In 2019 Sjaantje was back on the driving show circuit and competed in 4 USEF shows and 3 ADS shows with 5 of those shows having driven dressage classes, so we were successful in getting the remainder of my ADS Driven Dressage silver medal scores. Sjaantje started the show year with 8 wins at IFSHA region 2 and ended the show year with 8 wins at IFSHA Worlds! December 5-8, 2019 found us at Grand Oaks, Weirsdale, FL for the ADS Annual meeting and Awards banquet, where I had the honor of awarding their driven dressage medals, and receiving my Silver Driven Dressage Medal and 750 Hour Recreational Driving pin. In January 2020 Thomas and I traveled toWest Palm Beach, FL, to accept Sjaantje's USEF 2019 National Friesian Driving Championship award. The end of February we will fly to Lexington, KY, for FHANA's annual meeting and awards banquet, where Sjaantje and I will be recognized as their National & Regional Driven Dressage Champions, Regional Driving Champion, and Driving Horse of Honor, qualifying Sjaante for and in the running to be voted FHANA Horse of the Year!
Come True Farm" is a privately owned barn and
purchased in the fall of 2002. We raise
and train FPS/FHANA Dutch registered Friesians, which are for
Conveniently located a few miles from I-81's Exit 52 and the Carlisle
exit 226 of the PA Turnpike, the property now has a lovely completely
modern home, a fabulous barn with a camera monitored foaling stall, an
riding ring with rubber footing, 2 outside grass footing arenas with
one being a 40 X 80m driving arena,
lots of lush pastures with run-in sheds and automatic
waterers, and a hacking/driving path through the woods and around the
With Thomas' help, my dreams come true!
I have discovered the kindness and warmth of the Friesian horse, buying a yearling in 2003 and in 2005 a 3 in 1 package from the Netherlands as a retirement present and project. Our first foals, an Ait colt and a Teade filly arrived in 2006. In 2007 Santa brought me a fabulously well-bred Goffert full-papered filly and in 2012 an even better bred Sipke filly. In April our ster broodmare, Isobel, will have her second Hessel foal.
2009 brought many new and wonderful Friesian experiences with our entering the Friesian show world, traveling to VA, OH, and MO with some of our young horses, and proud of Sjaantje who earned 3 World and 2 National Champion Titles that year. Our evolving breeding and training operation has expanded to boarding, always having a horse on the market, and now taking a horse or two to a show.
In 2010 Thomas & I ventured onto the show circuit with Sjaantje and sometimes taking yearling, Fancee. What an adventure and learning experience--I looked at each show as being a vacation with horses;-) In 2011 after teaming up with Suzy Stafford, we started to blow the Friesian driving world away--won National Driving Championships and Sjaantje was the 2011 & 2013 USEF high point Friesian driving HOTY. In 2012 Suzy put a FPS/FHANA driving sport predicate title on Sjaantje by earning 10 points from advanced level FEI #9 dressage tests, and in 2013 Suzy put a Crown mare title on Sjaantje by achieving an 81.5 score on the Driving IBOP test. In 2014 Isobel earned her Sport title, had a 78 IBOP score to win the Dream Gait Driving IBOP Cup, and earned her keuring "Ster" and in 2015 earned her driving sport predicate title, and in 2017 became a first premium "1e" Friesian mare.
2016 was a fantasy show year for Sjaantje and myself: we wintered in Ocala, FL, so showed the FL driving circuit and then came north to do the same. Consequently both Sjaantje and myself won USEF Horse and Equestrian of the Year honors; plus Sjaantje was the USEF Grand Champion Carriage Pleasure Driving Horse, the National Friesian Carriage Driving Horse, and the National Carriage Pleasure Driving Training Level Driven Dressage Horse, and National Reserve Pleasure Driving Champion!
2018 we lightly campaigned both Isobel, who was in foal, and Sjaantje, who had foaled. Earlier in the year I had earned both my Blue (Training) and my Bronze (Preliminary) ADS Driven Dressage Medals, so finished the year competing in intermediate tests that earned me 2 of the 4 required scores for my silver medal. Sjaantje's & Isobel's 2018 USEF end of year honors: they tied, so both were the USEF National Intermediate Driven Dressage Champions.
2019's goal was to earn my remaining 2 ADS Silver Medal Intermediate Driven Dressage scores and I did! I couldn't be more proud of Sjaantje, and she didn't disappoint us in any of her 7 shows, ending the show year with 8 IFSHAWorld carriage pleasure driving titles and 5 reserve champion titles to tie for the show's high point Friesian award and to win its high point driving award. She also was IFHSA's end of year high point champion in Friesian Carriage Driving, Open Single Horse Carriage Driving, and Open Single Horse CDE. Sjaantje's outstanding driving performances earned her FHANA's Driven Dressage Regional and National Titles, and her driving nomination for their Horse of the Year.
Having retired from teaching in 2005, I have been able to live my dream 24/7 and give our Friesian horses the time they need and deserve!
Created by Gail L. Aumiller on January 4, 2004 and last updated on February 22, 2020.