Prairie Wind Pearls
Prairie Wind Ranch was established in 2002 with the purchase of a magnificent Friesian stallion, Alex ut de Finnen. Our journey with Alex included winning ribbons at World Friesian shows, regional dressage shows, many miles of trail riding in the beautiful Black Hills and making dreams come true by producing quality Friesian sport horses. He was not only an important part of our family . . . he was the center of our world.
In 2011 our world changed when Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately the treatment was successful. Just two months after completing cancer treatment, we were hit with more devasting news. Steve was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease, for which there is no cure. By 2015 Steve was no longer able to help at the farm, so reluctantly the process of rehoming horses and selling the ranch was begun. Fortunately, good homes were found for all and in July, 2015, Alex traveled to his new loving home in Canada. With Faith, family and good friends we embarked on the next stage of our life journey.
By 2017 Linda and Steve had settled into a much smaller farm and were transitioning to a slower lifestyle. In October Linda happened across a photo of a weanling Friesian colt and fell in love. Owning a stallion again was not even on the radar, but the magnetic draw to this adorable colt was undeniable. By the end of November, Daario van Dream Gait had arrived at Prairie Wind Ranch.
We no longer have a farm large enough for an extensive breeding operation and that is ok because we don't feel that the world needs a lot more Friesian crosses. But, there are two Friesian cross in particular that we are passionate about. . . Georgian Grandes and quality blue roan crosses.
The cross between the Saddlebred and Friesian is a perfect combination of two regal breeds with noble presence and carriage. The lighter frame of the Saddlebred allows for more versatility in the Georgian Grandes. The Friesian contributes many desirable traits including a quiet, sweet temperament. We won't produce a lot of Georgian Grandes, but those that we do will be worth waiting for. (Click HERE for a video about the Georgian Grande horse)
We have also been long-time fans of blue roan Friesian crosses. We hope to produce a couple of quality blue roan crosses each year by crossing with select quarter horse and Percheron cross mares. Check back often for updates!
A Great Horse
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