Shawn Hennigan started working with Friesians in 1989 with four young horses sent in for training. At that time there were only a handful of Friesians in the Northeast.
Shawn trained the horses to ride and drive, and in 1992 the Kent family
purchased Marinus and Moike. They were the beginning of a new journey based on beautiful black horses. The family was enchanted with the breed, and transformed into true believers that Friesians were the one and only horse to have.
Shawn and the Kent family were educators about the breed through exhibitions and shows. Shawn, Julie, and Marybeth showed Moike & Marinus riding and driving across New England and beyond. People used to ask us, "are those Percherons?" There were only 400 members of the Friesian Horse Association of America at that time, which were kept on index cards in a shoebox! Now FHANA has an office in Kentucky with over 9,000 horses registered.
We import high quality horses with the goal of matching the
right horse with the right owner. We bring in horses suited for breeding and
different disciplines, including driving, dressage, saddleseat, and pleasure.
We also have a variety of young colts and fillies. It is important to us that
each new owner is happy and comfortable with his or her new horse. And, our
horses are loved and well taken care of.
We like to educate about the Friesian, so people have knowledge about the breed they are buying. We continue to provide information and guidance after the horse leaves our farm. We like to follow how they are
doing, and stay a small part of their lives. It is very easy to become attached
to all these horses, and it is always hard to see them leave.
Moike & Julie
Moike and Julie showing in Ladies Pleasure. Moike is now 26 years old, and living the life.
Marinus, Shawn & Marybeth
Marinus was the first friesian for Shawn and the Kent family.