Horse Shows

IFSHA Friesian World and National Grand Championship Horse Show 2007

We took 5 horses from Calif to Mo, and won 10 World and National Championships, over 4 hot a humid days, with even hotter competition. Three of our recently crowned WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONS are for sale: Jip, Ravello, and Carramba.

Jip was crowned:

  • National Champion Dressage Introductory Level
  • National Champion Dressage Hack Junior Horse
  • Reserve National Champion Dressage Hack Junior Horse

Carramba was crowned: 

  • World Grand Champion Dressage Hack Open
  • National Champion Dressage Hack Open

Stormy [Ronald]:

  • Defended his National Champion Show Pleasure Driving Amateur title
  • Defended his Ride and Drive National Championship title
  • Crowned WORLD CHAMPION Country or Saddleseat Pleasure Junior Exhibitor
  • Reserve National Champion Pleasure Driving Turnout Single with Janna

Ravello, our 9 yr old Tsjerk gelding, won one of the largest and most competitive classes at the show:

  • World Champion English Show Hack Open

…….beating an IFSHA Multi National Champion and former Eng Show Hack National Champion

Ate and Janna were:

  • World Champion English Show Hack Amateur
  • National Champion English Show Hack Amateur
  • Reserve Huntseat Pleasure Amateur National Champions

AND Congrats to the following 2007 World and National Champions Which Were SOLD by BSF:

  • Reserve 3rd Level Dressage National Champion, Azul
  • World Champion Yearling Filly, Grace
  • World Champion 2 Yr Old Filly, Romke
  • World Champion Junior Mare, Hoera Boszorg ll
  • Reserve World Champion Senior Mare, Fimmie fan Henswoude
  • Reserve World Champion Baroque Mare, Fimmie fan Henswoude
  • Reserve World Champion Senior Gelding, Dam Dries K
  • Reserve National Champion Huntseat Pleasure Open, Azul
  • National Champion English Show Hack Open, Azul
  • Reserve Saddleseat Pleasure National Champion Junior Horse, Hoera Boszorg ll
  • Reserve National Champion Walk/Trot Pleasure Amateur, Dam Dries K
  • National Champion Huntseat Pleasure Junior Horse, Moor van D’oeve
  • Reserve World Champion Friesian Mare Liberty, Romke
  • World Champion Huntseat Pleasure Open, Azul
  • Reserve World Champion Country or Saddleseat Pleasure Jr Exhibitor, Hoera Boszorg ll
  • World Champion Saddleseat Pleasure Jr Exhibitor, Hoera Boszorg ll
  • World Champion Saddleseat Pleasure Junior Horse, Hoera Boszorg ll
  • National Champion Hunter Hack, Azul


IFSHA World and National Championship Horse Show

       The theme of the 2007 IFSHA World and Grand National Championship horse show was “Meet Me In St. Louis” and the show competition was every hotter then the record breaking hot weather!!  Ambitious competitors and Friesian horses traveled from the East and West coast to gather compete and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the National Equestrian Center in Lake St. Louis, Missouri from October 4 to 7.  Gareth Selwood, the Show Manager, ran the show with impeccable precision and competence. In addition to the horse show, competitors and family members enjoyed a number of exhibitor parties where the mix of food and people was quite wonderful. Sabine Schut-Kery entertained the crowd at the Saturday night exhibition showing off the high school dressage talents of her wonderful Friesian Stallion without reins!!

        Friday evening, everyone gathered for a quaint desert party hosted by Friesian Focus LLC, who’s set up was quite appropriate for October-- decked out with scarecrows and pumpkins surrounding tables of desserts and Champagne—what could be better? The party was a nice break from the heat and an excellent way for friends from opposite sides of the country to catch up and share some laughs.

        On Saturday evening, Annika Bruggeworth, Kim Deola, and Signature Smiles threw a delicious catered party with a copious array of food, open bar and music. Celebrating the day’s wins and accomplishments carried the mood of the party through the evening, and Carson Kressley, star of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” handled bartending duties.

        Black Sterling Friesians had a good show; 10 national and world’s championship titles—all of them under saddle or in harness. Ron Goldman defended his title in the Amateur Show Pleasure Driving National Championship with Deb Goldmann taking the reserve title. Ron drove Ronald (Stormy Seas) in a second victory lap placing reserve in the Friesian Pleasure Driving Turnout Single. Janna Goldman commanded her beautiful stallion Ate Fan Bartlehiem to victory in the Friesian English Show Hack Amateur National Championship, making a second flawless show to win the World’s Championship title the following day.

        English Show Hack is a class with a complex assortment of ten gaits that have to be executed with perfection.  It is often referred to as the “Simon-says” class where exhibitors are asked to walk, trot, canter, collect and extend all three of those gaits and hand gallop, as well as stop on the rail and back. Let’s just say there are many opportunities to make a mistake!

   Stomy  won the Drive and Ride National Championship, defending his title from Las Vegas last year. This class poses a challenge whereby exhibitors are required to enter in a cart and harness and demonstrate three speeds of trot both directions of the ring, lineup, strip their horses of their driving equipment in center ring and then tack up for the under saddle portion of the class. At this point, the drivers mount and proceed to show on the rail at the walk, trot and canter before the final lineup is called. The Friesian Country or Saddle Seat Pleasure Junior Exhibitor World Championship was won by Stormy Seas as well, with Kelsey Baird riding a BSF sold Friesian, Hoera Boszorg II, known as Maggie, taking the reserve World Championship title.

      Wallen West Stables dominated the Western Pleasure Division with their spectacular Friesian Stallion, Ivanhoe, who won both the Open National and World Championship titles with Rob Wallen in the irons. Ivanhoe won the Amateur In Hand  and Baroque Stallions In Hand World Championships with Paul Bricco handling for Janet Lundeen-Austin. Dante blew away the competition in the Senior Stallions, 6 years and older, in one of the larger In Hand classes, for Friesian Quest LLC, again with Paul Bricco and Rob Wallen handling the magnificent stud. Rob “grew” a beard and looked even more dashing than Errol Flynn for the World Championship Armored Costume class where he placed second in an exquisite, authentic, full body armor suit, which included armor covering his graceful and bold steed, Ivanhoe. Ivanhoe continued his winning streak in the Amateur Western Pleasure World and National Championships with Paul Bricco.

        Friesian Focus cleaned up with a great number of successes with competitors of all ages. Cathryn Hager showed Doeke H to a blue ribbon ride in the Open Country Pleasure Saddle Seat National Championship. Winze received top honors in the Friesian Show pleasure Driving Open National Championship class for Friesian Focus LLC with Lance Bennett at the whip. Otte van Riethof took the National Championship for Open Park Saddle with Lance Bennett in the irons. Rob Wallen, riding Dante finished with the reserve title for Friesian Quest LLC. Dante returned to win the stake winning the World Championship title, with Otte  ridden by Lance in Reserve. Lance showed the upright and bright Feije for Bob Nugent in a spectacular Walk/Trot Open, winning the class with Betsy Wallen riding Ivanhoe in Reserve. Lance followed up to win the Open Walk/Trot World Championship, again with Feije. Joan Fernandez had an exciting win in the Amateur Walk/Trot, a class of six. Her luck continued as it was a mother-daughter duo winning in the Walk/Trot Amateur World Championship for Friesian Focus LLC, as Floris placed second, ridden by Joan’s daughter, Nicole Fernandez .  Lance rode Wodan van Klaverfjouwer to win a large class of seven in the Open Saddle Seat Pleasure with Jolmer and Rob Wallen in the reserve spot. VERY cute Jackson Cripe had an excellent ride on Doeke for the blue ribbon in the Walk/Trot Equitation Lead line, Riders 10 years and under.

        Annika Bruggeworth rode Daimler to a National Championship title in Amateur Saddle Seat Pleasure with Nancy Schned riding Mebius with the reserve title. Annika rode the beautiful Friesian gelding, Gooitzen fan Teakesyl to a graceful win in the Saddle Seat Pleasure Junior Horse class. Kelsey Baird showed her beautiful mare, Hoera Boszorg ll (Maggie), to a second place ribbon in the junior horse qualifier. Nancy Schned came back to win the World championship Saddle Seat Amateur Pleasure with a solid performance with Mebius. Annika Showed Daimler B to a second placed finish behind Mebius to the Reserve World Championship title.

        William Woods University met success with their Friesian Oedse K in the Friesian Country Pleasure Amateur Saddle Seat  National and World Championship classes with David Trail in the irons. David also won the Friesian World Country Pleasure Open with a spectacular showing. Cathryn Hager showed Doeke H. to in for second behind Oedse K. Oedse was a lesson horse at Friesian Focus, before being donated to William Woods College.

         Popular saddleseat friesian on the west coast , Ravello, switched  gears and was crowned the World Champion English Show Hack horse, with the one and only, Barend, who also cleaned up in the Dressage Show Hack qualifier and championship with our 2nd level dressage gelding, Caramba, who is also for sale.  Jip, another sale horse, fresh from the Dutch Championships in Holland last week, was crowned National Champion Intro Level dressage, and won the Eng Show Hack Junior horse class with 18 yr old Lotte, visiting us from the Netherlands.

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