Mt. Airy News Article, September 19 2001,
by Angela Leonard
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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
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!"
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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
(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,
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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 youd like to know more about the
parkway, you may want to look at
If youd 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: www.willowglenfarmbb.com.
Right off the Blue Ridge Parkway is a nice resort with chalets,
a restaurant, hiking, etc. Take a look at Doe Run
Lodge at www.doerunlodge.com/.
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 www.daysinn.com.
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 www.vt.edu.
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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 www.overnightstabling.com.
You can order a nice directory from them. Another organization is the Horse and
Mule Trailguide at www.horseandmuletrails.com/.
This site lists numerous state-operated as well as private facilities available for
overnight horse boarding. Another directory is HorseTrip.com 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
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
The Quilting Dee, our
on-line store for fine gifts and friesian-related items.
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For Horse insurance, Equine insurance in VA, TN, NC, SC, KY and other areas, visit Kay Cassell Equine Insurance at http://www.kaycassell.com