Farm Talk


March 2, 2010

Childhood dream of owning a rare breed now a reality

Pamela (Pam) Schian-Gish began riding Appaloosa horses when she was three years old, but she liked the baroque breeds, including Lipizzans and Friesians. No one she knew had those breeds.

Later, when she was a teenager, she saw a magazine picture of a Friesian, a beautiful all-black stallion with a long flowing tail, feathers on its legs and a long mane. It renewed her interest in the breed. She asked her Dad, Rick Schian, if they could breed his Morgan mare to a Friesian stallion, but nothing came of her request.

Several years later the family went to the Dolly Parton Dixie Stampede Show in Branson, Mo., and the announcer was riding a Friesian. “I have to get one,” she declared.

In 2001, Pam and her husband Matt Gish, bought a four month old Friesian stallion colt and a short time later a young Friesian filly. The rest is history.

Today they own 31 Friesian mares, several other young mares, foals, geldings, one approved stallion and a couple of other stallions yet to be tried for approval which are housed in an outstanding barn complete with an indoor arena and a club house. Nine mares are expected to foal this year. The Gishs sell horses for breeding, cooled and frozen semen and horses for dressage, carriage, saddle-seat and even trail riding. They are in partnership with B. Bosma in Makkum, The Netherlands. Two of their mares are presently in Makkum. All of their horses are included in the international registry Komnklijke Vereniging “Het Friesch Paarden-Stambock” (KFPS) and the FHANA (Friesians Horse Association of North America).

The Gishs travel to Holland two or three times a year and regularly send horses back and forth by plane from Kansas to Makkum. The Gishs' new stallion is now in the required quarantine in Kentucky after his flight from Holland. “We will go to Kentucky to pick him up after the required 45 day quarantine period,” Pam explained.

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