Friesian breeding farm Lorick Stables has won the prestigious United States Equestrian Federation’s Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Breeders Cup, which is a first for a friesian stud.
The award is given in memory of the late American Saddlebred owner and breeder who died in 1998. It recognises an individual or breeding enterprise that consistently breeds outstanding performance and show horses.
The 2015 award winners, New York breeders Rick Butts and Lorie Washuta of Lorick Stables Friesians, are the first Friesian breeders to receive the honor.
Lorick Stables imported its first mare from The Netherlands in 2002 but their first Friesian that began their passion for breeding Dutch horse was bought in 1997. That mare, Diane D, by Frans produced the two mares, Zeva LSI and Vianke LSI when bred to Warn who still are the mainstay of the Lorick breeding program.
Lorick Stables is located in Youngstown, New York, just a few miles from the border with Canada and Niagara Falls. The farm’s horses compete at breed and open shows throughout the country, as well as Horse Fairs and American Driving Society and USDF Dressage Shows. The farm also breeds Fjord horses.