Hoitze (Tetse 394 x Nykle 309) 16.3hh Gelding (b.2002)
Hoitze is a very traditional, solid, and imposing type of Friesian, known as Baroque, they were bred as work horses on farms in northern Holland and as such were big boned with really heavy necks and Hoitze has certainly retained these characteristics.
Sired by Tetse and born in 2002 we saw Hoitze as a 3 year old stallion in Holland and were fortunate enough to secure his services for our business and he has been worth his weight in gold ever since. He is a very intelligent horse that has to be mentally stimulated to keep him interested in his work. He gets bored easily so his work used to range from driving, hacking, schooling (his least favorite pastime!!) a little bit of trick training, the odd small cross country course and going out with the Vale of Lune Hunt for a couple of Ambles each year!
Hoitze always loved pulling all of our carriages and was our anchor horse as he has such a enormous amount of power, when paired up with Droomwals in the carriage they were a spectacular sight to behold. Hoitze is a real softie with children, a few of which have had a sit on his back and he's been on his best behaviour! Equally he enjoyed testing out the more experienced riders from time to time, all of course in good humour!! He thrives on attention and loves nothing more than having a really ripe banana or pear with his breakfast.
Hoitze has had a some busy years with his wedding work, photoshoots and hacks and went on his first amble of the year with Sarah Dobson at the beginning of October which he thoroughly enjoyed. A couple of years ago he went along to Your Horse Live to represent the friesian in the 'Breeds Village' which was his idea of heaven. What more could a friesian want - people to talk and fuss over him all day long!!