February 2017 - Hessel is currently in quarantine at Holly Oak Farm in Kentucky and will be released the beginning of March and beginning the breeding season.
Announced on December 18, 2016
Hessel 480 Sport leaves for America!
With the help of Doeke Hoekstra, the VanManen Brothers of Ede, the Netherlands will be leasing their stallion Hessel 480 Sport for the 2017 and 2018 breeding season to the Friesian Connection. This is the Stallion Station of the DeBoer family in Michigan, where now Janice and Amy, daughters of Bob and Arlene DeBoer, are the managers..
Hessel 480 is a son of Norbert, and comes from a Jelke mother.
Hessel has already earned notoriety; he has placed every year he has been in the HK (Stallion Show) into the championship round and in 2015 he was reserve champion of the youth and overall reserve champion. He has excellent scores for his offspring, in which nearly 1 in 4 foals gets a first premie, with multiple foal championships at different keurings.
Hessel 480 leaves immediately after the Stallion Show in January to the USA.
From the VanManen Brothers Stallion Station website:
Hessel is, because of his type, the absolute epitome of a modern Friesian. He's big, has length in the legs and is built upwardly, which is accentuated even more through his long, light neck. He distinguishes himself by strong connections between the different skeletal parts such as neck/shoulder, shoulder/back and back/loins, followed by a long and well laid croup. That is where athletic ability and sustainability come from!
In the performance test Hessel stood out by his great way of moving. His trot is absolutely spectacular. A high and far reaching front leg, with power from behind. This stallion moves with a lot of body use, is flexible and can switch. The walk is spacious and active, in the canter he jumps beautiful up and has a lot of balance in this.
The bloodlines of Hessel is interesting. His sire Norbert 444 is a class above. For three consecutive years the undisputed HK (Stallion Show) Champion and from his first two years of descendant many star daughters and sons, several tentative Crown mares and now five approved sons! The mother of Hessel, Jitscke, is a star daughter of Jelke 367. Jelke was a large and modern stallion and a son of Pyt 325. Jitscke is still a young broodmare, her first two inspected offspring are both star. The dam report describes Jitscke at the age of 10 as a beautiful mare and breed typical, with a lot of quality in the legs, a spacious and powerful walk and a good trot with a nice body frame. The granddam of Hessel is the 1st premium star mare Preferenent Sport Fryske vd Boschijk.
In 2014 Hessel had a super nice debut, he was one of the landmarks of inspection and ended in the last four of the young stallions. In 2015 Hessel again performed great on the HK (Stallion Show) with his modern exterior and strong trot ! Hessel won the head position in his group, was Reserve Champion of the young stallions and General Reserve Champion !
In 2017 Hessel was #1 in his class placing above Jehannes 484, Hette 481 and Julius 486