The Friesian Connection Stallion Station Inc. (Amy Kroll and Janice VerMerris) acquired Tjaarda in November of 2015 in partnership with Jim and Sally Bedeker of Gemini Acres Equine and in 2016 was imported to the US from the Netherlands. Tjaarda is a son of Time 398 and the star preferent mare Daisy W (Lolke 371) and was born in 2006.
In 2012 Tjaarda was voted Horse of the Year by the KFPS membership. In 2014 Tjaarda was awarded KFPS Silver Bowl winner. He was licensed by the KFPS as a breeding stallion in 2014. Tjaarda has the Sport predicate behind his name. The Sport predicate is earned when a horse has proven himself as a superior horse in competition. Not only must the horse achieve a high level in sport, he must also win at a high level consistently. Tjaarda has earned the “Sport” pedigree in 3 disciplines; Dressage, Show Driving and Driven Dressage.
In 2017 Tjaarda became one of the very few KFPS stallions to earn the Elite predicate. He is the first of only 2 stallions standing in North America with this predicate and the only stallion in the world who is actually DOUBLE ELITE. There are 2 ways the KFPS has deemed possible to have the Elite predicate added to the stallions name. #1 is to have successfully competed and earned enough points to qualify for the SPORT predicate in 3 disciplines. Tjaarda already accomplished this in 2015. #2 is to have competed successfully with 5+ scores at FEI dressage. Tjaarda, with his rider Ellisa Kroll accomplished this in June of 2017 at Prix St. George, where Ellisa also completed all the requirements to earn her Silver Medal from USDF.
For 2018 FHANA began it’s own Horse Of The Year award and Tjaarda 483 Sport Elite has become FHANA’s very first horse to be Horse of the Year. Tjaarda previous earned this distinction with the KFPS in the Netherlands.
2019 was a very exciting competition year for Tjaarda and Ellisa – together this team qualified and competed very competitively at I-1 for USDF region 2 and in the US Dressage Finals – a remarkable feat for a KFPS breeding stallion to be going strong and being noticed in a field of Warmbloods (and with a 21 year old rider). This team also took World Champion ribbons at the IFSHA World Show for both I-1 dressage and English Show Hack (both open and junior divisions). Keep watching this fantastic team! Tjaarda and Ellisa are sponsored by Espana Silk Products , Equus Couture , Tribute Equine Nutrition and Shawn Matherly Farrier LLC
Keep watching this team as they are currently schooling I-2 and Grand Prix movements….shooting for the stars!
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