always!

Hilda HB

Hilda was one of Doorndraai’s first mares. Shewas a cornerstone for the Stud in its early years and provided uswith quite a few good foals. At the ripe age of 24 she lost the sparkle in her eye and the difficult decision was taken to put her to sleep. We have named one of our fillies of the 2010 seasonafter her, Hilda van Doorndraai (D: Tiffinie van Doorndraai, S:Tjalf 443 ‘Sport’).

Loret Bb1 Stb Preferent (5 Star offspring)

After Loret became the first South African bred mare to achieve Preferent status, it became clear that we lost this amazing mare way toosoon. After nursing her at home for almost two weeks she died from complications of West Nile virus. Yster van Doorndraai also achieved star status in 2011 and we have another young stallion, Bakkies van Doorndraai, with great promise to be presented at the 2012 inspection. We were lucky to have such a stunning mare with us even though it was only for a little while.

Dana Yvette Vb Star

Dana Yvette crept into everybody’s heart as a stallion with a friendly and happy personality. After he became the Champion Imported Stallion with a Breeding permission at the 2007 FPSSA National Show we had great hopes for him that were sadly cut short when he got billary and died the same day he became sick. Pictures of him were used years after his death in the prestigious Gabrielle Boiselle calendar. Two of offspring Zoe of Millford and AnnaMart van Doorndraai also became Star at the 2011 Inspection.