SJOERD is the 2011 United States Equestrian Federation Horse Of The Year

      

SJOERD is the 2013 EQUUS/USEF Inaugural Inductee Into The Horse Stars Hall Of Fame

              
  
  
              

Three Day Ranch has been Awarded:

             

2013, 2014 & 2015  United States Equestrian Federation #1 Leading Owner

             

2010, 2011 & 2012  United States Equestrian Federation #2 Leading Owner

               

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2012, 2013 & 2014  United States Equestrian Federation #2 Leading Breeder

               

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015  United States Equestrian Federation #1 FRIESIAN SIRE  SJOERD

 
  

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United Stated Equestrian Federation (USEF) Announces SJOERD as:

 

The 2011 USEF Horse of the Year!

     

        

   

   

   

        

   

   

   

Horse of the Year voting

  

   

 

Sjoerd – Friesian

 

Horse of the Year Sjoerd (Rick Osteen Photo)

Sjoerd’s year on the National circuit was one of insurmountable success. Xena Vimercati’s stallion won and won and won. He transcended divisions, riders and classes. Anyone lining up against the striking jet black Friesian knew that to try to beat him they better bring their A game.

He was honored for his conformation and presence in the ring and with his panache and personality he garnered fans everywhere he went. He was undefeated in 2011 in the Halter division.

Sjoerd was named World or Grand National Champion 14 times in 2011. He also added four World/Grand National Reserve Champion titles to his list.

At just six years of age, Sjoerd is beginning to build a dynasty.

He won back-to-back Shakespeare Perpetual Hi-Point Friesian Trophies and Jeff Wonnell Memorial Versatility Silver Belt Buckles continuing a streak that began in 2010. He also scored the Robin ut de Warren Memorial Perpetual Trophy, World Champion Saddle Seat Open, 19 Regional titles and 5 Reserve Championships. He won with 10 different people in 2011, demonstrating his versatility and trust. He won across the country, picking up championships in California, Colorado and Virginia. He won with multiple riders across divisions at the same show, exemplifying his ability to adapt to different styles of riding in the different classes he contested. He won Equitation, Dressage, Liberty, Walk/Trot, English Pleasure, Trail, Hunt Seat Pleasure, Saddle Seat, Western Pleasure, Junior and Amateur Classes.

As a sire, he is already beginning to prove his mettle. He is the sire of TDR Zivah the Diva who was the 2011 USEF Grand National Champion Part-bred Friesian. In 2010 and 2011 she was the Grand National Part-bred Halter Champion. Sjoerd’s foals, although only yearlings and weanlings, are consistently winning top honors in the show ring. They carry his looks and his talent with them.

 
 
    
   
   
        

   

   

        

Sjoerd's USEF Horse Of The Year tribute video created by the USEF with the voice over done by Doug Shane

  
 
 
    
   
   
 
 
    
   
   
 
 
    
   
   
        

  

 
 

    

    
 
 

    

    

The Feb 2012 issue of the California Horsetrader (www.horsetrader.com) We had NO idea Sjoerd was going to grace the cover of this magazine. We are extremely thankful and grateful to the California Horsetrader for giving us the opportunity to share Sjoerd's story. See below for the exceptional article!

         

             
      
             
 
        
         
 
             
      
             
 
        
         
 
           

     

 

This amazing article was done by Warren Wilson of the California Horsetrader. I am very touched and honored he chose to do this article on Sjoerd and our family!

Click the page to view it enlarged or read the entire article below.

    

             
      
             
 
             
      
             
 

Sjoerd’s Journey

  
             

Charismatic Friesian stallion wins USEF top horse honor - and hearts, too

             

From Horsetrader staff reports - February 2nd, 2012 - Cover Story, Show & Event News

 
  
    
 

MURRIETA – When Xena Vimercati heard her horse’s name called as Horse of the Year at the USEF awards banquet Jan. 13, emotions came more quickly than words. 2011 had been a remarkable journey with Sjoerd.

The 6-year-old Friesian stallion won the honor after being named World or Grand National Champion 14 times last year and reserve four times. His trust and versatility shined through, taking wins with 11 different exhibitors in different disciplines, including equitation, dressage, liberty, walk/trot, English pleasure, trail, hunt seat, saddle seat, Western pleasure, junior and amateur classes.


“I was stunned,” said Vimercati, who purchased Sjoerd in 2007 not for the show ring, but for her Three Day Ranch breeding program as a cross with Arabians for sport horses. “I never thought I was going to win.”

Sjoerd’s story, populated now with unparalleled, back-to-back Shakespeare Perpetual Hi-Point Friesian Trophies, is rooted in the passion and determination of his owner. Virmacati, 39, had been studying potential crosses to Arabian mares when she encountered a video and photos of the imported Sjoerd as a young colt late in 2006.

Her 20 years of breeding Arabians left her with the belief that Arab-Saddlebred crosses would not be optimal for sport horses, and she was drawn to the Friesian. After breeding her mares to different Friesian stallions, she knew traits she was after – not too long in the back, strong hip, with more of an upright headset . When she spotted Sjoerd, she had to have him — even when others weren’t so sure.

“I had made a big deal about getting this horse,” she recalls. “So in March he arrives and when we go to unload him from the trailer, everyone looked at me when he stepped off and said , ‘What did you do?’. I said `just wait…just wait!”

Five months later, she decided to take him to Burbank for a Regional event at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, and they returned home with the 2-year-old Colt Championship – unanimous under three judges. Then a recommendation reached Vimercati that she take him to Missouri for the World Championship Show. She did, and in three classes, he took a Championship and two Reserves.

“When I bought him, I had no intentions for showing on the Friesian circuit,” Vimercati says. “I wanted to breed him.”

From that first time the yearling Sjoerd stepped from the trailer onto her ranch to last October, when he stepped off as a record-setting World Champion, came a series of obstacles and triumphs for Vimercati and her daughters, Tynan Morley, 16, and Anaiah Richter, 12, that are as remarkable as the horse himself.

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he greatest setback came the day after Vimercati flew home from St. Louis, his first World Championship in hand. In an accident she calls both freakish and “not the horse’s fault,” Vimercati was riding her well broke mare in a round pen when her toe, caught on a crossrail, caused her leg to whip around, snapping her right leg. The force fractured her tibia and tore all three major ligaments. Nerve damage was so extensive that surgical repair of the ligaments was postponed until there was evidence of nerve function in her leg.

“I went from my highest high I could ever imagine,” says Vimercati. “This horse I was told was a mistake goes unanimous World Champion 2-year-old, and I fly home, snap my leg behind me and am told I would probably never walk again.”

The peak-to-valley turn of events proved transformational. Tynan and Anaiah, both homeschooled through Julian Charter School, stepped up their roles with the ranch and family as Vimercati convalesced, confined to a wheel chair for months. Mom, the trainer, would not return to the saddle for more than a year.

In her place, Tynan, who at age 12 had ridden well but had not so much as lunged a horse, was tutored and then assumed the trainer’s role while mom observed from a deck in a wheelchair.

“I have told people that if I had to give up my leg for the incredible changes that took place in my children, I would do it in a heartbeat,” says Vimercati, who eventually worked her leg back into form for riding and handling halter horses. “I had done all the training — they’d wheel me out on the deck, and I talked her through – how to lunge a horse, saddle, bridle, all of it. She started working all 15 of our horses, 2-year olds, 3-year olds…all of them.”

“It was amazing,” she adds. “The only thing I can tell you about my life is that God has completely blessed me and brought me through everything to this point. There is no way this is of me or of my doing or of my own volition or that I deserve this. This is totally a blessing from God. Every person, every event her put into my life, every opportunity – good and bad – taught me something and it was never just about me. He brought my kids along.”

Far from over, Sjoerd’s journey this year will include another drive to win a third consecutive Shakespeare Hi-Point Friesian honor. Tynan and Anaiah have their streaks to maintain, too: Tynan is the IFSHA No. 1 Junior Rider the last two years and Anaiah was Reserve last year.

         
             
      
             
 
         
             
      
             
 
        
         
 
           

     

 
        

  

   

        
   
  
  

   

        
   
  
  

   
   

   

Friesian ‘Sjoerd’ is USEF Horse of the Year!

 

From the Newstrader - January 19th, 2012 - Newstrader

    

   

CINCINNATI, Ohio — For the first time, the United States Equestrian Federation crowned two horses with its highest honor, one from an International Discipline and one from a National Discipline. Neville Bardos and Sjoerd were named 2011 Horses of the Year at the Jan. 13 USEF annual Horse of the Year celebration. Honored for their accomplishments in 2011 their roads through the last 12 months, while both exceptional, have been very different.

Sjoerd’s year on the National circuit was one of insurmountable success. Xena Vimercati’s stallion won and won and won. He transcended divisions, riders and classes. Anyone lining up against the striking jet black Friesian knew that to try to beat him they better bring their A game.

He was honored for his conformation and presence in the ring and with his panache and personality he garnered fans everywhere he went. He was undefeated in 2011 in the Halter division.

Sjoerd was named World or Grand National Champion 14 times in 2011. He also added four World/Grand National Reserve Champion titles to his list.

At just six years of age, Sjoerd is beginning to build a dynasty.

He won back-to-back Shakespeare Perpetual Hi-Point Friesian Trophies and Jeff Wonnell Memorial Versatility Silver Belt Buckles continuing a streak that began in 2010. He also scored the Robin ut de Warren Memorial Perpetual Trophy, World Champion Saddle Seat Open, 19 Regional titles and 5 Reserve Championships. He won with 10 different people in 2011, demonstrating his versatility and trust. He won across the country, picking up championships in California, Colorado and Virginia. He won with multiple riders across divisions at the same show, exemplifying his ability to adapt to different styles of riding in the different classes he contested. He won Equitation, Dressage, Liberty, Walk/Trot, English Pleasure, Trail, Hunt Seat Pleasure, Saddle Seat, Western Pleasure, Junior and Amateur Classes.

As a sire, he is already beginning to prove his mettle. He is the sire of TDR Zivah the Diva who was the 2011, 2012 & 2013 USEF Grand National Champion Part-bred Friesian. In 2010 and 2011 she was the Grand National Part-bred Halter Champion. Sjoerd’s foals, although only yearlings and weanlings, are consistently winning top honors in the show ring. They carry his looks and his talent with them.

 

   

        
   

   

   

        
   

   

   

        
   
   

   

        
   

   

   

        
   

   

   

        
   

   

   

        
   
   
    

USEF Announces the 2011 USEF Horse of the Year Candidates; Voting Is Now Open!

RELEASE: December 15, 2011
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: USEF Communications Department

 

Lexington, KY - To reach the highest level of excellence in equestrian sport takes talent, perseverance, a tremendous spirit and often, unwavering courage. In 2011, six horses have shown the world those qualities and more. And on January 13, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will bestow two of them with the prestigious title of Horse of the Year, the highest honor the USEF awards a horse. This year - a change from years past - both a national and international horse will win.

The six champions have earned their place on the elite list as USEF Horses of Honor, and each will be recognized at the USEF Horse of the Year Awards gala and dinner in January 2012 - part of the USEF Annual Meeting - at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, OH.

It will be up to you to choose the two special horses, selecting from a range of talents and from across the Federation's breeds and disciplines. Your vote will help determine the champions that join the pantheon of past winners including reining horse Gunners Special Nite (2010); dressage horse Ravel (2009); driving horse Jamaica (2008); eventer Theodore O'Connor (2007); show jumper Authentic (2006); and dressage horse Brentina (2005).

    
   
      

The 2011 National Horses of Honor are:



Sjoerd  (Tsjalke 397 x Anne G)
2005 Friesian Stallion
Owner: Xena Vimercati

Sjoerd (Rick Osteen photo)

In the Friesian breed, there are few horses that can boast as impressive a track record as Sjoerd. In his young six years, the stallion has amassed 38 Lifetime World/Grand Champion National Champion titles and has earned more career points than any other Friesian in the history of the International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA). It comes as no surprise that Sjoerd is the only one of his breed to have twice been named the United States Equestrian Federation's (USEF) Friesian Horse of the Year.

In 2011, Sjoerd earned 14 World/Grand National Champion titles and four World/Grand National Reserve honors. In addition, the stallion was undefeated for the year in halter. While his first foal crops are only yearlings and weanlings, they are winning top honors in the show arena, demonstrating Sjoerd's strength as a breeding stallion as well.

 

 

    
Starr Llight (Reign On x Charm Eta)
1996 Arabian Mare
Owner: Leah Beth Boyd

 
Starr Llight (Mike Ferrara photo provided by Leah Beth Boyd)

"Dynamic and a Diva" are the perfect words to describe this 15-year-old mare. With the young Leah Beth Boyd in the stirrups Starr Llight ended up on top after the ride-off for the prestigious Open Purebred English Pleasure title on Saturday night at the 2011 Arabian National Championships. In doing so, the mare became the most winning Purebred English Pleasure mare of all time and only the second mare since 1988 to win the prestigious title. At age 15, she was also the oldest mare, and second oldest horse overall, ever to garner the coveted award.

Purchased by her young owner in 1999 from a dispersal sale, this mare has gone on to win 11 National or Reserve Championship titles. The pair is the only Arabian horse/rider team to ever win a National Championship in the Junior exhibitor, the Amateur exhibitor, and the Open division.
  
    

CHThe Daily Lottery (Sultan's Great Day x Callaway's Lady Lottery)
2004 American Saddlebred Gelding
       Owner: High Hickory Farm

CHThe Daily Lottery (Brooke Jacobs photo provided by High Hickory Farm)


When it comes to the Five-Gaited division for Saddlebreds, CH The Daily Lottery was a jackpot payout in 2011 with an undefeated record among amateur competitors. From the string of Grand Champion titles at the UPHA/American Royal, Kentucky Fall Classic, Midwest Charity Horse Show, Bonnie Blue National, and the Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show, this impressive chestnut gelding dominated the scene like no other.

In fact, this has been the case well beyond this year's competition calendar, as the 7-year-old has long been outperforming his competition in the show ring with his rider, Gabe Deknatel. Trained by John and Tammie Conatser, CHThe Daily Lottery is handsome, fast, beautifully big motioned - and seemingly invincible.
 

 
    
The 2011 International Horses of Honor are: 
 


Coral Reef Via Volo (Clinton x Run Away)
1998 Belgian Warmblood Mare
Owner: Coral Reef Ranch


Though small in stature (15.3h) and nicknamed "Shrimp," Coral Reef Via Volo is a giant when it comes to jumping. With Beezie Madden, she topped the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List for much of the 2011 competition year, and went on to impress the world at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. She led Team USA's Gold-medal effort, which also secured 2012 Olympic qualification. She added only one time fault through five rounds of jumping and won Individual Silver to back up the Team Gold.

In 2011 Via Volo and Madden racked up numerous wins across the globe. They were on the winning team in the Nations Cup at the CSIO4* Wellington. They won the D-LINE Cup 1.60m Spruce Meadows, and the Longines International Grand Prix of Rotterdam (CHIO). Having won their first competition together only a year ago, this new partnership has proved an incredible one so far.
 

 
    

Neville Bardos (Mahayaa x Zambia)
1999 Australian Thoroughbred Gelding

Owner: Neville Bardos Syndicate

Neville Bardos (StockImageServices.com)


2011 marked a year of tragedy for eventing rider Boyd Martin. He lost six horses in a horrific barn fire on Memorial Day but was able to save five. One of those saved was Neville Bardos. The failed Australian racehorse was trapped in the fire for nearly 45 minutes before Martin was able to pull him out. Neville suffered burns and severe smoke inhalation that required extensive rehabilitation. The prognosis was grim, but he fought through it and defied every odd. He made a miraculous recovery to return to competition two months later. Martin lost his father and father-in-law over the summer and he set a big goal for Neville to try to get him through the tragedy.

Neville and Martin went on to not only compete in the CCI4* at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials - but they placed seventh out of 81 entries in September. He jumped only one of nine double-clear cross-country rounds over arguably the world's toughest cross-country track.
 

 
    
Weltino's Magic (Weltino x Diva)
2002 Westphalian Gelding
Owner: Dr. Jen Hlavacek

 
Weltino's Magic (Shannon Brinkman photo)

 

 National CDI in California before heading to CHIO Aachen and taking on the best small tour horses in the world. They continued their unbeaten streak in Aachen, Germany, and then returned home to sweep all three tests in the USEF National Intermediaire I Dressage Championships at the 2011 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Festival of Champions in September to earn their spot on the U.S. Team for the Pan American Games.

They set a remarkably high standard at the Pan American Games and brought home Team and Individual Gold medals. 'Magic's' character comes through in his performance and he has evolved into a top contender. Started by Peters' wife, Shannon, together they were the reserve champions in the Markel/USEF National Young in the Six-Year-Old division. Peters took the reins in 2009.
 

 

   
   
  
   
    
   
   
  
   
    
   
   
  
   
    
   
   

   
        
   
  
   
        
   
  
  

  
   
  
   

Sjoerd and family take IFSHA World spotlight

 

Special to the Horsetrader - November 3rd, 2011 - Show & Event News

   
   

   

Sjoerd being shown by Tynan Morley

LEXINGTON, Va. — Xena Vimercati, from the Three Day Ranch in Murrieta competed at the International Friesian Show Horse Association World and Grand National Championships, held Oct. 5-9 at the Virginia Horse Park.

 

Sjoerd, who at age 6 has amassed a remarkable 38 World and Grand National Champion lifetime titles, now has more career points than any other Friesian in IFSHA history. This year, he won championships in 11 different disciplines.

At Three Day Ranch, showing is a family affair. Xena’s daughters, Anaiah and Tynan, each showed a filly at the championships and showed Sjoerd in several of his events as well. Anaiah’s filly, TDR A Diva By Design by Sjoerd, took home 2 World and National championships and one Reserve. Not to be outdone, Tynan’s yearling filly, the part-bred Friesian TDR Zivah The Diva, also by Sjoerd, won four World/National championships and two Reserve championships while often competing against fully mature adult part-breds.

Apart from the more than 20 World/National Championship and Reserve titles achieved by the Three Day Ranch, Vimercati also took home the Shakespeare Perpetual Hi-Point Friesian Trophy and the Jeff Wonnell Memorial Versatility Silver Belt Buckle, both for the second year in a row.

   

        
   
  
  
    
   
   

   

        
   
  
  
    
   
   

     

        
   
  
    
   
   

     

        

   

        

Horse Digest - January 2011

        

   

   
  
    
   
   
     
  
    
   
  
        

   
  
    
   
   
   
  
    
   
   
   
  
    
   
   

 
 
   
 

   

        

   

        
  
  

This Press Release was done by the International Friesian Horse Association - IFSHA, December 2010. In this article you will read about Sjoerd's daughter TDR Zivah The Diva as well as Sjoerd. The last photo in this section if of Xena with Sjoerd showing in hand at the World Championships. This article also has a section dedicated to Sjoerd for being the High Point Friesian of the 2010 IFSHA World/National Championships, a huge honor! There is another photo of Sjoerd in that section of the article as well of him receiving his Jeff Wonnell Versatility Memorial silver belt buckle.

     
   
  
 
      

OfficialLogoIFSHA News

December 2010

 

 

2010 IFSHA World and Grand National Championship Horse Show, October 13-17 

Del Mar Arena Equestrian Complex, San Diego, CA, USA

 


Picture 6A record number of over one hundred and fifty horses participated in over 200 Championship classes and exhibitions over five glorious days of near perfect Southern California weather.  Friesian horses from all over North America, Canada and Mexico came together for a great horse show with an even greater cause, as this year, the event was run as a fundraiser for the Rick Roberts' Warrior Foundation. The Warrior Foundation is a Non-profit organization that supports multiple projects to help injured and disabled military heroes, our soldiers who have bravely served and sacrificed in defense of our country. It seems quite fitting that a show celebrating the War Horse of Old could help raise in excess of $20,000 dollars for our young warriors. This considerable amount of funds was raised through the efforts of all our generous sponsors and volunteers who worked very hard on this year's show.  A very special thanks must go out to Rob and Tammy Hildreth without whom the show and fundraising would have not been such an overwhelming success.

California Horsetrader was the official publication for the show and did anPicture 5exceptional job of promoting the show throughout the west coast. Dressage started the show off on Wednesday with Axel Steiner officiating. Many great rides were performed and good scores awarded. There were many memorable rides including Seelchen Feibush at Prix St George with Meinte, Karen Cornelius winning the USDF Free Style with Pieter Franken's Jouke and all the way from Canada the FEI Musical Freestyle champion Alwyn and Chelsea Balcaen. Gwen Blake, Kamila Dupont and Paige Ruhl were also among the top scoring riders. Dr Walter de la Brosse judged some very deep Dressage/Sport Horse In Hand classes and quickly changed gears officiating in the very popular Trail division. The Part-bred Friesian division was beautifully represented by a colorful group of quality horses. A stand out this year was the Morgan cross gelding, Beau who was shown to multiple Championships by Lauren LaVine for Carol Carfagno. Cassandra Adams showed several horses to many Wins including Chip Davis' unforgettable Storm Shadow and her own Aramis. Baskera Knight, shown by Darcy Edwards for Tracy and Stan Owens showed she has a bright future with several wins and the beautiful mare Bijou owned and shown by Dr Todd Browning followed her 2009 wins in St Louis with some great victories in Del Mar.

Picture 4It was a young black and white weanling Saddlebred cross filly that seemed to steal everyone's hearts, including the Judges as the breathtaking TDR Zivah The Diva won more than her share of Tri Colors with Xena Vimercati. This filly's sire Sjoerd is proving himself in the breeding shed and the show ring in a big way this year with countless wins in performance and halter. Tom Demyon made many great victory passes over the week and none more impressive than his wins with Willem in Halter and the Saddle Seat Division for owner Rena Bilodeau. Lance Bennett's entries from Friesian Focus were on their game as we have 2010 IFSHAWorld and Grand National Championship Horse Show, October 13-17 at the Del Mar Arena Equestrian Complex, San Diego, CA, USA. come to expect from his exceptional string of horses with many wins under saddle and in harness, including impressive amateur victories for Carson Kressley and Joan Fernandez. 

 

Koreen Greenberg's horses were exceptional as usual and her beautiful smile was contagious as she watched and won herself. Audrey Bostwick judged all the Carriage DriPicture 3ving events and pinned Koreen's Veteran Harem Champion in the coveted C o n c o u r s D'Elegance with friend Robin Woods-Wilhite at the whip. Other carriage driving entries that were a force to reckon with over the week were ValerieDaidah who showed a variety of entries to many wins and Chenoa Haluptzok with Abe Van Ypey who thrilled us all in all her classes. IFSHA was indeed fortunate to have a dream team of USEF Judges to serve on this year's panel. Bill Hughes, Richard Petty and Chris Bickford completed the slate of judges with Shirley Nowak as Steward and Doug Shane as Master of Ceremonies. Tim Keeling made quite an impression winning handily with several Dressage Hack and Show Hack entries.

Barend Schuursma came all the way from the Netherlands to ride and winseveral championships for Janna and Ron Goldman's, Black Sterling Friesians. Janna herself left the show practically undefeated in several divisions (in spite of a broken foot). Top Mid West and USEF Breeder of the Year, Jo Lynne Shouse of Black Dragon Farms brought her wonderful horses and people all the way from Michigan with big wins in all divisions from Dressage to Armored CostumePicture 2. Bruce and Staci Griffin flew in from Virginia to show a myriad of horses for clients with excellent results and plenty of bounty for their hard work and talent. Rachel Stokes is no stranger to World titles but this year we believe she set a record that will not easily be beaten when she won the World Championship in Hunt Seat Pleasure Open on Mariken for owners Gary and Marilyn Lane just two weeks after bringing her new little girl into the world! Kassandra Sapia and her father Steven Young of Friesian Thunder were a force to be reckoned with in Show Pleasure Driving and Country English Pleasure divisions. A great group of exhibition riders entertained the crowds on Saturday evening with performances by several breeds. Andalusians, Gypsy Cobs and Mustangs brought a great variety of talent and diversity that was much appreciated by the spectators who packed the stands. At the end of the last class it was announced that the show will be moving east in 2011 to the excellent facilities at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia.  IFSHA is already planning the 2011 event and is anticipating a great show next year!

 

For further information regarding the International Friesian Show Horse Association, please contact us in one of the following ways:

By email: ifsha@friesianshowhorse.com 

By mail: International Friesian Show Horse Association PO Box 535 Santa Ynez, CA 93460

By phone:(805) 448-3027

 

  
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2010 IFSHA World & Grand National Championships - High Point Purebred of Show - Sjoerd

Sjoerd is a 5-year-old Friesian stallion sired by Tsjalke 397 and out of Anne G (x Teunis 332), whom we imported from Holland as a yearling. We picked Sjoerd out from a video of several colts that were being imported and we knew right then that Sjoerd was a very special colt. He has never once disappointed us, not in the show ring and not as a sire!


 

The 2010 IFSHA World/Grand National Horse Show was an extraordinary show not only for Sjoerd but also for his part-bred foals, who were able to be there to represent their sire in the show ring with great success. 
 

This was a special show not only for Sjoerd but for Xena, Kip and their girls Tynan and Anaiah as well. Back in October 2007, Sjoerd and Xena competed at the IFSHA World/Grand National Championship Show in Missouri. Sjoerd won unanimous World Champion 2-year-old In Hand Friesian Colt, followed by two Reserve World Championships in Stallions of All Ages ATH and Baroque Stallions of All Ages, at just 2! We were thrilled with Sjoerd's success.


 

The moment we arrived home from MO, we drove directly to our horses. Xena got on a horse that was reported to have a problem. In a freak accident she snapped her right leg back 180 degrees from the knee down. This serious injury tore three of the four major ligaments that hold the lower leg onto the upper leg, fracturing her tibia, leaving her leg hanging on by a 1 1/2" ligament. The damage was so severe, the surgeon's prognosis was that Xena will be extremely lucky to regain any use of her right leg at all; she most certainly will not run, and she will not ride - never mind compete again.


 

Fast forward to October 2010 - 3 years of physical therapy, surgery, prayers, determination and Xena, coupled with one EXTRAORDINARY Friesian stallion named Sjoerd, compete together once again at the 2010 World Championships! They do not just compete, Sjoerd wins a total of 10 World/Grand National Championships and 7 Reserve World/National Championships in a strong field of very talented and beautiful Friesian horses! It is an absolute honor to be competing alongside some of the top Frisian horses and top riders/handlers in the US, and an incredible blessing to be named Champion among them! 


 

Every class Xena and Sjoerd competed in, every call to center ring for the Championships roses, every ribbon and win photo followed by the thrill of the victory pass...was so deeply meaningful to Xena and her family, as it was so much more than just the thrill of victory; it was the thrill of overcoming and beating all the odds; achieving it all with the talented, sensitive and kind stallion Sjoerd as her inspiration with her family and friends supporting her along the way. Sjoerd's heart is huge and although Xena's leg will never be "normal", Sjoerd makes up for her inabilities by always giving her 100% in every class - every time, and he never waivers as he runs next to her in hand, or to her in liberty, or carrying her majestically under saddle. 
 

Sjoerd did not only demonstrate his talent in one division, he exhibited his incredible versatility in a total of 5 disciplines with 4 riders, 2 of them junior riders. This allowed Sjoerd to be the recipient of the Jeff Wonnell Memorial Versatility Trophy, which was awarded to the Purebred All-Around High Point Friesian of the show. This was a very special award not only due to the strict criteria that Sjoerd had to meet to achieve this award, but one of Sjoerd's riders, Tami Martin and her family had been close family friends and Jeff had been vital to Tami's future in riding.


 

Tami Martin competed with Sjoerd in the final division meeting his requirement for this award. She was deeply moved to have been a part of Sjoerd's team in achieving the Jeff Wonnell Memorial Versatility Trophy. Sjoerd was also awarded two additional perpetual trophies. He was named the 2010 World/Grand National Shakespeare Hi-Point All Around Purebred Friesian Perpetual trophy for being the highest scoring Friesian for the entire show!

He was also bestowed the Pamela Jackson Memorial Perpetual Trophy for winning World Champion Saddleseat Junior Horse.  Three coveted and special awards, which our family will cherish.  


 Sjoerd was proudly represented by a few of his foals at the World show. His yearling son, Sjoerd Tsaar Prevails won 3 time World/National Champion and Reserve National Champion. TDR Zivah The Diva at 7 months old achieved incredible success at the show winning 5-time World/National Champion, Reserve National Champion and two Top 5s! Sjoerd's Pryvate Bentley at 5 months old won 3-time World/National Champion and 2 time Reserve World Champion. TDR Victoria Rose at 7 months old won 3 time Reserve National Champion and two Top 5's!  Sjoerd's foals exceeded our wildest expectations.

We are looking forward to many more show ring success with foals sired by Sjoerd.   We would like to thank the IFSHA World/Grand National Show Committee. They put together and ran an incredible show and we sincerely thank you for the opportunity to have this incredible experience with Sjoerd and his foals. You created lifelong memories for our entire family and our friends who helped and supported us throughout this show.   
 

 

  
 
 
   
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   

 
 
   
 
    
 
 
     
 
 
 

This Press Release was done by The California Horsetrader magazine, November 4, 2010. In this article you will read about some of Sjoerd's success at the 2010 Friesian World Championships.

    
 
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A Grand Event

IFSHA World and Grand National Championships

From Horsetrader staff reports - November 4th, 2010 - Show & Event News
     
 

DEL MAR – For the first time since 2004, the International Friesian Show Horse Association held its World Championship and Grand National Championship Show in California, as the Del Mar Arena came to life for the five-day spectacle Oct. 13-17.


The IFSHA event attracted 112 of the nation’s top Friesians, filling classes with 577 entries in a variety of demanding and crowd-pleasing performances.


A special Saturday night benefit performance blending championship classes with demonstrations to an historic theme of the wartime roles of horses. Rick Roberts’ Warrior Foundation, formed by San Diego radio personality and horseman Rick Roberts to raise awareness and funds for injured soldiers returning home with wartime injuries, received more than $20,000 in charity from the evening, said show organizers.

 

  
  
                      
“This show is one of the very best IFSHA has organized since its inception,” said show secretary Nancy Nathanson, who served that role in the first IFSHA Grand National in the City of Industry in 2004 and, except for 2005, each year since.

“The quality of the horses was excellent and the competition fierce. It was exciting to see so many quality horses competing.”

 

Standout performances were turned in by Sjoerd, owned by Xena Vimercati, who won both the Shakespeare Farm Friesian High Point Perpetual Trophy as the overall high-point purebred Friesian horse of the show, as well as the new award, the Jeff Wonnell Memorial Versatility Award.

   
 
Beau, trained and shown by Lauren LaVine, won the Leoness Sport Horses Part Bred Friesian High Point Perpetual Trophy as the overall high-point Part Bred Friesian of the show. Beau also won a new award, the Jeff Wonnell Memorial Versatility Award.
 

Cassandra Adams’s Aramis won several National and World Grand Championships and Reserves, as did Majestic and others owned by Janna Goldman.

 

Nathanson added that IFSHA has finalized plans to take the show east next year to the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va., from Oct. 5-9.

 

“People on the East Coast who were unable to attend this year’s event are already in the planning stages for 2011,” she said. “It should prove to be a wonderful show also.”

 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

 
 
   
 
  
  
 
  
   
  
 

 

 
 

The International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) held their World and Grand National Championship Show at the Del Mar Arena Equestrian Complex & Even Center October 13-17.

“The show was held for the benefit of the Warrior Foundation and was a huge success,” reported IFSHA Executive Director Nancy Nathanson. “The number of horses shown was up from prior years, and the quality of the horses was above and beyond our expectations. We had wonderful response from the community and from veterans from the Warrior Foundation. Our Trade Faire was filled with over 30 vendors from all areas of the industry. The Saturday evening performance was jam packed and fun-filled for our spectators.”

Among the many high quality horses exhibited was Beau, a half Morgan gelding owned by Carol Carfagno and shown by Lauren La Vine. This very talented horse was undefeated, winning all 14 of his classes in the Part- Bred Friesian division. He competed in Training and First Level Dressage, English and In-Hand Trail, Breed Halter and Dressage/Sport Horse in Hand, Show Hack, Dressage Hack, Western, Fantasy Costume, Period Costume, Country English Pleasure Saddle Seat, and Hunt Seat Pleasure. Greg Steensen also rode him to a win in Walk/Trot Open. As a result of his success, he received the Jeff Wonnell Memorial Versatility Trophy for earning the highest number of points while competing in at least five disciplines and the Leoness Sport  Horse Part Bred Friesian High Point Perpetual Trophy.

“It just shows what the versatility of the two breeds can do,” explained La Vine. “In the three years Beau and I have been working together, he has evolved into a horse that will do anything I throw at him. I just think it’s so impressive that he can go from Western to Show hack to Hunt Seat to Country Pleasure in the space of a class. He had never done Trail before this show, and I had him sidepassing over a rail in about five minutes before the class. We’ve bonded to the point where he’ll do anything I ask.”

While Beau was racking up the ribbons in the Part Bred division, Sjoerd (Xena Vimercati, owner) was outstanding among the purebreds. He earned ten World/National Championships, seven Reserve World/National Championships, two Top Fives and one Top Ten, the Jeff Wonnell Memorial Versatility Silver Belt Buckle, the Pamela Jackson Memorial Perpetual Trophy and the Shakespeare Perpetual Trophy for Hi Point Friesian of the IFSHA World Championship Show.

Congratulations to all of the exhibitors at the IFSHA Championships.

 
 
   
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
   
 
  
 
 
 
 

This Press Release was done by The United Stated Equestrian Federation - USEF, August 25, 2010. In this article they use a photo of Sjoerd in one of Show Hack classes which he won at the IFSHA Region 10 Championships.  Sjoerd was awarded High Point Friesian of the 2010 IFSHA Region 10 Championships with an incredible 9 Championships won by him there!

  
  
 
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IALHA Region I and IFSHA Region 10 Championships A Success

Release: August 25 2010
Author: USEF Breeds Department

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Sjoerd, a Friesian stallion, owned by Xena Vimercati was named Halter and Performance Champion.
August 20, 2010 - Mardi Gras came at a different time and place this year. On August 12-15, the IALHA Region I and IFSHA Region 10 Championships were held in Burbank, CA, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. 

This year’s theme was Mardi Gras, and the decorations were fabulous. Included with parties, was also a stall decorations contest. This show is well known for its ability to create a fun time for its exhibitors and has been touted as one of the best.

Many grand horses were put through their paces and the competition provided beautiful equine trophies, representative of the breeds participating.

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