Oh boy… It is hard to imagine that we have hit 20 yrs. We never thought when we first started what we could have accomplished or shall I say what we have. All we wanted was to breed the best Friesians we could.
We started with our gelding Caesar and went looking for mares with our first foals arriving in 1995. One of those being my mare Lucia and another being Lionheart, the one and only, he arrived first and of course has been the one and only since than, well, he thinks he is the one and only and he always will be. From there we have had our first premies, our sters, our models and ster stallions. I suppose within the Dutch registry the only thing we have not done is to make a stallion. Lionheart made ster, he made that the first year they started that, they loved him but told us they would not make him stallion as he was too laid back…lol…wth! We were though the first farm that made a model mare in the US, Sietscke, now that was a trip, which paved the way for everyone else and made it a whole lot easier.
Outside of the Dutch we have shown all over the US. Within the USDF we have taken many breeder awards and all sorts of performance awards within the USEF and IFSHA as well as our stallion Bearend taking Friesian stallion of the year for multiple years and BDF being both Breeder and Owner of the year as well. And our favorite, Lionheart, taking Horse of the Year, which he likes a lot as well. I could list all sorts of stuff that we are proud of every year and I admit one of the things we love is excelling in our costumes, ok, so that is not quite performance but we love to do it, from Armor to Period and Fantasy. We make what goes in the ring and we have a ball doing it.
But it really all comes down to the horses. I love going out and just leaning on one of the Friesians and getting a hug while being mugged from others. The joy of just watching a foal being born. All of the little things, well, of course fixing fencing is not among that list! While it has its down sides as well and the longer we are here we dread the days our Friesian family members leave us but we look back with smiles on the memories we created. I can only hope there is another 20 yrs but either way we will love every minute we have with them.