Anton 343 Sport PREFERENT
It is with a great deal of pride and at the same time humility that we are pleased to announce the awarding of the KFPS Preferent Predicate to our “Rock Star in the Barn”, Anton 343 Sport. The Preferent predicate can be awarded to stallions either living or dead that have shown consistency and quality in passing on their genetic qualities. The oldest offspring must be at least 10 years old and there must be sufficient numbers to judge sport performance and growth of older offspring and the stallion should have one or more sons approved on offspring. There is an established criteria for the stallion and his offspring and listed below in order of importance are the top four to give an idea of factors considered:Exterior – Comparison of the stallion’s percentage of Star, Model, Approved Stallion, Preferential, and not approved offspring against overall averages for all stallions during the general time period.
Performance – As shown in various sport associations, IBOP, ABFP, performance tests of stallions, and national and regional competitions. Fertility – 50% average over the entire breeding period Hereditary defects and growth – Information about possible hereditary defects acquired after the offspring judging and growth of horses after they have been approved for the studbook. In January, 2016, Scott, Shelley and Jamie traveled to the Netherlands on behalf of Anton to accept this prestigious award at the Hengst Keuring. Following is a translation of the presentation as we proudly stood on his behalf in the ring at the WTC Expo in Leeuwarden:
Preferent status Anton 343
Anton 343 was born in the yard of the Folkertsma family from Pingjum on June 18th 1992. In 1995 he was approved at the age of three, was stationed at the Ted Kop Jansen Stables and left for the USA in 2004 aged twelve. After having been out and about for some time he finally landed in Scott & Shelley Kelnhofer´s yard in the state of Wisconsin in 2009, the same place where stallion Nanning 374 stood stud. For some years now he has been enjoying his pension here and at the age of 24 still is top fit. The Kelnhofer family are the founders of the Fenway Foundation through which they dedicate themselves to promote (genetic) research of the Friesian horse.
Anton 343 is a son of the Preferent Oege 267 and comes out of the well-known Star Preferent Tjimme 275 daughter Iduna. Through the likewise Star and Preferent Penni (Ewoud 250) we come to the Model Preferent mare Namke. Namke is the name giver of one of the most prominent mare lines of the KFPS, which is part of pedigree 50, and among others has produced the Preferent Beart 411.
Anton 343 is famous for passing on breeding type. No other stallion in the history of the KFPS has done better in terms of passing on feathers than Anton 343. In spite of that he only received his preliminary approval on offspring in 1999 which meant that he was given a stud restriction. Anton 343 belonged to the last collection of stallions who were assessed by the old system of progeny testing, in which ten foals, ten yearlings, ten 2-year-olds and ten 3-year-olds were inspected. A year later, once several offspring had completed an ABFP test he received his permanent approval. So far Anton 343 can boast 206 Star offspring, two Crown mares, three Model mares and twelve of his daughters have been declared Preferent. Anton 343 has two approved sons. Tonjes 459 was approved in the United States. Before this his son Teade 392 (also American) had already been approved on offspring. Via Teade 392, Anton 450 is the grandfather of the also approved-on-offspring Sipke 450. Recently, the stallion Meinte 490 who was born from the Preferent Anton daughter Boukje C., has also been approved.
Spectators were shown a beautiful video of Anton created by Cally Matherly while the announcer showcased his legacy. KFPS Chairman Bert Wassenaar then presented traditional congratulatory bouquets of flowers as well a beautiful KFPS plate crafted by L. Kunst & Zn. created specifically for the occasion with “Anton 343 Preferent” and date of the ceremony on the back. Scott was then asked to speak as to Anton’s status and he stated that Anton was doing well; every year the Keuring judges visit and are proud of his condition and that his character continues as the gentle old soul that he is. It was such an honor for the entire Fenway Farms team and everyone who has an affection for Anton to accept this prestigious award on behalf of our Rock Star in the Barn.