CheyAut Ranch Friesians
As for now, CheyAut Ranch is home to only one Friesian. In the future there will be more, but for now we are happy with the one we have. We don't have any plans to own any Friesian stallions, but we will breed our mares to approved Friesian stallions in the future.
Rosanne van de Slingenburg
Radiance was born 3/21/05 in Holland. We imported her in September of 2005. She is my dream horse, and Craig made my dream come true for my birthday present. Radiance got a premie at her foal keuring. She is a very correct friesian by the approved stallion Tsjipke 399.
From Legacy Friesians (whom we got her through): "The approved stud Tsjipke 399 was born in 1998, bred from the STAR mare Johanna B. (v. Tamme) and the stud Remmelt 323 (v. Oege pref.). Tsjipke 399 is now competing in level M2 dressage. He has a very long mane and forelock, since he is a descendant of Oege pref.! His grand-dam, Olga B, had 18 offspring and 7 of them turned out to be STAR mares, quite an impressive ratio!"
I hope you enjoy the following photos of Radiance growing up!
Sadly, the Arizona summer sun wreaks havoc on black coats. Many people will keep their horses stalled to avoid sun bleaching, but we prefer to let the horses play at will (they do have shade!). We hate their coats bleaching out, but it's a small price to pay for happy horses!
Radiance is not yet started under saddle, but as you can see below, she has worn it! She was a little tense about it, but not bad :) In 2009 Radi will go to our trainer to start her riding career. She will be trained for dressage. She will later go back to the trainer (Renee Millar of Saddlehorn Appaloosas) to learn to drive, and will start her combined driving career :)
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November 5, 2008 was a horrible, sad, tragic day. When Craig went out to feed the horses in the morning, he discovered Radiance had died. Vet found she had colicked, her small intestine was twisted. She said it was caused by some defect Radi was born with, and Radi was a walking time bomb.

I will never forget my beautiful girl.

She was incredibly sweet, gorgeous, just all around wonderful. I had big dreams of riding and driving her that were not meant to be. Things will never be the same without her greeting me everyday. They say time heals all wounds, but this wound is going to take more time that I can imagine.

I believe in Heaven, and I believe that animals are there as well. So I know that my mother now has the most beautiful Friesian there ever was. I know they will take good care of each other.

Radiance, I will love you always.
Baby, why'd you leave me, why'd you have to go
I was counting on forever, now I'll never know
I cant even breathe
It's like I'm, looking from a distance, standing in the background
Everybody's saying, she's not coming home now,
This can't be happening to me
This is just a dream

Just a Dream
Carrie Underwood
3/21/05 - 11/5/08
As for now, there are no Friesians at CheyAut Ranch. There will be in the future, but we are waiting until we move to Kentucky. It is hard to hold off buying another of these magnificent animals, but we know that is the best way to accomplish our dream of a ranch in Kentucky.