Hall Of Fame

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Judi Knapp; Inducted 2012

Judi Knapp has been a pioneeer to FHANA in many different aspects. But most importantly she saw the need for putting structure into the rapidly growing FHANA organization. Judi developed the first official Rules & Regulations, she performed the administrative and record keeping for FHANA out of her own house, and was instrumental in getting the Friesian magazine started where she served as Editor in Chief until Laurie Kasperek took over the publication. Judi was also one of the key personnel in organizing and promoting the Friesian Extravaganza in 2000 which set the stage for additional events in 2001 and 2004. Judi was also heavily involved in the 25th Anniversary Event in Reno, NV. Judi was instrumental in helping FHANA grown from a local "Club" atmosphere to an international based organization it is today.
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Laurie Kasperek; Inducted 2011

Laurie's list of contributions are remarkable. Thankfully her main focus has been the education of FHANA members as our Association grew exponentially for the last fifteen years. We believe that Laurie educated more FHANA members on this complicated breed than any other individual in our Association. As editor of The Friesian Magazine she has worked tirelessly to produce the "bible" for Friesian enthusiasts in North America. Her countless contributions to The Friesian taught all of us on the challenges involves with Friesian horses. As a member, Laurie helped in starting the Education Committee in 1998. She bacame editor of The Friesian Magazine in 2002. From that point she became the central educator of our Association. Laurie is currently an active member on the FHANA Health Committee.
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Fred Hekstra; Inducted 2009

In 1989, the FHANA was having a very difficult time. FHANA almost had a split, but Fred kept it all together. At that time the Association's office was moved from California to Michigan, and all the records could fit in a few shoeboxes. In Michigan Fred had a secretary and he put all the records on computers. The Holland FPS did not have computers at the time, so there were some growing pains in the organization, but grow the organization did.
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Frank Leyendekker; Inducted 2009

As a collector of antique carriages, a yearly participant in the Rose Parade, a dignitary amoung Friesian horse breeders and a successful dairyman, Frank Leyendekker has a record of accomplishments that is difficult to match. He was not only the first president of FHANA, but through him, America has grown to appreciate the beauty and majesty of the Friesian horse, and the importance of keeping the breed pure. It is a legacy that deserves the highest honor and respect.
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Pier van der Hoek; Inducted 2009

Pier served on the FHANA board three years, during a time of great changes in the FHANA organization. His main goal was to get the 70-Day Stallion Testing performed in North America, so stallion-prospects would not have to be shipped to The Netherlands to have a chance of full approval, so our stallions would be on an equal footing with those in the Netherlands, including the privilege to ship semen worldwide. This was finally accomplished with the FHANA and KFPS approval of the DG Bar Ranch as a testing site in 2006. Unfortunately, that first year the group of stallions chosen all fell out of the testing qualifications. So the first testing began under the supervision of Willy Arts of DG Bar in December 2007.
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John & Anita Mellott; Inducted 2009

Anita and John discovered Friesian horses at the same time, in 1981, at a Tom Ryder carriage driving clinic in Pomona,CS. Jerry Dunton was driving a pair to a beautiful carriage; the horses and turnout made a memorble impression. Anita and John decided North America could use another qualified stallion and went to Friesland to see what was available. Frans 289 was sold a few hours before they made an offer, so they went home without a stallion. The next thing John knew was Sander 269 was on the next KLM plane for North America.
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Haye "Harry" Witteveen; Inducted 2009

So what about Friesian horses? It seems that Harry Witteveen never lost his love for those huge black hig-stepping horses of his native Friesland. It was with this "retirement" that cam a resurgence of that old fascination for the Friesian and with it, the love of competition that had marked his father, Sidonius. In 1986, Harry imported two Friesian geldings, Floris and Eelke, and one mare, Framkje. Framkje's first four foals were all Ster mares and that was the beginning.
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Bob & Arlene DeBoer; Inducted 2009

Once we became members of FHANA, we became involved. FHANA has always been veryimportant to us and we have promoted the Association to many people. From the start, we have gone to shows with our horses to promote the horses themselves, but definitely tp promote FHANA. We always had FHANA flyers around, ready to pass out to prospective members.
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Fred "Feike" DeBoer; Inducted 2009

Fred DeBoer had a dream of bringing his native horse, the Friesian, to the United States in the 1980's. In the last 25 years, he has accomplished his dream and established himself as one of the top Friesian breeders on the West Coast. Fred DeBoer, also known as Feike, was born in Freisland, Holland where the Friesian horse originated.