|Passion for Friesians|
Nicole with Jolmer
In the early Nineties the editor of the magazine Phryso asked us to write articles on the breeding of the Friesian horse and to write stories about the keuring results. The knowledge which we had acquired over the past years was very useful at this point.
Meanwhile, we had completed our studies at the
|My first exhibition at the Hengstenkeuring in 1993 was an immediate success. Within a few hours my booth was literally sold out. Many famous and less famous horses have been eternalized by myself in charcoal drawing or oil paintings. Approved stallions like Oepke, Walter, Bendert, Hannes, Gerlof, Leffert, Hearke, Marko, Oeds, Dirk, Reitse, Piter, Pike, Remmelt, Brandus, Anton, Tsjerk, Onne, Sape, Goffert, Tije, Andries, Tsjibbe, Tsjitse, Rindert, Dries en Time, all requested by their owners, all have been kept eternalized for their future descendants. My freelance work is also collected world-wide. My work characterises itself by a high degree of perfection and details. Every vertex, lash and muscle group must be reflected as naturally as possible. But, MOST important of all, is the eye, the mirror of the soul. I receive the biggest compliments from the owners, who are sometimes so touched that they have to wipe a tear away at seeing the final result.|
During the past years I have also made more expressive sketches on a large format.
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Export Holland Friesians
Looking for inspiration for our paintings and journalism work, and seeking the best samples of the Friesian horse, we visit many prominent breeders and horse owners, who have, over the years, become good friends. Inevitable as sharing the love for the most wonderful and beautiful horse breed on earth creates a strong bond, and one never runs out of material to talk about. It won’t be the last time that we visit a breeder for a ‘short visit’ and end up leaving at (or later!)
A new challenge within our activities came when we exported one of our own breeding products Marre fan Qualburgh (Sape) namely seeking quality Friesian horses. Our 20 years of experience in the Friesian horse-breeding, our knowledge of the bloodlines combined with our contacts gives an extra advantage.
Actually, we only have one criterion when mediating Friesian horses: If we like the horse, if we would as it were, like to have him in our stable, if he affects us, then we can also sell him. That is why we select the horses by their type, presence, movement, character and their talent for the sports. We have found new homes for lots of ster-mares, colts, fillies and exclusive dressage horses. It goes without saying that the horses are delivered with a recent examination report and also that we will arrange for the export papers and medical examinations to be done.
Ever since we settled in the Southern village Alphen we, next to the trade and mediating, breed at a modest scale(purposely). We bought the filly Magdaa H. (Tsjerk x Hildaa ster/preferent v. Reitse pref.) from stam 128, from the Hoekstra family in Tsjerkgaast in 1996.Mother Hildaa is a full sister to Ruerd 319 (who, unfortunately, was taken out of the stud farm prematurely).
Hildaa (passed away in 2006) bred extremely well.
At this moment she has 6 ster-daughters. Grandmother Martina (Ritske pref.) and great-grandmother Claartje (Bouke) are both model/preferent. Even the preferent approved stallion Leffert came from the same stamline, where fertility, size and a great exterior are key characteristics within the stock.
Marre fan Qualburgh (Sape x Tsjerk)
May 3rd 2009, our Gitte gave birth to a very refined Beart filly!
Her name is Elagonda fan Qualburgh and we are very delighted with another filly!
Elagonda at 3 days old
Elagonda 5 weeks old
Gitte by Leffert (photo above) is a conscious product of line-breeding. Both Leffert and Magdaa go back to the model/preferente Claartje.
Elagonda 3 months old
Our daughter Fay and Oetse (behind) and Vorstin (front) May 2009
August 3-2009; At our annual fokdag in Esbeek/Hilvarenbeek, our 3 yr old Vorstin fan Qualburgh (Dries Sport x Leffert Sport-P) got star with a first premie! The only Dries starmare with a first premie in two years...We are so proud to see Gitte's firstborn get this prestigious predicate! Well done Vorstin!
Score: rastype 8- bouw 7 - beenwerk 7,5 - stap 8 - draf 7,5
Then...tragedy happened.........October 2009, Vorstin was hospitalized because of fever and life threatening anemia.... She was there for 5 weeks and the vets did all kinds of punctions (liver, bone marrow etc.) and bloodtests. They feared Leukemia or an auto immune illness. She responded well to Prednisolone and strong antibiotics. After 4,5 weeks she was nearly 'clean' and her red cells had increased. We were sooo happy she was released from the clinic. She got home jumpy and lively, but after 4 days she got fever again, up to 40, 5 degrees. (she never stopped eating during her illness and looked fabulous! Shining and black dappled!) After 5 days of fever she suddenly stopped eating and her situation deteriorated very fast...:-( We never saw it coming she would die, but she did......it was a nightmare! Here temperament got us fooled the last 5 weeks, the vet said. A 'normal' horse would act a lot more ''down'.
My sweetest Vorstin, we'll never forget you, you were our special one....
Tribute (ode) to Vorstin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-4lHh5fjuA
Sept. 12-2009: Vorstin's halfsister Elagonda fan Qualburgh (Beart x Gitte) got a first premie at the keuring! All Gitte's offspring is rewarded first premie so far. The judges praised her front, beautiful head, long legs good development and ofcourse her good walk and very good trot! Hopefully she will enter in Vorstin's footsteps. Elagonda is retained for breeding.
|June 1st 2010; Haen fan Qualburgh (Eibert x Gitte) is born . Finally a colt! Haen is retained.|
Elagonda at 6 months old:
April 2010 Elagonda 11 months old
Spring 2011: Finally time to do some shots of a well developed 2 yr old Elagonda, our future star of the stable. ;-)
With 'granddad' Oetse (left) now 23 yrs old!!!.
Her more than lovely head and neck. She has the most noble face of Gitte's babies.