Testimonials






































Big thanks to Cheryl Baird and Friesian Marketplace for finding the Perfect Gentleman for Proud Owner Sharon Ratliff. We expected a lot and the expectation was profoundly surpassed. Cheryl can find a horse for any buyer. Please give her the chance to find you, your perfect Friesian. 7 World Championships and a Reserve World Championship! THANKS AGAIN Friesian Marketplace and Cheryl Baird

David at Mountain Trail Stables in West Virginia
 Life with Jelte is such a rewarding experience. He has taught me so very much about riding and life. Jelte is the consummate gentleman and such a loving soul. Even though I have had him for several years, I still am in amazement he is mine! Friesian love is fabulous! Thank you for finding him for me!

Laine in West Virginia


















Dear Cheryl and Kelsey,
Rick and I just wanted to send you an update on Orion. We LOVE this horse!!! He is a sweet gentleman to handle and his barn manners are impeccable. He has been with us a few months now, so we are past the "honeymoon" stage...and I am so grateful to have such a wonderful horse! He is just as you represented, and it was a pleasure to visit your farm when "horse shopping". Thanks too, for the goodies you sent along when he arrived, and helpful advice and excellent communication. Orion is a blast to ride! He is the "professor" as he knows more than me, as I am learning more about dressage. My trainer likes him a lot, and even more as time passes. Recently, we competed at our first show together and earned over 66%. Did I mention this was a recognized USDF show, and I had not shown in ANY shows for 13 or 14 years? (I used to show hunters, and rode western before that). One of the judge's comments was,"shows nice evidence of correct training". For much of my life, I have ridden "project" horses (as an artist, my budget was limited) who were young and/or had "issues" to work through.  It was a financial stretch (and thanks to my supportive husband!!!) to acquire a horse of this caliber and training. My only regret is not having done this earlier! Thank you again, for helping make a dream happen!!!

Sherry in South Carolina


















My beautiful Friesian horse Ulke. I purchased him five years ago. He's changed my life and I couldn't love him more. Thank u to Cheryl, her great team, and beautiful daughter Kelsey! Love u all, and thank u for the love of my life!

Diana in New Hampshire
FYI Goffe is AMAZING!
Kathy in Florida




















The past few days have been incredible! This boy is my true "spirit" match! Thanks Kelsey Baird for making the transition to Nashville for KAI & I flawless and Friesian Marketplace for EVERYTHING! You are one in a million.

Krista in Nashville























































UPDATE! For all of our FMP fans wondering where our awesome Thomas went and who his awesome new parents are.....On the right Marc is the lucky new owner!! Krista Marie and Kai are on the left. Thomas is their 2nd Friesian purchased from FMP and they are thrilled. Thomas will now live in Nashville ( who knows you might see both of them in a country music video stay tuned !!) This was a surprise from Krista to her husband Marc! What a great idea!!! They are going out on a Sunday morning ride!
    Hi guys! I promised to give you an update after our first show and I'm sure you will be glad to here Oliver was great! He placed great in the hunter class and the dressage hack! And ALSO was Champion of Champions in the purebred friesian halter at the show! He was a rock star and is such a pleasure to train, Katie and him get better each lesson and I'm so excited to see them hit the ring together! Thank you so much for importing such a sweet and willing horse! So willing he has become my new sidesaddle mount as well! We love him very much!

Maddie in Ohio
 I took Menno on his 1st trail ride on Sunday with a bunch of folks. He was a doll. We both are happy. He was an absolute doll leaving everyone and very brave all by himself. He was 10 times better than I could have imagined :) The saddle is very comfortable and I get compliments on it!

Bonny in North Carolina
  Hey! Just wanted to say Ritsaert has been a dream so far, he is loving life and loving trail riding and learning tons of ground work! Honestly is the best thing that's ever happened to me I have never met a horse so sweet!

Amelia in South Carolina
 Cheryl! We had a fantastic first show day! We are in love with Annette. She is so kind and wants to please. Please check my FB for pictures. We received 2 championships inhand, 2 reserve championships and a reserve champion in show driving! We are so excited! And she and us have just begun! It will even get better!!!! Wow! Thank you again for helping us find this phenomenal Mare!













 Update! Wow! Another great show with our Annette! She IS a very special Mare!!! One of our most special wins was when this 16 yr. old girl, who is deaf, won the Champion Jr. To handle, Inhand Class! We also went on to 4-Championships, 4-Reserve Championships and 2-3rd places. We had a fantastic time at this Buckeye Baroque show!

Brenda and Charley in Florida
 Beau is awesome! His ride is glorious. We are getting two mares ready for breeding to him. I plan to show him and Cora in October at the IFSHA show! I kiss him every night. He is such a lovely stallion. He loves attention and grooming. He's quite the star at my barn!

Susan in Tennessee
 Jackie's first day with her new Friesian Stallion "Diesel "! I'm so excited to see him transition from dressage to saddleseat. Thank you Cheryl Baird for helping us find this special horse, we love him already.

Lindy in Georgia
 Mom and Jort had their first ride together today!! Jort was a super star! He and mom got along really really well! I'm so glad you and Kelsey do what you do and brought my mom so much happiness! Jort was truly a jewel today and was so level headed and took very good care of her. We couldn't have any more love for him! He's wonderful! Thank you all so much!

Terry in West Virginia
 I would like to give my warmest thanks to Cheryl and Kelsey Baird of Friesian Marketplace. These wonderful ladies are a breath of fresh air in the horse industry! They made my horse buying experience a stress free process. Their barn is immaculate, the horses all look wonderful and they truly love what they do. I love how Kelsey rides the horses, Cheryl took care of everything for me. She helped me find everything I needed for Pier. She took care of all the paperwork, arranged transport to Canada. They even sent me a picture of Pier getting on the trailer. He arrived in wonderful shape. When I had concerns or needed advice during his transition they stayed in touch. Pier has turned into the perfect horse for me! He is so much fun to ride! I am so grateful I found their website. I have lovely memories of my trip to South Carolina, the time I spent with Cheryl and Kelsey and getting to know my boy Pier. I have been riding for 50 years and this is the best horse buying experience I have every had!

Deb in Canada
 "To anyone seriously interested in purchasing a Friesian, do yourself a favor and visit Cheryl and her daughter, Kelsey in South Carolina before you make a selection anywhere else! Finding my new man, Ynze, was a completely stress-free process from start to finish. I also bought a rhinestone-studded bridle and a saddle that feels like I am sitting on a Tempur-Pedic mattress, plus grooming products to keep my Friesian silky and gorgeous. This is a first-class operation, and the only difficulty is in deciding which of the absolutely gorgeous horses in her barn to choose from! These are fabulous animals, and I simply could not be more thrilled! You only have to see her stables and grounds to know that Cheryl has the highest standards. No sales pitch or pressure, time to ride and get to know the horses, and Cheryl works hard to make sure that the horse and rider are perfectly matched. I was considering two other Friesians from another seller when I found Friesian Marketplace on the web. I am SO GLAD that I made a trip to see Cheryl before I purchased another horse! The moment I saw Ynze I was head over heels in love. He is everything I ever fantasized about in a horse, and more! Thank you, thank you, Cheryl and Kelsey for making my equine dreams come true!!!! Ynze and I will enjoy each other for many years to come, and I will keep you informed about our adventures together."

Melinda in Tennessee

 Jelger is amazing! We love him so much! Lessons are going great! If you have any tips about caring for his mane that would be great! He's such an amazing horse! Everyone at the barn loves him too! His nickname is 'black Fabio'

Jamison in Alabama
 Cheryl, my whole experience with FMP has been outstanding! From the first contact to the sad goodbyes on your end, the whole process of buying my new boy was extremely smooth and I felt very well taken care of. Roan is exactly as he was described and I was very grateful for that as I was buying him without actually meeting him at all. I am very impressed with the way you , Cheryl and Kelsey, run your business...obviously with a lot of honesty, integrity and very high standards. I would definitely recommend your services to anyone who is looking for a high quality Friesian, without hesitation! I'll keep you in the loop with the continuing adventures of Roan, the super Friesian! Thank you again!

Cathy in California
 Thank you!!!!! I am beyond thrilled. I have had a tough time after my beloved boy passed so unexpectedly. Nelis spoke to me....I knew he was the one! He is going to be here much earlier in the day than I anticipated tomorrow. Happy to have the day to start bonding. You and your mother are truly class acts in this industry. I have been showing Morgans on the world level since I was 8, and have seen first hand what the majority of the barns are like. Thank you both for being honest and sincere, and mostly passionate about what you do! He is coming to an amazing home. He will be spoiled rotten!!!! Can't wait to meet him and keep you both updated on our progress together!

Allison in New Hampshire






 I'm still so shocked that I actually manifested a Friesian horse.... I am thankful every day I look at you my beautiful Cyrus thank you to this wonderful woman Cheryl for finding my sweet boy!! Friesian marketplace I wouldn't have him if it wasn't for you... Thank you!!

Kerry in California
 After several months of searching online and in person for the perfect Friesian, I stumbled across FMP. The first thing that impressed me about Cheryl and Kelsey was their honesty. On more than one occasion they told me that a particular horse wasn't for me but not to worry, they would find my match. Then my boy Shadow arrived. To be honest I didn't think I would be lucky enough to end up with him because so many people were interested. In the end, I was the lottery winner! Shadow is without a doubt my heart horse and a perfect match for me. There are 12 other Friesians where I board Shadow but everyone loves him. I am constantly told how beautiful, intelligent and sweet he is and it's true. FMP only imports the best quality and temperament horses. When you purchase from Cheryl you can rest assured that she isn't looking for a quick sale and she stands behind you even after your new baby is home. This professionalism and trust is evidenced by their repeat customers. Their horses are truly exceptional and addicting. I'm already wanting to add to my herd!! FMP, keep up the good work! You are making dreams come true!

Tammy in Virginia
 I read the horse bios, and testimonials before my purchase and decided I needed to see for myself if this fairytale Friesian was everything the others say. I have had Brand for over three months; indeed Brand is the right brand! He is exactly what I was looking for! Even my trainer has said how happy she is for me after almost every lesson. He is lovely at dressage and enjoys hacking, along with being very handsome and such a gentleman. My husband is impressed with how mellow he is compared to our other horses. Brand’s canter feels wonderful.
I took my trainer with me to Friesian Marketplace. The staff was very professional and gracious. Kelsey had done an excellent job keeping Brand in training. I am so thankful that I took the time to call Cheryl and talk to her about my riding skills and what I was looking for. It is apparent that she has a niche for matching people with the right horse. You can trust FMP to find your dream horse.

Mary Anne in GA
 Words cannot express the joy that has come into our lives through our beautiful Friesian, Karsten. It's opened a whole new world for us...learning so much! Thanks to all our friends who helped make this happen

Kirk and Sally in NY














 Update! We are so proud of Karsten and his new owner Kirk from NY on their first horse show together!
We are new to the horse world and this has been a fabulous experience. For anyone looking to purchase a Friesian we highly recommend purchasing one through FMP, very professional and all around great experience!!

























 Update! FMP would like to congratulate Kirk and Sally from NY on winning multiple World Champion titles in Ohio with their very handsome boy Karsten! They LOVE this boy and that makes us very happy! Photo credit to Avalon photography



 If you are looking for a Fairytale dream Friesian,and want the best Quality of all them, look no further than Friesian Marketplace.. I purchased my Beautiful Sweet Sandor from them! I have been following them for several years and you won't find anyone more Professional people like Cheryl Baird Kelsey Baird and their Friesian Marketplace family! They match each person with their perfect Friesian! I have learned so much from these most precious ladies!! They will go above and beyond to make sure you feel comfortable with each lesson,training and grooming of these Beautiful Animals! From the first moment you meet them, you become part of their family! My heart is so full with love and respect for these wonderful people!! Thank you Cheryl and Kelsey Baird and Friesian Marketplace for making my dream come true with My Sweet Sandor!!
 The only thing I can say is...WOW! I purchased Asio & renamed him Rhett Butler. He "is" the Perfect Gentlemen! He is loving, patient, strong, & intelligent. He even put his head down for the halter and just about puts it on by himself. Cheryl & the girls do an incredible job! Very professional as well as a passion, it shows!

Cheryl even designed my saddle since I have a rod in my femur which makes my foot a bit crooked. So she added padded stirrups w non skid surface. They are working great! She just did it without me knowing to ask. Now that is service! FMP is truley a gift from God! My hat is off to you!!!!!!

Mimi in South Carolina




Update!    We wanted to share some photos of our recently sold Aiso! His new owner Mimi LOVES this boy and is enjoying him so much! He is quite social now with all of the events they have been doing with him! It looks like he is living the good life! She says.... We are having so much fun! I just LOVE this HORSE! Next trip is the Biltmore!


   I spent many hours sifting thru ads and contacting individuals trying to find the perfect Friesian. I finally found FMP, but wasn’t sure they would have the right horse for me. But once I called and talked to Cheryl, I knew I was in the right hands. She is so knowledgeable and passionate about her horses, and when I told her that I was looking for a horse to share with my 13 year old daughter, she understood right away just how important it was to me to find a good fit, a horse that was Safe and Sound. Cheryl said she could find us a the right match, and did she ever! When Cheryl contacted me about Duke, we went to FMP to see how my daughter would do with him…she is still learning, so would consider her an intermediate rider, and honestly I was a bit nervous about her on horse much bigger than what she is used to. But when Cheryl and I were watching my daughter ride Duke, we both got goosebumps! They were absolutely perfect together! Cheryl, who works with her own lovely and talented daughter, truly cared about finding us the perfect match. Not only did she find us the perfect horse, Cheryl and her girls also helped us with tips and instruction on grooming, feed, tack, etc….basically walked us thru everything we needed to know about taking care of our new guy! I was so grateful to not have to figure out all of that on my own and was so happy that when Duke arrived, he had a perfect fitting Bridle and halter with him, along with his care package! Cheryl even helped with organizing Duke’s transportation to Ohio! And Duke received a Spa day from FMP before his trip, so he arrived as gorgeous as could be! The whole process was amazing, above and beyond what I could ever have expected! Duke has been with us for just about a month, but is already a barn favorite, everyone just loves him! He has literally stopped people in their tracks….since we brought him to the equestrian center we board at, I have had so many people come up and ask me about this gorgeous horse! And everyone that interacts with him at the barn has commented on how sweet he is! We absolutely are in love with our new guy, and we have had so much fun together already! My daughter and I will never forget the most wonderful day we spent with Cheryl and the FMP family….not only did we find our dream horse that day, but we also made some absolutely amazing new friends! I can’t thank Cheryl enough for finding our perfect match, and for all the help and caring she showed us along the way! And when the day comes that we are ready for our next Friesian, Cheryl will be the first and only person I will call! So proud to be a part of the FMP family, thank you Cheryl, Kelsey, Maddy and everyone at FMP for helping our dream come true!

Petra in Ohio

Update! Duke is doing awesome, has been so great, has been bathed, clipped, ferrier, etc, and he has been so good! We have been working with him almost every day, coming along nicely, currently working on keeping him in a straight line, ha. Here is a current pic, look how his mane is already growing out in just a few weeks! Daily application of all the products seems to be working wonders! Isabella and I are loving every minute, having a blast, thanks to you finding us our Friesian boy! Hugs to everyone at FMP, have a great weekend!
 Sweet Doutzen - 1 of 4 horses I have purchased from FMP. Tell Cheryl Baird what you are looking for, and she will find it. Thank you FMP.

Debbie in North Carolina
 I know this is going to sound unreal, but the pictures of these magnificent creatures do not do them justice. I too have posted, stunning, breathtaking, but till you see them in person and get to see their amazing personalities it is like nothing else I have experienced! I fell in Love with Winston by his photo alone. When I met him, I was praying Cheryl would say he was a match. Trust me - if she doesn't think you and the horse are a match, she will tell you. But with that being said, she will also find the one that is. She is the most honest person I have ever dealt with on purchasing a horse, and the most knowledgable as well! So when she said we were a match - SHE MADE MY DREAM COME TRUE! She will walk you through all of the care, equipment, turn out schedule - my gosh - you name and she goes over it with you! Cheryl, her lovely daughter and ALL the young ladies were amazing! They truly have the best place if you are looking for a QUALITY Friesian! I cannot recommend them enough! TOP NOTCH! Emily and I had the time of our life, and truly cannot thank you enough Cheryl! If there were more than 5 stars, Cheryl would get them! She for sure has earned it!

Vickie in PA
 Cheryl was the most wonderful person to work with in finding the right Friesian for me. She has a gift for listening to your needs in a horse and finding that perfect match. She worked very hard and kept in contact with me during the process until one day she called and sent a video of Meinte .We both agreed this is the one !! When arriving at FMP the hospitality,positive atmosphere and expertise was something I will never forget. Cheryl,staff and family made me feel so welcome at the farm and in their beautiful home. I so appreciated Cheryl giving me the opportunity to purchase this wonderful animal and answering every question from ( shipping, feed, tack,and grooming ) I truly love my new Meinte!!!

FMP is the place to buy your perfect majestic Friesian that you will be proud to own and ride. I promise everyone will want to see and ride your new FMP horse!!

Thanks Cheryl for your hospitality you showed me on that cold and windy day !!!!

Paula in Texas
 Cheryl said "You will never regret him". Truer words were never spoken.

Felicia in Colorado

Cheryl - it was such a pleasure meeting you all and I appreciate the time you spent with me getting to know who I am, what I need and finding the perfect match. She is a dream horse. You run a first-class business and you treat your guests like family. I can't say enough and I look forward to whatever journey Xandra and I take together!

Jackie in South Carolina
 Cheryl,
Hi Cheryl, I just wanted to thank you for allowing me the pleasure of owning Ellert. He truly is everything you said he was. When he first came off the trailer I really had doubts and thought "what did I get myself into". After about one week he acclimated wonderfully and is truly the horse you said he was. A reincarnated Labrador!. Everyone at the barn loves him including the trainers. He is voted the most beautiful horse here among about 45 horses. Ellert has brought so much joy to my life. I do not know what I would do without him. He is an exceptional horse. We are spoiling him rotten and I would not have it any other way! Keep doing what you do because you really are good at it! Thank you for my wonderful horse!
This is my 8 year old granddaughter riding Ellert for the first time he was so good!
Warmest Wishes,

Michelle in Las Vegas
 Dear Cheryl,
We love Wilco so much. He is adjusting really well and he is so sweet and amazing:):):)

Brooke in California
 Cheryl,
Thank you for everything you did for me. I had been looking for over a year for the perfect horse that was in my price range. I chanced upon your website and was enamored with the horses and the stories. So I called you to tell you what I wanted but I did not think that you would be able to find the perfect horse. A few weeks later you sent a short text and a video of Jelte (Yelta). I loved everything about him from the very start but it was scary to buy a horse unseen. (He was in Holland and I could not travel there to meet him personally) You assured me that he would be perfect for me and that you would take care of everything. From his flight over to his delivery to my doorstep, you took care of every detail. When Jelte arrived, he was perfect. He was sweet and beautiful just as I had hoped. He settled in right away and has been my dream come true. He is perfectly mannered and loves attention. I could not be happier. Thank for all you did to make this dream a reality for me.

Krista in Tennessee
 Dear Cheryl,
And to give you an idea - I called my husband last week in tears - he thought something was wrong. I had just gone out for a ride on Ulke and had such a fabulous ride I called my husband to thank him for making the dream happen - they were tears of joy:))) He is just spectacular - and I put a girl on him this week for a mini lesson on the lunge (she is a high school girl that helps around the barn occasionally) - she has only been on a horse one other time - I wasn't sure what to expect - but you could see Ulke just walk around like an old man - he was perfection with her!!! And our local town magazine came out for a photo shoot - they wanted to write a pet page with the horses and of course Ulke wowed them more than anyone! We are right on a high traffic corner so a lot of people love the horses. I don't have any pics yet - I've only ridden by myself except for my lesson - I'll work on that - and adding to the testimonial page once I write it up!! Not sure if I'll try to take him to a show over the winter - but I'll be planning for his debut!

UPDATE! Oh Cheryl, Ulke has spoiled me against any other horse:))) I weaned my Friesian colt a couple of months ago and finally hopped on my mare after quite some time - oh my goodness - there is just no comparison - Ulke has just ruined me for wanting to ride any other horse! We are doing great - I'm taking weekly lessons and hope to slowly get back in the show ring this spring. I'm truly having the best rides of my life! And of course he is just the barn favorite when people visit - and he still stops traffic when people drive by:)

Holly in Texas
 Wow bought Auke sight unseen. He has turned out to be everything and more. He arrived in tip top condition I couldn't believe it when he walked off the trailer. Cheryl was so helpful finding me the right match, spent hours on the phone and sending me video. First class service for a first class horse

Karen in Texas
 Thank you Cheryl Baird - for making this a most wonderful experience! Sybren was pristine when we arrived today with your gorgeous surprise! It brought me to tears. You are most generous! He has settled in so well! All of the horses in your care are extremely well taken care of, always groomed to perfection and just absolutely stunning. Anyone looking for a Friesian- should look here FIRST! As picky as I am about everything- Cheryl met every expectation I had and then some! Cheryl takes the time to match you up perfectly and is honest if you aren't a match. THANK YOU - just does not feel like enough!

Dawn in North Carolina
 I grew up showing hunters and my husband, Mark, grew up fishing. We both competed in our fields of interest. For years I wanted to get back into owning and showing horses. Mark always had a reason why the timing was not right. Last November, we went to a show of the "Royal Horses of Europe" in Greenville. One of the horses there was a Friesian named "Ricco". Mark fell in love and was mesmerized by him. I knew nothing of the breed. We started researching and found Friesian Marketplace, that was not far from us, so I contacted Cheryl. I explained that we were interested in learning about the breed and set up and appointment to meet you and the horses.

Upon our arrival, everyone at FMP greeted us so warm and friendly. The horses were amazing. You showed us 3 different types of Friesians and spent a lot of time explaining everything. Well, we were hooked!! We knew we wanted a Friesian and we wanted to work with FMP.

The day that you called us to say that you found us the perfect horse, Thomas, we were so excited we could hardly contain ourselves. We made arrangements to meet Thomas in a week. I can tell you, that was a really long week. When we met him, it was love at first sight. He was big, beautiful and as sweet as can be. I was so excited when Mark said we could get him. I was doing all I could not to cry from happiness.

Thomas is staying at FMP so Cheryl can train both Mark and I.

All I can say is a great big thank you to FMP for everything. The website says "where dreams come true" and you made mine come true.

Most people hate Mondays, not me, I look forward to Mondays to see Thomas. Your patience and expertise are second to none and I am looking forward to our adventures with FMP and Thomas.

Brenda and Mark in North Carolina


 Just a quick note to let you know that Jan and I are over the moon with Watze D. He is perfect!

Karen Rock Trainer Solid Rock Stables










UPDATE!
I was lucky enough to find this great horse 6 months after a serious horse accident. Watze D ("Nero") is so beautiful and kind that he healed my physical and psychological injuries and helped me back to full time riding and training.
I give Cheryl Baird a lot of credit for matching me up with the right horse and making the whole process easy.
I think everyone here who has met Nero loves him. He's a great diplomat for the breed!

Thank you Friesian Marketplace!

Jan in Chicago


 My heart is just glowing today. Thank you for making such an important decision so easy, so comfortable and so right. Truly, everything about you and your business is so top notch. Your horses are high quality and so well cared for along with every person that we met that works for Friesian Marketplace. Batman really is the whole package. Out of all the wonderful things that he can do I am mostly really in love with his character and disposition. He is affectionate and sweet, willing and kind and we are going to have fun! Thank you!

UPDATE! Hi Cheryl, Thanks for the great info. I love the horse care products! Batman is doing so, so great😀😀😀😀 He is such a love and such a happy boy. We've been rained out all week but finally got to ride him today. My barn family thinks he is so gorgeous. He is so caring and affectionate. Sandra starting crying during our lesson today because I was smiling so much and having so much fun with him. The real bottom line is that we have been bonding all week and we are becoming so attached. He really does love to just follow you around, wants to please and catches on very quickly. I have been waiting quite a long time for another horse to come and fill my heart and soul like this. He is So It 😍😍😍😍. Thanks you again for matching him with me and all of your great help and resources!

Lisa in Georgia


 Dear Cheryl, From the moment I called you, you were so patient, kind, caring and understanding with what I was looking for in my first horse that I felt that I had FINALLY found the person who knew and understood me! OF COURSE - I HAD to have my Friesian! Other people were telling me to look at other breeds, get a gaited horse, spend less, but I stuck to my dream and thanks to you (and all of you) – it has come true. I always thought I would live with just a dream (which was YEARS in the making), but now my dream will be arriving soon. I can’t wait! You and your daughter have such an insight into human nature and the nature of the horse, that it is truly magic. Both of you worked your magic on helping me to understand my own abilities (or lack thereof since this is my very first horse!) and how to feel comfortable in the seat on the back of a Friesian – breathtaking! All of my rides were so filled with learning, kindness and amazement. My trail ride – unforgettable! Your kindness is shown not only by your patience and understanding, but by sharing your family and home with me. Both are beautiful! You all made me feel so much like a member of your own family, that when it was time to go, it was hard to say goodbye. I’m not going to lie – tears were shed. I miss you all. I know that this is just the beginning of our journey together. Sepke (now Zanzibar) and I will always keep in touch. I would encourage anyone to stop thinking about where to go to find the Friesian that fits them and get in touch with Friesian Marketplace! ALL of the Friesians are so beautiful and so sweet natured. I truly felt that someone was smiling down on me to guide me to FMP. ☺ There is nothing better than walking into a barn full of Friesians all looking to see who that person is walking in! I can’t even begin to describe this! Abraham Lincoln said “In the end, it is not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years.” Together, I am hoping that Zanzibar and my journey is so amazing that our lives together will be unforgettable! From the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you!

Debbie in Ohio

UPDATE!  I love my Zanzibar! Maybe he is starting to realize that I do!
Debbie














UPDATE!  Zanzibar and I have been together for 2 years this month. He continues to amaze me with his kindness, gentless and intelligence. This was today. McKenzie gives youngsters lessons and the student so loves Zan and asked if he could ride for part of his lesson on him. I am so proud of how far he has come! I just wanted to share with you! I am so very thankful to you for finding him and matching me up with him!!! 😍
Debbie
 Sincere thanks and appreciation to Cheryl Baird, FMP, family and friends, and my husband, Ray, in making my dreams come true in May 2015 - I purchased my perfect Friesian partner - Wieger v/d Badwei, now lovingly known as “Mick”! He is perfectly perfect – I still pinch myself every time I see him. My story goes like this: I was referred to FMP by friends of mine from NH who purchased several Friesians from Cheryl. She came HIGHLY recommended. From the first telephone conversation I had with Cheryl – I felt like I had known her my whole life. Cheryl truly listened to me – learning all she could about what I was looking for, learning what riding experience I had, what my riding strengths and weaknesses were, what I planned to do with a new horse, etc. Cheryl called me a few weeks later and said she thought she may have the perfect equine partner for me – so I booked a flight and planned a visit. Upon arrival at FMP – I immediately felt right at home. I met Cheryl’s husband, daughter and son, her mom, and her friend Kim. What a beautiful family - they were so nice, and welcoming. Cheryl’s knowledge of the Friesian breed is massive, bring a note pad, you’ll need it! I learned so much from her. While “test driving” a number of her Friesians, she talked me through how to work with each horse. If I lived closer I would be there for lessons! She’s an amazing coach/instructor/trainer! Cheryl saved the best (for me) for last….she introduced me to Mick. His sweet gentleness and the kindness in his eyes captivated me. He loved being touched and enjoyed licking my hands. As soon as I watched Mick move out – I fell head over heels - in love! I was done – I drank the black Kool-Aid! I think I knew THAT moment he would be mine! The entire FMP family was just as excited I purchased MICK as I was! They tacked him up and took pictures of us. It was so nice - I even got to hang out with him before heading to airport. Not without hugs upon leaving! I received the call from Cheryl informing me of the ship date for Mick. I was so excited for my big boy to arrive. The shipping company, Fairway Horse Transportation, was a first class ride for Mick. I think he may have received a “complimentary beverage” before take off! They called me the end of the first travel day to let me know where they were, and again the morning of his arrival to let me know when they thought they would arrive. My husband, Ray, was there with me for Mick’s arrival. We were both excited. We heard the loud engine of a semi truck – we looked up the hill to see a HUGE bright yellow rig with lots of chrome, smoke stacks, and a HUGE shiny chrome 18 horse trailer behind it - I SQUEELED like a 3 year old little girl - “HE’S HERE!”. I had goose bumps all over. Mick came off the trailer like a champ, so proud and regal. They handed me the lead rope and said, “here’s your boy!”. Cheryl called to make sure Mick arrived safe and sound, and gave me lots of transition tips. She gave me a great work out schedule and made certain that I was very careful and safe. There is NOTHING like riding a Friesian. It’s amazing –feeling the power of this big gentle giant is thrilling! Micks canter is like driving a fancy Lamborghini - smooth! I also own a beautiful, handsome boy, American Saddlebred named Frosty. Mick gets turned out every day with my senior ASB Frosty. Mick is the ONLY horse Frosty has been turned out with that doesn’t beat up on my ole sport. They are brothers – spending hours grooming each other. Makes me smile everyday. Cheryl knew before I did that Mick would be THE ONE! She has an instinctive ability to pair a horse and rider. Cheryl made the buying process, shipping process, making certain I had all the right tack, feed and supplements, blankets, grooming products, and lots of instruction on how to work him, and riding cues! She is thorough, and very detailed. She has always been available by phone, email, and text! She enjoys hearing updates on our progress, and seeing pictures! She is invested in making certain your experience with FMP is one you will never forget. I knew she did for me when I rode Mick for the first time after he arrived – and I had to stop to wipe my face of the happy tears. He is perfect in every way. I thank my husband, Ray, for this gift of a lifetime. I’m blessed to have a husband that supports my dreams. And none of this would’ve happened without my FMP family finding my perfect partner, MICK! Thank you, thank you so much. Forever grateful.

Mary in New Hampshire
 “Friesian Marketplace….it really is a place where dreams become reality. The one word that comes to mind is “genuine”. The real deal. Genuine people, and real professionals, living their dream providing love, care and training to the horses they adore and finding joy in bringing people like myself together with a perfectly matched Friesian. My first exposure to Friesians was while watching a video with y young niece and seeing a majestic Friesian for the first time. I didn’t know what breed I was seeing….but that was it. The search was on, but I knew that this was an important decision, a firm lifelong commitment. Over the next few years, I met and fell in love with these magnificent and gentle giants, and met owners and trainers, all of whom were really terrific people. After finding Friesian Marketplace and corresponding with Cheryl Baird, I knew that she would help me to find the right horse. My trip to Friesian Marketplace was more than I could have ever asked for. There, in the beautiful green hills of South Carolina, I was welcomed into Cheryl’s home and enjoyed the warm hospitality of Cheryl, who is absolutely amazing, her delightful and endearing mom Carolyn, her talented, fun and friendly daughter Kelsey, and her very charming and engaging friend, Kim. It was as if I had known them for years (….and I want to know them for many more!) And well….the horses! Each and every one was magnificent! When you enter that barn and are greeted by the Friesians, it literally takes your breath away. My two days there were filled with wonder and learning. Of course, the minute that I met Minze, I knew He is perfect for me, in every way, and I look forward to a lifetime together. With Cheryl’s help and incredible willingness to share her knowledge, I received instruction in all aspects of care, in groundwork to optimize Minze’s strength and health, and in riding technique based on his training and mine. I wish I could have stayed for months, or more! The thing is….these wonderful people are just that. Incredibly kind, smart, warm, and wonderful people. Genuine. The Friesian Marketplace experience was so very memorable and I cannot recommend them more highly. Miss you all. But, hey …..stay tuned! This story has just begun…….."

UPDATE!

My 8 year old niece and Minze are in love. She is trying to prove to her daddy that she will work hard if he gets her a horse. Minze=happiness. Love him SO much Thank you for bringing us together:)

-Amy in California
 "Excited to have my boy Prince Harry home! Thank you Cheryl Baird and Friesian Marketplace for preparing and helping me find this special horse. He is the perfect fit for our family!"
















UPDATE!  Our fabulous first family fun horse show with Prince: my parents groomed, the weather was wonderful, the show had a great turn out and Prince was victorious!

-Lindy in Georgia















 Update! It is official!!! Prince Harry is a 3 Time World Champion! Congratulations to Jackie and Lindy! We are all celebrating Prince today too! So proud of him!


















Cheryl,
THANK YOU for finding my DREAM HORSE. I bought Issac (Now Sebastian) sight unseen dependent on Cheryl's expert opinion based on what she knew about me and knew about this horse. I broke a vertebrae in a horse accident last year. After the accident, I found Cheryl and she has worked very hard to help build my confidence in my riding back and feel safe. Thank you, Cheryl for finding not only my dream horse but a horse that I feel SAFE and confident on. I am delighted you allowed Sebastian and myself to stay around for further lessons. I have worked with many other trainers and breeds yet nothing compares to Cheryl, her horses and her knowledge on these magnificent animals. This is a 5 STAR operation.

-Lee in SC
 “Greetings from Texas! Our experience with Friesian Marketplace and Cheryl Baird is wonderful. The professionalism and integrity is true to the meaning. We were looking for our dream horse and found Friesian Marketplace and Cheryl. Our first phone call clearly established we were talking to the right person. She asked questions and listened to the type of horse we were looking for to be part of our family. Soon, My daughter and I were on a plane to SC to see Fokke who is now the love and dream horse of our life. Upon our arrival at Friesian Marketplace, we were greeted by Cheryl and staff and introduced to Fokke immediately. What a moment when we first saw him. We spent two days getting to know Fokke, riding and spending much needed time with Cheryl learning about Fokke. Cheryl and staff gave us complete attention. The trip to South Carolina was the best Mother and Daughter experience that we will remember forever. We had a fantastic trip and Cheryl, Carolyn and Kim Made us feel like family. Cheryl is very knowledgeable and the training is superior which is reflected in the magnificent horse we now have in our family. She continues to answer questions we have to help with the transition of Fokke to our home. Cheryl is a successful owner and trainer of Friesian Marketplace with the highest trusted integrity. What a wonderful experience when purchasing our dream horse and now we have wonderful friends in South Carolina."

-Marlene and Daughter Melissa of Texas!

Cheryl at Friesian Marketplace has been a miracle worker! I sent my friesian to her for two months of training and he came back a different horse. Cheryl not only corrected and improved many parts tremendously: his canter, walk and trot but she taught me how to communicate with him efficiently. ( Cheryl is the Canter Queen!) By determining his nutritional needs: vitamins, feed and hay based on his weight, disposition and baroque shape, Cheryl was able to set up a regimen that has improved the totality of his well being and even calmed his temperament. Cheryl taught me everything to know about friesians - bloodlines, the breed, tack and grooming, etc. Through working with Cheryl, I was able to develop a bond with my horse, improve my riding through her lessons and gain valuable insight to everything Friesian. Working with Cheryl is a true pleasure-you come in sharing a passion and you leave as family. I will be consulting with cheryl on all future training, purchases, questions and anything friesian.

-Sherry, South Carolina
 “I grew up at a very early age riding horses, and competed on the east coast in hunters and jumpers. As life has it, I had to get a “real” job once I was married and had children. After 35 years in banking, having a horse to ride was still the passion in my heart. My husband, Jerry, and I would look at various horses on the internet and just dream of “one day”. About a year ago my husband came home and said “wait till you see what I found on this website”. It was Roan. We watched the video of this majestic animal in awe. Over and over and over. Finally we decide we just HAD to see him for real, just so I could touch him and sneak a kiss. Cheryl was so generous to give us the time, show us Roan and how he moved, without any indication that we may ever purchase a horse. I was in love. A few months later we decided I should ride him to let Cheryl decide what skills I have and who would be a perfect fit. She told Jerry we could look for years and never find a horse like Roan. We then go home to do the sensible thing and think about it. Right. I’m at a traffic light a few days later and tears are coming down my face for no apparent reason, other than thinking that someone else might buy Roan out from under me. My husband, whom I love dearly, took one look at my tearful face and said “go call Cheryl, you just bought a horse”. Over the moon!!!!! Three weeks later I knew Cheryl was taking a few horses to Lexington for the World Championships, and I asked her about taking Roan. He’s never been to a show, and we thought maybe it would be a good experience just being there. First class he’s in, Reserve Champion!! Second class, World Champion!!!!! OMG!! Cheryl’s entire family is part of Friesian Marketplace, and I feel like I’m in the family now. Roan is going to stay at Cheryls for a while and she is going to train us together. It’s the dream of a lifetime. You’ll never have a better experience than with Cheryl and her Friesians.”

-Jerry and Heather in North Carolina
 "I swear my husband loves this horse more than me! Almost kidding aside, we just love our newest family member, Elle, who is as advertised. He, yes he, is fantastic on the trails, very sure footed even on the steep climbs and descents, through creeks and over bridges, very little spooks him (saying a lot in Colorado), and he loves to lead. After an initial visit, Cheryl she had an idea of our abilities and need for a quiet and willing gelding finding us the perfect horse for our brood. My husband instantly commandeered him and after 4 months I finally got to trail him. Everyone on the trail comments on him and what a personality…he certainly rivals my gorgeous Haflinger and beautiful Reining horse. To our pleasant surprise we have never had any trouble finding a tree stump, rock or ditch, to mount from. Cheryl did a phenomenal job matching us and our discipline to Elle. If we ever have another spot to fill we’d definitely consider another Friesian through Cheryl."

-Barb in Colorado
 "I am so thrilled with the Freisian (Wynse) that I purchased from Friesian Marketplace!! I was so uneasy about buying a horse sight unseen, however, Cheryl went out of her way to make sure I had all my questions answered and did everything I asked of her to make me feel 100% at ease about this purchase. The transport company I used, also commented on how nice it was to deal with the people at Freisian Marketplace and such a well behaved horse. Wynse is everything they said he was and I adore him. I highly recommend doing business with Freisian Marketplace:"

-Sandra in Canada
 "Hi Cheryl I want to say hello and thank you for finding Max for me, Max is absolutely the perfect match for me. I am having the best time trail riding Max, Max is a willing partner and a favorite at the stables. I can't stop smiling, I feel Max was a gift from God. Cheryl your the best and your mom and daughter the same. I send you all my respect."

-Rose Marie, Tony, Max, Butter cup, and Snickers in Pennsylvania
 "Short stories are always fun to read so I hope you enjoy this one. About a year and a half ago I was intrigued by the fairlytale Friesian horses I found on the internet and had seen in movies. my previous experience in horses was with the American Paint horse and the American Quarter Horse. I searched for that special fairytale looking Friesian all over the United States and in particularly on the east coast and believe me my criteria was challenging. one day I came across Friesian Marketplace in South Carolina only one state away where I could drive to within a few hours from North Carolina. There I met Cheryl Baird, her mother, Carolyn, daughter Kelsey, their employees and friends. I knew absolutely nothing about the friesian horse other than i loved their spirit and demeanor. Cheryl immediately took me under her wing, and, as if she had all the time in the world, schooled me on the friesian horse from the netherlands. she had no idea at the time that i would ever buy a horse from her. On many occasions she showed me around her barn, talked to me on the phone and emailed me detailing each and every horse. I probably had more questions in my head than she had ever encountered before but she took all the time in the world to explain and answer each one. What i really like about cheryl is that she honestly tries to fit the right horse with the right owner. She will not sell a horse to someone unless it appears to be the right match for both. In April 2013 my match was found by Cheryl in a beautiful 6 year old 1st premie ster gelding, Wander van de Dries, now known as Santiago. Santiago is the sweetest horse ever and is learning to become my trail horse and best friend. We may even do some showing in the fall. The day I signed my check and handed it over to Cheryl she made sure I understood that the buck didn't stop there. She told me to call her if I had any questions what-so-ever on anything regarding the horse I bought or just Friesians in general. She said, i don't do business any other way. Since I was new to this breed, I have had several questions and like she promised she has answered each and every one in a timely manner. Friesian Marketplace and Cheryl Baird ride high in the saddle in my opinion. Cheryl's immense knowledge of this breed is phenomenal. If you want a quality horse from a quality trainer, call cheryl at Friesian Marketplace. You will not be disappointed."

Update!!  Cheryl, Just thought you might enjoy seeing how beautiful and handsome Santiago is now. I'm so fortunate to have found an outstanding place to purchase my first and only Friesian. He is exactly what I asked for.

-Dawn in North Carolina
 "In September of this year I found out about Friesian Marketplace. I contacted Cheryl Baird via email about a Friesian I saw for sale online.  Within 5 minutes of hitting the send but I received a reply from Cheryl telling me that the Mare I was inquiring about had been sold. Cheryl invited me to stop by and visit sometime. I don’t think that I will ever forget the night that I stopped by for the first time.  I wanted a Friesian because of their beauty and what I had read about their temperaments but never in my mind had I ever imagined what I saw when I walked through that barn that night.  It was like walking into a Fairytale.  I mean I knew Friesian were beautiful animals but not like what I saw at Cheryl’s barn.  The horses in her barn looked like something out of a magazine, but only better. I can’t even put into words what it felt like that night, to see theses majestic animals for the first time.   By these animals I don’t mean Friesians I mean “Friesian Marketplace Friesians”.  Soon after my visit and exchanging emails Cheryl offered to start giving me lessons on Saturdays so that I could learn all about the Friesians & I could also figure out exactly what I wanted in a Friesian so that when the right horse came along I would know it.  Boy did Saturdays take on a whole new meaning for me. For all that know me best know I am not a morning person.  Let’s just say I quickly became one.  My husband still laughs at me because I was so excited about my lesson one Saturday morning that I could sleep so I went shopping at WalMart at 4:30 in the morning!!!  That is just one example of the joy that Cheryl Baird and Friesian Marketplace and their staff have brought into my life.  Cheryl has done so much for me over the short period of time I have known her.  She has invited me into her barn family and made me feel right at home. Most off all she has made my dream come true.  Cheryl did everything in her power to make sure I got my Dream Horse.  On November the 29th of this year I took ownership of my sweet “Jelly”.  The emotions I had that morning when I saw him with his hair down.  I cried because it hit me because he was mine and that someone I barely knew (Cheryl) cared enough to make sure I got him-MY DREAM!  This would have never happened without Cheryl!  She is truly one amazing women with a true God given talent at what she does and the eye she has for picking the most amazing and talented Friesians.  She has opened my eyes to a whole new world of joy, happiness, & love that I never even knew existed. Cheryl I could never thank you enough for what you have done for me.  Below I have written exactly what Cheryl means to me & what she has done for me.   Those that come into our life are there for a reason.  They encourage us to pursue our dreams and accomplish our best!  They show love when they barely know you and you love them right back!  Those people are the ones you aspire to be and the ones who leave a mark on your heart!  Thank you for giving me the aspiration to believe in a dream!  A dream that you Cheryl Baird made come true!  Thank you for all you have done for me and making my dream come true!  You will always have a special place in my heart, right beside my Jelly!!
PS Cheryl I think you are right!  Jelly and I are a perfect fit together!  We are going to be like peanut butter and jelly!! =)"

-Jenny and Jelle from South Carolina
 Foppe sends his love from Pennsylvania! Thank you Cheryl, for such a wonderful, beautiful horse!


-Lauren in Pennsylvania
 "UPDATE! Our first beach ride! I love this horse he is perfect in every way!"

-Diana and Ulke in New Hampshire

 "Amazing people to work with! GORGEOUS Friesians...they will definitely get you hooked on the breed if you are new to it like I was. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else!"

-Kendal and Tessa from South Carolina
 "Maarshaalk and I went on our first trail ride today! He took great care of me! Thank you very much for all of your help and support in finding me the Perfect Horse! He is a perfect gentleman and I just LOVE him!"

-Steve in Georgia

UPDATE!!
"Steve and I rode today at Dawson Forest. He really enjoyed it! He loves his horse! It was a really good experience. Maarshalk had a good time too! Thank you for everything!"
-Susan



UPDATE!!

 Nothing like starting the morning off with a trail ride on a Friesian! This is Susan and Maarshalk, one of our sale horses enjoying a morning ride! LIFE IS GOOD!
 "Menno says Hi! Menno is so sweet he will lay his head in my arms and close his eyes and just snuggle with you! I Love my Menno! My trainer thinks he hung the moon. My trainer is currently showing at Prix St. George!"

-Gene in Alabama
 "I just wanted to say thank you for finding the perfect horses for both Lily and I. I would have never imagined 6 months ago that we would have 2 great horses. You are a very talented person. I look so forward to training with you in the future. It is very difficult to find a truly talented and such a great person all in a trainer. Your the best! Thank you!"

-Lori in Jacksonville, Flordia
 "I just want to thank you for introducing me to the love of my life! Really, he is the most wonderful, loving intelligent animal I have ever known. You girls know your stuff when it comes to Friesians. I enjoy every moment I spend with him. Thank you so much!"

-Diana in New Hampshire
 "Hi Cheryl Just wanted to give you an update. We are having so much fun with our horses now that we have Nanko. Mark adores him, he pampers and dotes on Nanko. Sometimes I wish I was Nanko he get pampered so much;). This picture is of us after our first hunter pace. Nanko was our fearless leader and he was phenomenal. Thank you again in helping me with finding the perfect horse for my husband. You were so honest, professional and supportive in making such an important purchase. I am so glad that I found you and your horses. If I purchase another horse I will definitely return to you and you have my highest recommendation."

-Nicole Williams in New York
 "High praise and thanks to Cheryl and all the staff at Freisian Marketplace for making every part of purchasing Jelte so simple, straightforward, professional and pleasant. Often in the past horse shopping has been stressful but not at Friesian Marketplace. I was put at ease quickly when I realized they are more concerned with a happy and appropriate match for the client and the horse than a quick sale. Cheryl made Jelte and herself availble to me at my convenience during my visit and had represented the horse's qualities and personality absolutely accurately during our many emails. So my booking a flight and traveling to her barn was not a disappointment. The quality of the Friesians and other horses especially impressed me along with the care of the horses and the overall happy, positive atmosphere in the barn. I would highly recommend Cheryl and Friesian Marketplace for anyone interested in purchasing the Friesian of their dreams. Dreams do come true at Friesian Marketplace... Mine Did!!!!"

-Laine in West Virginia
 "As a young adult, I always had a horse - but got away from it as life took me in different directions. But I recently decided to get back into riding. I actually did a lot of research into horse breeds, and learned a lot about the loving, sweet nature of the Friesian - and decided this was the breed for me. Wanting to find the perfect Friesian, my next task was to find the right farm that sold Friesian horses. I soon learned there were a lot out there. I contacted several, but just wasn't getting the right "vibe". But then I found Friesian Marketplace - and talked to Cheryl! I instantly knew I had the right fit! Cheryl listened to my desires and concerns, and suggested "Zerko" - a 5 year old gelding. Long story short, I purchased this wonderful animal, and I am so very glad I did. Not only is Zerko a stunning horse to look at, he's very well trained, isn't spooky, sweet as can be, and a dream to ride. But almost as important is the personalized attention I've received from Cheryl and Friesian Marketplace. Cheryl and her staff of trainers pride themselves in finding the right horse for the rider, and service after the sell. And boy, do they deliver! I've called with questions, and they are always available via phone or email with an answer. If you're considering a Friesian, please do yourself a big favor and purchase from Friesian Marketplace. Getting back into riding after 30 years was a big move for me - I'm so glad I found Friesian Marketplace because I never felt alone. Thanks to Cheryl's expertise and help, Zerko is thriving and so am I. He's my best buddy!"

-Blythe in New Hampshire
"I just wanted to take a moment to say how glad I am that we have connected with you. I have owned Friesians since 1993, right on the cusp of their rise in popularity on the West Coast, and I have never met a horse professional that has impressed me more than you. Your enthusiasm for the horses and the breed is wonderful and so is your entreprenurial spirit. Right up there with your enthusiaum and spirit are your wonderful abilities as a trainer. In just a few months with our mare, Camryn, you smoothed her transitions, helped balance her and made her more tractable. She became the perfect partner for my husband, Ron. And the pieces of advice you gave Ron about working with her worked beautifully. He's become a much better rider for it. Now you're doing it again with our mare, Tesa. In just a short amount of time you've turned a puzzling and difficult young mare with a multitude of problems into the beginnings of a lovely and cooperative horse with what appears to be the makings of a good dressage prospect. I am looking forward to enjoying this one for myself."

-Thank you again, Pam Gordon
"Once upon a time I found Friesian Marketplace! I was looking for a Friesian for my daughter and unhappy with the available selection. At Friesian Marketplace the selection was wonderful, not only that, but we located the best horse in the world. Dam Dries K, fondly known as Maverick was just the right horse to be a friend to my daughter and also teach her many things. Cheryl Baird made everything easy as we went through the process of purchase. Even after the purchase Cheryl was immensely supportive as we helped my daughter become acquainted with her new horse. Overall the purchase of this grand animal was a pleasant experience and one that I look forward to doing again for our next Friesian!"

Thank you, Cheryl!

-Nancy in Georgia
"Cheryl, this is just a short note to let you know how thankful we are for all your help in selecting the right horse for our family. Your expertise and honesty make the process fun and eliminates the fear of making a mistake. In my many years of horse experience calculating the sincerity and knowledge of the seller is always an issue. In your case that problem is off the table. Also, my wife, Susan, who has been showing horses since childhood, is thrilled with your lesson program. Even with her vast experience she always comes home enthusiastic about what she's learned from you. Thanks for your honesty. Thanks for making the horse experience fun."

-Steve in Georgia
 "It was a pleasure dealing with Cheryl And everyone at Friesian Marketplace. Everything was handled in a professional manner and the two horses we bought were exactly as she represented them. We would recommend them to any one looking for a nice, quality Friesian."

-Linda Lewis and Jim McIntosh in Indiana
 "The process of purchasing our 3 year old Friesian was great and went exactly as we were told it would. Cheryl found the horse we were hoping for. He arrived in great order and is stunning. Thanks so much!"

- Wendy Bruwer in Kentucky

"Hi Cheryl I wanted to tell you that we all love Nanko! He is the biggest sweetheart and Nanko is the barn favorite. My friesian mare Wren is in love with him. We are so grateful to you, for all of your hard work with assisting me in finding the right horse for Mark. Mark adores him. I will keep in touch. Thank you so much."

-Nicole in New York
Update! "We have been so busy since Nanko has arrived! Now we have 2 horses and we are having the time of our lives! But we are busy! We just love Nanko!! He is the most kindest gentlest horse I have ever met! Mark adores him. Nanko and Wren ( my mare)are in love with one another. When I put her on the cross ties, Nanko pulls the cross tie with his teeth bringing her closer to him so he can kiss Wren's face She loves Nanko! It's so funny!! I'll send pictures . Cheryl you are the best!! I am so glad our paths met."

-Sincerely, Nicole


Dr.Lisa in South Carolina

When I met Cheryl, she showed me Minne and another horse that I THOUGHT I was interested in. This was my first taste of how good Cheryl is to matching horse and rider, both by skill and by desired disciplines. She steered me towards Minne, who I rode that day and fell head over heels in LOVE!!! He is so talented, so smart, gorgeous and an absolute sweetheart! He doesn’t have a bad bone in his body and is a total pleaser. So much so, that I am incredibly glad that my riding has improved vastly under Cheryl’s keen yet supportive tutelage because I felt so bad for Minne having to put up with me!!! We are having a blast together, and I am looking forward to the show season. My husband, who is very sensible with money and a GREAT judge of character, likes Cheryl so much, that he had little problem buying a second horse from Cheryl for our daughter for Christmas! Sheba is a small, adorable, 4 yr old tobiano Gypsy Vanner with a great mind and a sweet personality. My daughter shares my passion for horses, and LOVES the barn smell (genetic I think!!!) She is just learning to ride and has made tremendous improvements in the little time that she has been learning under Cheryl. I really love Cheryl’s style as a trainer…a tremendous teacher who sets clear boundaries, demonstrates what she is looking for with great visuals, analogies, etc…to get her point across, and then positively reinforces in a way that shows her genuine enthusiasm for teaching and love for both horse and rider. But, the story is not over! While we were at the barn, we also met Baksheesh, a 5 year old out of Tonka. What a smart and sweet horse, and gorgeous!!! One day, my son, who is 8 and has high functioning autism, had a chance to ride Bak through the barn using a vaulting surcingle. Boy did Bak take care of him! My son fell in love, my daughter worked my husband over, and the rest is history!!! Now we one Minne, Sheba AND Bak! Since that first ride, Cole has ridden Bak a few more times, and I can already see a dramatic improvement in his confidence and balance. And, he just loves “his girl”! Thank you so much to Omega Farms and EVERYONE that make it what it is…TOP NOTCH!!! It is a great place to learn, have fun, and enjoy the passion for these majestic animals, knowing that everyone there shares it!!!


"I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Cheryl Baird and the wonderful staff at Friesian Marketplace for all their effort in finding a great home for my Friesian! In addition, I would like to take the opportunity to praise the professional, yet friendly and “inclusive” customer care I received while my horse was boarded at Friesian Marketplace. Cheryl Baird, the manager and trainer for the farm, always made herself available to schedule times for me to ride or discuss matters concerning my horse. Cheryl’s passion and respect for her business was obvious from my first meeting with her. As much as she is passionate about the Friesians, she is passionate about customer care and the art of “matching” horses and owners. I felt very comfortable with the quality of care my horse received. The staff members at the barn were always professional and courteous and worked very quietly and efficiently with the horses. There was no doubt that the staff really cared about the horses and took pride in their work environment! It was apparent that all the horses were well cared for: with consistently clean stalls, almost daily grooming and exercise and the feeding of good quality food. In the future when I decide to purchase another Friesian, I know Cheryl will be my first contact. Thank you to all at Friesian Marketplace!!"

-Patricia Charlton


Shawna in North Carolina (Wonder's new trainer),

"Wonder has a new barn name Maximus! Oh my goodness! Maximus did so great today! He is so special! Love that horse! He is so smart! I have just been taking it slow. We did canter a little bit just freestyle. He did so good! He is settling in nicely! Update - Maximus is so awesome! He went on his first trail ride yesterday and was amazing! Stephen is very happy with him! What a great horse! Thank you for such a pleasant experience with buying a horse!"
-Shawna


 Robin Visceglia, Stillwater Farms and WADSE,
"Cheryl was recommended by a friend of mine who had just purchased her first Friesian. They were having so much fun I decided that I needed one too! Cheryl knew what I wanted in a quality show Friesian and found just what I was looking for, Wadse, a very talented four year old gelding. Now we are looking for my second one!"

-Robin from Georgia

Kim Davidson and Inne,

It’s been 4 years since I took ownership of my Friesian, Inne—my first horse, EVER! I like to say I waited a “lifetime” for him, because ever since I was a little girl, I have dreamed of owning a horse, and to me, it seemed like it was a lifetime till I was able to fulfill my dream.

Never did I realize from the moment Inne stepped on U.S. soil and arrived at Friesian Marketplace at Omega Farms, the journey on which I would embark. Along the way I have met many wonderful friends, and have seen first-hand the love that “horse people” have for their steeds, especially such a noble breed as the Friesian. Inne and I have such a wonderful bond. Many will agree with me when I say he is truly unique in personality and wit!

I believe none of this would have materialized for me had I not met Cheryl Baird (and her family). Succinctly, Cheryl took me under her wing and began to teach me everything “horse.” She is an incredible teacher/trainer—patient, encouraging, and always, always looking out for the best interest of her riders, and especially their horses. I have worked behind the scenes with her for several years now and have seen first-hand her dedication, commitment and hard work. I’ve watched her passion unfold in many ways:  from having that driving desire to do the right thing no matter what the personal cost, to sacrificing untold hours day (and night!) ensuring the horses (and customers) in her care receive the best treatment.

Cheryl is my trainer, yes, but most of all my dear friend, and I thank her from the bottom of my heart for calling me on that Super Bowl Sunday, Jan ’07, and saying “I think I found your dream horse!” Indeed she did.


 "Dear Cheryl and all the members of Friesian Marketplace,
Thank you so much for helping me find my dream “Friesian”. You and your entire staff are all professional and easy to work with. I never thought it would be possible to own a Friesian, but after riding seven, I fell in love and the rest is history. I’m honored to own Udeman! I love the fact that he can stay with you for training, I can come and take lessons on him and then show him. Showing with Cheryl Baird Stables is a fun and exciting experience. I like the way you match the horse to the rider. I’m glad I bought my first Friesian from you, I will buy the next one from you too."

-Rhonda from Georgia

My name is Kirsten Baumber and I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. About a year ago now, I finally had the funds to be able to afford the horse of my dreams – a Friesian – and started poking around trying to find the kind of horse I had in mind. It is very hard to find a nice Friesian up here in Alberta (they’re not that well known as a breed, and haven’t quite taken a foothold yet, but are gaining in popularity slowly). I looked at a few sites and started watching what was going on with the FHANA classifieds. For some reason, I kept coming back to a certain photo of a four year old gelding down in South Carolina. I would look at it, look at other ads, only to come back to it. It must have been Karma, because it led me to Cheryl and Omega Farms/Cheryl Baird Stables. I finally bit the bullet and e-mailed Cheryl to find out more about this boy – he was stunning to look at, but I wanted to make sure that he was sensible, quiet, and had a willing temperament as I wanted to use him primarily for dressage. Well, I decided after a few e-mails back and forth that I needed to make the trek from Calgary to South Carolina to meet Cheryl and Toby. The trip was well worth it. Cheryl brought him out of the stall cold (which I always want to see), and Toby stood well for brushing and tacking. Then she showed me what she’d been working on with him, telling me the whole time how she’d done it. I rode him for a bit then decided that he was the horse for me. Cheryl made the purchase easy, all his travel arrangements were made, vet checks completed, and he was on his way. He arrived in Canada on June 19, 2010 and walked off the trailer like he’d just come from around the corner, not having traveled clear across the continent and northward for the past week.

Cheryl has been awesome about keeping in touch despite what must be a very busy schedule, and has been a great help when we have come up against the odd obstacle with Toby’s training. We are now looking at 8 weeks out from our first dressage show where we’ll be riding Training Level, and I have since had him broke to drive. He’s lived up to each and every potential that Cheryl said he was capable of – he’s got a good mind, a good heart, and you can tell that he has been treated with kindness his whole life. Only thing is, she never told me that he’s a bit of a trouble maker!!! LOL

Thanks so much for helping me find the horse of my dreams, Cheryl – he truly is a southern gentleman in every sense and I love him to bits – thank you also for giving him such a great start! We’ve finally broke him of his addiction to peppermint candies too!!!

Look for us at the Olympics!!! HEE HEE!!!


After watching Cheryl Baird's work for over 2 years at area Friesian events ~ I decided to work with her to prepare my mare for the 2010 Keuring.  Cheryl and the entire staff were amazing to work with. Cheryl stayed in excellent communication with me during the 2 month prep time and brings her professional experience to customers who are fortunate enough to recognize these uncommon traits.  The entire staff's attention to detail is very refreshing. Cheryl Baird's business facility located at Omega Farms in South Carolina is one of the most impressive I have ever seen. Anyone searching for a class act Freisian or Saddlebred training organization need only meet or speak to Cheryl and they will immediately realize they can stop their search."

-Kevin Kurz of Making Memories Ranch - Horse Shoe, NC
 

 "Thanks, Cheryl, for my first beautiful Friesian, Hoera Boszorg II. She is everything you said she would be, and more--I absolutely love her!!! It was amazing to go to my first show as a team, and win. Maggie is truly a pro in the ring! It has been such an inspiration to train with you these past few months, and my riding has improved tremendously. Thanks for everything!"

-Michelle Sumner
 "Wow! What a surprise at Christmas--thanks to my husband and Cheryl for my beautiful Fergie! How excited I am to now also own Hoera Boszorg's II first filly. I can't wait to watch her grow into an amazing horse, just like her mother. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I am more happy than I can say about these two beautiful animals."

-Michelle Sumner
"Our experience working with Cheryl, she did a nice job of preparing our horse for the Keuring. Willa looked like a million bucks! Cheryl also did a nice job of working with Ingrid. She produced a wonderful video to help us advertise her. Cheryl seems to have a real connection with the horses she trains. You can tell that she enjoys what she does and loves the horses!!"

Thank you -Karen Glasscock
"I have purchased many horses in my life but I will say the buying experience with Cheryl Baird was absolutely the best ever. She tries very hard to match the needs of the rider to the right horse. The lovely and sweet Friesian mare I bought was exactly what I asked for. Cheryl is the most hard working, honest and ethical horsewomen I have met in my 45 years of showing horses. She is truly a professional! If you are looking for a quality Friesian and a worry free buying experience you can count on Cheryl Baird."

 

-Susan from Georgia

 


"Emilie" was given to Mary Chamblee on her 9th birthday and ironically they are BOTH nine! This was of course, a dream come true for our daughter. She would ask her Daddy every night, When could she get a horse? And now she thanks him every single night for her Friesian "Emilie". Never did we realize the love and bond Mary Chamblee would have with Emilie. It brings tears to my eyes every time she speaks of her and how much she loves her horse. What a special and wonderful experience for nine year old girl. None of this would have happened if we had not met Cheryl Baird. She has taught our family so much about the horse world. She is an incredible teacher and trainer for our daughter. She has taught her to be compassionate, safe and responsible when riding and caring for the horses. Cheryl has introduced our family to some wonderful people that we now call our barn friends. We are grateful to her for helping us pick the perfect horse! Safety was a big concern for my husband and I. We feel like Emilie knows that Mary Chamblee is a child and that she tries to keep her safe. The temperament of a Friesian is like no other breed, they are calm, loving and very disciplined. Emilie loves to give kisses! All it takes is one look and you will never forget the beauty and charisma of a Friesian like our "Emilie".

 

-Andria from South Carolina