Come see the horse of your dreams!

Looking for the date for our annual open house for 2019? We have decided this year to hold it on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. So come out for a fun day of Friesian horses on Saturday, May 25, 2019. Time is from 11 am until 2 pm. As usual we will have lots of ice cream. Featured stallions this year are Meinte 490, Tjaarda 483 and Hessel 480. Once again Petra Zeelen will be joining us from the Netherlands. Petra will also be presenting some educational information during our open house. In addition to Petra, this year Gemma Sas is coming from the Netherlands to be part of the festivities and demonstrations. Our own super star Ellisa Kroll and Petra and Gemma are preparing to showcase these stallions at their best. This event is free and family friendly.

Location: Friesian Connection Stallion Station
2685 144th Ave.
Dorr MI 49323

Time: 11 am – 2 pm

Meinte 490 Sport (newly imported from the Netherlands) ridden by Gemma Sas
Tjaarda 483 Sport Elite ridden by Ellisa Kroll
Hessel 480 ridden by Petra Zeelen

Our annual open house and ice cream social for 2018 will be Saturday, June 2 from 11 am to 2 pm.  The public is invited to see all our beautiful horses featured the 5 approved stallions standing at the Friesian Connection Stallion Station Inc.

Featured Stallions:

Hessel 480 Sport

Tjaarda 483 Sport Elite

Date 477 Sport

Tonjes 459 Sport

Fridse 423 Sport


Location:  2685  144th Ave.  Dorr Michigan 49323

The Friesian Connection is pleased to announce the Annual Open House and Ice Cream Social, scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017, 1-4 pm on beautiful acreage just minutes from downtown Grand Rapids. Come for an afternoon of fun and fellowship and visit the Friesian Connection Stallion Station. Here, the public will see these majestic creatures up close and personal. The afternoon will include the presentation of stallions under saddle and driving, horses at liberty, a petting barn, and all the ice cream you can eat! This year the Open House will feature Hessel 480, a majestic stallion direct from the Netherlands, with special guest Petra Zeelen who is a renowned trainer and clinician from the Netherlands. Also, Spring is foaling season for Friesians in cold climate states. The Open House will feature these beautiful colts, fillies, and mares. The Friesian Connection has a history of hosting Friesians owners to market Friesian horses and services. This tradition began back in the 1980’s when the DeBoers and other early Friesian import partners began to market their stock for sale and stud services. It has since grown to be a huge event that attracts enthusiasts from across the Midwest. Remember to bring your horse loving friends and family to this special, free event.

Here is the Open House address: 2685 144th Ave. Dorr, MI 49323.

Contact information:

Janice DeBoer VerMerris


FHANA members;  Bid on Hessel 480 Sport!

Love is in the air!

It’s time to bid on the Stallions graciously donated to the Stallion Breeding Auction for the 2017 AGM in Lexington KY. Bids start at $1,000 and can be phoned in to the FHANA Office 859-455-7430 or come to the AGM for all the bidding action in person!

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Save the date!  May 6, 2017

More details coming soon.

We are pleased to announce the date of our 2016 Annual Open House and Ice Cream Social

Saturday, May 7 from 1-3 pm.  Public is invited

Come for a fun afternoon of fellowship while we showcase the stallions at the Friesian Connection Stallion Station.   The afternoon will include the presentation of our stallions under saddle and driving, horses at liberty, and all the ice cream you can eat!  Our featured guest from the Netherlands, Petra Zeelen, will give a mini clinic on how Friesian horses are shown in dressage and show driving in the Netherlands.  Please bring your horse loving friends and family for this special event.  This is a free event and all are welcome.

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Location:  2685  144th Ave.  Dorr  MI  49323

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For FHANA members and Friesian horse owners:

New this year we will follow our open house with a clinic on keuring preparation for the Friesian horse taught by Petra Zeelen from the Netherlands. This clinic will follow our open house beginning about 3:30 and will last approximately 3 hours.    Cost is $35/person (pay at the door) and includes pizza afterwards for participants.  Please RSVP to if you plan to attend the clinic.PetraZeelenPetraZeelen1

Petra has 20 years  experience in training Friesian horses and other breeds but mainly Friesian horses in show driving,  dressage and preparing for the KFPS judging at keurings and the stallion show each January

➖1995 special private horse school (the only one in the world).

➖1996 work at  the KFPS training stable

➖1997 Work in Florida on a large Friesian farm and met my husband.

➖1997 work on a large California Friesian farm dressage and driving training and shows.

➖1997-2016 Dressage training, driving training.

➖1998-2016 Work in the Netherlands my own training stable  and stallion station (many KFPS breeding stallions) with my husband, Doeke Hoekstra

➖2007 Teaching dressage and training Friesian horses in Russia.

➖2012 July. Car accident almost recovered in December 2015

➖2013-2016 assistant and preparing horses for photoshoots.

➖2014-2016 three classes of KFPS judging.

➖Quarantine Stable for horses for China, Russia, Morocco etc.

➖Riding and driving IBOP for mares to be Model etc.

➖Showing approved stallions at shows and dressage competition and driving competition. Preparing stallions for the stallion keuring in January every year.

➖Dressage and driving clinics in the USA.

➖Over all clinics training Friesian horses in the USA.



We are happy to announce that Espana Silk Products is sponsoring our Stallion Tjaarda 483 Sport and his rider Ellisa Kroll.

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Both Tjaarda and Ellisa love to use Espana Silk products on their manes. Both horse and rider are blessed with luxurious, long hair and using the Espana Silk products have helped to keep their manes healthy and free from tangles.

If you would like to learn more about Espana Silk products you can go to their website:

If you see Ellisa at a dressage show, ask her about Espana Silk.  She will be carrying their products with her to every show if you are interested in purchasing them.  We will also have them at our farm; so stop in to visit our amazing stallions and take home Espana Silk for your own beautiful horses!

As breeding season begins, we would like to share with you some information published by the KFPS about the reproductive cycle of mares.  Please feel free to share this with your vet.  Click on the link below:

The reproductive cycle of Friesians

The Friesian Connection Stallion Station along with the Michigan Friesian Horse Club will be hosting another Marc-Peter Spahn Dressage Clinic on November 4 and 5.  If you are interested in riding or auditing this clinic, please contact Janice at for more information.MarcPeterSpahn2