After Years, Dutch Woman Reunites with Horse in Louisa County
Wianda Hosdra and Klaske the horse reunited in Louisa County.
Wianda Hosdra with Klaske the horse, back in the Netherlands
In a love story that spans two continents and connects the Netherlands to a farm in Louisa County, a Dutch woman and her horse who were separated years ago - when the animal was brought to America - have now reunited.
Wianda Hosdra raised Klaske the horse from birth after the horse's mother died. She cared for the horse for eight years, and the owner of the farm she worked on promised Klaske to her when he died. Unfortunately, he didn't write it into his will, and when he passed, the horse went to his family, who sold her to a buyer in the U.S.
After Klaske was sold, Hosdra thought she would never see her again. But through circumstance and fate, that was to change - 11 years later.
Hosdra's husband deals in Friesian horses, and found the original broker who sold Klaske, who put him in contact with the Friesian Horse Association of North America. FHANA then directed the couple to Shenia Wong in Louisa County, Virginia, who currently owns the horse.
When Wong got a call from Hosdra, she says she thought she was a telemarketer.
"It was really early in the morning and I didn't really know who it was. I thought it was a telemarketer at first, and then when she said FHANA, which is the Friesian Horse Association here in North America, when she said FHANA and Klaske, then I knew she had to have knew something about her," Wong said.
Hosdra finally tracked down her old friend in January, and now she has come, along with her daughter, across an ocean to Wong's farm in Louisa.
"I have asked my parents and my husband and they say, ‘Oh, go to her and see how it's going with her in America,' and now we're here and I'm with Klaske again," Hosdra said.
Years ago Hosdra rode Klaske in dressage tournaments. Now the horse is 19, and although it's been many years, she seemed to remember Hosdra immediately.
Sunday, Hosdra heads back to the Netherlands, but she has already made plans to return next year. Hosdra and Wong became fast friends, and plan to keep in touch.
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