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June 3, 2019
In Australia, the 11-year-old Braggo S. (Jisse 433 x Tsjerk 328) has been registered as Bastiaan 510 after completion of the Short Test. The approval of Bastiaan 510 symbolises a double first: he is the first stallion to be approved on Australian soil and he is the first Jisse 433 son to obtain a stud license.
Braggo S. Star Sport competes at Prix St. Georges level with Jeremy Janjic which made him eligible for the Short Test. At the inspection in New South Wales Braggo was presented in-hand. Head of Jury Harrie Draaijer: ‘Braggo S. presented himself well. In the previous months the Stallion Inspection Committee in the Netherlands assessed a number of his Prix St. Georges tests. On the basis of these findings, the presentation in Australia and a pedigree assessment he received an invitation for the Short Test.’
A fortnight after this invitation the stallion was evaluated a second time by Draaijer and colleague Jury member Wil Thijssen. Braggo S. was also taken for a test ride by Grand Prix rider Rozzie Ryan. Rozzie Ryan said that he is still fairly inexperienced at Prix St. Georges level but she was very pleased with the work ethics and eagerness displayed by Braggo S. Back in the Netherlands the footage of the training was examined by Frenk Jespers and Jaap Boersma. On the basis of these data as well as his good exterior, fine lineage, high breeding values and positive character assessment the Stallion Inspection Committee has decided to advise the Board to approve stallion Braggo S. for stud services. Braggo S. was registered under the name of Bastiaan 510.
Draaijer: ‘As a Foalbook stallion Bastiaan 510 already has a few registered offspring to his name. The quality of his sons and daughters seen at inspections appears to be fine. Bastiaan 510 has a good model showing stallion expression. The correct walk displays more than satisfactory length of stride and use of the body. In trot he moves with suppleness but the hind leg should develop more activity. The correct canter shows good strides with more than satisfactory self-carriage. Bastiaan 510 is free of the dwarfism- and hydrocephaly genes.
As posted in the June 2019 KFPS Newsletter. Bastiaan 510 (Jisse 433 x Tsjerk 328). (Photo: Lynn Jenkin
April 24, 2019
FHANA has been working closely with a student from the Netherlands in capturing data on the importing of Friesian horses to North America. This student needs additional assistance from the FHANA membership and would like to request you take a few minutes and answer a few survey questions. Once you complete the survey your name will be entered into a drawing for Nane 492 Frozen Semen which has a value of 250 Euro.
Survey questions can be found at fhana.com
Thank you in advance for your participation
Tjaarda 483 Sport-Elite is the first horse to receive the honor of becoming FHANA Horse of the Year. What does being awarded Horse of the Year by FHANA mean? Well basically it’s a notable horse by our members; one that has made a significant impression on us for one reason or another and therefore voted as the fan favorite for the year. Tjaarda has made an impression on our membership. And I think I know why. For most of us the Friesian horse is the horse of our dreams. It draws emotion of awe in its presence, beauty and movement. But as we become owners of a Friesian horse, a most common comment is made – the extraordinary character of the Friesian horse. He becomes not only that most majestic horse to our eye but also our very willing partner.
Tjaarda 483 is such a horse. He had an extremely successful show career in the Netherlands before coming to America. Trained and shown by well know Dutch equestrian Susan Bouwman, Tjaarda earned 3 Sports predicates (dressage under saddle, driven dressage and show driving). He also won the Silver bowl (award given by the KFPS for the top show driving horse). And in 2012 he was voted by the KFPS membership as the “Horse of the Year”.
So, Horse of the Year is not a new title for Tjaarda, but this year he receives this distinction from our FHANA membership. His story here in America is likely why. Tjaarda was a very successful competition horse in the Netherlands with a professional rider. We would expect a very talented horse to do well with a very talented and experienced trainer. After becoming a KFPS breeding stallion via the short test and breeding for 2 seasons in the Netherlands Tjaarda traveled to Dorr, Michigan to stand at the Friesian Connection Stallion Station, Inc. There his new rider was 18-year-old Ellisa Kroll, daughter of Amy Kroll and granddaughter of Friesian Connection founder Robert DeBoer. Ellisa had been working her way up the levels in USDF dressage and had successful scores with other KFPS breeding stallions but Tjaarda was her first FEI level horse. Tjaarda was just beginning PSG dressage with Susan Bouwman. Tjaarda successfully completed PSG with Ellisa Kroll in the summer of 2016. He was then awarded the new predicate from the KFPS known as Elite. Tjaarda had previously met the qualifications for Elite with his 3 Sport predicates and now met the qualifications with the 2nd possibility – 5 win points at an FEI level of dressage. Tjaarda became one of the first to earn the Elite predicate and is the only “double Elite”. From there this team continued to improve with 2018 earning Ellisa and Tjaarda regional championship at I-1. This year the team is competing at I-2 while schooling the Grand Prix.
Remarkable for a talented horse and talented rider…but this rider is not a professional…she is a junior rider. Tjaarda and Ellisa compete in show rings where the other junior riders are often competing on the fancy Warmbloods their parents have purchase who are masters at levels above the level of their rider. Tjaarda and Ellisa are unique in the show ring. It is something to see an actively breeding Friesian stallion ridden by a junior rider and winning above the Warmblood horses. And not only that, Tjaarda is being trained by Ellisa. It’s not uncommon for the talented horses of junior riders to be trained by professionals and then ridden by their junior owner/rider with their trainers coaching. Tjaarda is exclusively ridden by his junior rider. This team is coached by some of the best (their US coach is Grand Prix rider Brad Cutshall and well-known Friesian trainers Marc-Peter Spahn and Petra Zeelen come from the Netherlands to train Ellisa and Tjaarda) but the work is done by Ellisa.
So, what does this tell us about the Friesian breed? I think it proves what we all already know from personal experience. The Friesian horse is special. He is beautiful but he also wants to work for you, he wants to be your partner. Tjaarda has represented that truth to us all as we watch this team work and become successful together. Not many moms would send their daughters off to horse shows on their own. Ellisa and Tjaarda often must go alone because Ellisa’s mom needs to be available to collect the other stallions at the stallion station. So, when the crowd at these shows see Tjaarda, they see a well behaving stallion handled by a young girl competing at FEI level dressage and they see what we see, a breed of horse to fall in love with. And that is why the FHANA members voted for Tjaarda to be their first “Horse of the Year”, because Tjaarda represents to all of us what is so special about the Friesian horse.
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April 29, 2019 | By Janice DeBoer VerMerris
The 13-year-old Tsjalle 454 (Mintse 384 x Brandus 345) was recently awarded Preferent status as the youngest ever Friesian Studbook stallion. Tsjalle 454 has contributed significantly to the modernisation of breeding by passing on his youthfulness and elegance to his offspring.
He was instantly popular with the breeders from the moment of his approval in 2009. Since he obtained his stud license he never serviced fewer than 160 mares per season, with an absolute bumper year in 2015 with 262 stud services. Fifteen daughters have already risen to Crown, daughter Joce Femke van de Noeste Hoeve has become Model. Three sons have received their stud license: Jehannes 484, Tymen 503 and Yme 507.
Tsjalle 454 was born as Tsjalf fan Fjildsicht in Wietse and Grietje Wijbenga’s yard in Veenwouden in 2006. ‘Tsjalle 454 was already quite a picture when a foal’, Wijbenga tells us. He is a Mintse 384 out of Welmoed fan Fjildsicht. When Tsjalle 454 was eighteen months old Age Okkema became part-owner. Tsjalle 454 entered the Central Examination at the age of three. That year the Stallion Inspection Committee tasked with the assessment of the horses consisted of Fetze Veldstra, Bauke de Boer and Herman Smit. ‘Tsjalle 454 was a very hardworking stallion’, Veldstra remembers. ‘We were quite taken with his characteristic show driving movement, but the walk is his weak point. Tsjalle 454 has proved to do really well in breeding, he has embedded front and breeding type into breeding.’
Fellow jury member Bauke de Boer: ‘Tsjalle 454 showed progress in the course of the test and in the last fortnight it became clear that he was an excellent show driving horse. The more Tsjalle 454 learned how to relax the better his movement became, with good use of the hind leg. Not many horses make such an aristocratic front as Tsjalle 454 when pulling the sjees. He has kept himself extraordinarily well in terms of legwork and conformation.’
Selling or leasing crossed our minds
At the time of Tsjalle 454’s approval Age and Marieke Okkema were running a small-scale training stables at ‘De Mersken’ in Siegerswoude and didn’t have the facilities for a stallion station. Age: ‘I looked at the options of selling or leasing out Tsjalle 454 but then decided I could just as well do it myself. Tsjalle 454 had many fans but there were criticasters too. For many breeders using him for their mares was a bit of a gamble. Without these breeders though, Tsjalle 454 would never have reached Preferent status.’
At the 2016 Stallion Inspection, the year Tsjalle 454 became Champion, he sparkled in the ring. ‘All the jigsaw pieces fell into place that year. This year however, his preparation was less good. Last year Tsjalle 454 had a keratoma and after that he contracted a tendon injury. He had fully recovered one month ahead of the Stallion Inspection but still, we didn’t want to push him.’
As produced by the KFPS newsletter March 2019
Congratulations to Frank Leyendekker for the purchase of Haike 482 Sport (Argen 417 x Lute 304). Haike 482 Sport will be standing at Leyendekker Friesians in Visalia, CA. Currently Haike 482 is in quarantine and should be available for breeding within the next 30 days.
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Are you interested in bidding on one of the many donated breedings that will be a part of the live auction but unable to attend??
January 26, 2019
Are you interested in bidding on one of the many donated breedings that will be a part of the live auction but unable to attend?
The live auction will take place during the awards banquet on Saturday evening Feb. 23rd, 2019 starting at approximately 11:30PM EST. The auction is open to the entire membership even if you are unable to attend. Members have the opportunity to bid on each breeding prior to the event. The highest bidder will then have the opportunity to phone in during the live portion of the event.
To bid, please contact the FHANA Office at 859-455-7430. You will be required to state the highest amount you are willing to bid on. Example: Person A bidding on Stallion Y. Starting bid is $800 and you are willing to bid up to $1000. The next phone bidder will need to beat your high bid of $1000 for their bid to be accepted. Person A will need to bid $1025. The highest phone bidder will then have the opportunity to bid during the live portion of the auction with their bid being the start of the live portion of the auction.
Each phone bidder will need to contact FHANA with their phone number, highest bid they are willing to go up to, and supply FHANA with their credit card information to hold on file. The credit card will not be charged until the completion of the auction.
Winning bid will be required to pay for shipping and handling.
FHANA would like to thank each of the stallion owners for their generous donation. Stallions are listed in order of their donation.
KCF Farms-Julius 486 (Frozen Semen Only). Starting bid $1000
Black Pearl Friesians-Thorben 466 Sport. Starting bid $1000
*Friesian Focus-Monte 378 Sport. Starting bid $800
*Young Living Farms-Wybren 464 Sport. Starting bid $800 Does not ship to Canada
*Maddi's Friesian Ranch-Doaitsen 420 Sport. Starting bid $800 Does not ship to Canad
Brookside Friesians-Djoerd 473 (Frozen Semen Only). Starting bid $800
***Stallions listed with an * do not ship to Canada***