Townshend farm offers lessons, camps


TOWNSHEND -- Friesians of Majesty, a 650-acre full-service breeding and training facility at 185 Maggie Ladd Road in Townshend, is home to award winning Othello and Mathijs -- two outstanding 1st premium approved friesian breeding stallions.

It is the largest friesian breeding farm in the United States and the only farm of its kind in Vermont to offer unique equine experiences for the horse enthusiast: Horse sales, Breeding, Camps, Training, Riding lessons, Driving lessons, Performances, Getaways, Horse drawn limousine services, and Carriage/sleigh rides.

They are devoted to the promotion and development of the friesian and friesian crosses as modern sporthorses.

Friesians of Majesty is happy to offer lessons in Dressage with head trainer Maggie Broekman, who has over 35 years experience in dressage and is a licensed German Trainer through the FN. She has competed in tests all the way through Grand Prix Levels and gives clinics in dressage all over the world. She has a true passion for sharing her knowledge of dressage with all of her students. Look for upcoming clinic dates with Broekman at Friesians of Majesty. Riding lessons go for $65 and Dressage lessons with Maggie Broekman go for $125.

Friesians of Majesty's own Ben Labrie has been running Friesians professionally at shows and at Keurings for years and he also trains horses how to drive. He has the ability to correct problem horses and horses with behavior issues on the ground. With Labrie, it's all about sending the horse clear concise messages instead of harsh ones. He would be proud to help you with any handling and confidence lessons at Friesians of Majesty, or send him your horse that may have an issue to be corrected. Labrie may also be available to show your horse in hand at an upcoming show.

You can also get your Friesian trained for driving by owner and Friesian Driving World Champion Trainer Robert Labrie, or his son Ben Labrie. Your horse will learn to drive in an indoor built with driving in mind. This large indoor arena is a very safe and effective place to first teach a young horse to drive. Your horse will be taken care of by Friesians of Majesty staff as if it's one of their own while it goes through the training steps. Robert Labrie has several World Champion Driving 1st places and specializes in obstacle course driving. Driving Training goes for $1,250 per month (board included).

The Friesian Frolic Camp for Girls is scheduled for Aug. 3-9 and costs $1,250 per camper.

Girls between the ages of 12-18, whether a beginner or seasoned horse handler, will learn about grooming, nutrition, horsemanship, health care, training methods and the breeding process as well. Professional instructors will teach the campers classical dressage and driving techniques. Campers will also get to help out around the farm, handle the foals, participate in equestrian activities, and make new friends.

The Friesian Fantasy Women's Camp is $675 per person for the three-day weekend camps that go from April through October. Campers will learn how to drive a carriage and see all aspects of breeding: ultrasounding, inseminating, stallion collection, and choosing the correct stallion for your breeding program. You will also see how foals are managed and get to take care of one during the weekend. The camp includes a two-night stay right on the farm and seven home-cooked meals. Friesian horses are available for all levels of riding experience or you can bring your own horse (additional costs).

For more information, visit or call 802-365-7526.


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