Victorie and Valco were imported from Holland in 2005 and have been driving as a team since 2000. While in Holland, they performed in parades, shows, and on two occasions pulled Queen Beatrice of the Netherlands! Within the first two months of being imported, they were invited into the Hall of Fame Game Parade in Cooperstown, NY escorting the 2004 World Series Champions The Boston Red Sox. Since their import to the United States they have been utilized in hundreds of weddings, carriage rides, demonstrations (including an invited performance at the Equine Affaire Pfizer Fantasia show in front of thousands of people) and this team has had the opportunity to drive for many dignitaries. Their experience is diverse and they very much enjoy being around people. They especially love the cameras and children. Having been together so long they seem to turn and look in the same direction and pose for the cameras as if they know which is the best angle. The boys are as magnificent in their character as much as they are in their stature. They turn heads, brighten eyes, drop jaws, widen smiles and draw crowds. We are tremendously proud of them!
They are pictured here driving through a small town in the Netherlands prior to their move to the United States.
Valco van het Oosterland
Valco is a registered Friesian Horse Association of North America gelding born May 6, 1998 and has a coefficiency % of 2.34. In 2008 he was awarded second premie. Valco stands approximately 16.2 hands. He was born out of the mare Froukje Y. and produced by the stallion Remmelt 323. Remmelt 323 comes from the stallion Oege, which is also the father of Anton 343 (the father of Victorie). Valco is the workhorse of the team, which is why he drives on the right side. His powerhouse performance and level head completes the teams needs. Even though Valco is extremely strong, his gently side shines through when you spend one on one time with him away from the carriage. He has a deep curiousity about him as he always inspects the barn when walking through. It's as if he's taking inventory and making sure everything is in it's place. Valco is the thinker, always calculating, an intent listener, quick to follow direction, and certainly has an opinion about everything! He is the big brother to Victor and the two will stand in the field moving as harnessed, always standing on their respective sides. They move as one. Victor drops to roll, then so does Valco. One goes to the trough for a drink, the other does like wise. They never argue or dispute. What's their secret?!!
Victor is a registered FHANA Friesian gelding born June 18, 1998 and has a coefficiency % of 2.34. At the age of 6 months he was judged a 2nd premie and at the age of 3 years old he was again judged as a 2nd premie as well as awarded "Ster" status. Victor stands approximately 16.2 hands. He was born out of the mare Imtsje Van De Zomerhof and produced from the stallion Anton 343. Vic has inherited his father's hair! He has become the 'Fabio' of the team, always showing off his hair and good looks. If you move his long thick forelock away from his eyes he shakes his head to put it back. The flirt of the team. Women are a weakness and a steadfast concentration can flip in a moment when a woman walks by. Downright embarrassing sometimes. He is extremely docile and loves younger children. He will always take time to bow his head to allow a young child to pat his nose. Victor takes matters of the heart as seriously as his driving and will reliably stand at the gate to say good night for a few extra minutes before joining his buddies in the field.
Imported from England by Kent Wilson Jones, he is one of nearly 2,000 registered Shires in the world. Only ten percent of those remaining 2,000 are uniquely white. They are the largest horse breed in the world and most gentle. They are infamous for their majestic loving nature and truly bring a staggering presence.