Coatesville, PA---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.
Iron Spring also offers a select number of talented Friesian and Dutch Warmblood prospects and broodmares for sale. Visit www.ironspringfarm.com for more information.