About Us

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 we 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 2016 and we also had 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.

The Friesians are stabled at our home, Greenbank Farm, which dates back to the 17th century; it is literally built into the fellside and commands spectacular views of Cartmel village and the Priory. The farm has been owned by our family for over 100 years and 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 we are slowly breathing life back into the place and developing facilities specifically for our Friesian horses.

There is no better place to exercise the 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 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. Sadly, due to family circumstances I was unable to give the position enough time and as such, resigned from FHAGBI in 2017. The Friesian studbook is one of the strictest in the world with very clear breeding policies and goals and we will always support the KFPS and work within these guidelines.

mares and foals
Inspections 2014
mares and foals
Curious faces
Tracey's earned a cup of tea

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Rynardt Venter and Droomwalls
Ischka at the 2013 FHAGBI inspections
 
Rynardt and Tracey Venter
Rynardt and Tracey Venter

Femma and Greenbank Farm

Femma and Greenbank Farm

 

 

Below: View from Greenbank Farm
Green Bank Farm