Farm Talk


March 2, 2010

Danish horses at home in Yale, Okla.

The tiny town of Yale, Oklahoma just east of Stillwater, may seem a strange place for a breeder of Danish horses and an import/export business dealing in live horses, semen, both fresh and frozen and embryos to have set up business, but to Hans and Rebecca Christensen if seemed to be perfect.

A big part of this perfection rests with the fact the farm is located not far from two large airports, several U.S. and Interstate highways and near a veterinary school and hospital where a lot of research on the treatment of horses has been conducted. On top of that, the land is rolling allowing for good drainage and with enough timber to provide shade and windbreaks.

The route to Oklahoma had a lot of twists and turns for both parties, but Hans traveled the most distance. He served in the Danish Army as a mechanic for three years and then came to the U.S. on a work exchange because of his knowledge of luxury cars. He was working in California when he met Rebecca. He arrived in 1976 and became a U.S. citizen in 1988.

“When I left Denmark the income tax was 55 percent, the value added twelve-and-a-half percent and now it is 25 percent,” he said. “You have to have private insurance to get into a hospital quick. America is the greatest country. You’re only limited by your imagination. Western Europe is so socialized.”

A trip to Colorado to see friends resulted in a decision to come back and trail ride. Both Hans and Rebecca decided before they undertook that they should learn to ride so they went back to California and bought a horse. One thing led to another, dissatisfaction with the place the horses were being stabled, problems with drainage at the first stable they owned and a continually increasing interest in horses, especially those from Hans’ home country, the Frederiksborg.

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