Obituary Foeke vd Velde
Top breeder of Friesian horses








By: Doede Wiersma, Leeuwarden.


The 25th of June 2013 Foeke van der Velde from Terwispel passed away.

In the world of Friesian horses his name was very wellknown. His horses were wanted. Genius breeders as Folkertsma Pingjum, Oosterbaan Tzummarum, Ruiter Nij Beets, Osinga Pingjum, Rinsumageest Wiersma, who also had success with cows, bought his horses and achieved great success.

New breeders who wanted to learn, such as the family van der Meer Kootstertille, built a stud farm with a few horses from his breeding family from him. Threading the successes are now together. Also in those Foeke vd Velde followed its own course in the choice of stallions. He never ran to champion stallions. He rarely took part in tests with horses because he felt that juries too much stuck to the old-fashioned type. Afterwards his successes speak to the imagination.

The success story begins with the mare Namke, born in 1964. She came from a family with many generations thoroughbred to 1892.

Namke had a large reservoir of positive hereditary characteristics. The four links were for her preference, the highest rating for positive genetic predisposition. Unlike most horses Namke was already modern, large and slim.

She was willing to work on the farm and provided its services in the first Frisian chariot of Leo Krayenbrink. She was fertile and yielded sixteen foals. Her first daughter was born in 1968. Five of her daughters would be preferred to descendants. Her son Walter 282 was preliminarily approved. The offspring of this one mare, from 1968 to the recordings of 2009: several hundred studbook mares, two hundred star mares, including various crown and nine horses and mares model.

The truss of the breeding family is formed by almost thirt