FPS Approved Friesian Stallions in the USA
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Note: This is a list of those who are currently breeding

From author, Jeannine Everhart: If possible, I will post videos of these wonderful stallions. I will also tell you anything I know about them, as well as personal impressions if I have been lucky enough to meet them "up close". Note that I learn new things every day, so impressions and knowledge will hopefully grow (and may well change) over time. The information here may well be repeated on the main stallions page. Interested in Pronunciation of the Names? Here you go!

Breeding and Performance Data

Videos/Info (if you see a picture, click it for video)

Note: Sorted by approval date - oldest to most recent.

Melle 311 (approved on offspring)
Melle (Frans 289 x Ygram, stam 43) is an older stallion, born in 1987. Melle is important in that he descended from the little used Age line of stallions. The only standing stallions from that line are (as of Jan 2007), Melle's son Fabe 348, and Fabe's sons Jorn 430 and Sape 381. Breeders would very much like to use the Age/Melle/Fabe/Sape blood to broaden the gene pool. This is tricky however because the Age line of horses is very "old style" - short and stocky - and the inspectors are looking for more "modern style" horses. If you have a modern mare who you can match to Melle and get another Fabe, you will have a true gem. Melle is now standing at Friesian Quest Farm in California. [top]
Ouke 313 (approved on offspring)
Ouke (Hearke x Romke, stam 44) is an older stallion, born in 1988. He breeds with live cover and is EVA positive, so he is not used much at this time. Ouke is standing at stud at The Friesian Connection in Michigan. [top]
Remmelt 323 (approved on offspring)
Remmelt (Oege x Hearke, stam 83) is a lovely, well-bred stallion. He has one approved son, Tsjipke 399, and produces excellent breeding mares. Remmelt is accomplished in dressage and as a driving horse and is known to produce horses with a wonderful temperament. We bred our Cori to Remmelt, and produced a really nice colt named Samson. The Stevens family, who were just great to deal with, own Remmelt and love him dearly. Remmelt stands at their farm, Shaman's Circle Ranch in Utah. I have a soft spot in my heart for Remmelt and would like to breed to him some more. Note that Remmelt can produce white so work with the Stevens to make sure your mare is a good match. I hope to get a video of him up soon. [top]
Anne 340 (approved on offspring)
Anne (Reitse x Jochem, stam 50) is a Reitse son but I do not know much about him. People say he has a nice head and a nice trot. He is small and his offspring results are right in the middle of the other stallions. He is well-respected and is considered a good stallion. Anne stands at Friesian Dreams in Wisconsin. [top]
Anton 343 (approved on offspring)
Anton (Oege x Tjimme, stam 50) has some of the best offspring stats of any living stallion. He produces a phenominal 80%+ 1st and 2nd premie foals, and as of the end of 2006 his lifetime ster percentage was a whopping 47%. Anton has nice impulsion from the rear, which produces a big, bold trot. He passes that on, so smart breeders who need the trot will look to Anton. But what most people think of with Anton is HAIR. This video is from Anton's previous owners in America. I like it better than the video I have - it gives you a better view of him. Look for his trot, if you can get past the "wow factor" of the hair. Anton now stands at Friesian Dreams in Wisconsin. We are lucky to have him in America. [top]
Erik 351 (approved on offspring)
Erik (Jelmer x Frans, stam 40) is, like Wander 352, from the little used Ritske line of stallions. This makes him desirable as a breeding stallion since his offspring broaden the gene pool. He has one approved son, Arjen 417. Erik is a pretty, dark stallion, baroque in appearance and with that harness horse kind of movement. He competes at the 4th level in dressage and I have seen him in Virginia a few times, competing in dressage. Erik is well-behaved and dedicated to his work (and he passes a strong work ethic to his offspring). I like him quite a bit, though I would need to breed a very modern style mare to him. This video is from 2004 in Lexington VA, 4th Level, Test 2. Rider/Owner Mary Alice Malone. I added the music just to make it interesting. Erik stands at Iron Spring Farm in Pennsylvania. This is a superb business and I highly recommend them. [top]
Wander 352 (approved on offspring) - Sire of Coriander and Tara
It took Wander 352 (Barteld x Djurre, stam 46) fourteen years to overcome the stigma of being "born in the USA" and finally achieve the international respect and status he so richly deserves. Coming from the little used Ritske line of Friesians, Wander offspring are now highly sought after to broaden the gene pool. His fine lines and "modern" look pass on to his offspring. His son Doaitsen 420, residing in the Netherlands, is one of the most popular stallions breeding. As of the end of 2006, Wander had sired one approved son and 36 star mares for a lifetime percentage of 41.4% star. Each year people breed better and better mares to Wander, so this very good number will likely continue to rise. This clip is from his US keuring in 2003. Produced by Marc Dileo. Wander is owned by Nina Miller of Checkerboard Farms in California. Nina is excellent to work with and highly recommended. [top]
Heinse 354 (approved on offspring)
Heinse (Leffert 306 x Dimer, stam 122) is one of four fantastic approved Leffert sons. All four (Heinse, Mintse, Onne and Tsjalke) are terrific. Ok, I am admittedly a HUGE fan of Heinse, for the following reasons: (a) he produces wonderful offspring (male and female), having some of the highest lifetime offspring ratings of any living stallion (b) he already has produced 2 approved sons (Bente 412, Wisse 408) and has another going to Drachten in 2007. He also has produced wonderful breeding mares (c) he is known in Friesland as a top harness show horse (the Friesian people love him), having won two Friesian championships. But in America they are competing him at 4th level in dressage, and (d) I have spent a lot of time with him (thank you to his owner) and his personality is just wonderful. Not only is he super sweet, but his grooms say that he *always* wants to work. The two traits I want most to keep in our breeding program are temperment and work ethic. And he has both. In spades. Heinse is really hard to breed to though (very little semen, and his semen does not last very long) so you are lucky to get a mare pregnant to him. My Cori had a 2007 Heinse foal named Wikke - a really wonderful colt. This video is from October 2004. 4th level, Test 1. It was right after Heinse was imported and his rider/owner (Mary Alice Malone) had never competed with him before this. They were both very nervous but I think they did pretty well. Heinse stands at Iron Spring Farm in Pennsylvania. [top]
Gradus 356 (approved on offspring)
Gradus (Reitse x Oege, stam 43) is a very well-respected stallion in the Netherlands who was imported to America in early 2007. At that time he had one approved son (Tetse 394) and one going to Drachten in 2007. He is an "old style" harness-type horse with nice movement. His offspring scrores are good, not great, but good. He bred a respectable amount but was not one of the most popular stallions (probably because he is more baroque). I know his owner in the Netherlands loved him and was heartsick about selling him. But I suppose Gradus needed more breeding to be viable, and since he does not produce frozen semen, there was not an international market for him. I have always liked Gradus and would definitely consider using him at some time. He stands at Spearmint Rhino Ranch in California. I do not know anything about these owners and could not find a website link at this time. [top]
Gerryt 360 (approved on offspring)
Gerryt (Reitse x Doeke, stam 70) came to America in 2006. Unfortunately, I do not know a thing about him. He was not used very heavily in the Netherlands and his stats are pretty middle of the road. I do not recall seeing a lot of his offspring in the shows in Leeuwarden either. So, my knowledge is limited. He stands at Spearmint Rhino Ranch in California, which has purchased a few approved stallions lately. I do not know anything about these owners and could not find a website link at this time. [top]
Goffert 369 (approved on offspring)
Goffert (Reitse x Cobus, stam 78) is known for a few things. He is very tall at nearly 17 hands. He ships only frozen semen (though both the quality and instructions are very good, so his pregnancy success rate is as good as with fresh. This assumes you have an experienced vet), he is spirited, but well-behaved. But the main thing everyone knows about Goffert is that he is the best dressage Friesian in the US and one of the best in the world. The entire Friesian community is hoping he and his rider Belinda Nairn-Wertman may make it to the Olympics one day. Goffert is Grand Prix level and has marvelous control and athleticism for a Friesian. He is even the first Friesian to become a Breyer model! I did not take this video of him. I think it is from the high quality promotional DVD you can order (usually for free) from Iron Spring Farm. Nice DVD with all the Iron Spring stallions - highly recommended. Goffert stands at Iron Spring Farm in Pennsylvania. [top]
Feb 13, 2007: We just received word that Goffert was euthanized today due to colic. This is a terrible tragedy for Friesian and horse lovers everywhere. Our heartfelt sympathies to Iron Spring, Goffert's rider, and his owner. I know they all loved him greatly. I am so, so very sorry.
Maiko 373 (approved on offspring)
Maiko (Tsjerk x Barteld, stam 143) came to America in 2006, and was approved on offspring in 2005. I have seen him at the stallion show (see video) but I do not know much about him and have not heard much about him. Even the inspectors seem a little confused about his breeding prowess - they saw big discrepancies in his offspring during the years 2003-2005. Is this because the quality of mares he was bred to varied greatly? At the end of 2006 his lifetime ster mare percentage was 25%. He did not have a foal report for 2006, but in 2005 he had only 33% 1st/2nd premie foals and nearly 9% white. I will say that I like his damline with Barteld (I like Barteld), but crossing Barteld with Tsjerk probably led to the relatively high white. Bottom line is that I do not know what to make of him, and am interested in seeing more results over time. Maiko stands at Spearmint Rhino Ranch in California, which has purchased a few approved stallions lately. I do not know anything about these owners and could not find a website link at this time. [top]
Nanning 374 (approved on offspring)
Nanning (Teunis x Feitse, stam 2) is a big, impressive stallion who is full of presence. Like his famous father Teunis 332, Nanning produces a lot of height in his offspring, and a head that is a little big (a Teunis trademark as well). His offspring have a long forearm, and this is a desired trait for dressage, but movement scores are very "middle of the road". Nanning has one approved son - Botte 414, and lifetime star mare percentage at about 25%. I like Nanning, but I think it is critical that you pick the right mare for him. I have not bred a mare to him yet because presently we do not have one that is a good enough fit to suit my tastes. Still, I do seriously consider him for Dahlia each year (she could use his height and long forearm, and she already produces great movement). Nanning is owned by Scott and Shelley Kelnhofer of Fenway Farms in Wisconsin and they are doing a really nice job of marketing Nanning and making him available to breeders. It is obvious from their web site that they care greatly for him - always a nice thing to see. I also like their tiered pricing, based on your mare's rating, in the booking fee. [top]
Sibald 380 (approved on offspring)
Sibald (Sierk x Leffert, stam 25) is a stallion we have used here on the farm, in breeding to our mare Hiltje. This cross produced two nice foals - a 1st premium filly named Marigold, and a 3rd premie colt named Tsjemme. Both foals were very tall, very black and very sweet. Of course, their mother is those things too. The foals were modern in style with long necks and long legs. The inspectors liked them very much. They were/are really lovely. The Sierk x Leffert lines that produced Sibald has produced 2 other approved stallions - Ulbert, Jense - so this is quite a nice bloodline (note: not the same dam). We really like Sibald and think he is a good stallion. His semen is not very motile though, so make sure you breed him to a fertile, proven mare. Sibald is owned by the Leyendekker Friesians in California. The Leyendekkers are good people - very well-known and respected Friesian owners. They helped establish the breed in the US. We have found them nice to deal with and they have an good stable/breeding manager. Their prices and terms are also quite reasonable. [top]
Mintse 384 (approved on offspring) - Sire of Ock
Approved on offspring in 2005/6, Mintse 384 (Leffert 306 x Lammert 260, stam 25) burst onto the scene by being in the top 5 of the world championships in each of the past 3 years (2005-2007). He was reserve champion in 2006 and world champion in 2005. Mintse is easy to spot with a large, powerful build, looong mane and fetlocks, and by his incredible stride. That boy can MOVE. As of the end of 2006 his lifetime ster mare percentage was nearly 42% and his offspring seem to inherit his unmistakeable, powerful movement. This clip (click the picture to the left) is of Mintse in 2005 when he won the world championship. Jan 2007: Minste has been bought by the DeBoer family and is standing at stud at The Friesian Connection in Michgan. We have a filly by Minste who also has the long stride. Click "Ock" above to see the video. [top]
Teade 392 (approved on offspring)
Teade (Anton x Pike, stam 103) was approved on offspring in late 2006. His foal report is really outstanding - over 80% 1st/2nd premie in 2006. He produces little firecrackers - fiesty with nice movement. Like his father Anton, Teade has LOTS of hair and a good trot. He has a beautiful head, but you really have to dig through all the hair to find it. Teade is competing in dressage and doing a nice job - I believe he is at 2nd level (2006) and close to 3rd level. I have seen him compete and I must say that he always makes me grin. He is well behaved, but he is sooo cocky. With all that hair he looks like a plush toy to me, but it is obvious that he thinks he is the best stallion on the planet. He really makes an impression. His rider/owner, Mary Alice Malone, obviously cares greatly for him too (he feels the same way towards her) and teases him with Cheetos. It is pretty dang cute. He is a little standoffish to strangers but he genuinely plays with his owner and his grooms, just oozing personality. As soon as we have the right mare for him, we will breed to him. Teade stands at Iron Spring Farm in Pennsylvania - an excellent and highly recommended facility. [top]
Feike 395
Feike (Feitse x Naen, stam 128) is another US-approved stallion who has not had much exposure in the Netherlands, and therefore has not gotten the recognition he deserves. But boy, the inspectors who come over here to do the keurings have been blown away by the quality of Feike's offspring. Feike is under consideration for offspring approval now (2007) and the KFPS is trying to figure out a way to evaluate him fairly. Feike is really impressive and if he does not get approved because they cannot figure out how to judge US foals it will be a crying shame. His pedigree is Friesian royalty with a preferent stallion as his sire, and on the damline his damsire is Naen (very popular line right now for dressage). His damline is so good that it makes your eyes pop out. MP-SP-MP-M, Holy cow! He is very tall and modern, with good impulsion and he passes this on. He does not have a big front end though, so if you need that, plan accordingly. Finally, his babies are considered sweet and good to work with. If you want height and a more modern foal, look for Naen descendents - both Wander 352 and Feike 395 fit the bill. I bred Dahlia to Wander last year and got a 1st premie filly. This year Dahlia is bred to Feike and I am very, VERY excited about it. Feike competes successfully in dressage (Prix St Geaorge at the end of 2006) and is owned by Bert and Annette Coester at Royal Carousel Friesians in Utah. Annette and Royal Carousel Friesians did the breeding logistics for Remmelt when I bred to him. They were really reliable, efficient and professional. [top]
Tjesse 400
Tjesse (Sjaard x Hearke, stam 78) is a relatively young stallion, currently under offspring approval (we may know something by the end of 2007). He was imported to America in late 2006, and I do not know much about him other than what is in his stats (see links at the top of the page) and in his Drachten performance report. At that time the inspectors said that he was good in all gaits and could be used well in dressage or driving. Their only criticism was that he could use more of a show presence. It was a good report. He has been competing in dressage in Europe and I believe he will continue that in America. He is standing at JRB Friesians in Washington State. I have not dealt with Regine Brockway (of JRB Friesians) in her role as a stallion manager, but I have certainly asked her advice in breeding Friesians. She is very knowledgeable and has been generous with her time when answering my questions. [top]

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