Imagine hacking across the fells or cantering across the vast sands of Morecambe bay on a true black beauty!
The Friesian Experience is a centre of excellence for lovers of the Friesian horse. Situated amidst the rolling Cartmel countryside, Tracey Venter and her team at Black Horses LTD offer a unique and tailor-made day / half-day out for experienced, confident riders.
This is not a pony trekking centre and the team do not take out large groups in one go. Instead, they concentrate on special experiences for a couple or a small group of friends. Experiences on offer include: Farm Visits meeting and grooming the horses; Countryside hacks; Beach rides; Carriage driving lessons; and unique, bespoke, experiences for people suffering from or recovering from an illness or disability.
The wedding carriages always stop traffic, drawn by two magnificent Friesian horses. For a special occasion, wedding proposal or anniversary, you could choose to book a romantic carriage ride around Cartmel village and the surrounding countryside.
Tracey and her team share an all-consuming passion for promoting the importance of the Friesian breed and they can give advice to people who might be looking to buy their own Friesian horse.
If you need accommodation, Tracey’s mother, Sylvia, and sister, Tamara, look after Greenbank Farm B&B, so you can wake up and walk out in the morning to see the horses in their stable and fields.
With a huge following on Facebook and Instagram, you can see many photos of the horses in action. If you would like a photoshoot of your experience, you
can book local equine photographer, Sandy Kitching, to come along and capture your special day.
Here’s a small selection of the outstanding pictures Sandy Kitching captured of Heather’s day out on the beach and fells last week. Heather with 13yo Ster mare Renske, Tracey with 9yo Ster mare Doutzen and Jodie with her gorgeous little speed demon Fell pony Jack - what an amazing day this was.
Heathers husband Todd contacted me earlier this year from Tennessee, USA having read Emily’s blog about our beach rides on The Brit Crowd (www.britcrowd.com/2016/06/07/horse-power-in-the-lake-district/). Todd wanted to organise something extra special for Heather as she’d be celebrating an important birthday this year.
Ever since she was a little girl, Heather has been enchanted by the Friesian. She dreamt of riding one on the beach but never thought this would be possible until Todd found us!
We sorted out some dates, Todd booked the flights and they arrived on Sunday evening to stay in our Greenbank Farm B&B . I think its safe to say Heather was in heaven from the moment she cuddled Droomie in his stable that evening!
On the first day I was able to introduce them to my friesian family and explain more about how the friesian is closely guarded by the KFPS Royal Friesian Studbook. There was lots of cuddling and playing in the arena before we got Renske and Hannes tacked up for some riding.
Heather had such a wonderful way with the horses and immediately clicked with my beautiful Ster mare Renske. We headed out for a hack round the lanes and bridleways so she could get used to her before we headed out to the beach the following day.
Here’s just a small selection of the beautiful photo’s Sandy Kitching captured of Heather and the horses on day 1 - beach photos to follow soon :-)