Our next task
was to prove that more than one Friesian could
compete strongly… that Jorrit was not some
kind of freak of nature. This became a long and
very discriminating selection process that taught
us that only about 20-25% of Friesians exhibit
the forward movement necessary for dressage. But
we did find a number of horses over the years
that proved the strengths of Friesians in competition:
Tjerk, Drummond, Rampart, Illiad (now at Prix
St. Georges), and, most important to date, Tinus,
our 4-time USDF Horse of the Year Champion, now
competing at Grand Prix.
Proud Meadows’ Model mare, Xanadu, was discovered
in California during USDF Open Competition. Sabine
observes that the mare’s sensitivity, rhythm,
balance and gaits are the equal of any great stallion
she has seen. Her unbridled recommendation of
Xanadu led us to purchase her as our Foundation
We also helped
Jane Savoie, world-recognized trainer and author,
find a horse that could match her reputation.
This was Menno (“Moshi”), a seven-year
old gelding delivered in 2003. Jane has scored
extremely well with Moshi in his first year of
with Proud Meadows it took a year to find my Friesian.
Given the difficulty of finding a good horse it
makes sense for Proud Meadows to breed a new generation
of Friesians with potential for high-level dressage."
impressed with the quality and accomplishments
of the Foundation stallions and mares in the Performance
Breeding Program. I applaud them for this bold
new step which will be a great service to the
serious dressage community."
great performances in competition and demonstrations
have proven that Friesians belong at the highest
levels of dressage
Model mare, Xanadu, is the Program’s Foundation
mare, and is the equal of any stallion.