Greenbank Farm Stud boasts 75 acres of land located just a mile from the beautiful picturesque village of Cartmel in the Lake District. This location caters to the fine up bringing of our horses and offers the opportunity of a lifetime for visitors to enjoy touring the local area too.
When Rynardt and I decided to import and start breeding the Friesians in the UK we knew we had a responsibility to stay true to the breed and respect the generations of people who had dedicated their lives to “protecting” these wonderful horses. For this reason we only buy Friesians by approved stallions (of which there are none in the UK) and will only breed from STER mares to approved stallions.
The Friesian is a very special breed of horse, renowned for its luxurious appearance, friendliness, intelligence, adaptability and an enormous willingness to work. It is for all these reasons and more that these horses have captured our hearts, imaginations and lives. We are extremely particular about the quality of horses we own. We believe our horses are outstanding examples of the breed and our Friesian family has grown steadily over the years. Amongst our family we have Femma, the only MODEL mare in the UK and Breed Champion in 2008, Anja who became breed champion 2011 and Wouter who was Best Stallion 2011 and the only Friesian to have qualified as a 4yo and 5yo for the finals of the British Dressage Shearwater Young Dressage Horse competition.
We live at Greenbank Farm, where we stable our award winning Friesians,and care for a small flock of Wensleydale ewes. The farm, dating back to the 17th century, is literally built into the fellside and commands spectacular views of Cartmel village and the Priory. The farm has been owned by my family for over 100 years but was run by a tenant as a beef and dairy farm until 2006. Unfortunately it has not benefited from any development for over half a century but Rynardt and I are slowly breathing life back into the place and developing facilities specifically for our Friesian horses.
There is no better place to exercise our horses than the surrounding lush green meadows, quiet country lanes and rugged fells, from where you can see glimpses of Morecambe Bay.
Such is the effect these amazing horses have had on us that our lives are governed by them and everything we do is with them in mind. In between cleaning, caring for and working the horses, providing them for weddings, photoshoots or experience days, I dedicate a great deal of my time to promoting the Friesian in the UK. I was honoured to take on the role of President of the Friesian Horse Association of GB & Ire (FHAGBI) in 2011 which has enabled me, along with the rest of the Board and committee to help educate more people about the breed and get Friesian owners up and down the country in contact with each other. The Friesian studbook is one of the strictest in the world with very clear breeding policies and goals. Rynardt and I will always work within these guidelines and will strongly discourage the use of unapproved stallions due to the negative influence they can have on the reputation of the breed.