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The Friesian Community Mourns

September 7, 2008

On Sunday, Sept 7,2008, Anita Mellott died in Roseville, CA. as the result of an accident on a motorcycle. Her husband John was also critically injured, and remains hospitalized. John and Anita were instrumental in reintroducing the Friesian horse to the United States with their first group of three horses in 1982. With their stallions, Sander and Lukas, they have helped shape the future of the Friesian horse here. They were avid competitors and exhibitors, and consumate advocates for the Friesian, always willing to man the breed booth at an Expo or Equine Affaire. Anita, whose heritage is from the Netherlands, was the President of the North American Stallion Owners, and John is a past President of FHANA. Both have been active in all aspects of promoting the Friesian horse in America. Their ranch, Black Horse Valley Ranch in Mountain Center CA was recently the site of a gathering for the return of Lukas from the Netherlands. We ask that you continue to keep a good thought for John's recovery.Cards and well wishes can be sent to:Sutton Roseville Hospital, Atten: John Mellott, 1 Medical Plaza, Roseville, CA 95661. Anita, with her outgoing, welcoming personality and her undeniable love of the Friesian horse will be sorely missed by people who love Friesians. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.