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April 2019 and March 2020
Hessel X Sipke fillies out of Isobel Ypkje van het Kasteel Sport
National & World Champion

   2020 was to be a busy show year with us traveling as far as WI, but the national Covid-19 pandemic shut down ended those plans. Show managers got creative and virtual shows, either requiring photos or videos for entries, started to appear, so 2020 proved not to be a year with no ribbons won.
   2019 was the year for Sjaantje and myself to master our Intermediate driven dressage tests to earn our silver medal, so shows having those classes were our first priority.  Success was ours!

   2018 was a breeding year for DCTF, so it was a light show year--only attending 3 shows. Since Sjaantje foaled in April, she wasn't ready to show until October, and Isobel was bred for a 2019 foal in the spring, so not ready to go to her trainer until August, Trainer Suzy Stafford qualified Isobel for Worlds at the Region 1 show, both Isobel and Sjaantje competed at IFSHA Worlds, and Sjaantje and I competed at MLMDC's Driven Dressage show.

   2017 was an interesting show year, because we showed 2 mares in 8 events and at 3 of those events, the mares competed aginst each other--Isobel with trainer, Suzy Stafford, and Sjaantje with me. Isobel was put into training with the goal of presenting her to the Dutch judges to be upgraded from a 2e to a 1e ster mare and exposing her to the various types of carriage pleasure driving: CDEs, CTs, pleasure shows, and breed shows.

   Our 2016 show year proved to be one that couldn't be much better: after taking a 2-year break from the show ring for motherhood, Sjaantje traveled up and down the East Coast and across the Midwest, claiming a multitude of regional and national titles in both USEF and ADS competitions along the way.
   2015 turned out to be Isobel Ypkje van het Kasteel's event year on her way to achieving her Friesian Driving Predicate Sport title and keuring star status.
   With Sjaantje and Lillee in foal, we did not attend shows in 2014, but we did attend the Harrisburg, PA Horse Expo and the FHANA keuring in Coatesville.
   Under the auspices of trainer Suzy Stafford 2013  found us focusing on driving accomplishments with the Lexington, VA, September FHANA keuring and October IFSHA World and National Show as the grand finales of our show season.

    In 2012 for the 2nd year in a row international champion whip, Suzy Stafford, trained Sjaantje, focusing on the International FEI # 9 advanced level driven dressage test. Those tests and their scores earned Sjaantje her KFPS/FHANA driving predicate "Sport" title. Suzy also taught me to drive driven dressage!
   2011 saw us teaming up with world class CDE driver, Suzy Stafford, who agreed to give me a weekly driving lesson with Sjaantje, as well as train 6 YO Sjaantje for her driving IBOP test and for the October IFSHA World Championships driving classes.
   In 2010 Thomas & I did our own show circuit with Sjaantje, where I soon learned it was I who needed training, and in 2011 I started taking weekly driving lessons from international champion driver, Suzy Stafford.
   For 2009 I made the leap to what I call "big time" showing, taking 4 YO Sjaantje to a trainer who took us to various shows and with the experiences and fun we had, as well as our successes, became hooked on showing our Friesians.
  When I got my first Friesian, I had absolutely no plans to show, but once I had Heidie going under saddle, realized it was my responsibility to the breed to share her beauty, so after a 33 year absence from southern California show rings, I joined a local riding club, Twin Brooks Saddle Club, here in central PA, and entered a few classes there.
   Show ribbons and trophies won by Dreams Come True Farm Friesians, as well as show photos add splashes of color throughout my home.

Gail smiles as she displays Sjaantje's Championship Ribbons from the 2012 IFSHA Region 2 show.

Photo by trainer, Suzy Stafford

3 YO Fancee, ridden by Brook Sweigart, 2012 Keystone Classic w/t English Champion
photo by Cove Creek Photography

Sjaantje & Suzy Stafford's Elk Creek FEI #9 dressage test salute--the beginning of her driving predicate title quest

Photo by Linda Gallo

Sjaantje Sport, winning training level dressage
at the Ohio CDE--our first CDE

photo by Reuss Griffiths Equine Photography

 Showing at Morven Park, VA

FHANA's Virtual 2020 Show Costume Champion

2019 Shows
After another 2 year breeding stint, Sjaantje was back on the carriage driving show circuit, continuing her winning ways. I drove her to 2 more 70+% Intermediate Driven Dressage scores to finish qualifying for my ADS Silver Dressage Medal, and as in the past she not only rose to the top of the IFSHA Friesian driving records with high point awards at their World Show for purebred Friesian and Carriage Driving, but also EOY Chapionships in Friesian Driving, Open Carriage Driving, and Open CDE. These accolades positioned her for the FHANA Championship in Driven Dressage and their Region 5 Driving and Dressage Championship titles, making her their driving nominee for Horse of the Year!

Sjaantje also showed in front of 3 different carriages: an 1890s yellow Studebaker Ladies Phaeton, a 1910 Moyer Ladies Wicker Parasol Phaeton, and
a Kuhnle Presentation Carriage for driven dressage.

1890s Studebaker Ladies Phaeton

1910 Moyer Ladies Wicker Parasol Phaeton

Kuhnle Presentation Carriage
2018 Shows
Isobel was in foal when she competed in both her shows, and Sjaantje had foaled and her colt had been weaned when she showed. Although both mares started the show season late, both Isobel and Sjaantje continued to shine in their driven dressage classes, earning IFSHA World Championship titles in Intermediate Dressage.  Sjaantje helped me earn 2 qualifying scores for my ADS Silver medal.

2016 Shows

After a 2 year show absence for Motherhood, Sjaantje regained her 2013 USEF and IFSHA national carriage pleasure driving titles! This year we switched from carts and used 2 carriages,  a 1890s Studebaker ladies phaeton and an 1910 Moyer wicker ladies phaeton, for our rail classes, during the show season added a collar to Sjaantje's harness.

2017 Shows
This year we showed 2 mares, so needed 2 carriages in addition to the Kuhnle presentation carriage for driven dressage: Isobel used the butter yellow 1910 Studebaker ladies phaeton and Sjaantje used the maroon 1890s Moyer wicker ladies phaeton. Because Isobel had always gotten Sjaantje's carriage driving hand-me-downs, I bought her a brand new custom fitted deluxe Zimmerman show harness!

2015 Shows

With 2015 being a year of keuring prep for Isobel, focusing on her driven IBOP, we only attended shows for a change of training pace and sought out those with driven dressage classes.  To offer Isobel the experience of showing in a colesium we did attend one breed show, the IFSHA Region 1 Championship at the Big E in MA, and were undefeated in our 7 carriage driving classes!

2015 was the first year we trained and showed in Florida during the winter and enjoyed it so very much will return to Ocala in 2016.

   2012 Shows
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Sjaantje Sport winning training level dressage @ Glen Willow CDE
photo by John Robinson, Pics Of You Photography

   2013 Shows
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  2011 Shows 
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2011 USEF National Champion Friesian Driving
Horse of the Year

Sjaantje & her dressage rider,
Jodi Van Sprang

  2010 Shows 
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2010 OVFHA Champion Mare, Sjaantje
Staci Griffin handling & Gail Aumiller, owner
Jamie Cinq-Mars photo
   2009  Shows  
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2009 OVFHC Champion Halter Horse, Sjaantje
Bruce Griffin handling

Cally Matherly photo
2011 IFSHA Photos

2011 IFSHA Ribbons

Missing our 
National Reinsmanship Championship
2011 MAFA Championships

2011 MAFA Ribbons

2011 Ohio, Feathered Horse, & Brandywine Ribbons

2011 IFSHA Trophies

Santa brought us a complete
Smucker's Harness Spares Kit

2010 Ohio Valley Ribbons 2009
2010 MAFA Ribbons
2009 IFSHA Trophies

2009 IFSHA Ribbons

2nd Premium Keuring Ribbons
2010 Syracuse International Ribbons

2010 Bonnie Blue Ribbons

Created on November 19, 2009  by Gail Aumiller, the owner/photographer, and last updated December 28, 2020.