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Blog from New Zealand: Kia Ora! Hello!

As I sit down to write my first Praiso blog, ‘News from New Zealand’, I am ‘excited’! What a wonderful opportunity to have this opportunity, and a great way to connect and share our story with Frisian enthusiasts around the world.
My name is Anna Zhikareva I will vary the topics of these blogs but I thought I would start with an introduction to myself and my horses and then tell you a little about the New Zealand Friesian Horse Society and some of its members!

Me and my horses

I have been in New Zealand since my third year, so consider this beautiful country my home. What luck indeed! I am trained in Linguistics and work at an Educational Technology Institute here in Auckland that specializes in teaching children writing skills.
I’ve always been a horse girl! Yes, it’s in my genes! I spent my summers enjoying our family horses: helping with training and breeding. I am currently completing a Research Masters in Equine Science at the University of Edinburgh and would like to spend time studying scientific developments in horse breeding and welfare. I have worked with many different breeds, but I have never met a horse as brave, curious, friendly and loyal as the Friesian horse!

Two to four, five….ah… six Friesian horses

I first fell in love with Friesian horses when I visited New Zealand with my parents to visit Friesian horse breeders. What’s special is that I now have two of the Friesian horses I met 8 years ago (one by Nanning 374, one by Feitsey 293). These lovely nephews are now enjoying a wonderful holiday with me in Auckland’s Waidogi Hills.
In 2020, my mother and I – suffering from the Friesian horse virus – decided to import a beautiful stermare (Uldrich 457 x Deutzen 420) and a spectacular 8-month-old colt (Diemann 503 x Sibbald 380). After much research, the dedicated help of Nicole Adriansen in the Netherlands and the care and professionalism of IRT (a wonderful horse transport company!), Bedje (Betty) and Nandart (Nano), they arrived in New Zealand on April 1, 2021.
A few months later, we decided to give our Friesian family a beautiful 2-year-old mare named Miche (Tide 501 x Folkert 353), who arrived just in time for summer Christmas, and another colt, Othello (Julius 486 x To). 416, who entered the new year. These four young men are at the heart of our small-scale breeding farm, Lone Pine Friesians, and I’m incredibly excited to see where our journey takes us!

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Join the New Zealand Friesian Horse Society

I have been a member of KFPS (and NZFHS) for over a year and help with NZFHS social media and website. In a wonderful turn of events, I was recently officially elected Secretary and Webmaster of the New Zealand Friesian Horse Society! It’s a doubly exciting prospect as our much anticipated (thanks, Covid) ‘Inspection’ is coming up in 2023 and it’s a great honor and opportunity to be involved in its organization and participation!
This young and new member has a lot to learn, but it’s great to experience such a warm welcome from our Frisian community!
NZFHS was founded in 2018 by Louis and Marianne Weidenberg and are an enthusiastic source of advice and assistance for new and old Friesian horse lovers. Being part of NZFHS is a great way to meet members during group social outings or through virtual competitions! Of course, nothing would be right about the great founders of NZFHS, Louis and Marianne, so read their story!

Founders of NZFHS, Louis and Marianne Weidenberg

Louis and Marianne are the proud owners of Glenrose Friesians and have been successfully importing and breeding Friesian horses in New Zealand for many years. They are self-sufficient: they scan and inseminate their horses themselves, know everything about foaling, take care of training their horses, teach them under saddle and under saddle.
Lewis’ passion was breeding. First he started with dairy cows and judging calf club days in schools. Since then, it’s switched to Friesian horses, and he watches the Curings many nights, streaming live from KFPS. Marianne looks after the machinery behind the scenes and their online advertising work. This year, Louise was re-elected President of the NZFHS and also took on the role of Secretary.
The Weidenbergs get a kick out of their horses and the big men who follow them on their journey. They are also always willing to help and were great in their advice to me personally when I arranged my first import!

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Foal Book Stallion Jolmar Fan Twillens (Onne 376)

Jolmar van Twillens (Onne 376 x Oege 267), who was licensed to breed as a foal book stallion, is now retired. His companion, a small gelding named Henk, is never far away. Henk also acts as a friend to the grandchildren!
Louis’ current dressage horse, Ninthe fan ‘e Boerestreek (Tsjalle 454 x Beart 411), was imported via Henswoude. After a failed embryo transfer, Louise Ninde has decided to let her own pregnancy carry Nane 492, due in January 2023. He hopes to be able to show the cub in our experiment in 2023!

Another new board member!

Another new crew member to join the team is Gil Chambers! During one of the 2021 lockdowns, Gill and her own beautiful Friesian mare Kalani from Glenrose Friesians (Haitze 425 x Olof 315) competed in a virtual working equitation competition where they placed 2nd! They scored 68.95% in dressability and 78.08% in ease of handling (EOH). Watch their full presentation here: https://youtu.be/q6c0buo4pOk.
Gill’s knowledge is vast and has been involved in NZ’s equestrian scene for decades. Gill chaired the Hawke’s Bay Dressage Committee from 1999 for 9 years. He is heavily involved in sponsorship and fundraising and travels around NZ as an A grade judge. We are lucky to have Gill as our Promotions and Events Officer as we get everything ready for Inspection NZ in 2023!

next time!

Hoping not to rage too long, I’ll close this blog post now. I would like to introduce our incredible team members, Baldeep Dhillon (Vice President) and Branvin Yucel (Treasurer). I can’t wait to tell about their Frisian experiences in my next blog post!

For now, goodbye! Watch out for your safety! See you later!

~ Anna