Meinse 439

16.1 H | 2004 Friesian
Dam: Femke fan Nes
Dam Sire: Dirk 298, Sport
Breeder: J. v.d. Wal
Approval: KFPS
Breeding Fee: $1500 Cooled, Frozen
Negative for Dwarfism and Hydrocephalus


Approved on Offspring

Meinse is an exciting 1st Premium stallion with a winning dressage and sire record. He is Approved on Offspring and has one Approved son, Erryt 488. As a dressage horse, Meinse competed successfully against all breeds and won two GAIG/USDF Regional Championships. Meinse’s bloodlines are impeccable. His sire is the legendary dressage stallion Heinse 354 Sport/Preferent. Meinse's dam, Femke van Nes, is a 1st Premium Star mare from an important stam line 150. 

Career in Sport

Meinse 439 had incredible success in the dressage ring. He earned more than 20 blue ribbons, multiple championships and high point awards, plus two Great American/USDF Regional Championships. His agreeable disposition, willingness to work and exceptional dressage talent translated into many victorious rides.

Winning Offspring

Meinse’s quality sons and daughters earned him the official Approved on Offspring designation. They inherit Meinse’s athletic ability, exceptional temperament and superb work ethic. Many have gone on to great success with professionals and amateurs alike, including keuring championships, high score awards in dressage and ribbons in hand and in harness.

Meinse’s son, the Approved stallion Erryt 488, has competed successfully through the Z level in Europe. Meinse has sired other stallions selected for the Royal KFPS Stallion Show, as well as multiple winners in the Netherlands. Daughter Elke, won first place in the Three-Year-Old Mare class at the Central Keuring in 2012, and Freya van de Oostwal placed second in the Euro Friesian Cup that same year.

Meinse’s North American offspring include Helena Pv, Star, a 1st Premie mare who won multiple championships at FHANA Keurings, along with a Reserve Championship in the IBOP Driving competition.

Performance Achievements

• Dover Medal winner and 2nd Level Champion, 2011
• 9 wins at 2nd Level with scores as high as 73.72%, 2010
• GAIG/USDF Region 1 2nd Level Adult Amateur Champion, 67.738%, 2010
• USDF All Breeds (FHANA) 2nd Level Adult Amateur Champion, 2010
• USDF Horse of the Year, 2nd Level Adult Amateur, 2nd place, 70.17%, 2010
• USDF Horse of the Year, 2nd Level, 8th place, 70.17%, 2010
• 12 wins from Training to 2nd Level, 2009
• Winning at 1st level with scores as high as 79%, 2009
• Numerous high point awards, 2009
• GAIG/USDF Region 1 1st Level Adult Amateur Reserve Champion, 71.32%, 2009
• GAIG/USDF Region 1 Training Level Adult Amateur Champion, 72%, 2009
• 1st Place October Pavo KFPS/KNHS Stallion Competition, L level, 69.09%
• 1st Place November Pavo KFPS/KNHS Stallion Competition, L level, 70.45%


Bloodlines Details

Meinse is by Iron Spring Farm’s late, great Heinse 354 Sport/Preferent. Heinse was an outstanding example of the Friesian breed, with wonderful temperament and movement. Before being imported to the United States, he won the Dutch National Driving Championship in Holland. He was also a three-time Dutch National Champion Friesian Stallion. In the U.S., Heinse won through Fourth Level, including a GAIG/USDF Region 1 Championship. He returned in his later years to the Netherlands to perform during the celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the KFPS. Heinse 354 sired several Approved stallions, dressage winners and keuring champions. He is also known as a fantastic damsire.

Heinse’s sire Leffert 306, Sport/Preferent, produced five KFPS Approved Stallions. Leffert was a two-time Grand Champion at the KFPS Stallion Show and performed at Z level dressage with Champion and Reserve Champion wins.

Heinse decends from the oldest Friesian motherline in the Netherlands, Stam Line 122. 

Meinse 439 himself carries a valuable blood on his dam side: stam line 150. Mother Femke van Nes S is a 1st Premium Star mare. She is a half-sister to the model mare Hiltsje fan Nes, who is the mother of the Approved Stallion Dries 421.


    • Heinse 354, Sport, Pref  
      • Leffert 306, Sport, Pref  
        • Tamme 276 
        • Bontsje, Star, Pref  
      • Ljutske, Star  
        • Dimer 285 
        • Bettie, Star, Prest  
    Meinse 439 
    • Femke fan Nes 
      • Dirk 298, Sport  
        • Hearke 254, Sport, Pref  
        • Talina, Star, Pref  
      • Piterkje, Star, Pref  
        • Oege 267, Pref  
        • Wiesje, Star, Pref    

Test Results

Stallion Test Scores

Throughout his stallion test Meinse received good marks, and is considered a versatile stallion. He has great qualities for both under saddle and harness work. Built uphill, with a beautiful shoulder and neck, Meinse is a nice rectangular model. With three quality gaits and fluid movement, Meinse excels as a modern Friesian type.

Scores Under Saddle 

Walk 7.0
Trot 7.0 
Canter 7.5
Self carriage & Acceptance of the bit 7.0
Flexibility 7.0
Transitions 7.0
Test under saddle 7.0
Total – 78.00 

Scores in Harness 

Walk 7.0
Trot  7.0 

Self carriage & Acceptance of the bit 7.5 

Transitions 7.0
Driving test 7.0 

Show driving test  7.0
Total – 78.0

Nov, 2007: Under Saddle 78.00 Total, Harness Test 78.00 Total


Breeding Fee: $1500
Semen Availability: Cooled, Frozen
EVA Status: Negative
Breeding Season: March 11, 2019 - August 2, 2019

Collecting Monday through Friday
Breeding Shed CLOSED July 4th
Negative for Dwarfism and Hydrocephalus
Allowable White 0.50% (1)
Non allowed white 0%
Kinship 17.%

What to Expect When You Breed to Meinse 439

Meinse’s offspring inherit his quality gaits, especially his powerful walk and balanced, expressive trot. He also improves the canter. He also passes on his jet black coat and friendly disposition. His sons and daughters are elegant and noble, and make excellent dressage horses. Meinse is built uphill, a characteristic he passes on to his children.

Offspring Characteristics

• Improves the canter and offspring have talent for dressage
• Long necks, adds length
• Vertical neck
• Good head-neck connection, improves it
• Good length of front legs
• Straight front legs
• Sloping shoulder
• Good in the back
• Built uphill
• Loins are strong
• Croup has good length, with good slope
• Good length in pasterns
• Big feet
• Tight legs 
• Excellent, very powerful walk, with good length of stride
• Powerful trot and has excellent rhythm, expression and carrying power
• Lots of suppleness
• Very balanced
• Throws jet black coats
• Increases size slightly
• Modern type
• Excellent conformation

Ideal Pairing

He does not add hair and is best if not paired with mares with sickle hocks.
Not suitable for mares with plain heads.

Breeding Record

Meinse had the highest percentage of Star Mares in North America in 2015.

Approved on offspring
1st Premie foals - 16
2nd Premie foals - 63
Studbook mares - 22
Star mares - 22
Star mare percentage 53%
Model mares - 1
Crown mares - 2
Star stallions and geldings - 3
Approved stallions - 1, Erryt 488, Sport
Sport – 5
Sport Elite - 1


Notable Offspring

Notable Offspring Details

Erryt 488
Approved Stallion
My Oh My
1st place, Friesian Show Pleasure Driving Open Reg 5 CHP, Buckeye Baroque Summer Jubilee, 2018
1st place, Friesian Show Pleasure Driving Amateur Reg 5 CHP, Buckeye Baroque Summer Jubilee, 2018
1st place, Friesian English Pleasure Saddle Seat Amateur, Buckeye Baroque Summer Jubilee, 2018

Annie fan North Ster
2nd Premium, Res. Champion – Youth, FHANA Keuring, 2018

Galen of Page's Meadow
3rd Premium, Res. Champion – Colt, FHANA Keuring, 2018

Zango ISF
Champion Youth, 2nd Premie, FHANA Keuring 2017

Res. Champion Colt, 2nd Premie, FHANA Keuring 2017

Elke K.
1st Place, 3 Year Old Mare Class, Central Keuring, 2012

Res. Champion Colt, 1st Premie, FHANA Keuring 2015
2nd Place, Euro Friesian Cup, 3 Year Old Mares, 1012

Godiva ISF
2nd Place, Friesian Class, Dressage at Devon Breed Show, 75.3%, 2012
Champion Filly, FHANA Keuring, 2010

Liberty Z, Star
Awarded Star, FHANA Keuring, 2014
Champion Filly,1st Premie FHANA Keuring, 2013
1st Premium Yearling Filly, FHANA Keuring 2012
Helena Wv., Star
Res. Champion Driving IBOP, FHANA Keuring 2016
Champion Filly, FHANA Keuring, 2010
Champion Mare, Champion of the Day, 1st Premie, FHANA Keuring 2015
Gretchen H
Champion Filly, FHANA Keuring, 2010
Hinke Trientsje
Champion Filly, FHANA Keuring, 2010
Res. Champion Colt, FHANA Keuring, 2010

Res. Champion, 1st Premie, FHANA Keuring, 2014

Vitali S.
Res. Champion Colt, 2nd Premie, FHANA Keuring, 2014 

Res. Champion, 1st Premie, FHANA Keuring, 2013

Svetjanna Rain
Res. Champion, 1st Preimie, FHANA Keuring, 2013

Quinn MFR
1st Premie

Kinke Trientsje, Star
2nd Premie 

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