Our good friends, Arnold and Lisa Warmels, of Fryslan Valley Sport Horses (see
http://www.fryslanvalley.com/ ) in Leiper's Fork, TN, invited us to attend the "Friesian Fantasia" on May 31 at the "Water's Edge Farm," owned by Drs. Samuel and Leslie Lynch. Lisa and Arnold did an incredible job of choreographing the entire production.
(Janis Oliver on Redondo)
We watched in amazement as the majestic Dutch horses performed in carriage, under saddle, and in hand. Dressed in magnificent costumes reminiscent of Dutch royalty, Arnold Warmels, Janis Oliver, and Keith and Suzy Johnson (of Shelbyville, TN), delighted the crowd as they guided their graceful horses through their paces.
(Keith and Suzy Johnson in carriage)
Besides the exhibition of beautiful Dutch Friesians, we were treated to music by "High Power," (as planned by Janis Oliver), a delicious barbecue meal catered by Jason Crockarell ("Flavor") of Franklin, and fellowship with many old and new friends. I look forward to sharing my impressions of the event in the form of many oil paintings in the future. Be sure to check out my web site soon to see some of these paintings at http://www.tommythompsonart.com/