California Riding Magazine • December, 2012

Show Don't Tell!
Friesian Focus pulls out all stops for Breyer showcase event.

The new Breyer horse was displayed stoically on the mantle at the Friesian Focus ranch as the Breyer Committed Collectors arrived by the busload. This rare collectors statuette was modeled after Friesian Focus's own stallion, Monte 378 Sport, a top-quality dressage horse known for his stunning features and kind disposition.

The annual weekend-long Breyer Committed Collectors event, held in mid-October, featured museum visits, formal dinners and multiple
farm tours. However the visit to Friesian Focus was unanimously considered one of this year's highlights.

Friesian Focus didn't go for the typical farm tour that simply boasted and bragged about the various superstar horses in their possession. It didn't tell visitors what they had tucked into the spotless Spanish-style stalls: they showed them! An elaborate two-hour performance showcased the strength, versatility and wonder of the Friesian breed. It provided a comprehensive view into the elegant world of unrivaled Friesian show horses.

Set around the beautifully remote foothills of the Cleveland National Forest, in Riverside County's Murrieta, the impressive courtyard-style ranch is a showpiece unto itself, as well as a first-class breeding and training facility. For the Breyer event, the Friesian Focus outdid itself with a live jazz band, a show announcer, catered gourmet hors d'oeuvres and a fully-staffed bar.


Monte 378 Sport

Once the guests settled into the romantically-decorated surroundings, the show commenced. It began with the star of the event, Monte 378 Sport, Friesian Focus's approved breeding stallion. Monte stood tall and proud as he and his dressage trainer Sandra Williams carried a large American flag to the middle of the arena. Following the powerful live performance of the Star Spangled Banner were eight more exhibitions.

These included show driving, an at-liberty presentation, a costume act and saddle seat and combined driving exhibitions. Friesian Focus' owner Joan Fernandez drove an antique carriage pulled by two world champion Friesians and the show ended with Monte 378 Sport performing a spectacular musical dressage freestyle. In addition to the star of the event, Monte 378 Sport, the show presented multiple World and National Champion show horses.


Monte 378 Sport

Much enjoyed by 200-plus Breyer enthusiasts, the event moved beautifully from exhibition to exhibition, demonstrating the versatility and pleasant disposition of the breed. Visitors left believing in the mystical grandeur of the handsome Friesian horses and with a conclusive desire for more.

Inclusion in the Breyer's Committed Collectors weekend was one of several recent honors for Friesian Focus. The new touring production, Valitar, purchased two FF horses to perform in its spectacular show that debuted in San Diego last month. The producers sought out the horses for their exhibition after seeing two Friesian Focus steeds, Ids and Tieme, perform a tandem performance at the IFSHA World and Grand National Show held in Del Mar in October.

As a breeder and importer, Friesian Focus specializes in horses that are best suited for driving and saddle seat and dressage riding. Their carefully selected horses have considerable experience and achievement in the show arena, making them top prospects for owners with competitive ambitions.

For more information on Friesian Focus' breeding and training program, as well as upcoming special events at the ranch, visit www.friesianfocus.com.