Yfke fan Fjildsicht Earns Model Predicate

  • September 27, 2015
  • by Christine de Hererra

Yfke fan Fjildsicht, Model

Iron Spring Farm’s Friesian mare Yfke fan Fjildsicht received the prestigious Model predicate last week at the Friesian Horse Association of American (FHANA) keuring. The eight-year-old mare was also awarded the overall Champion of the Day, an honor she previously earned in 2013.
“Yfke is a very calm and sweet mare who knows when it is time to go to work,” handler Rob De Bruin reflected. Yfke was imported as a Crown Provisional mare in 2011. She secured her permanent Crown predicate after attaining an incredible score of 85 in her 2013 Dressage IBOP, the highest score in North America that year.
With her strong dam line and the emphasis on sporthorse characteristics in her pedigree, Yfke has been an excellent fit for the ISF breeding program. She was bred in the Netherlands by W. Wijbenga, a breeder well known for producing sporthorses of the highest quality, including two approved stallions, Thorben 466, Sport and Tsjalle 454, Sport. All of Wijbenga's horses descend from mare line 70, which has produced a very high percentage of Star, Crown and Model mares. Yfke’s sire is Harmen 424, Sport, a notable but short-lived stallion.

Yfke’s genetics are considered rare and “fresh” for the breed’s improvement. She is the dam of four offspring, all of which have received 1st or 2nd Premie. Yfke is currently in foal to Ulbert 390, Sport.

About the Model Predicate

According to the Royal Friesian Studbook (KFPS), the Model predicate has sport, conformation and movement requirements. Only the best Star and Crown mares are considered for Model status. The minimum age is seven, and the mare must have produced one or more foals. Mares must complete an IBOP or ABFP test with a minimum score of 77 points and an average of 7 for walk and trot. A Sport predicate earned within a specified timeframe will also convert the preliminary Model status into permanent Model status. (More details can be found on fhana.org)

Iron Spring Farm's American Advanatage
A range of top Friesian and KWPN stallions are available to North American breeders as part of Iron Spring Farm’s 40-year commitment to the ISF American Advantage. By providing proven bloodlines, along with exceptional service, transparency and impeccable veterinary care, the ISF team helps breeders achieve their sport horse goals. Ongoing expert advice and services are also available so breeders can develop and market their offspring to the highest level.

Photo by Stacy Lynne