It was particularly the Pinto color, that caused Nico to become immensely popular. His popularity reached such large proportions, that he was featured in, not only regional but also national newspapers, on a regular basis. The popularity of the offspring also was reflected in money. A Pinto foal would sell for around ƒ700,- more than a plain colored foal. In those years, the stud fee was not too high, being ƒ50,- for the breeding itself and another ƒ50,- it the mare was pregnant. In his peak year, Nico bred 150 mares, an enormous number for that time, since they were not yet using AI.
Nico’s popularity was so great that kids would pull strands of hair from their “idols’” tail. In September of 1966, Nico was the big attraction during the ‘Sneek Bunte Happe Happening ‘, where he was the highlight, showing nineteen offspring. His offspring started to notice this breeding program, as many of his offspring were sold to the circus. We can thank Mr. Hellinga for giving shape to the breeding of Pinto Frisian horses, over 50 years ago, it created the right to exist for our association today.