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Ride a Friesian at our farm.

Join us.

Nationwide roadside & trailering assistance, 1-800-844-1409, USRider.org.

Browse the DVD, Gift & Tack Shop.

What Friesian is the right one? When shopping for a Friesian--especially when unfamiliar with the breed--build up reference material by sample riding several of ours. For more info read this page or e-mail us.

Free barn cats & kittens

from Sulphur Springs TX Animal Control. Free adoption. Donations so much appreciated.

Call (903) 438-9369.

Want to exchange a link, advertise, put your banner in our arena or have us include your info in our visitor packages?

Affordable, often even FREE. Some restrictions apply.
E-mail/click for inquiries.

Equine art, Apparel and Gifts of the Romantic Breeds by Dianne Diakowicz. customdesignart@aol.com.

Fit, Style, Comfort, and Durability for The freedom to move.

We take our Friesians to Liefie Li Vine restaurant in historic Winnsboro TX.

South African cuisine, Texas wine, gifts. Our favorite place to eat with an apple for the horses!

Superior Equine Grooming Products ... Since 1938!

Anneke with her stallion Tropical Rider's Wieger.

Truck plates for our Dodge truck from:

Sulphur Springs Chrysler Dodge Jeep.

Favorite dealership where we bought and service our truck.

www.sulphursprings.hamptoninn.com

El Sueno Espanol: top quality keuring and baroque tack.

Special discount for members of Anneke's Friesians!

Anneke is the provider of the simultaneous translation in English at the annual KFPS Stallion Show in Leeuwarden.

Friesian Versatility. Friesians are a very recognizable breed due to the breed standards, however, every Friesian is different as well. On this page we share how we make our ca. 15 KFPS Friesians & 33 years in the breed available to others to share our knowledge and the Friesian's versatility. There is a match for everyone. We love their intelligence, big heart, ease of use, and spunk. Come enjoy them at our peaceful, Texas country ranch.

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We can teach how to get started, win ribbons, and up scores. Photo left: Anneke June '13 with some of the DRESSAGE RIBBONS won that year (here with a client horse in training), photo by Marjorie Walle Photography.

  • For those uncomfortable in an English/dressage saddle we have WESTERN and AUSSIE tack available.

We have an extensive & unique LIBRARY of books, magazines, tapes, and dvds on Friesians and general horsemanship.

 

A VISITOR PHOTO BOARD with many smiles & facility views will be added this year to the Photo Gallery page and displayed in the barn.

 

Visitors get their souvenir picture taken and receive a visitor packet, incl. KFPS Studbook information. Want to put a banner in our arena (for in the photos) or have us include your info in our visitor packages? Some restrictions apply as all items need to benefit the visitor. It's affordable, often even FREE. E-mail/click for inquiries.

 

 

Lessons

If you would like to experience what it's like to ride Friesians and/or learn more about English/dressage riding & the events/training we do with our Friesians, come on out for a lesson.

We saddle up on average 3 Friesians to mix and match. Sessions tend to take about 2 hours but this can be sped up if you are in a hurry or if you are having fun we can take more time.

 

Lessons are $45.- per person or buy a packet of 5 lessons; pay for only 4 lessons and receive 1 free. The packages can be shared, transferred, and are valid for a whole year from date of purchase. First-time visitors receive a visitor packet and we take a souvenir picture.

 

Lessons start in the indoor arena but once comfortable and able we quickly go outside and even on the trail track. E-mail us to make your appointment and for more info. Return to top of the page.

 

 

Rides

 

Like with the lessons you may want to experience riding a Friesian but for one reason or another you have never ridden, became insecure, maybe you haven't ridden in forever or are out of shape. We have some really kind Friesians and encourage you to let us help you and guide you along. We get people to ride who never thought they would.

 

The same affordable rate and time schedule applies like under the Lesson section. First-time visitors receive a visitor packet and we take a souvenir picture.

 

Rides start in the indoor arena but once comfortable and able we can move the boundaries and ride outside. E-mail us to make your appointment and for more info. Return to top of the page.

 

 

Therapeutic

 

We are not an official therapeutic facility as we do not want to deal with the admin structure & forced set-up that takes on for a private farm like ours, however, horses BY NATURE are therapeutic and many people can benefit from that. We guide the ride when riding is an option as well as grooming/petting/relaxation time. Set a chair out in the pasture, listen to the trees and wildlife, feed carrots, sit by a stall, read a book in a country setting.

The same affordable rate and time schedule applies like under the Lesson section or book it as a retreat (see below). First-time visitors receive a visitor packet and we take a souvenir picture.

 

Rides start in the indoor arena but once comfortable and able we can move the boundaries and ride outside. E-mail us to make your appointment and for more info. Return to top of the page.

 

 

Boot Camp

 

If you would like to book one or more days to immerse yourself in riding lessons on Friesians and hands-on learning about topics such as: the KFPS Friesian, training, health & management, farm life & set-up, the equine industry or any topic on your mind, then a private boot camp may be for you. Bring a friend. Small groups of a few good friends only though as it's about individual attention to you and the person(s) with whom you choose to share the experience.

The rate is $200 p.p. per day. It includes breakfast and lunch, a visitor packet, and souvenir photos. We have one guest room available and two r.v. hook-ups. See also Overnights below. E-mail us to make a booking or for more info. Return to top of the page.

 

 

Retreats

 

Depending on what a retreat means to you it can be like boot camp or it may mean complete quiet, spending time with the horses, reading from the library, an afternoon nap in the hay, outings to our quaint surroundings; your pick. Immerse yourself in riding lessons on Friesians, learn hands-on about any topic such as: the KFPS Friesian, training, health & management, farm life & set-up, the equine industry or simply veg, wake up with the rooster, pet the dog and enjoy great Texas weather and our marvelous Friesians.

 

Bring a friend if you like. Small groups of a few good friends only though as it's about relaxation and horse time for you and the person(s) with whom you choose to share the experience.

The rate is $200 p.p. per day for one person, discount applies to 2 people and small groups (such as a family or a few friends). It includes breakfast and lunch, a visitor packet, and souvenir photos. We have one guest room available and two r.v. hook-ups. See also Overnights below. E-mail us to make a booking or for more info. Return to top of the page.

 

 

Summer Day Camp

 

For adults and kids we offer summer day camp during the months of July and August with a choice of days and morning and/or afternoon. Lunch included. All sessions hands-on with riding lessons, horse handling, how-to & $-saving tips for anything 'horse,' grooming, games on/with the horses, (health) care, Q&A on any topic, and more. All with our ca. 15 KFPF Friesians but it translates to many horse breeds and horse lovers.

Choose any day(s) during these three weeks: Monday 7/14 through Sat 7/19, Mon 7/28 through Sat 8/2, Mon 8/11 through Sat 8/16. The days run from 9 to 5 (or 9-1 and 1-5).

Booking limit of 10 people per day applies; first come first served. Booking deadline is one week ahead, i.e., 7/7, 7/21, and 8/4/14.

Half-day rate: $65 p.p., daily rate: $95 p.p.Contact us for inquiries.

See Facility for our facility info. Return to top of the page.

 

 

Shopping Consults

 

Shopping around is important for anything people need or want. We advise you to shop around. Wherever you end up buying, whatever breed or maybe not at all; we have a really neat variety of Friesians here (a herd of 15 of all ages, types, and genders) with 3+ decades breed experience that we invite you to tap into without a sales pitch but rather with well balanced input on both the pro and con sides.

 

Such an outing can be in the form of a farm visit, lesson or maybe a private getaway (such as boot camp or a retreat) so check through the page index for the right format and rate for you. Return to top of the page.

 

 

Breed Info & Farm Visits

 

Maybe you are not interested in riding but you want to learn about the breed, visit the farm and the horses, and ask questions about anything Friesian-horse-equine industry-farming related. To that end we offer farm visits, also with visitor packet, a photo souvenir, and an average run time of 2 hours based on your schedule. The rate is $25 p.p. E-mail us for appointments and more info. Return to top of the page.

 

 

Staff/Company Training

 

If you want your farm's staff to learn from us and all the many tasks that involves and we pretty much do completely ourselves, we offer training sessions that can be booked per full day to shadow, learn, ask questions, and participate in lots of hands-on. Any topic can be talked about and think of things such as: stallion handling, hoof trimming, health & management of a herd, training, property set-up, etc.

 

The rate is $200 p.p. p.d. E-mail us for more info and bookings. Return to top of the page.

 

 

Boarding to board/train/sell

 

We offer boarding either to simply board or to board with training (incl. keuring prep and showing) or to board for the purpose of selling (consignment). We do not offer straight pasture board fyi. Our horses are mostly outside but also get taken in for bad weather. Read about the Facility below (or click here) and e-mail us for rates, info, and availability. Return to top of the page.

 

 

Farm Workshops & Events

 

In addition to private appointments as listed on this page we also offer several scheduled events at the farm, and we attend many outside events as part of our horse-training program.

 

In 2014, we offer six workshops at the farm. So unlike a private appointment, these are organized, pre-set dates for enthusiasts to come out and enjoy a fun workshop on certain Saturdays throughout the year from noon to 5 p.m. on different topics each time along with open q&a and lots of hands-on, riding time. Then there are the summer day camp days, and we attend various outside events such as dressage shows, parades, rodeos, etc.

 

For schedule and details click here for the Workshops & Events page. Return to top of the page.

 

 

Friesians for Sale

 

As much as we love and enjoy our Friesians, we are not a museum, and most of the Friesians are for sale to make a new owner happy and that we may train the next horse. Should you like one of the horses let us know. The boarded client horses-for-sale are highlighted and our priority. You may find them all on the Friesian Herd page. Return to top of the page.

 

 

Photo Shoots

 

Find various lovely photos on the Stallion page and the Photo Gallery page, including our own glam photos. Book a photo shoot with our Friesians for any occasion: family, product promotion, glamour, commercial/promotional, wedding, holiday, princess, etc. or for photographers a photo shoot for your portfolio with our Rock Star Friesians (click here for the Herd page).
 
Think about our big herd of Friesians galloping through the country side. How about you all dressed up on or with a Friesian, or a pose by one of our Big'-80s-hair Friesian or video.
 
For customer photo sessions we can suggest two wonderful photographers or you can take photos yourself/bring in your own photographer. You may do the shoot at our farm, and for an additional travel fee we will consider outside locations.
 
A site/travel fee will apply for commercial/outside locations and rates depend on the occasion (family vs. commercial, open to potential co-operations). Additional regulations may apply to commercial shoots. E-mail us for more information or bookings.

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Overnights

 

Depending on the nature of the visit and as available we offer overnights at our farm. We have two r.v./live-in horse trailer hook-ups as well as a guest room.
 
The most convenient town to stay in (just north of us) with the a great variety of stores, services, restaurants, hotels, and easy access both to us and I30 is Sulphur Springs TX, right along I30 (exactly in between Dallas and Texarkana) with:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Quality One, Days Inn, Comfort Suites, Best Western Trail Dust Inn, and Hampton Inn, with rooms of varying rates.
Find a match with one of the many easy-to-comp hotel-booking sites, such as www.hotels.com.
For a romantic B&B stay check out smaller, historic Winnsboro TX (one of Bonnie & Clyde's favorite hangouts!) with its quaint downtown and lake home/weekend ranch location. We are only a few miles away from world famous Lake Fork. Return to top of the page.

 

 

Facility

 
Our farm is located in a beautiful, quiet country setting with lots of Texas greenery scenery. We  have a covered/indoor, lighted arena, a large outdoor arena, nice pastures, several paddocks,  locked gates for the circular drive, easy parking, 2 r.v. hook-ups, a great work room for things like annual dentals, fully enclosed stallion/foaling stalls, double (pipe) fencing, and a trail track out back. All work areas are covered against rain and sun, with easy access to airconditioning for cool-off. The general vicinity offers us many opportunities to take the horses out in public as well as outings for visitors (including world famous Lake Fork and historic Bonnie & Clyde's Winnsboro).
 
As we get to posting the Visitor Board this year with so many smiles, it will also display the facility in pictorial.
 

Facility photos in progress:

The entrance gates.

 
For 2014, we have several fun, new projects slated to keep building on the dream, which we will share info on as they get completed. Return to top of the page.
 
 
 
Location, Directions, Contact
 
We are located in Como, northeast Texas, between Dallas and Texarkana, conveniently close to I30, just south of bustling I30 exit Sulphur Springs, a few miles from world famous Lake Fork, and by historic Bonnie & Clyde's Winnsboro. Click here to visit the Contact-Us page for all connection options. Return to top of the page.
 
 
 
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(Photo header: Anneke on sold sale/training gelding Rudy, here newly under saddle.)
 
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