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Our Breeding Program
Gigha Steinman ~
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Respected breeder of QUALITY Friesian Sporthorses (Friesian crosses / Friesian Sport Horses.)
Lexington ~ High Score Champion Again!
Lexington once again was the High Score Overall winner and the First Level High Score at the recent Southeast Sizzler dressage competition, July 4 & 5, 2009. Lexington's score was one of only two scores to break 70% the whole weekend... We're very proud of Lexington!
Some new foal photos....
TOP LEFT: Lexington's Pik
Friesian Sporthorse filly
(Lexington x Pikturesque Nikou)
foaled April 25, 2009
Congratulations Diane & Tyra
TOP RIGHT: Lyrical Londyn Rayne
Friesian Sporthorse filly
(Lexington x Butterfly)
foaled June 28, 2009
BOTTOM LEFT: Addy
(G Walkabout x Nakoda)
foaled May 30, 2009
Bred by Carrie Simmons
BOTTOM RIGHT: Laguna ROF
Friesian Sporthorse filly
(Lexington x Miramar)
foaled May 18, 2009
Bred by River Oaks Farm
We've updated our "Photo Album" pages...
Our Photo Album was in desperate need of an overhaul -- and it's finally done! Click here to check it out:
Gigha & Lexington ~ IFSHA News Member Spotlight feature
Gigha is the featured "Member Spotlight" in the current issue of the IFSHA News, riding Lexington. Click here to view the page:
(IFSHA is the International Friesian Show Horse Association -- Lexington was the IFSHA 2008 Training Level Champion in the Derivative Dressage category with a 74.600%.)
Lexington's newest foal!
Lyrical Londyn Rayne was foaled Sunday, June 28th. She is by Lexington, and out of Guenther's Morning Blaze ("Butterfly"). Congratulations to the Pentecosts (owners/breeders)!
RHS Spring Dressage Results
RHS Spring Dressage, May 2 & 3, 2009
Both stallions had another good show. Both competed at First Level, winning ribbons in all of their classes, with two wins for Lexington (scores to 68%) and two second place finished for G Walkabout (scores to 66%).
Canterbury May Days, May 9 & 10, 2009
This was a great weekend for both stallions, and especially for Lexington, who was the First Level High Score Champion, and the overall High Score Reserve Champion with a 74.333%.
Both stallions were competing at First Level, and finished 3rd place or higher in every one of their classes.
Lexington won two of his classes with scores of 72.2% and 74.3%, and G Walkabout won one class, and beat Lexington in the First Level Test 1 with a score of 69.3%!
This was also a proud weekend for Gigha, who scored a "9" for the Collective Mark for Rider!
Click on the photo to the right to see more show photos...
(We hope to have photos of both stallions posted soon.)
Our first 2009 foal finally has a name.....
Lauderdale ROF (Lexington x Koloa.) Check back, we hope to get some new photos on the website soon! Lauderdale ROF is also offered for sale, so please visit the Horses for Sale page if you are interested in this very nice colt.
Another foal, and this
time a filly!
May 18, 2009
Miramar foaled a beautiful healthy pinto filly early in the morning on May 18th. We're very excited, as we'd hoped for a healthy pinto filly, and we got exactly that! She is by our Elite Book Friesian Sporthorse stallion Lexington, and out of our Main Book pinto Friesian Sporthorse mare Miramar, and will be eligible for Main Book registration. Her name is Laguna ROF.
(Please excuse the mud -- it has rained here for nearly a week straight, but when it stopped briefly we decided to give these two a little chance to get out and play!)
Lexington, ridden by Gigha
Laguna, three days old...
USDF National Awards Banquet & Convention
December 3-7, 2008
The USDF National Awards Banquet & Convention will be December 3-7. in Denver Colorado. The National Awards Banquet will be Saturday, December 6th, and will honor the top dressage horses in the United States. Lexington and G Walkabout will both be receiving awards, and Gigha will also be attending as one of the representatives of the Friesian Sporthorse Association. Be sure to say "hi"! Congratulations to everyone who won one of these prestigious awards.
Breed of the Month: Friesian Sporthorse
USDF Connection magazine, December/January 2008
The Friesian Sporthorse is the featured Breed of the Month in the December/January issue of USDF Connection magazine, and the article also features a photograph of our Friesian Sporthorse
stallion Lexington! Be sure to check it out -- this issue will also be available at the USDF National Convention in Denver, Colorado.
Wishing a Merry Christmas to everyone, and looking forward to another great year in 2009. We're expecting two foals in 2009, and the stallions will still be competing, so check back often for updates!
AWS 2008 National Award Winners
G Walkabout 2008 AWS Inspection Stallion of the Year!
Congratulations to G Walkabout (Approved, Elite, Supreme), who was recently announced as the AWS 2008 Inspection Stallion of the Year, with an impressive inspection score of 84.775! Congratulations also to G Walkabout's foal Geneva and his owner Devon Belanger -- Geneva was the Bronze medal winner for AWS 2008 Inspection Young Horse of the Year Weanling Colts/geldings!
Lexington ~ IFSHA Horse of the Year!
Congratulations to Lexington, who was just named IFSHA (International Friesian Show Horse Association) Training Level Horse of the Year for 2008 with an average of 74.6%. The award included a ribbon and a lovely embroidered fleece stable sheet.
Hunter & Sport Horse magazine's "Breeder's News" article features River Oaks Farm
River Oaks Farm was again featured in Hunter & Sport Horse magazine's annual "Breeder's News" special article. Click on the article to enlarge it...
Our first 2009 foal is here!
Our first foal of 2009 was born Wednesday April 22nd. He is a wonderful healthy Friesian Sporthorse colt by our Elite Book Friesian Sporthorse stallion Lexington and out of our Friesian Sporthorse mare Koloa. This is the second time we've bred this cross -- the first one turned out so nice, we decided to repeat it. We were hoping for a keeper filly, so we'll be trying one more time with this cross, meanwhile this super colt will be offered for sale in the future, if you'd like to check back...
Lexington's 2nd 2009 foal is here!
Lexington's second foal (bred/owned by Diane in NY) was born April 25th, and is an adorable healthy filly. She is by our Elite Book Friesian Sporthorse stallion Lexington, and out of an Appaloosa Sport Horse mare named Pikturesque Nikou. Pikturesque Nikou is by the Appaloosa stallion NF Theodore (by Wap Spotted) and out of the Hanoverian mare Pik Dame (by Pik Koenig.) Congratulations Diane and Tyra!
This filly may be offered for sale by her breeder, if you'd like to check back...
All photographs are the property of River Oaks Farm, LLC and may not be copied or reproduced without permission...
Archived News & Updates.....
News & Updates from April 2005 thru Nov 2007 have been archived, please click the link below:
RHS Dressage Show
November 8 & 9, 2008
Both stallions had another very successful weekend at the RHS Dressage Show, November 8 & 9, 2008. Lexington won First Level Test 1, First Level Test 3, and First Level Test 4, and he placed 2nd (behind G Walkabout) in First Level Test 2, with scores to 71.7%. G Walkabout won First Level Test 2 and the FEI YH 5YO Test, and finished 2nd (behind Lexington) in First Level Test 1 and First Level Test 4, with scores to 72.2%. Scoring was not high -- only a handful of rides scored into the 70's, and four of them were earned by River Oaks Farm horses!
This weekend was alot of fun, and this was a really nice show. Rocking Horse Stables is famous as a world class eventing facility, and we were thrilled to see them host their first recognized dressage competition in nearly 20 years. Rumor has it this show was so successful, they're considering having another one... We hope they do!
October 4, 2008
Congratulations to Americus ROF (by Nico), Limited Painted Edition (by Lexington), and Geneva (by G Walkabout). All three colts did wonderfully at the recent AWS inspection on October 4th, and all three earned "Preferred" status from AWS. Americus (bred by River Oaks Farm) and Limited Painted Edition (bred by K. Peavy) also scored high enough to earn Bronze Elite status thru the Friesian Sporthorse Association. Geneva (bred by Carrie Simmons) won the Gold Medal for the highest score of the inspection, scoring an impressive "8" for Sporthorse Potential.
Bronze Elite Friesian Sporthorse
bred/owned by River Oaks Farm
Sire: Nico (Friesian Sporthorse)
Dam: Miramar (Friesian Sporthorse)
(click on the photo to see more
Limited Painted Edition
Bronze Elite Friesian Sporthorse
bred/owned by K. Peavy
Sire: Lexington (Friesian Sporthorse/Approved/Elite)
Dam: Bay Review (Paint)
(25% Friesian, 37% TB, 37% Paint)
(Click on the photo to see more inspection photos)
RPSI / AWS
bred by C. Simmons
owned by D. Bellanger
Sire: G Walkabout (RPSI/AWS/Approved/
Dam: Jade (KWPN)
during the "at liberty" portion of the inspection...
(click on the photo to see more inspection photos)
USDF Year-End Results are Final!
Lexington has finished 19th nationally for 2008 USDF Dressage Horse of the Year for Training Level, and is also the All-Breeds Champion for Training Level for the Friesian Sporthorse Association, with a median score of 72.450%! G Walkabout has finished 35th nationally for 2008 USDF Dressage Horse of the Year for Training Level, and is also the All-Breeds Champion for Training Level for the RPSI*, with a median score of 71.115%! Over 6000 horses competed at Training Level in 2008, with only 579 of them even qualifying to be eligible for year-end ranking, so a 19th place finish and a 35th place finish are both very impressive for these two young stallions!
G Walkabout & Gigha
Hunter & Sport Horse
January/February 2008 STALLION ISSUE
Be sure to read about River Oaks Farm, in the special Stallion Issue feature "Breeders' News" in the recent issue of Hunter & Sport Horse magazine! (Click on the
photo or the link to
enlarge the article.)
G Walkabout -- AWS Inspection Stallion of the Year Award Winner
Congratulations to G Walkabout (Approved, Elite, /*/*/ / /), who was recently announced as the Bronze medal winner for 2007 for mature stallions (3 yrs. and older), for the American Warmblood Society. G Walkabout is also featured twice in the recent issue of the Warmblood Whisper. (As a side note, Cordelano (Chant de Paix x Oceanna), bred by Gigha Steinman, is also featured in this issue, pg. 5.)
We have our first foal of 2008 - Boca ROF
March 19, 2008
Our Friesian Sporthorse mare Kona gave birth to a Friesian Sporthorse filly early this morning (around 1AM.) Both mother and baby appear to be doing well -- more photos and updates will be added! This filly is by the imported cremello German Warmblood "Blue Eyed Dream" and is a "smokey black", meaning she will appear black, but carries the cream gene and could have palomino, buckskin, or smokey black foals. Click on either of the foal photos to see more photos..... (several new photos added Friday March 28th!)
Our second foal of 2008!
March 24, 2008
Our Friesian Sporthorse mare Koloa gave birth to a Friesian Sporthorse colt around 11:30 PM Monday night, March 24th. Mother and baby are both doing well, and more photos will be added! This foal is also by the imported cremello German Warmblood "Blue Eyed Dream". Click on either of the foal photos to see more photos..... (new photos added regularly!)
April and May 2008
April and May are traditionally busy months. Gigha will be competing Walkabout and Lexington at both of the Fox Lea dressage shows in April. Then on April 26th Gigha will be judging the Rocking Horse show, and the following weekend is the American Warmblood Inspection. The weekend after that is the May Days Qualifier show, and then Miramar is due to have her *Nico foal around May 16th. Check back for show results, photos, and updates.....!
Fox Lea ~ ADA Double Delight II
Gigha also showed both Lexington and G Walkabout at the Double Delight II competition, where they did just as fabulously as they did at Double Delight I. The only horses who could beat the River Oaks stallions, were River Oaks stallions! This time was G Walkabout's turn to shine, being named the Double Delight II Champion High Score, and becoming the first horse to defeat Lexington, beating him twice to leave Lexington in 2nd place. Both stallions had fabulous scores, with G Walkabout earning scores of 72.4% and 74.6% and winning both of his classes, and Lexington earning scores of 71.2%, 72.2%, and 72.5%, winning one class, and finishing 2nd behind Walkabout in the other two!
Fox Lea ~ ADA Double Delight I
Gigha showed both Lexington and G Walkabout at the Double Delight I dressage competition, and both did fabulously. Lexington won both of his classes, with scores of 74.6% and 74.8%, and was also the Double Delight I Champion High Score. G Walkabout also did quite well, finishing 2nd and 4th, with scores of 70.4% and 66.4%.
American Warmblood Inspection - Lexington and G Walkabout both Approved for Breeding!
May 3, 2008
Lexington and G Walkabout were both presented at the American Warmblood Society's inspection on Saturday May 3rd, 2008. Approximately twenty-six horses, including 7 stallions, were presented. Lexington and G Walkabout were the only horses (stallions or mares) to be Approved for Breeding ~ a designation awarded to less than 4% of horses inspected! G Walkabout earned the AWS's highest designation of "Supreme" and was the Gold Medal winner for the highest inspection score. Lexington earned the AWS's second highest designation of "Blue Preferred" and was the Silver Medal winner for the second highest inspection score (behind G Walkabout.) G Walkabout was already Approved for Breeding with the AWS, and now Lexington is Approved for Breeding as well.
Lexington Approved for Breeding with the Friesian Sporthorse Association!
Lexington fulfilled the final requirements to be Approved for Breeding with the Friesian Sporthorse Association on May 3rd. This makes Lexington the first stallion to be Approved for Breeding by the FSA!
Canterbury May Days Qualifier Show Results - Lexington and G Walkabout
May 10 & 11, 2008
Lexington and G Walkabout had another great show at the Canterbury May Days Qualifier May 10th and 11th. Lexington competed in three Training Level classes with scores ranging from 70.7% to 72.4%, winning two classes, and finishing 2nd behind G Walkabout in the third class (once again the only horse who could defeat Lexington is G Walkabout!) G Walkabout competed in two Training Level classes, finishing 2nd behind Lexington in one class, and winning the other class with a 71.4%.
G Walkabout also competed for the first time at First Level, coming in a close 2nd with some stiff competition, with a score of 70.8%. We expect to have more photos from this competition to add to the website shortly, so please check back!
Our third/final foal of 2008 has arrived...
Our third and final foal of 2008 was foaled May 12th, 2008. "Americus ROF" is a wonderful pinto Friesian Sporthorse colt by *Nico and out of our Main Book Friesian Sporthorse mare Miramar. This awesome little colt has great coloring, great breeding, the sweetest personality, and is also Main Book registered.
Lexington, photo by Cookie
Lexington's 2008 foal has arrived!
June 16, 2008
Lexington's 2008 foal was born Monday morning, June 16th. It's a colt, and a black and white pinto! This new foal is out of Bay Review, an APHA registered mare. Congratulations Kim!
G Walkabout's 2008 foals have arrived!
Both of G Walkabout's 2008 foals were born back-to-back in May. The first, a filly named Georgia, is out of Nakota, a registered Trakehner mare. Congratulations Carrie! The second, a colt named Geneva, is out of National Debt, a NAWPN registered mare. Congratulations Devon!
(Georgia, by G Walkabout, out of Nakota, pictured at appx. 3 weeks)
(Pinto colt, by Lexington, out of
Bay Review, pictured at one day old)
Current Year-End Award Standings
As of July 10, 2008, Lexington is ranked 7th for the USDF Horse of the Year for Training Level, with a median score of 72.450%, and G Walkabout is ranked 10th for the USDF Horse of the Year for Training Level, with a median score of 71.115%. We are very proud of both of these stallions! (The awards year ends September 30th, so these rankings could change, check back!)
Baltic ROF is sold...
Congratulations Kelly! We should be seeing more of this exciting young colt in the future. Not only is Baltic an exceptional colt, but he is also the only registered Friesian Sporthorse known to carry the cream gene (which will enable him to sire buckskins and palominos, along with the traditional colors.) His new owner may keep him as a stallion prospect -- he should be a nice addition to the Friesian Sporthorse stallion roster in a couple of years!
Thank you to our friends, family, and clients for helping to make 2007 such a good year ~ may 2008 be an even better year for all of us! Our website will continue to include updates, so please check back often. Early bird specials on the stallions are good thru Feb. 14th. We are expecting three foals in 2008 also, check back for news and photos!
(Archived from April 2005 - May 2007)
(Archived from November 2007 to July 2009)