Because 2016 was such a phenominal show year for DCTF, in 2017 Thomas and I have been traveling to Lexington, KY, to accept our recognition honors: in January, we attended the USEF annual meeting and 2016 Awards banquets, where both Sjaantje and I received Pegasus trophies for horse of honor and carriage driving. In March we returned to KY for FHANA's annual meeting and awards banquet, where I was recognized as their 2016 Performance Driver and Dreams Come True Farm was honored with FHANA's 2016 President's Award. On May 21, we will travel to North Salem, NY, to participate in Sjaantje's induction into the Equus Foundation's Horse Star Hall of Fame. Sjaantje's not the only Friesian there, but she is the only Friesian mare!
Click here for the rest of Sjaantje's 2016 end of year accolades:
Back on the show circuit in 2016, Sjaantje claimed a multitude of regional and national titles in both USEF and ADS competitions, as she, owner, Gail Aumiller, and trainer, Suzy Stafford, traveled up and down the East Coast and across the Midwest. They wintered in Ocala, FL, returned to PA in April, and concluded their show season October 5-9 at IFSHA's World Championship and Grand Nationals held in the Champion Center, Springfield, OH. What a year it has been! Although our showing was confined to carriage pleasure driving classes, our 15 shows included a schooling show, 5 IFSHA Regional Championship shows, the IFSHA World Championships, and ADS shows that included a Horse Driving Trial, a Super Derby, Combined Tests, and Pleasure Driving Shows.
DCTF 2013 National Accolades
On October 1, 2013 eight YO Friesian Ster Tsjerk mare, Sjaantje Sport, became a Crown mare after scoring an 81.5, the highest FHANA Driving IBOP score to win the Dream Gail Driving IBOP Cup, and earning a 1st Premium!
Gail was named the 2013 Friesian Horse Association of North America Performance Driver for the third consecutive year.
Sjaantje was USEF's 2013 Friesian Carriage Driving Horse of the Year
Sjaantje was IFSHA's 2013 Friesian Carriage Driving Horse of the Year
Sjaantje was IFSHA's ADS 2013 Friesian Open Pleasure Driving Single Hitch HOTY
Sjaantje was IFSHA's ADS Friesian Open Combined Driving Event Single HOTY
Sjaantje was the 2013 Devon Country Fair Single Horse Champion with whip, Suzy Stafford
Sjaantje and Gail's USEF 2016
Horse & Equestrian of the Year
2016 Orleton Farm, MA, Pleasure Show
Sjaantje's Concors d'Elegance Turnout
Sjaantje and Gail show their carriage pleasure driving form that won 6 of their 7 classes at the Florida 2016 Jubilee of Breeds Show
Sjaantje's 2016 IFSHA World's
3 high point trophies
Sjaantje and Suzy Stafford take their World Champion Carriage Pleasure Driving Concours d"Elegance victory lap at the 2016 IFSHA World and Grand National Championship Show
Gail's 2016 IFSHA World Champion Carriage Driving Reinsmanship Victory Lap
October 1, 2013 Lexington, VA, KFPS/FHANA keuring, Sjaantje Sport,
driven by Suzy Stafford, had the highest Driving IBOP
score, an 81.5, in North America, earning her the 2013 Dream Gait
Friesians Driving Cup Award." When shown in-hand, she was upgraded to a
1st premium (1e), then as Sjaantje and I started to leave the arena, I
was told to remain there, because there was yet another award for us. I
was stunned when they made the announcement that she was now a Crown
mare! I shed tears of joy three times that day: for her fabulous IBOP
score, for her 1e premium, and for her Crown title! Our journey that
started in 2009 has finally ended: Sjaantje Sport is a first premie
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 March our ster broodmare, Isobel, will have a Norbert 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 have a horse on the market, and now enjoy 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 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 is currently in foal to Norbert.
Having retired from teaching in 2005, I am now able to live my dream 24/7 and give our 4 Friesian horses the time they need and deserve!
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