Berber van Brabantshof new queen of Friesian horses

Berber van Brabantshof (Jehannes 484 x Norbert 444) algemeen kampioen op de Centrale Keuring 2019 (Foto: Johanna Faber) Berber van Brabantshof (Jehannes 484 x Norbert 444) Overall Champion of the Central Inspection 2019 (Photo: Johanna Faber)

Arno Thomassen´s Berber van Brabantshof (Jehannes 484 x Norbert 444) is Overall Champion of the Central Inspection 2019. Round after round this 3-year-old preliminary Crown mare managed to impress with her suppleness and she danced herself to the Champion Title. A nice step up compared to last year, when she was Reserve Overall Champion.

Overall Reserve Champion: Fardau fan Synaeda

‘A horse exuding grace and with a regal appearance, is how KFPS Director Ids Hellinga described her. ‘Berber is the new queen.’ ‘Modern movement and radiating class’, Jury member Piet Bergsma praised this Champion pair. He was referring to the close finish with Fardau fan Synaeda (Michiel 442 x Beart 411), who´s owned by Anke Oosterbaan. Youngster Champion Fardau became Reserve Overall Champion.

In foal by Teun 505

Berber became Champion on one of the first breeding days of the year, in Kootwijk. With her Youngster Championship and Reserve Overall Champion Title at the Central Inspection in 2018 she completely lived up to the expectations. ‘She´s the one’, Thomassen was told breeding day after breeding day. ‘And she did it, she was even better this year. It´s so fantastic’, the owner reacts, adding that Berber is in foal at the moment, ‘by Teun 505.’

‘She looked like a Jazz’

‘It´s a riding horse’, said the people who came to visit Berber´s breeder Jan Vernooij from Beusichem to check out his foal some three years ago. ‘She looked like a Jazz’, Vernooij states, referring to the top dressage stallion. Vernooij sold Berber to Thomassen but he still owns her dam Jitske van Zorg en Genot (Norbert 444). ‘She has brought two more foals and is presently pregnant again’, Vernooij tells us. ‘By Jehannes 484.’