In the USA Elbricht Star Sport Elite and Megan McIsaac scored 64% in their first Grand Prix. Elbricht is owned by Rick and Sue Neipert, Milton, Wisconsin. Sue shares their enthousiasm about Elbricht -and Lobke E., another talented mare – with Phryso.com:
Bred for dressage
Elbricht Star Sport Elite (Tietse 428 Sport x Folkert 353 P Sport) was born here in the USA in 2009. Her dam is our Tetske van de Amelse Hoeve, a !st premie Star mare from Stam 50. My husband Rick and I have a 140 acre farm, Meadow’s Gait Friesians, located in Milton, Wisconsin, USA. We have been breeding Friesian horses for about 20 years now. Elbricht was bred especially with dressage in mind for her future. I selected her sire because he was competing and had the talent for Grand Prix himself and hoping he would pass some of those genes to Elbricht…I believe it worked.
Meanwhile, waiting for the beautiful, precocious Elbricht to grow up, we were competing another mare of ours, Lobke E. Ster Sport Elite Stam 44 (Ulke 338 Sport x Olof 315 Sport). She has competed to Intermediaire 1 dressage. She has blessed us with 4 beautiful foals so far. We feel privileged to call two of these rare talented mares our own.
Elbricht pave the way for Friesians
Megan McIsaac has been our trainer/rider for over 15 years. Training horses and riders in the sport of dressage is her passion and over the years has developed a soft spot in her heart for Friesian horses…especially Elbricht (Byrd) and Lobke (Jewel). She started both these mares and brought them through FEI levels. She debuted Elbricht May 2019 in Grand Prix with a 64%. As she continues training Grand Prix, those scores will likely improve. When we started competing the Friesians in dressage, you rarely saw a Friesian at a show. Now 10 years later, you will likely see a few at every show. We feel that we have helped pave the way for Friesians in the dressage arena in the US, proving they can be competitive at the upper levels. We were one the first at getting the Z1 level test added to dressage show rosters in our area and riding that test.
Elbricht loves people
Elbricht, more affectionately know as Byrd, is a fan favorite. She loves people. We have ridden her every year at exhibitions and she loves her crowd. Nothing seems to phase her, even riding in front of thousands of cheering fans. She has such a bold powerful presence. There is something definitely to be said about Friesian power. In my opinion, there is nothing better than a Friesian performing a beautiful musical freestyle. For Megan and Elbricht, dressage freestyles are their forte. Every level of dressage, they have won numerous championships and awards from USDF and FHANA.The year they competed 1st level, they qualified for US Dressage Finals in Lexington, KY. When all was said and done, they placed 7th overall of the best riders in the US for 1st level dressage musical freestyle. They are now enjoying competing their Grand Prix freestyle this year.
Megan is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist. She owns Lindinhof Equine Sports Zentrum located in Oregon, Wisconsin. She has coached many of her students to earning their own USDF medals and is instrumental in helping a few other Friesians in her barn gain their Sport status. It is now time for Megan and Elbricht to enjoy the efforts and dedication that is involved in getting a horse to Grand Prix level. Time to have fun….