Marije Schreven: I never make allowances for movement

Marije Schreven en Vrouwke fan Stal Swarte Fryske Kroon (Teeuwis 389) Foto: Ingrid Truijens

March 10, 2021
Marije Schreven and Vrouwke fan Stal Swarte Fryske Crown (Teeuwis 389) Photo: Ingrid Truijens

At the Stallion Inspection it was Marije Schreven who was honoured with the Title of YoungKFPS Breeder of the Year. With a Crown mare and a Preliminary Crown mare from her own breeding stud, 2020 was an exceptionally successful year for her.

Basis for breeding

Marije Schreven has been active as a breeder of Friesian horses for just six years now, but much has happened in that short time: ‘It all started in 2014 with the purchase of Crown mare Vrouwke fan Stal Swarte Fryske. She had been in Spain for some time but I don’t know much about her time there.’ Marije, who has a job as a student supervisor at a secondary school, was not new to the horse world: being the daughter of stallion keeper Giel Schreven, where for example Jerke 434, Bente 412 and Haitse 425 stood stud at some point, Marije grew up with horses. Vrouwke fan Stal Swarte Fryske (Teeuwis 389 x Jelke 367) was bred from pedigree 15 by Ada van Harskamp of Stal Swarte Fryske. With Lies van Bommelsteyn (Lute 304), Vrouwke has a Model Preferent granddam and her 3rd dam is the Model Preferent Performance Sjiekedame S. (Feitse 293). Before these we find three more Preferent mares in a row, a fantastic basis for a breeding programme.


When Marije bought Vrouwke in 2014 she was not in foal. Marije chose to pair Vrouwke to Hette 481: ‘In the following year I spent a lot more time studying breeding. To me Hette 481 looked like a wonderful stallion with good movement as well, but it wasn’t until later that I started focusing more on which stallion specifically suited Vrouwke. Movement is something I never want to lose out on. That led me to Alwin 469. Vrouwke is slightly on the small side and has a bit of a stocky build. Her trot is good but needs more scope. Alwin 469 is expected to improve these characteristics.’ And how! The result of this combination, Bieke, received a first premium as a foal. At the age of three Bieke became Star with a second premium, but after an IBOP Test of 77 points with her regular rider Chaline Hensen she was good for a first premium at the location inspection in Lunteren last year. With this IBOP score in the pocket the Jury could instantly declare the mare Crown. ‘In terms of inspection results I have achieved everything I wanted with Bieke. Now I want to take her further in the sport and later on in breeding. It’s important to always look at your own horses with a critical mind, but if you believe in your horse, then stick with that opinion.’

Read the full interview with Marije Schreven in the March issue of Phryso


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