There are a number of Friesian links across the world wide web. We’ve tried to give you a small taste of some pertinent topics. You can use your favorite internet search engine (just look for "friesian") to find more.

Mt. Airy News article, September 19 2001 by Angela Leonard. Read all about us!
More about Friesians
Horse Art
More about the Sires of some of our babies
More in the Tanbark Acres vicinity
Horse Hotels across America
Some of our interests, hobbies and activities

Ulysses says hi to 
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Mt. Airy News Article, September 19 2001, by Angela Leonard

Here is a great article written by Angela Leonard for the Mt. Airy News.  To read this, you will need to have a program that can understand the file format. The program is called the Acrobat Reader. If you don't have that on your computer, you can download it and install it for free.  Just click here then click to download the reader, and get the latest version. You only need to load this once to read this (and many other types of documents!)

Once you have the program loaded, view look for our article on the left side of the front page. Click here and enjoy!! [back to top]

More about Friesians

The Friesian Horse Association of North America (FHANA) is a first stop for anyone interested in top-quality, purebred, Dutch registered ("FPS") Friesians. You can join FHANA even if you do not currently own a Friesian. It is a well-run organization ,with a large amount of helpful information. Their web site is at

The local chapter of FHANA is called the Mid-Atlantic Friesian Association ("MAFA"). This group helps friesian enthusiasts all through the east coast. Dues are reasonable, and as a member you will be able to directly input events, news and classifieds onto the site. MAFA can be found at

The Friesian EXchange is another site which has a Friesian focus, and which provides a large number of helpful links. In particular, this site has terrific stallion information.  Their address is

We are members of the Friesian List ( As the list home page states "Friesian-L is a mailing list dedicated to the friendly discussion of the Friesian horse. [The list was started] a few years ago for people to talk about their Friesians and half Friesians or those who are just dreaming. We welcome anyone who wants to get to know the breed better. Discussions of breed politics and the conflicts between our various registry arms must be kept friendly or taken to private disscussion. The list is not moderated and subscription is open to all. Please join us!" [back to top]

Horse Art

Go and see the wonderful atwork by Kathi Peters in Maine. She has painted Hilltje and does commissioned pieces. [back to top]


More about the Sires of some our our babies

Coriander, the first Tanbark Acres baby, was sired by Wander 352 from Checkerboard Farms in California. The Checkerboard Farms web site has a nice history of the farm, and an incredible tale of how Wander (formerly named "Zorro") achieved the highly regarded status of approved stallion.

Ulske, a hard working mare on our farm, was sired by Lukas 324 from Blackhorse Valley Ranch, also in California. This web page has some photos of Lukas doing some demonstration/exhibition dressage (for which he is rather reknown).

We have bred Hiltje to a lovely first premie stallion named Sibald 380 (Sierk x Leffert). He is presently located at the Leyendekker Stables in California.

If you search the FHANA site, you can see information on many stallions, including horses mentioned here. [back to top]

More in the Tanbark Acres vicinity

Southwestern Virginia is really a beautiful place. We are just 8 miles from the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs all through the mountains and foothills of North Carolina and Virginia. If you’d like to know more about the parkway, you may want to look at

If you’d like to ride your horse on a nice trail nearby, you should look at the lovely Virginia Creeper Trail. This is increasingly one of the more beautiful hiking and equestrian trails in the country. We are happy to be within arm’ reach. More information can be found at

There are a few hotels nearby which offer various amenities and are at various price ranges. Just across the street from Tanbark Acres is a wonderful Bed and Breakfast called Willow Glen Farm B&B, which is run by our friends, Joe and Carol Brigandi. You can reach them by going to this web site:

Right off the Blue Ridge Parkway is a nice resort with chalets, a restaurant, hiking, etc. Take a look at Doe Run Lodge at For something more affordable, yet still close to us, call the new Days Inn, located at Fancy Gap, VA.  For reservations, call 1-800-544-8313 or 540-728-5101, or visit their web site at

If you have a little more time, you may wish to visit the lovely campus of Virginia Tech. This University, which has an excellent equine center and Vet school, is located in Blacksburg Virginia - about 1.5 hours drive time from Tanbark Acres. The Va. Tech web site is [back to top]

Horse Hotels Across America

Interested in taking your horse to or from a far-away location? We recommend checking into the "horse hotel" concept. There are some nice web sites and horse hotel directories. Check out the Nationwide Overnight Stabling Directory at You can order a nice directory from them. Another organization is the Horse and Mule Trailguide at This site lists numerous state-operated as well as private facilities available for overnight horse boarding. Another directory is at, "featuring state-by-state listings of stables and B&B's that will board your horse after a long day on the road."
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Some of our interests, hobbies and activities

Dee is an accomplished seamstress, specializing in custom made, one-of-a-kind quilts and jackets/vests. Her work is well known in area sewing circles. Take a look at one of her intricate vests, highlighted on the Quilting Dee web site at

You can now order your very own one-of-a-kind item from us through The Quilting Dee, our on-line store for fine gifts and friesian-related items. [back to top]

For Horse insurance, Equine insurance in VA, TN, NC, SC, KY and other areas, visit Kay Cassell Equine Insurance at

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