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TAS Country : January 13th 2011
12 Friday, Janu FARM FEATURE WALLBROOK FRIESIAN STUD ELEGANT: Na UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS: The Davises show off three of their pure-bred Friesian mares TRAINABILITY: Lee Davis shares a quiet moment with Friesian gelding Remus, recently been started under saddle. A long-time dream to own and breed Friesian horses is now a reality for Lee and Nadeen Davis, writes Karolin MacGregor Fortheloveofash LEE and Nadeen Davis established their Wallbrook Friesian Stud in 2000 and were the first to bring a purebred Friesian horse into the state. Just over a decade later, the two have put together a group of stunning purebred horses and it is easy to understand their passion for the breed. The couple run eight purebred horses on their property at Upper Natone and this season welcomed two foals. Mrs Davis said quality was one of their most important selection criteria and something they were not prepared to compromise on. ''There are a lot of ordinary Friesian horses out there unfortunately, but we don't want to breed ordinary horses, we want them to be really good quality because that's what it's all about for us,'' she said. To assist with their breeding program, Mrs Davis has recently completed a horse artificial insemination course on the mainland. Now, working with their local vet, Mrs Davis can artificially inseminate their mares when needed. ''The great thing about AI is that we can use semen from the best stallions in the world, and match it to suit each individual mare,'' she said. The couple's first purebred mare, Kestrel, was imported in utero by a breeder in New South Wales. The pair first saw her as a five- month-old filly and impressed with her conformation and movement, agreed to buy her. She arrived on the property in 2003. Kestrel was presented to Dutch judges who flew in from Holland at the annual Friesian judging called a keuring. The judges awarded Kestrel a Ster, which is only awarded to the highest quality Friesians. In 2008 the couple imported a ster mare from Holland, whose sire has been awarded a Preferent, which means he has made an outstanding contribution to the breed. A specially equipped Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service accredited facility was set up on the Davises' property to allow them to have the mare, who was in foal.
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