We have been breeding, raising and showing horses for more than 35 years. Though we began by working with Saddlebreds, we discovered in 1998 that we LOVE Friesians! Like most people who know Friesians, we were completely taken by their beauty, strength and wonderfully docile temperaments. Since that time we have been working on slowly building our breeding operation. Our mission is to raise and sell Dutch-registered, high quality horses who can then be used for future breeding, riding or driving. Interested in another view? See what our customers say about us.

Dee and Carlton say Hello!

Dee and Ulysses

A top priority at Tanbark Acres is training our horses not to be fearful. Every animal in our stock is handled daily. Here Dee clips Ulysses when he was about 18 months old.

We spend a great deal of time with our animals. The babies undergo foal imprinting. They are taught good manners, how to load and unload on a trailer, proper behavior when in a halter and when being led, and fundamental gaits on voice command. Still, we are not trainers; we specialize in selling weanlings and yearlings at an attractive price. These wonderful animals can then be molded and developed to be the breeding or sport horses our customers have been looking for.

Tanbark Acres covers approximately 350 acres in beautiful southwestern Virginia. Located at the foot of Fancy Gap mountain, we are 45 miles north of Winston-Salem NC, and 90 miles southwest of Roanoke VA. Our facilities include a new 5 stall barn, circular training ring, dressage/workout ring, foaling shed, and numerous fenced paddocks.

Springtime at Tanbark Acres

What our customers have to say...

I never thought I would ever own a Friesian but Dee and Carlton made it happen! Over the past year and half they opened up their hearts and home to us to "talk Friesian." They made us feel like part of their family! From day one I wanted a baby from their magnificent mare Hiltje and the impressive Wander. Jantsje was born on May 3, 2003 but was born 3 weeks early. She stayed in the hospital for more than 2 weeks (and still received 3rd premie at the keuring). The love and care that Dee and Carlton showed her was amazing! Everyone who meets her doesn't meet a horse, they meet a "person". After the keuring, I brought her home to Tennessee and am looking forward to many years together. Thanks Dee and Carlton for coming into my life and making Jantsje a dream come true! Dusti Perdue - Delano, TN. (Sept, 2003)

I wanted to write and tell you how wonderful and special Ulysses is. I have spent alot of time with him this week and we have formed such a special bond already! You both have done so well with him, he is calm, patient and willing to please, with me being a beginner rider he knows exactly what to. He is so beautiful and loves to be hugged. I am excited about spring coming so we can really go off on some wonderful trail rides together. Its a perfect match and I thank you Carlton and Dee for my special friend!
- K.S, March 7, 2003


...I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how your former Friesian, Tjipke, has enriched my life. Not only is he the local "celebrity" and has brought many visitors to my barn, he is the horse that dreams are made of. Tjipke has been everything you told me and more. He has a wonderful personality that is very regal but very loving and willing to please me... Thanks for Tjipke. [He] has found a home here in West Virginia with me for the remainder of his life...
- T.G, March 11, 2002


...We Love Teade!!!. I want you to know how completely satisfied we are with him. He has the most perfect temperament and is so very honest. I cannot give him enough praise nor you for choosing him. Thank you again. We are starting dressage training on Saturday and going trail riding on Sunday. I have ridden everyday since the second day we got here. He is just INCREDIBLE...
- J.J., February 26, 2002


...I believe Cori is more beautiful and impressive everytime I see her. I am really pleased with how her presence and temperament favor her mother, Hiltje (you know how much I like her). Thanks for your excellent baby training, too. It is a pleasure to see a baby so well-mannered. I like Cori so much, I would like to place an "upcoming baby" contract on Hiltje's next male foal....
- J.E., April, 2001

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