CBC Insights –Druk My Niet Stud
Georg Kirchner’s Druk My Niet Stud is an expansive 250 hectare farm, situated just outside the picturesque town of Tulbagh.
The farm, set well off the main road, is home to a small but select band of broodmares as well as one of South Africa’s best bred stallions Tiger Dance.
A son of legendary US stallion Storm Cat, Tiger Dance is a full brother to former Horse Of The Year Giant’s Causeway, himself a three times champion sire in North America.
Tiger Dance, whose small crops have already yielded the top class Grade 1 horse Tribal Dance, is also a full brother to G2 Cherry Hinton winner You’resothrilling –herself the dam of 2014 G1 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Marvellous and Cartier Champion 2YO Colt Gleneagles (both Marvellous and Gleneagles being sired by Galileo).
From limited opportunities, Tiger Dance has produced a number of high class performers. His standard bearer maybe the R800 000 earner Tribal Dance, but the Storm Cat son has also come up with the top class stakes winning 2yo Kitti Cat, and classy stakes horses Show Time, Taipei Tigress, and Tiger Tiger.
Unlike many sons of his famous sire, Tiger Dance, a very fertile horse with a great libido, is an extremely relaxed stallion with a superb temperament.
He recently had a stint with trainer Harold Crawford earlier this year where the horse was ridden under saddle to build up his muscle tone – and Tiger Dance appears to have relished the experience.
Georg, who himself hails from Germany, has owned Druk My Niet for the past four years. He inherited the farm in a really run down state, but has renovated much of it. Druk My Niet also offers a large and comfortable guest house (with stunning bar room facilities), which is equipped to sleep ten, as well as a hall which is capable of hosting corporate functions.
Druk My Niet, whose broodmares include such well performed stakes winners as Ocean Of Time (Ladies Mile) and Miss Scaramanga (Listed East Cape Oaks). The pair are in foal to What A Winter and Tiger Dance respectively.
Other stallions supported by the stud this year include the really promising young horses Elusive Fort and Jackson.
One of the most eye catching aspects to Druk My Niet, based just half an hour from Ceres, is the farm’s large paddocks which provides plenty of space to their equine residents. Jim Antrobus, whom Georg describes as “very good”, provides veterinary help to the farm, while the yearlings are shod by well known farrier Ian Gird.
The farm, who will also be supporting possibly both the KZN Yearling Sale and National 2YO Sale this year, has six lots on offer at this month’s March Yearling Sale at Durbanville racecourse. Druk My Niet’s draft includes a pair of fillies by Count Dubois and Seventh Rock, a colt by Elusive Fort and a Rebel King colt, and a colt and filly by resident sire Tiger Dance.
Georg himself bought his first thoroughbred when watching a game of cricket.
However, the Kirchner family were exposed to racing when Georg was still a boy, which is where he first became interesting in the sport. Druk My Niet’s wine farm is based in Paarl, where Georg and his wife currently reside. DMN Wines produce 80 tons of wine annually, with 90% of the farm’s outlay being red.
Home to more than 20 well bred broodmares and with a number of nicely bred yearlings for sale, Druk My Niet looks destined for bigger and better things over the coming years.