In September 2006 we took her to the friesian gradings in yorkshire where she was given the status of 'ster' (pronounced star) which is a very high achievment in the friesian world. We were thrilled but she was and always will be my star mare :-)
She is a very good example of the more modern stamp of friesian, being a bit lighter in build than the very baroque type. She has the most wonderful temperament and work ethic and luckily for me she is very forward and not at all lazy!
She was imported from the Netherlands in 2005 from her breeder and the owner of her father Rypke, R Annema in Zwaagwesteinde. This is a very interesting article about the stud and the Stam Line 27 to which Antsje belongs.
While in the Netherlands Antsje Bred a foal on 05.12.2004 called Murk ut 'e Mieden (200403821). The sire was approved stallion Rintse 386. I would love to find out more information about him, particularly how he graded when registered. I tracked him down to a breeder in the Netherlands, Frysk Andaluz, but he had already been sold on and sadly there are no piccies :-( They said he was a very nice horse though!
After 3 years of friesian ownership I would not hesitate to recommend the breed, and although I have really had to up my game in repsects of riding and training such a horse I am enjoying every minute! Well, nearly lol!!!