14 January, 2010


This is Phoenix, a 10-year old Friesian gelding, owned by Black Sterling Friesians in Greenbrae, California, USA. I saw his picture on the website and I fell head-over-heels in love with this horse. Has this ever happened to you? I know it sounds crazy and you might even raise an eyebrow or two, considering the horse is not an Egyptian Arabian but he really looks like a fairy-tale horse come to life. I wrote about Friesian Horses before, in April of 2008 and I called the article, Black Tulips after one of my favorite books by Alexandre Dumas. A horse like Phoenix will make me feel like a KNIGHT, everytime I ride him!
"This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or as random as a blaster, but an elegant weapon for a more civilized age."-Sir Alec Guinness as Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi in the movie, Star Wars
Phoenix was bred in Holland and imported into the USA in 2004. He competed in Dressage while in Europe, earning scores consistently above 60% and progressing in his training through level M; which is comparable to the American second level. He is one of 16 beautiful Friesian Horses currently for sale at Black Sterling Friesians. His previous owner took him for rides on the trails that surrounded a golf course. He really enjoyed this horse. He is a calm, well-tempered, kind and loving horse, very loyal to the Friesian standard. Had he been shown in a Keurig, with his correct conformation and eye-catching looks, he would have been rated a STER horse. Phoenix possesses the type of personality which underscores the word "partnership" and may be the elusive individual we all look for, that is, the "once-in-a-lifetime" horse.

He is really magnificent and what a wonderful horse. If elegance were human and could custom-order a physical body, Phoenix would be the physical manifestation of elegance. I guess for most people, the "dead of winter" finds them looking through brochures of sunny and warm places, an island get-a-way. For me, the ideal get-a-way would be upon the back of a horse like Phoenix. I love Friesian Horses...they leave me breathless with their incredible beauty, which like Arabians, inspire the exotic and the mysterious, enveloped in the trappings of baroquial romance. Don't forget what Pat Parelli once said on RFD-TV about Friesian Horses:
"...the first horse that made me want to own horses of other breeds."
If you are fortunate to be in the market right now, looking for a fantastic riding partner, please visit the Black Sterling Friesians website. You won't be disappointed.

Keep dreaming, Keep hoping, Keep wishing,

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