My riding career started in Eventing and then in my early 20's I turned my riding focuse soley to dressage. Around the same time I acquired my first Friesian riding partner - Jelle v.d. Heikant, a Ster Gelding. Over the years I have continued to focus on dressage and between Jelle and later on Jildou fan e Boppelanned Model Sport Elite, I was able to earn my USDF Bronze and Silver medals, along with many USEF and IFSHA Regional and World titles and awards. Along side of my riding career, I was also starting a small Friesian breeding facility.
Somewhere along the line I fell so hard, head of heals in love, with the Friesian breed that now I consider it my passion, not my job. I am dedicated to keeping the KFPS Friesian horse pure and my breeding goal is to create outstanding horses with true Friesian characteristics that have a kind and willing attitude and excel in sports such as dressage and driving. In my barn I am fortunate enough to own 3 Sport Elite horses. Sport Elite is only achieved by a very small percentage of Friesians, to have 3 in one barn is rare.
The next adventure was to step into approved KFPS breeding stallion ownership. Thorben 466 Sport Elite was purchased in 2018 and he is my first approved breeding stallion. After some remodeling of my current facility, I now have a fully functional stallion collection station and fully equipped lab. Black Pearl is one of only a few Friesian stallion stations that does ship semen to Canada as well as all across the United States. I am honored to welcome Uldrik 457 to the stallion station this year also, he is owned by Wes and Kylee Dunn of Pitch Black Stables and I am honored and grateful to them for the opportunity to stand such an amazing stallion here.
I am passionate about educating people on this magnificent breed. I host many educational activities throughout the year, the main one being our annual Friesian Fun Days, which is always scheduled in the spring. It is 2 days full of free Friesian fun and education, open for all to attend. I participate in exhibitions and demos often, such as the Midwest Horse Fair, Land Rover Three Day Event FHANA demo, Northern Illinois Horse Fest, Lockwood Park Children's Farm Animal Mania, Green County Fair and many other venues.
I welcome phone calls, emails, texts and visits. I am always happy to talk Friesian! Visits will be by appointment only, due to the nature of our business our day to day schedule varies.
The magnificent Dutch Friesian Horse from the Netherlands makes its home in Illinois. This story of our passion for the breed now joins the HorseFlicks TV Series "The Dutch Friesian • The Black Treasure of the Netherlands."
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