Femma L (Teunis 332 x Oege267)16.3hh MODEL Mare (b.2001)

Femma is a truly regal mare well aware of the fact she is Queen of the Greenbank Farm Stud. Born in 2001, imported to the UK in 2005 and in 2008 became the very first of her breed in the UK to be awarded the prestigious MODEL status by the international inspection jury of Koninklijke Vereniging Het Friesch Paarden Stamboek (KFPS).

KFPS Inspectors, Jaap Boersma and Popke van de Meulen, praised Femma for her 'upstanding presence, excellent conformation and superb movement' and bestowed awards of 'Best Mare' and 'Overall Champion of the 2008 UK inspections', but the highest accolade was still to come with her finally being crowned with 'MODEL'mare status.

To put this into context, only a handful of Friesian mares throughout the world receive the 'Model' title each year. To qualify for Model status, mares must be over seven years of age, have raised a foal, be awarded a first premium at a Breeders Show and a Central Inspection. They are also required to have scored in excess of 77 points in ridden and driven performance tests in the Netherlands. In short, they must be amongst the best examples of the breed in the world. Femma scored an outstanding 81.5 points for her ridden test and 80.0 points for her carriage driving test.

Femma is such an outstanding example of the Friesian breed that we couldn't ask for a better foundation mare for our long term breeding aspirations. In 2009 we took an embryo from Femma and inseminated it into a recipient mare, Jubilee, who produced 'Ineka fan de Groenbank' a beautiful, tall filly by Tsjerk 328 in January20'10. 

After taking the embryo we inseminated Femma again, this time with semen from the beautiful young stallion Sake 449, the first approved son of the prolific Doaitsen 420.  In March 2010 Femma produced a third daughter, Ischka fan de Groenbank.

Both of Femma's daughters were graded at the FHAGBI inspections and received 2nd and 1st Premies respectively.

Femma gave birth to a healthy & very long legged filly foal on 30 May 2011 called Jolanda fan de Groenbank.  Jolanda is by Gjalt 426 which makes this filly an exciting breeding prospect as she has a kinship percentage of just 16.7% and inbreeding of 1.37% so hopefully in years to come she will do her bit to contribute to widening the gene pool.  The pictures here were taken when she was just 40 hours old.

NEW ARRIVAL 7 JULY 2013 - Sjouke fan de Groenbank

We are delighted to announce that Femma gave birth to another healthy daughter on 7 July 2013. Femma had a difficult pregnancy and we were in great fear of losing her when she suffered a uterine prolapse giving birth. Fortunately with the amazing help and dedication of our vet, Jess Gillon (from Frame, Swift & Partners), Femma has pulled through.

Femma will be taking things very slowly in the coming months whilst she nurses the new arrival called Sjouke fan de Groenbank, whose dad is Sake 449, who also fathered Ishka in 2010.

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Femma with her new foal, Sjouke fan de Groenbank, born 7 July 2013
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Sjouke fan de Groenbank, born 7 July 2013
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Jolanda fan de Groenbank, born 30 May 2011
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Femma in foal May 2011

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