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2016 KFPS Horse of the Year: The Candidates

The names of the five horses nominated for the title Horse of the Year 2016 have been disclosed. Who deserves the title? Make your voice heard and vote via mail @ kfps.nl, the KFPS website or our Facebook page! The person who writes the best motivation, will win a nice KFPS Royal Friesian jacket! The Horse of the Year is designated after the counting of the public vote and the votes of the jury, consisting of three persons. You can vote until December 31 . The winning horse will be honored on Saturday, January 14 at the Stallion Show in the WTC Expo in Leeuwarden.

The candidates are:

Tsjalle 454

Breeder: G. Smith-Meyer, Veenwouden Owner: Fam. Age Odom, Sivaganga

Breeder: G. Smith-Meyer, Veenwouden Owner: Fam. Age Odom, Sivaganga

Last year it was Jehannes 484 who won the overall championship at the Stallion Show. This year the eyes are back on him, but out of the spotlight comes his father Tsjalle 454 (Mintse 384) prepped and ready to take over the title of his son. Tsjalle 454 peaked at the right time and was on the move on Saturday at the 2016 Stallion Show in Leeuwarden. The jury could not ignore him and made Tsjalle 454 champion of the older stallions and also overall champion. Definitely worth a nomination for Horse of the Year 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pleun van ‘t Lansink

 

Foto: Jacob Melissen, Persburo Jacob Melissen, Pesse, the Netherlands.

Breeder / owner: MH Loman, Zwiggelte

Pleun van ‘t Lansink (Norbert 444) grew in her performances throughout the Central Inspection. She was initially fourth in her group, in the championship she out did her competitors and was honored as Champion of the three year olds. She would battle former champion and Model Mare Wealtsje A. for the overall championship? Despite Wealtsje Pleun again optimally presented her strong movements and beautiful appearance, the jury chose Pleun van ‘t Lansink. She won the overall title and was described as the figurehead of the Champion class. Pleun earlier this season also won the breeding day champion in Ambt-Delden. She deserves a nomination for Horse of the Year 2016?

 

 

 

Djorn van de Demro Stables

Breeder: Demro Stables, Mierlo Owner: Linda Annell, Sundsvall (Sweden)

Breeder: Demro Stables, Mierlo Owner: Linda Annell, Sundsvall (Sweden)

The seven-year old Djorn of Demro Stables (Jorn 430) competed last year highly in dressage. With Peter Spahn in the saddle, the stallion is successful in the Small Tour dressage. In that class they were honored as champion in late September at the Alrako KFPS championship dressage in Kootwijk. Last summer, Peter Spahn and Djorn superbly represented the Friesian horse with their participation in the semi-finals of the selections for the World Championships for young dressage horses. They arrived with fantastic scores in the final, but unfortunately could not participate as the KFPS (still) is not admitted to the WBFSH. Meanwhile Djorn also has managed to enforce a ticket to the Condensed Stallion Test, so it may just be that he’s the next Horse of the Year!

 

 

 

Eise 489

Breeder: R. de Vries-Baker, Hindeloopen Owner: Stal Chardon, Jorwert

Breeder: R. de Vries-Baker, Hindeloopen Owner: Stal Chardon, Jorwert

The 7-year-old Eise 489 (Maurits 437) was the revelation of this year’s show driving season. As it turned out owner Jelmer Chardon has managed to plot the right strategy. Never before did one stallion become Champion of the Studbook stallions as well as of the Honorary Class in one single season, but Eise 489 pulled it off, on both occasions driven by Jelmer Chardon.

 

 

 

 

 

Yasmijn R.

Breeder: Jac. Ruiter, Nij Beets  Owner: Sj. Ruiter, Nij Beets

Breeder: Jac. Ruiter, Nij Beets
Owner: Sj. Ruiter, Nij Beets

One mare who has more than proved herself in breeding is Yasmijn R. Star Preferent Performance (Teunis 332), born in 1999. Her entire dam line lists nothing but Preferent mares. So far Yasmijn has brought twelve offspring, two with the Crown and Sport predicate and six Star offspring. Yasmijn R. is undoubtedly one of the KFPS´ crown jewels.

2017 FHANA Annual General Meeting

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Where: Host hotel, Marriott Griffin Gate  $129/night
1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Kentucky 40511
Reservations: or call 859-231-5100 group code: Friesian Horse Association

When: Thu March 02 – Sat March 04, 2017

Event Cost: $125/per person-includes all portions of event

$50/per person-if attending the Saturday evening Awards Banquet only

To register contact the FHANA office at 859-455-7430.

Learn More

 

Vanderploeg North American Breeders Award

November 11, 2016

FHANA and Klaas & Mares Vanderploeg would like to congratulate the 2016 Vanderploeg North American Breeders Award winners.

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Grant, Sue and Panter C. Provisional Crown, Day Champion – Photo by Hidden Rock Ranch

Champion: Panter C. (Doaitsen 420 x Sape 381) owned by Grant & Sue Cassem of Prior Lake, MN.  Panter C. was named Provisional Kroon at this years inspection and will be the winner of $500.

Reserve Champion: Precisous P. (Norbert 444 x Wander 352) owned by Klaas & Mares Vanderploeg of Ithaca, MI.  Precisous P. was all named Provisonal Kroon at this years inspection and will be the winner of $250.

Criteria for the award:  To be awarded to the best 3 or 4 year old mare judged in each year’s North American keuring cycle. Eligibility: Mares must have been born in North American and be presented for their initial adult inspection in the current year to be automatically entered for this special award. Mares must be 3 or 4 years old at the time of their initial inspection. The breeder identified on the horse’s registration certificate must be a current FHANA member in good standing and reside in North America. Eligible mares must have been sired by a stallion approved for breeding by the KFPS at the time of conception and must be out of mares registered in the main Studbook. Criteria: Upon receipt of the official results by the FHANA office of all inspections each year, the Championship title will be awarded to the highest placing mare out of all eligible mares judged each year. For example, if there is only one mare named as Provisional Crown, that mare will be declared the Champion. In the event that more than one mare is named Crown/Provisional Crown, FHANA will make the decision by comparing the mares’ linear scores for the 25 characteristics evaluated. The winner will be the mare with the most scores falling in the desirable (shaded) range. In the event of a tie, the KFPS judges /inspectors who judged in North America that same year will confer and determine which mare was the best. If there are no mares named as Crown/Provisional Crown in any year, the winner will be chosen from the eligible mares awarded a First Premium, and so on.

2016 IBOP Results

November 4, 2016

Iron spring Farm Ridden IBOP Cup

1.  82.5  Liza van de Meikade (Maurus 441 x Sjaard 320) owned by Claudia Rayner winner of $500 and a Iron Spring Farm Cooler

2. 79.5 Tanwen D. (Folkert 353 x Teunis 332) owned by Charlotte Dumford winner of $250 and a Iron Spring Farm Cooler-***This horse won the tie breakers which came down to the score for the walk

3. 79.5 Ymkje K. (Ulbert 390 x Hearke 254) owned by Ted & Tina Vanderkooi winner of an Iron SpringFarm Cooler

4. 79 Doutzen R.N. (Tsjalke 397 x Olof 315) owned by Carlos Macias winner of an Iron Spring Farm Cooler

5. 78.5 Lillie D.C.T.F. (Sape 381 x ritse 322) owned by Katherine Crellin winner of an Iron Spring Farm Cooler

 

Dream Gait Friesians Driving IBOP Cup

1. Berentje fan Jirnsum (Jasper 366 x Nykle 309) owned by Susan Gear-Porter winner of $500 and a Dream Gait Friesians Cooler.

 

Congratulations to all the winners and participants.  You can review the complete Inspection results here

Explanation Regulations Crown Predicate

Original Article From KFPS Royal Friesian Newsletter 9 2016reglement-kroonpredicaat-rijproef

At the age of three the mare completed a nice IBOP Test with 77 points. A year later she received a 1st premium and an invitation for the Central Inspection. A pretty good chance this mare would raise to Crown. But to the owner’s disappointment the Jury decided otherwise. How could this be possible? The mare had met all requirements, hadn’t she? On behalf of the KFPS, Inspector Harrie Draaijer is willing to clarify this matter.

Registration Regulations state that Friesian mares can be awarded the Star, Crown and Model predicate. Out of these three the Crown and Model predicates dictate exterior and sport aptitude requirements. The designation of the (Preliminary) Crown predicate takes place during normal Inspections in North America. To be eligible for the Crown predicate the Registration

Regulations state the following requirements:

  • A mare must be at least three years old with a minimum height at withers of 1,58m.
  • Mares with a Preliminary Crown declaration up to and including the Central Inspection of 2013 must have completed an IBOP or ABFP Test with a minimum score of 77 points averaging a 7 for walk and trot to achieve the Permanent Crown declaration.
  • Mares with a Preliminary Crown declaration as from the Central Inspection of 2014 must have completed an IBOP or ABFP Test with a minimum score of 77 points averaging a 7 for the three basic gaits to achieve the Permanent Crown declaration. The Crown predicate cannot be awarded if the horse has scored lower than a 6 for any of the basic gaits.
  • Permanent Crown status can also be achieved by obtaining the Sport predicate.

The differentiation in the Registration Regulations between a Preliminary Crown declaration prior to and after the Central Inspection of 2014 is due to the fact that from 2014 onwards the canter is included in the basic gaits for assessment of the test.

Preliminary and Permanent Crown

To become Crown a mare must have received a 1st premium and have completed an IBOP or ABFP Test with a minimum of 77 points or have acquired the Sport predicate. A mare with a 1st premium but who has not completed a test can be declared Preliminary Crown at the Inspection. In terms of exterior such a mare ranks with the top of the 1st premium mares. When this mare later completes a test with a minimum of 77 points she will be declared Permanent Crown. Figures reveal that around 75% of Preliminary Crown mares are upgraded to Permanent Crown on the basis of test results.

The alternative route is the completion of an IBOP or ABFP Test which is followed by an invitation for the Central Inspection on the basis of a 1st premium. If the Jury at the Inspection rules that the mare ranks with the top of the mare population in terms of exterior and she has scored 77 or more points on the test she will be declared Crown without any delay.

Not matter-of-course

It’s a misunderstanding that a 1st premium mare with 77 points or over for an IBOP or ABFP test automatically becomes Crown at the Central Inspection. If a mare easily qualified for a 1st premium with an average of 7.5 for exterior and movement as well as 77 or more points for the Performance test this is sufficient to be declared Crown. If a 1st premium mare scores slightly less on exterior with for instance a 6.5 for conformation, then a 77-point score for the IBOP or ABFP will not prove enough to be declared Crown. Such a mare needs compensation points such as extra high scores (80 points or over) for the test. If this mare has indeed scored 80 points or more for an IBOP or ABFP Test this may be enough to compensate the lower score on exterior and she is still eligible for Crown declaration.

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FHANA to Conduct Central Mare Show

FHANA to Conduct Central Mare Show

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
1.    Mares must be registered with the KFPS.
2.    Owner of record must be a current FHANA member.
3.    All mares newly named as Star, Provisional Crown, Provisional Model, Crown or Model during the 2016 FHANA Inspection Tour will be eligible to enter.
4.    All mares already holding the title of Provisional Crown, Provisional Model, Crown or Model will be eligible to enter even if not shown during the 2016 FHANA Inspection Tour.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday Evening Oct. 6, 2016

Times to be determined

Category 1

Three year old mares

Category 2

Four and Five year old mares

Friday Evening Oct. 7, 2016

Times to be determined

Category 3

Six and Seven year old mares

Category 4

Eight years and older mares

Saturday Evening Oct. 8, 2016

Times to be determined

Championship Round

(top two from each category to show back)

Hotel Information:

IFSHA has reserved blocks of rooms at these hotels near the showgrounds. Book early to avoid disappointment.The Red Roof Inn, 155 W. Leffel Lane, phone # 937-325-5356, Comfort Suites, 121 Raydo Circle, # 937-322-0707 and The Quality Inn, 383 E. Leffel Lane, 1-937-323-8631.

The Code for the Hotel Block is “IFSHA”.   There are also camping sites available at the Champions Center.

FHANA.com and the FHANA Portal

New items available in your FHANA portal

July 1, 2016

The FHANA membership directory is back!  You can now search the membership directory as part of your FHANA portal.

Search criteria include the following:

  • Last Name
  • State
  • Farm Name

The Directory is found under the “Member Services” portion of the portal.

Looking for the Horse Directory?  This can be found as part of the “Search” portion of the portal.  All you need is either the horses name or Registration number to search the database for any KFPS/FHANA registered Friesian horse.

 

Online Keuring Registration is now available.  Simply log into the portal and select “Enter a horse for inspection or Performance Test (IBOP)”.

New 2016 Inspection Handbook by FHANA

FHANA has published a new Inspection Handbook that pulls together various sources of updated Inspection information, including the newest linear score form, IBOP tests and other valuable materials. Check out our Inspection Information Page Here to download the new Handbook.

Very advanced age in Friesian horses

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Anyone who thinks Friesians don´t live to a respectable age should think again. After a request on Facebook, presently over thirty owners left a message telling us that they own a Friesian horse aged 25 or older. The oldest of them is the now 34-year-old Drieske (Hearke 254).
To our knowledge the 34-year-old Drieske Star (Hearke 254 x Bjinse 241) is the oldest living Friesian horse on earth. About thirteen years ago ownership of Drieske transferred to Kathleen Bisbee in Grand Rapids in the USA. ‘When I saw her in the yard of her previous owner she was in poor condition and looked depressed. Since her arrival in the USA attempts to get her in foal have failed’, Bisbee says. Kathleen Bisbee changed her diet, gave her vitamins and put het out to pasture in a herd with other Friesians. ‘Then her belly started to swell. Not because of the different food, but because she was pregnant.’ Kathleen Bisbee very closely monitors Drieske’s health. She is on a special ration for elderly horses with important nutrients such as beet pulp, alfalfa, vitamin C and a herb mix of Yucca and Devil’s claw.

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The next oldest living Friesian horse is Gaby (Tjimme 275 x Crytzen 246) who was born in P. Breed´s yard in Hilversum. At the age of six Gaby was bought by Janny Suurling from Hilversum. ‘Gaby is exceptionally sweet, accommodating and has lots of forward go. I have always trained her recreationally in ridden and driven work’, Suurling tells us.
Gaby has six offspring and the 19-year-old Vemke van ’t Hilverzicht (Jakob 302) is still owned by Suurling. ‘When Gaby turned twenty she developed arthrosis and that prompted me to stop riding her. I then started to train her in long lining on a regular basis and now she no longer suffers from the arthrosis.’
During the last few years Gaby is fed a senior horse feed with an added scoop of sunflower oil. ‘You shouldn´t fuss over a horse and just let it get on being a horse. I feed on the basis of what I see and in addition to that I consider expert care of feet and teeth to be very important.’

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Jelle (31)
The 31-year-old stallion Jelle (Naen 264) grew up in Ruigoord which lies on the northern edge of Amsterdam. He was bred by B. Smolenaars and for the past 29 years he has been cared for by Karen van Heek and some others. Karen used to ride endurance with Jelle until he became stiff in the forehand when he was nineteen and Karen stopped riding him. He developed swollen knees as a result of arthrosis but over the next couple of years this subsided. ‘At the age of 28 he was visibly losing weight and it turned out he had lost all his molars. The right feed mix got him back to his normal weight. Three times a day he gets a mash feed with a handful of compact grass which I complement with various nutrients for the essential calories, minerals and vitamins. Muesli and bits of apple are also on the menu.’

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Lisa Janrie Alet (30)
Sonja Pretorius from South Africa has three Friesian mares which are very advanced in age. The oldest is 30-year-old Lisa Janrie Alet, a daughter sired by a non-KFPS registered Noldus 198 son. With long intervals in between she has given birth to five registered foals. ‘Alet has grown up in a herd living out’, Sonja Pretorius says. ‘When she arrived here seven years ago I stabled her up during the night but she spends her daytime hours outside with four other horses. Alet is a tough one and still has really dry legwork. She lives on four feed rations a day. Because chewing her hay is a bit of a struggle I add alfalfa, corn mash and concentrates dissolved in warm water to her feed.

 

Teeuwis 389 and Jerke 434 both pass away

At the end of May the KFPS Studbook stallions Teeuwis 389 and Jerke 434 died.

teeuwis_389_6Teeuwis 389 was the oldest Fetse 349 son from ‘chipper’ Doede de Jong´s breeding in Legemeer. His dam Anke van ’t Leegmar (Reitse 272 was a full sister to Studbook stallion Gerryt 360 and both stem from the Doeke 287 daughter Leidy.

Teeuwis 389 was approved in 2001 at the age of three. The jury wasn´t distracted by his relatively low total score of 69.5 in the Central Examination because Teeuwis 389 comes from a mare line which is well-known for its sport aptitude. And Teeuwis proved the jury right, for his offspring scored fine in the ABFP Tests which helped him to secure his approval on offspring in 2006. At that stage Teeuwis 389 had acquired the Sport predicate in dressage. Probably because of his modest Central Examination results Teeuwis 389´s stud services never soared. Appreciation for this stallion grew with age, which explains why his highest number of stud services (108) wasn´t achieved until 2010. Up to this moment in time his offspring include 59 Star predicates, five with the Sport predicate, four Crown mares and one Model mare. This Model mare is no one less than current Central Inspection Champion Wealtsje A. Teeuwis 389 has one approved son, Mewes 438, who has a fine progenitive record. Teeuwis 389 died aged 18 as a result of problems with his joints. The major part of his life he was stabled at De Nieuwe Heuvel in Lunteren but in the past few years he fulfilled his stud duties in the yard of Stal De Oergong in Huins.

 

Jerke 434Jerke 434 was only 13 at the time of his death and died of colic. Jerke 434 was the first approved son by Onne 376. He was bred by the Tjassing family from Smilde out of Model mare Reina van de Witteveen, who is a daughter of the Preferent Tsjerk 328 paired to a Studbook mare by Oege 267 Pref. Jerke´s approval took place in 2006 and he was the star of this year´s test. In his early years he was immensely popular and his stud services were in great demand. With a pedigree boasting three top progenitors on exterior he was expected to produce offspring scoring high on exterior. And Jerke 434´s high breeding value on exterior proved expectations right with the exterior record of his offspring being very similar to that of his sire Onne 376. The Jerke 434 descendants also did well in aptitude tests which again translated into attractive breeding values for sport aptitude. This resulted in his permanent approval in 2011, a year after he had acquired his Sport predicate in dressage. Jerke 434 has one approved son, Djoerd 473. Jerke 434´s most eye-catching daughter surely is the mare Bryske-Dame, his only Model daughter so far, who signed for an excellent IBOP Test with a total of  89.5 points. At present Jerke 434 can lay claim to 92 Star offspring, seven Crown mares and five offspring with the Sport predicate. In his early years Jerke 434 was stationed at Nieuwe Heuvel in Lunteren and in recent years he has been available for breeders from stallion station Schreven in Weert.

Petra Zeelen Clinic May 14 & 15, 2016

We are very excited to announce our upcoming clinic with Petra Zeelen on May 14-15 at PepperGlen Farm in Norco, CA!!!

OPEN TO ALL BREEDS

Petra has 20 years experience in training Friesian horses and other breeds in show driving, dressage and preparing for the KFPS judging at keurings and the stallion show each January.

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Some of her achievements include:
➖1995 special private horse school (the only one in the world).
➖1996 work at the KFPS training stable
➖1997 Work in Florida on a large Friesian farm
➖1997 work on a large California Friesian farm dressage and driving training and shows.
➖1997-2016 Dressage training, driving training.
➖1998-2016 Work in the Netherlands my own training stable and stallion station (many KFPS breeding stallions)
➖2007 Teaching dressage and training Friesian horses in Russia.
➖2013-2016 assistant and preparing horses for photoshoots.
➖2014-2016 three classes of KFPS judging.
➖Quarantine Stable for horses for China, Russia, Morocco etc.
➖Riding and driving IBOP for mares to be Model etc.
➖Showing approved stallions at shows and dressage competition and driving competition. Preparing stallions for the stallion keuring.
➖Dressage and driving clinics in the USA.
➖Ove13087796_10154113392767594_5367807906174517042_nr all clinics training Friesian horses in the USA.
➖Professional grooming and clipping horses.

For more information please contact Jennifer O’Gara

Entry Form Click HERE
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FHANA Board Meeting Notes

April 19, 2016

As of May 1, 2016, a $50.00 ABFP fee will be added to all foal registration applications.

Committee List finalized.

A Grievance Policy will be adopted.

Action taken in November and December 2015 to openly facilitate registration of B Book II horses was rescinded. Applicable rules will be changed, and no additional applications will be accepted in the FHANA office postmarked later than April 30, 2016.

Rule 2.3.3 was updated and revised to correspond to KFPS rules.

FHCSC All Breed Show Results

Here are the results for our Spring All Breeds Show. It was a nice and relaxed show. Great for testing the waters for the coming show season. We hope to see you at our next show or event!
Place # Horse Owner Rider
1 – Showmanship (pattern) – 1 entries
1 1216 Kaylie Muehlich
2 – Halter Jr Horse (3 & under) – 2 entries
1 1210 For Your Eyes Only Eric Wynn Eric Wynn
2 1202 Paprika av Drmmarna Barrie Getz Barrie Getz
4 – Halter Mares – 2 entries
1 1210 For Your Eyes Only Eric Wynn Eric Wynn
2 1209 Minuet Devon Wyman Devon Wyman
5 – Halter Geldings – 3 entries
1 1206 Gerke P.H. Marc DILeo Marc DILeo
2 1201 Benny Melissa Shott Melissa Shott
3 1212 Kharismatic VF Lynne Middagh Lynne Middagh
7 – Halter Champion & Reserve – 2 entries
1 1206 Gerke P.H. Marc DILeo Marc DILeo
2 1210 For Your Eyes Only Eric Wynn Eric Wynn
9 – Walk-Jog Western Equitation Open – 4 entries
1 1201 Benny Melissa Shott Melissa Shott
2 1208 Montana Marcia Goodwin Marcia Goodwin
3 1206 Gerke P.H. Marc DILeo Marc DILeo
4 1209 Minuet Devon Wyman Devon Wyman
10 – Walk-Jog Western Equitation 13 & under – 1 entries
1 1216 Kaylie Muehlich
11 – Walk-Jog Western Pleasure Open – 5 entries
1 1201 Benny Melissa Shott Melissa Shott
2 1216 Old Gold Sugar Stacy Tallick Kaylie Muehlich
3 1208 Montana Marcia Goodwin Marcia Goodwin
4 1209 Minuet Devon Wyman Devon Wyman
5 1206 Gerke P.H. Marc DILeo Marc DILeo
12 – Walk-Jog Western Pleasure 13 & under – 1 entries
1 1216 Old Gold Sugar Stacy Tallick Kaylie Muehlich
13 – Western Equitation Open – 1 entries
1 1211 JMF Dark Mystery Heather Neugart Heather Neugart
14 – Western Pleasure Open – 2 entries
1 1211 JMF Dark Mystery Heather Neugart Heather Neugart
2 1217 Use the Cruise Jaylee Heurtas Jaylee Heurtas
18 – Western Champion & Reserve – 4 entries
1 1217 Use the Cruise Jaylee Heurtas Jaylee Heurtas
2 1216 Old Gold Sugar Stacy Tallick Kaylie Muehlich
3 1211 JMF Dark Mystery Heather Neugart Heather Neugart
4 1201 Benny Melissa Shott Melissa Shott
19 – Ribbon Race – 2 entries
1 1208 Montana Marcia Goodwin Marcia Goodwin
1 1209 Minuet Devon Wyman Devon Wyman
21 – Walk/Trot English Equitation Open – 2 entries
1 1208 Montana Marcia Goodwin Marcia Goodwin
2 1209 Minuet Devon Wyman Devon Wyman
23 – Walk/Trot English Pleasure Open – 4 entries
1 1203 Armand Van Whiteley Kathryn Whiteley Kathryn Whiteley
2 1208 Montana Marcia Goodwin Marcia Goodwin
3 1209 Minuet Devon Wyman Devon Wyman
4 1214 Georgio Armani Stacy Tallick Matt Rissman
25 – English Equitation Open – 1 entries
1 1219 Macchiato Unhitched Ranch Audrey Popoff
27 – English pleasure Open – 4 entries
1 1214 Georgio Armani Stacy Tallick Matt Rissman
2 1219 Macchiato Unhitched Ranch Audrey Popoff
3 1203 Armanol Van Whiteley Kathryn Whiteley Kathryn Whiteley
4 1207 Holly Golightly Alexis Vega Alexis Vega
29 – Dressage Suitability Open – 1 entries
1 1207 Holly Go lightly Alexis Vega Alexis Vega
30 – English Champion & Reserve – 4 entries
1 1203 Armanol Van Whiteley Kathryn Whiteley Kathryn Whiteley
2 1214 Georgio Armani Stacy Tallick Matt Rissman
3 1219 Macchiato Unhitched Ranch Audrey Popoff
4 1207 Holly Golightly Alexis Vega Alexis Vega
31 – Trail Class (English or Western) – 3 entries
1 1220 Dallas Mindy Green Mindy Green
2 1213 Lark of Honor Bright Aimee Ziller Bryan Luden
3 1223 Lola Jewel Summer Breanna Erikson
32 – Pleasure Driving – Turnout Open – 2 entries
1 1206 Gerke P.H. Marc DILeo Marc DILeo
2 1218 Ace Unhitched Ranch Sebastian Popoff
33 – Pleasure Driving – Working Open – 3 entries
1 1206 Gerke P.H. Marc DILeo Marc DILeo
2 1222 Merrit Kassandra Jaramille Kassandra Jaramille
3 1218 Ace Unhitched Ranch Sebastian Popoff
34 – Scurry Obstacles Open – 3 entries
1 1218 Ace Unhitched Ranch Sebastian Popoff
2 1206 Gerke P.H. Marc DILeo Marc DILeo
3 1222 Merrit Kassandra Jaramille Kassandra Jaramille
35 – Driving Champion & Reserve – 3 entries
 1 1222 Merrit Kassandra Jaramille Kassandra Jaramille
 2 1218 Ace Unhitched Ranch Sebastian Popoff
 3 1206 Gerke P.H. Marc DILeo Marc DILeo

Royal Friesian Pin

The Royal Friesian Pin is awarded to foreign members of the KFPS who have done positive things for the Friesian breed in their country. The first pins have been awarded in 2016 to: Ana Maria de Jager from Mexico, Armelle Adam van Geem from France and the American Beth Sharp, Arlene de Boer and Scott Kelnhofer. – See more at: http://english.kfps.nl/Nieuws.aspx?NewsId=2090#sthash.DG7hOJsf.dpuf

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Preparing for Inspections

Foto: Jacob Melissen, Persburo Jacob Melissen, Pesse, the Netherlands.

Each year, members of the KFPS jury team travel around the world to inspect Friesian horses. It is absolutely essential to prepare a horse for inspections. Piet Sibma is a professional who trains hundreds of horses for inspections every year and also presents them to the judges. Here he explains the ins and outs of a good preparation.

Each year, KFPS-trained jury members inspect numerous horses within and outside the Netherlands. Affiliated daughter associations of the KFPS organise inspections for Friesian horses in many countries. Probably in your country too, if not this year then maybe the next. With the development and quality of the Frie-sian horse in mind it is really important to take horses to these inspections. Besides being interesting, it is also quite exciting for breeders and owners to find out how their horse will be rated by the judges. Does my foal have what it takes to get a premium? What premium or maybe even predicate is lying in store for my 3-year-old mare? Inspection days are also great moments to meet other Friesian-horse lovers and together enjoy all the fine things these brilliant horses can offer us.
To get the best out of your horse at inspections you must start early and thoroughly prepare your horse. Obviously, you cannot actually change a horse’s exterior and movement, but by giving it the right training, good feeds and great care you will be able to demonstrate the horse’s qualities to a maximum effect at inspections. In this article Piet Sibma will give you a step-by-step guide for inspection preparations and how to present your horse. The approach below works for 3-year-old and older horses that will be inspected for acceptance in the Studbook. Younger horses and stallions need a somewhat different approach.
Training on the lunge
The preparation of your horse must begin around eight weeks before inspection days. When you bring your horse in straight from the field then your first job is to wash the horse and detangle mane and tail by brushing. Lunging is a key element of the training. For this purpose it is best to fence off a circle with a diameter of 16½m. In this circle the horse will be guided by the outer edge so that he cannot fall out over the shoulder. During the first three weeks the horse should be lunged with sidereins three to four times a week for about fifteen minutes. The sidereins are used to encourage the horse to go ‘forward and down’, which helps to round his back, loosen as well as build the muscles so that he will become stronger in the hindquarters.
After three weeks you can start to increase your lunging to half-an-hour sessions four times a week. Ask your horse to make lots of walk-trot-walk transitions. This will strengthen his back end where the ‘engine’ is. Keep doing this until two weeks before the inspection.
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Mimicking inspection conditions
After each training the horse should be hosed down with lukewarm water and then walked in-hand for around ten minutes. This has a double function because it is a good cooldown and at the same time it teaches the horse obedience when being led in-hand. Remember to walk the horse to the right like it is done in the inspection ring. Maybe the horse is already getting some under saddle or in-harness training. Experience has shown that these horses often have problems with standing still for longer periods and walking in-hand. Early on in the training, the horse must therefore be taught how to walk and trot and stand still when being led in-hand.
If in any way possible it is a good idea to copy the inspection settings two weeks before date. For this purpose you can mark out a triangle with all sides measuring 60m. You could add a flag, put up a party tent or parasol and introduce the horse to umbrellas. Just about anything that helps to imitate inspection condi-tions is a useful training for your mare to prepare her for the event. Walk your horse through this triangle and make sure to include the corners.
Grooming and shoeing
Lunge the horse until five days prior to the inspection and from that time keep it stabled and give it box-rest. Just walk it every day in a bridle for about fifteen minutes. Four days before the inspection is the time to concentrate on grooming. Trim the chin, but leave the whiskers around the muzzle and only trim those hairs that stick out beyond the edges of the ears.
Even though shoeing is not mandatory it enhances the overall picture when horses are shod. This has the added advantage that when the inspection is held on grass the irons can be fitted with studs for a better grip. Shoeing should be done a fortnight before the event: this will give the horse sufficient time to get used to the ‘new shoes’.
One day before the inspection you should give the horse a shampoo, comb through the hairs and give it a good brush-over. The feet can be blackened with a black hoof polish. Now the horse is ready for the inspection.
Feeding
From the time you start the training you must keep the horse stabled with some turn-out time in the paddock. A horse who until now has been foraging on fresh grass is usually too rich in condition. The horse needs to develop dry and strong muscles through fittening work. Correct feeding of horses requires some-thing of a master’s eye but as a general rule you could stick to the following diet. Start with two daily feeds of forage (hay or haylage) and half a kilo of hard feed. Then you should gradually decrease the amount of forage and increase the amount of hard feeds. Four weeks before inspection days introduce oats: half a kilo of oats twice a day. Three weeks before the inspection you can progress to three daily feeds of half a kilo and two weeks before step it up to one kilo of oats three times a day. Oats is a great energy source for horses but should always be fed separate from any other hard feed. If you combine both feeds the horse will not properly grind the oats which will then leave the body practically intact via the droppings.
Inspection days
And then the great moment has come: the day of the inspection. If you have to travel quite some distance then hire a box in the vicinity of the inspection venue. It is good practice to arrive at the scene at least one hour before the event to give the horse some time to recover from the journey. You must also factor in some time for the secretarial office where you can pick up the bridle number and have your horse’s passport and vaccinations checked. The bridle number can be attached to the bridle with a tie-wrap. Now give your horse a final brush-over to make him look his best. Horses that are here for acceptance in the Studbook first need to be measured for height at withers by the jury or a measuring team. Take your horse to the inspection ring ten minutes ahead of schedule. Avoid walking your horse near the inspection ring for an hour or longer because this will eat away his energy and stop him from showing off when he is finally allowed into the ring.
Presenting and judging
Presenting horses to the best of their ability is an art in itself. This is the reason why most foreign daughter associations of the KFPS invite professional Dutch runners to present the horses. These people know the tricks of the trade. If this option is not available or if you are keen to present your horse yourself then keep the following in mind.
The ring master will invite the runner with his horse and assistant to enter the ring. First, the horse must be lined up in front of the judges. On the basis of the linear score form they will assess the horse on the 25 exterior characteristics as well as breeding type, conformation and legwork. The jury will then ask the run-ner to walk the horse around the triangle for assessment of the walk. Following this the horse is asked to do two circuits in a relaxed but active trot so that the judges can assess the last item on the linear score form: the trot.
Then comes the most exhilarating moment of the inspection: the result. Weeks of preparations have gone into this. Whatever the result may be, training, presenting and caring for Friesian horses is a fascinating, thrilling and educational process.

– See more at: http://english.kfps.nl/Nieuws.aspx?NewsId=2070#sthash.w6IKJRCX.dpuf

Breeding Values

FokwaardenFrom KFPS Royal Friesian Newsletter 3\2016

Are you using the KFPS breeding values in your search for a suitable stallion for your mare? No, you’re not? Then that is a missed opportunity, according to CRV researchers and makers of KFPS breeding values Lydia de Haer and Gerben de Jong.

Breeding values basically represent figures to reflect the hereditary index for specific characteristics. The figure reflects a horse´s genetic predisposition for this characteristic and how it is passed on to its offspring. The breeding values are the result of filtering all available information on this horse and its relatives. The more data are included the more reliable the breeding value will be.
KFPS breeding values are composed of several aspects. The ‘breeding values exterior linear’ are available for every horse registered in the Studbook. These comprise 26 characteristics indicating two, usually opposing terms. The bar in the middle reveals to which side the horse’s genetic predisposition has a stronger tendency. Under the heading ‘breeding values exterior assessment aspects’ the above linear characteristics of the horse are summed up in five aspects, which are: breeding type, conformation, legwork, walk and trot.
There are additional breeding values for sport aptitude. To acquire these a horse needs to complete an aptitude test or have taken part in competition sports. These breeding values offer a reliable indication of a horse´s genetic predisposition to perform under saddle, in driving or show driving.
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The number 100 reflects the average
Breeding values are expressed in figures, which is based on the concept that the figure 100 is the average of the entire Friesian population for this characteristic in a specific year. From a genetic point of view, a Friesian with 108 for scope in trot is 8 breeding value points better than an average horse, which implies that this horse can be an improvement for breeding. A breeding value lower than 100 for trot indicates that this horse is not very likely to pass on scope of movement in trot to its offspring.
It might be expected that scoring higher than 100 for all characteristics would be desirable in a horse. This is correct with regard to the exterior assessment characteristics and sport aptitude, but does not always apply to the linear characteristics. Take for instance ‘correctness forelegs’. Here the breeding value can swing towards ‘toeing-in’ or maybe ‘toeing-out’. Both are undesirable, so in relation to this characteristic the most desirable breeding value is closest to 100.
Reliability
Breeding value estimates are always linked to a reliability score. This score indicates the extent to which the horse is expected to pass on those characteristics. Generally speaking it can be said that young horses have low reliability scores because not many data have been collected. They have not yet completed an aptitude test nor have they taken part in competition sports. As soon as they have done so these scores will be added and the reliability score will go up. The reliability rate will increase even further when a horse has produced offspring that in turn, will also be inspected and perform in sports. Therefore an older, approved stallion with many offspring can advance to a reliability rate of 92%. If this stallion has a breeding value of 110 for ‘breeding type’ it can safely be assumed that chances are high his offspring will also have a lot of breeding type (92%).

– See more at: http://english.kfps.nl/Nieuws.aspx?NewsId=2066#sthash.lZLWO2Xi.dpuf

Stallion information 2016

The Stallion Information is being presented to you as an aid in choosing a stallion. When choosing a stallion it is not just important to use the best-quality stallions but it is even more important to make the correct combinations. The KFPS strives to make as many breeding data on its stallions available as possible.

Download here the Stallion information 2016

News on Michiel 442

Michiel 442 approved in North America, competes in Dressage at the Grand Prix level. It’s nice to hear updates on how these magnificent stallions are doing in the Netherlands after making the move. The KFPS reports, Thea Dijkstra came last Sunday to Barsingerhorn with Michiel 442 (Tsjerk 328).  They had recorded a score of 63.03% in the Prix St. Georges, which resulted in a fourth place. Falling just outside the prizes. “Still Michiel 442 is doing great and gets points for improvement. Now I will practice for Intermédiaire” said Thea Dijkstra.

New FHANA Board Members Announced

Congratulations to Dr. Roseanne Palermo (Erie, PA) and Barb Rencio (Columbus, OH) for being nominated to the 2016 FHANA Board of Directors.  Dr. Palermo will be seated during the 2016 FHANA Annual General Meeting located in Ft. Worth, TX.  Barb Renico will be serving her second term on the FHANA Board of Directors.

2016 Stallion Show Results

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Champion 2016 Stallion Show Tsjalle 454 Sport

Overall Champion: Tsjalle 454
Overall Reserve: Markus 491

Older Stallions:
Champion: Tsjalle 454
Reserve Champion: Jasper 366

Younger stallions:

Champion: Markus 491
Reserve Champion: Nane 492

Horse of The Year:
Els FT

Noteworthy:
Date 477 made 2nd place in his category and made it to the championships.

Norbert 444 to come to North America! Congratulations Pam and Matt Gish. Norbert 444 will be standing at Signature Friesians Stallion Station with Sape 381 and Bene 476
File: [ Stallion Show 2016 Results ]

Results Progeny Test 2015

The assessments of the Progeny Test 2015 have resulted in the approval on offspring of stallions Sake 449, Tymon 456, Uldrik 457, Tjalbert 460 and Thorben 466 . The stallions Take 455, Uwe 458 and Tonjes 459 have not completed their Progeny Tests. Therefore these stallions have been put ‘on hold’ for next year and will continue their progeny testing in 2016. The Progeny Test results of these stallions will be published in the next few weeks. The new breeding values (indexes) for exterior and sport aptitude will be uploaded onto the KFPS web site in the course of next week.

Congratulations Tjalbert 460

006772_Tjalbert460The assessments of the Progeny Test 2015 have resulted in the approval on offspring of stallions Sake 449, Tymon 456, Uldrik 457, Tjalbert 460 and Thorben 466 . The stallions Take 455, Uwe 458 and Tonjes 459 have not completed their Progeny Tests. Therefore these stallions have been put ‘on hold’ for next year and will continue their progeny testing in 2016. The Progeny Test results of these stallions will be published in the next few weeks. The new breeding values (indexes) for exterior and sport aptitude will be uploaded onto the KFPS web site in the course of next week.

Anton 343 Sport…Preferent

006756_Anton3433Congratulations to Anton 343 Sport, Preferent and his stewards Scott and Shelley Kelnhofer on achieving the Preferent title.

How does one become Preferent?

Preferential Stallions – Preferential status may be awarded to stallions either living or dead, that have shown consistency and quality in passing on their genetic qualities. The oldest offspring must be at least 10 years old and there must be sufficient numbers to judge sport performance and growth of older offspring. The stallion should have one or more sons approved on offspring. Criteria for the stallion and his offspring are listed in order of importance:

Exterior – Comparison of the stallion’s percentage of Star, Model, Approved Stallion, Preferential, and not approved offspring against overall averages for all stallions during the general time period.
Performance – As shown in various sport associations, IBOP, ABFP, performance tests of stallions, and national and regional competitions.
Fertility – 50% average over the entire breeding period
Hereditary defects and growth – Information about possible hereditary defects acquired after the offspring judging and growth of horses after they have been approved for the studbook.
Color and markings – Distinguish between allowed (head) and non-allowed (legs and body) white markings. Also distinguish with regard to the average.
Size – What are the average sizes of offspring, taking into consideration the sizes of the dams, and how this compares to the ideal size shown in the breeding policy
Character

This is great news for a great ambassador of the Friesian breed.

 

FHANA Board of Directors Candidates Announced

The FHANA Board of Directors elections are upon us.  There are currently 2 spots open on the Board of Directors and we have 5 nominees.

Nominees are:

Annie Muilwijk (Alberta)

Barb Renico (Ohio)

Beth Sharp (California)

Charlotte Dumford (Texas)

Dr. Roseanne Palermo (Pennsylvania)

The election will be live starting Dec. 31, 2015-Jan. 31, 2016.  As in the past all current members will receive an electronic ballot to submit your vote.  If we do not have an email on file for you, you will receive your ballot by the mail with a code to submit your vote via telephone.

December 7, 2015-Email/Mail Campaign Questions
December 17, 2015-Return of Campaign Questions and Biographies
December 31, 2015-Mail Ballots, Campaign Question Responses & Bios to Membership
January 31, 2016-Election Closes
February 8, 2016-Count Ballots and Announce Results

FHANA and the KWPN-NA

This cooperative effort between the two major Dutch horse based registries in North America has been in the works for about three years and I am so happy to see it finally going forward. It makes so much sense for both our organizations to combine forces for marketing, administrative functionality and the ability to combine our strengths in this competitive marketplace. I have worked with Willy Arts for over 7 years and expect this to be a successful venture for both associations.
Elizabeth Sharp, president FHANA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT: JENNIFER KEELER, YELLOW HORSE MARKETING, jennifer@yellowhorsemarketing.com

November 18, 2015

KWPN-NA Welcomes Jason Tice as Executive Director

By Yellow Horse Marketing for the KWPN-NA

As part of ongoing efforts to expand and better serve North American members and breeders of one of the most popular sport horses in the world, the Royal Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America (KWPN-NA) has announced the hiring of Jason Tice as Executive Director, effective immediately. This also marks the beginning of a transition for the KWPN-NA office from its current home in Sutherlin, Oregon to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

A graduate of Iowa State University, Tice has been the Executive Director for the Friesian Horse Association of North America (FHANA) since 2008. He will continue those duties for FHANA while expanding his role to also become Executive Director of the KWPN-NA, overseeing all day-to-day operations including the annual meeting, keurings, and office operations. Prior to the announcement, Tice had worked with the KWPN-NA as a project manager over the course of the last year, developing the registry’s new membership database.

“I am very honored and excited to take on this new positon as the primary contact person for the two largest Dutch breeds in North America in the KWPN-NA and FHANA,” said Tice. “My main focus will be to concentrate on customer service, and bring the KWPN-NA in to a new era with technology and make information readily available to the membership so they can continue to breed the best Dutch Warmbloods possible.”

The KWPN is one of the largest sport horse registries in the world, and has consistently been ranked the number one studbook for both jumping and dressage by the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH). For thirty years, the non-profit KWPN-NA association has brought the passion and focus of the Dutch breeder home to North America, where breeders are now producing top international horses which compete around the world in a variety of disciplines. With more than 1,300 members and an average of more than 420 registered foals annually over the last decade, the KWPN-NA has grown to become one of the continent’s largest warmblood organizations.

As the KWPN-NA office moves to its new headquarters at the Kentucky Horse Park (which it will share with FHANA), Tice will now work closely with the KWPN-NA staff and Board of Directors to oversee and continue to expand the registry’s many programs and encourage the participation of registered KWPN horses in equestrian sport. The KWPN-NA currently maintains an extensive database that records detailed breed registration information, inspection and performance results, and ownership transfers and sales for all registered KWPN horses in North America; disseminates educational and informational data to breeders, owners and other interested individuals pertaining to the breeding, raising and approval of KWPN horses; schedules and conducts various inspections throughout North America of stallions, foals, mares and geldings; offers an extensive awards program; and promotes public awareness of the Royal Dutch Sport Horse.

“These changes to our organization have been a topic of discussion for a long time, and now the timing is right and everything fell into place,” said Willy Arts, Chair of the KWPN-NA Board of Directors. “Like so many other equestrian organizations, it makes sense to have our headquarters at the Kentucky Horse Park, which has become a national center for horse sport. Also, sharing space and working with FHANA presents an opportunity to increase efficiencies for both registries.

“I’ve known Jason for several years through FHANA, and I believe he is a great fit as our new Executive Director and that he will lead our organization into an exciting new phase. I am tremendously excited about the future and how all of this will work out.”

To learn more about the KWPN-NA, visit the organization’s official website at http://kwpn-na.org/.

Vanderploeg North American Breeder’s Award

The champion of the 2016 Vanderploeg North American Breeder’s Award goes to Mares and Klaas Vanderploeg of Ithaca, MI and their breeding of the horse Nanita P. (Sipke 450 x Feike 395).  Nanita P. is currently owned by L. Raber and V. Miller of Fredericksburg, OH.

To be awarded to the best 3 or 4 year old mare judged in each year’s North American keuring cycle.
Eligibility: Mares must have been born in North American and be presented for their initial adult inspection in the current year to be automatically entered for this special award. Mares must be 3 or 4 years old at the time of their initial inspection. The breeder identified on the horse’s registration certificate must be a current FHANA member in good standing and reside in North America. Eligible mares must have been sired by a stallion approved for breeding by the KFPS at the time of conception and must be out of mares registered in the main Studbook.
Criteria: Upon receipt of the official results by the FHANA office of all inspections each year, the Championship title will be awarded to the highest placing mare out of all eligible mares judged each year. For example, if there is only one mare named as Provisional Crown, that mare will be declared the Champion. In the event that more than one mare is named Crown/Provisional Crown, FHANA will make the decision by comparing the mares’ linear scores for the 25 characteristics evaluated. The winner will be the mare with the most scores falling in the desirable (shaded) range. In the event of a tie, the KFPS judges /inspectors who judged in North America that same year will confer and determine which mare was the best. If there are no mares named as Crown/Provisional Crown in any year, the winner will be chosen from the eligible mares awarded a First Premium, and so on.
Prizes:
(1) The champion will receive a cash prize of $500.00 and the Reserve Champion will receive $250.00, payable to the breeder of record on the mare’s registration certificate. However, if the mare has been sold prior to the inspection and that transfer duly recorded prior to the inspection, the cash prize will be divided between the breeder and owner of record.
(2) The breeder of the winning mare will receive a special individual award (3) A perpetual trophy will be maintained in the FHANA office bearing the name of the winning horse and her breeder for each year.

For 2016 Mares and Klaas Vanderploeg will be the recipient of a $250 cash prize while the owner L. Raber and V. Miller will also recieve $250 and have their name included on the Perpetual Trophy in the FHANA office.

The reserve Champion goes to Pier and Darlene Vanderhoek of Helm, CA and their breeding of their horse Maaike (Tsjalle 454 x Jasper 366.

Pier and Darlene Vanderhoek will be the recipient of a $250 cash prize.

Both of these mares were also awarded Provisional Kroon during the 2015 FHANA/KFPS inspections.

Kids Day at the San Bernardino County Museum

Recently Club members participated in the Kids Day at the San Bernardino County Museum.

This was a weekend event for children to see many things they could do outside which are fun —anything to get them off their computers iPhones and TVs??  We took 2 Friesian horses and one pretty paint. There were many vendors not to mention all the interesting stuff in the museum and outside.

Check out some photos from the event: Here

 

The Friesian Connection proudly welcomes: Tjaarda 483 Sport!

Exciting news for the USA! Tjaarda 483 Sport will be coming to America soon! (Time 398 x Lolke 371) This amazing stallion will bring new blood for US mares, along with amazing performance ability, conformation and plenty of hair in his genetics too. The Friesian Connection in Dorr, Michigan cannot wait for his arrival and will update with more SOON! www.friesianconnection.com

Fall KFPS Member Council Meeting Held

“Bert Wassenaar re-elected to the board of the KFPS and the “sport membership”.

The KFPS Member Council meeting Friday, November 20th went smoothly and in good harmony. There were no complicated issues on the agenda. The long-term budget is based on a decreasing number of members and a growing number of coverages. It seems 2015 will conclude positively for the KFPS, unlike the budget suggested. This was also the case last year, thanks to some financial windfalls. The budget for 2016 amounts to a loss of € 18,000. Both the budget for 2016 and the long-term budget for 2020 were adopted by the Member Council. The membership fee and rates are increased by 0.6%. In the spring meeting, the board was asked to inquire about the possibilities to increase the investment mandate of € 500,000 to € 1,000,000. The wish was to pursue a higher return . The current investment follows a defensive risk profile. The board is treading very cautious and proposes to increase the mandate to € 1,000,000, but with an investment profile that is Moderately Defensive. This was adopted by the Member Council.

There were two appointments. President Bert Wassenaar has had four years on the board (including two years as chairman) and was re-elected by the Member Council. The members of the jury were appointed reinspection. This involved Bauke de Boer, Louise Hompe and Peter Bergsma. They are also appointed by the Member Council.

The proposal to introduce the sport membership was adopted by the Member Council. However, it is a “Donorship” which the KFPS is still looking for a suitable name. For an entry-level price of € 25. They will receive access to the KFPS TV and the online library. Additionally will get “Donor” discount on the admission of the Stallion, 10% off all items in shop KFPS and opportunity to participate in the clinics and courses of the KFPS. Payable donorship can be expanded with three subscriptions. Thus one can take an annual subscription Phryso Sport (4x per year), or Phryso Total (12x per year) or a yearly subscription online MyKFPS for inspection of horse stallion data and information. ‘Donors’ do not vote, can not register horses and not participate in inspections. This is reserved to members of the KFPS. The proposal for amendment to the registration rules did not have a vote yet. A concrete proposal will follow in the Spring of 2016. The proposal provides an indication for the predicate for horses that have performed above average in a performance test. The regional meetings came forward with wanting to keep this particularly simple, no complicated notations. The proposed classification had little to no advocates. All information received through the regional meetings and the Member Council will be filed with the Breeding Council and Sports Council. They will further consider a more specific proposal in the next meeting.

FHANA and the KWPN-NA

This cooperative effort between the two major Dutch horse based registries in North America has been in the works for about three years and I am so happy to see it finally going forward. It makes so much sense for both our organizations to combine forces for marketing, administrative functionality and the ability to combine our strengths in this competitive marketplace. I have worked with Willy Arts for over 7 years and expect this to be a successful venture for both associations.
Elizabeth Sharp, president FHANA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT: JENNIFER KEELER, YELLOW HORSE MARKETING, jennifer@yellowhorsemarketing.com
November 18, 2015

KWPN-NA Welcomes Jason Tice as Executive Director

By Yellow Horse Marketing for the KWPN-NA

As part of ongoing efforts to expand and better serve North American members and breeders of one of the most popular sport horses in the world, the Royal Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America (KWPN-NA) has announced the hiring of Jason Tice as Executive Director, effective immediately. This also marks the beginning of a transition for the KWPN-NA office from its current home in Sutherlin, Oregon to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

A graduate of Iowa State University, Tice has been the Executive Director for the Friesian Horse Association of North America (FHANA) since 2008. He will continue those duties for FHANA while expanding his role to also become Executive Director of the KWPN-NA, overseeing all day-to-day operations including the annual meeting, keurings, and office operations. Prior to the announcement, Tice had worked with the KWPN-NA as a project manager over the course of the last year, developing the registry’s new membership database.

“I am very honored and excited to take on this new positon as the primary contact person for the two largest Dutch breeds in North America in the KWPN-NA and FHANA,” said Tice. “My main focus will be to concentrate on customer service, and bring the KWPN-NA in to a new era with technology and make information readily available to the membership so they can continue to breed the best Dutch Warmbloods possible.”

The KWPN is one of the largest sport horse registries in the world, and has consistently been ranked the number one studbook for both jumping and dressage by the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH). For thirty years, the non-profit KWPN-NA association has brought the passion and focus of the Dutch breeder home to North America, where breeders are now producing top international horses which compete around the world in a variety of disciplines. With more than 1,300 members and an average of more than 420 registered foals annually over the last decade, the KWPN-NA has grown to become one of the continent’s largest warmblood organizations.

As the KWPN-NA office moves to its new headquarters at the Kentucky Horse Park (which it will share with FHANA), Tice will now work closely with the KWPN-NA staff and Board of Directors to oversee and continue to expand the registry’s many programs and encourage the participation of registered KWPN horses in equestrian sport. The KWPN-NA currently maintains an extensive database that records detailed breed registration information, inspection and performance results, and ownership transfers and sales for all registered KWPN horses in North America; disseminates educational and informational data to breeders, owners and other interested individuals pertaining to the breeding, raising and approval of KWPN horses; schedules and conducts various inspections throughout North America of stallions, foals, mares and geldings; offers an extensive awards program; and promotes public awareness of the Royal Dutch Sport Horse.

“These changes to our organization have been a topic of discussion for a long time, and now the timing is right and everything fell into place,” said Willy Arts, Chair of the KWPN-NA Board of Directors. “Like so many other equestrian organizations, it makes sense to have our headquarters at the Kentucky Horse Park, which has become a national center for horse sport. Also, sharing space and working with FHANA presents an opportunity to increase efficiencies for both registries.

“I’ve known Jason for several years through FHANA, and I believe he is a great fit as our new Executive Director and that he will lead our organization into an exciting new phase. I am tremendously excited about the future and how all of this will work out.”

To learn more about the KWPN-NA, visit the organization’s official website at http://kwpn-na.org/.

Phenomenal walk and plenty of suppleness

Portret Bene 476 - Bene op standExcellent Central Examination scores and a Preferent-rich pedigree make him a promising stallion for breeding. Bene 476, the Doaitsen 420 son who was approved in the United States in 2013. An athletic stallion with a phenomenal walk and lots of suppleness in trot.
Pam and Matt Gish started their Signature Friesians in the Kansas City area in the United States in 2001, a Friesian Horse stud farm with Preferent-rich mare lines. One such mare is Wilma van de Zuiderwaard Star Preferent (Leffert 306). In 2005 she was the Reserve Champion of 4-year-old and older mares at the Central Inspection. Pam and Matt Gish bought her in 2007 and together with six other broodmares she was stabled in Bonne and Janny Bosma’s yard in Makkum.
The next year Wilma gave birth to a colt called Bonne fan Signature Friesians (Doaitsen 420), who was named after Bonne Bosma where he spent his first two years. ‘When we told Janny Bosma that we intended to call him Bonne, she replied that if so, he would, of course, have to progress to approved stallion. To our great dismay Bonne Bosma died later that year as a result of a serious accident’, says Matt Gish. In 2013 Bonne was approved in the USA under the name of Bene 476.
Bene 476 carries a lot of Preferent blood in both parental lines. His dam Wilma van de Zuiderwaard is a daughter of the Preferent Leffert 306, his maternal granddam is a daughter of Oege 267 and his maternal great granddam has Naen 264 for a father. Head of the mare line is Marianne Hb Preferent (Danilo 137), born 1928. Marianne brought seven foals, among them Rintze 154 (Ynte 130), Eabeltsje Model Preferent (Peter 153) and Manda Model Preferent (Arend 131). Manda’s granddaughter is Namk Model Preferent (Geert 184) and she, in turn, is the dam of Namke Model Preferent (Nuttert 200), owned by Foeke van der Velde from Terwispel. Five of Namke’s daughters rose to Preferent, including Penni Star Preferent (Ewoud 250). Four of Penni’s  daughters also became Preferent. One of them is Fenni Star Preferent (Naen 264). Her daughter Jenni van de Zuiderwaard Star (Oege 306) is Wilma’s dam and that brings us to Bene 476. Matt Gish: ‘Unfortunately we lost Wilma this year. We own three more of her offspring but they are still young and have not been inspected.

Portret Bene 476 - Bene tijdens CO

Exceptionally high scores

Bene 476 was approved with 87 points for his riding- and driving test and 85,5 for the show driving test. ‘Uldrik 457 has been the only one with better scores. With this result Bene 476 demonstrates how multi-talented he is in terms of aptitude for dressage-, driving- and show driving sports’, says Bauke de Boer. Herman Smit: ‘He is elastic, athletic and has a phenomenal walk which is roomy and has a consistently good rhythm.’ In 2014 Bene 476 spent a few months in the Netherlands for stud services and for semen collection. In 2013 Bene 476 served a total of 108 mares and the following year 121 mares. His first 3-year-old offspring won’t appear at inspections until 2017.

– See more at: http://english.kfps.nl/Nieuws.aspx?NewsId=1989#sthash.mubK8lEI.dpuf

FHANA Board of Directors Nominations

There are two seats open for 2015:  Elizabeth Sharp & Barb Renico

6.4 Election of Directors.The election of the Board of Directors shall be conducted as follows:

On or before January 1st of each year, the Association shall mail to each general voting member a notice that the Association will receive nomination for the office of Director. The notice shall provide a period of no less than thirty (30) days in which to return the nominations.

Any two (2) general voting members, in good standing, may nominate any other member who is eligible to hold office and in good standing with the Association, other than a body corporate, for election as a Director by a written letter addressed to the Secretary at the principal office of the Association, provided that the member so nominated has endorsed his consent to such nomination in writing.

November 1, 2015-Call for Nominations
November 30, 2015-Close Nominations
December 7, 2015-Email/Mail Campaign Questions
December 17, 2015-Return of Campaign Questions and Biographies
December 31, 2015-Mail Ballots, Campaign Question Responses & Bios to Membership
January 31, 2016-Election Closes
February 8, 2016-Count Ballots and Announce Results

Please send all nominations to fhana@fhana.com or mail them to the FHANA office at:

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Maturing into an athlete

Genetics and conformation are important factors for a foal’s development into a top athlete. Feeding and training management are the key ingredients for a promising athlete to reach its maximum potential.Research has shown that a pregnant mare’s diet has a significant influence on the foal. For instance, a copper deficiency is thought to contribute to the occurrence of OCD in foals. The amount of energy and the way this is administered in the diets of the pregnant mare and the growing foal also play a part in the development of possible future insulin resistance.
Other factors influencing the foal’s insulin sensitivity are the mare’s nutritional status and her genetic blueprint. Embryo transfer studies have proved that trotters born from pony mares had increased insulin sensitivity, whereas ponies born from draught horses turned out to have lower insulin sensitivity. Although these effects were no longer measurable one year after birth, it is thought that feeding and nutritional status of the mare have a long-term influence on the foal’s future sugar metabolism.It is quite possible that the presence of OCD could very well be influenced by dietary adjustments. OCD is partly hereditary, however to what degree is strongly dependent on the feeding programme and amount of the foal’s exercise. Well-balanced rations and the correct type of energy gifts during gestation and the young life can have a preventive effect on the occurrence of OCD. Rations that induce high blood sugar levels after intake are very much unnatural for an animal species that nature has designed for permanent grazing. Other factors contributing to the development of OCD could be over-rapid growth, especially in times of a poorly-balanced diet (copper and other minerals).

Feeding regime during growing up
Another field researched is the microbiome, the make-up of the gut flora together with the various types of feed and supplements that may affect the gut flora. Studies of the make-up of gut flora have shown that in addition to the dam’s milk, foals are already capable of digesting fibre from as early as two weeks after birth. It emerges that for other animal species as well as humans it is essential that the correct gut flora is established at an early age. Any interference with this process in terms of delay or absence can lead to allergies and immune-mediated gut disorders later in life.

Training during growing up

Research has shown that the amount of exercise/movement a horse gets in its early years is of great importance. Foals with permanent access to grazing during their young years develop the strongest joints and bones. Foals that were put on permanent box rest during research were clearly shown to have an inferior maturing process of bones and joints. Follow-up research has investigated the effects of early training on bones and joints in yearlings. From this emerged that early, skilled and well-balanced training resulted in healthier cartilage cells, advanced maturation and stronger bones. Foals with lots of turnout and early training had thicker and better-quality tendons.

Feeding regime for athletes
Every horse in training needs rations with sufficient fibres (roughage) for normal functioning of the large intestine, natural chewing behaviour and the prevention of stereotypical behaviour. Additionally, the rations must supply sufficient energy to meet the daily energy demands as well as contain sufficient essential nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

A horse is designed for daylong trickle-feeding, ingesting small amounts of roughage. It is not surprising that there is a high prevalence of stomach ulcers. The production of gastric juices in the equine stomach is a continuous process. After the stomach the horse has twelve to fourteen metres of small intestines with a limited capacity for digesting starch, which means that a relatively large amount of carbohydrates ends up in the blind gut. The blind gut is primarily designed for breaking down roughage through a process of fermentation and subsequent use of the carbohydrates in the cell walls. This can seriously disrupt digestion and a healthy gut flora.

– See more at: http://english.kfps.nl/Nieuws.aspx?NewsId=1963#sthash.2bUg4iqV.dpuf

KFPS – Three stallions entered for Short Test assessment

Three stallions entered for Short Test assessment

Three dressage stallions have been entered for assessment to take part in the Short Test (ST). The names of the entered stallions are:

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Zorn fan Tsjerkgaast 8 years old   Gjalt 426 x Ulke 338 Photo by Johanna Faber www.johannafaber.nl

These stallions will be monitored in the sport during the course of this summer. On October 15th the stallions will be assessed for exterior and basic gaits (under saddle) as well as undergo a veterinary inspection. This assessment will coincide with the moment of arrival of stallions for the Central Examination (CE). The Short Test will take place during the last two weeks of the Central Examination.

The selection option via the Short Test is open to stallions who have achieved high performances in the sport. Such stallions are required to meet the same quality criteria as the stallions following regular procedures. The main difference in procedures being that the ten-week period of the Central Examination has been replaced by a two-week Short Test for the Sport stallions involved. During the Short Test the stallions will be observed for character and stable vices and will be monitored on a veterinary level.

– See more at: http://english.kfps.nl/Nieuws.aspx?NewsId=1957#sthash.ejGwyqaS.dpuf

 

 

Harmina met Petrus

Petrus I.B. (Petrus P.J.) 10 years old Heinse 354 x Dirk 298 Photo by Karin Sevink

Lex Oet Oale Kloosterveen 12 years old Brandus 345 x Nikolaas  Photo by Johanna Faber www.johannafaber.nl

 

Mintse 384 Sport

With this post we share a picture of Mintse 384.    While we grieve at his loss, we can truly say that this stallion brought so much joy and excitement into our lives and it has been an honor to have been his caretakers for the past 9 years. He was the “king” in our barn and he will be greatly missed. Mintse was born in the Netherlands at the farm of R. Algra. Several years later he was purchased by Tilly Lont who owned him during the 6 years he stood at stud in the Netherlands. His trainer/rider there was Ingeborg Klooster. In 2007 Mintse was purchased by Bob and Arlene DeBoer (Michigan) in partnership with Jim and Sally Bedeker and began his North American breeding career. He was the first approved breeding stallion to ever hold the “Sport” predicate in North American. Mintse set the record for the highest number of breedings for a KFPS stallion in one breeding season with 153 mares covered in the year 2008. That record has held firm until just this year when his own stable mate surpassed it. In addition to his work in the breeding shed, Mintse traveled throughout the United States to many FHANA sponsored events including the Friesian Extravaganza and being part of the 10 stallion Friesian Train at the World Equestrian Games. Mintse was the 2005 KFPS World Grand Champion Stallion. His legacy lives on in his 2 approved sons Tsjalle 454 (3 time KFPS Reserve Champion Stallion) and Date 477 and also his grandson Jehannes 484 (2015 KFPS World Grand Champion Stallion). We ask that you join us in celebrating his life and the huge impact he had on the Friesian breed. The Friesian Connection Family Amy Kroll and Janice VerMerris (Stallion Station) Bob and Arlene DeBoer Jim and Sally Bedeker And Ellisa Kroll – who rode Mintse this spring and summer, earning some of her scores for her USDF Bronze Medal with Mintse as her mount. She loved Mintse so much. They both shared a beautiful “mane”. Being part of Ellisa’s high school senior pictures was the very last thing he ever did and we will cherish these pictures forever.

Frenk Jespers appointed to KFPS Stallion jury

Frenk Jespers will be from the first visit in December form part of the KFPS stallion. He succeeds Bauke de Boer, who has had the statutory maximum eight years on the jury.

Frenk Jespers is a well known person in the world of equestrian sports. He owns the 1987 Dressage trainings stable Jespers, located in the Brabant Teteringen. Jespers has years of experience in the training of young horses and training horses to success at the Grand Prix level. In it he also successfully trained (young) people in dressage, including Kirsten Beckers and Kim van der Velden, the current stable rider. Jespers has served 9 years on the Stallion Inspection Jury for the KWPN which gives him extensive experience regarding stallion selection. He is part of the stallion selection of the Swedish Warmblood in Sweden and he served as a coach for Turkey. “I see it as a great challenge to contribute to the development of the Friesian horse,” Frenk Jespers says of his selection. KFPS chairman Bert Wassenaar, welcomed the appointment: “We are very pleased someone with so much experience in horse riding and stallion selection to be able to be added to our stallion selection jury.

– See more at: http://www.kfps.nl/Nieuws.aspx?NewsId=2238#sthash.7W37evKE.dpuf

Friesian stallion main star in new movie

006336_AshleyKlein,HansfanePikesylNitrous plays the part of magical stallion Dag Dia who takes Evie with him on a journey to the fairytale world of Albion. Both Nitrous and stand-in Hans fan ‘e Pikesyl are being trained in a very special way by American Ashley Klein. Friesian stallion Nitrous of Majestic Friesians is registered in the Studbook under the name of Nanno (Ulke 338 x Djurre 284). He was bred by J. van ’t Ende in Wezep and his present owners are Brock’s Majestic Friesians in Michigan USA. The 5-year-old Hans fan ‘e Pikesyl (Andries 415 x Krist 358) was bred by G. Kroes from Abbega.

Ashley Klein grew up in a small, sleepy village in the United States. ‘Every day from the time I was five you could find me in a place close to home where they had horses. I used to ride with nothing but a head collar and a lead rope. I liked to observe the horses and never got tired of watching films with horses in it.’ Over the years, Ashley Klein continued to build her skills as a freestyle horse trainer. One fine day Lori Brock of Brock’s Majestic Friesians called on the then 16-year-old Ashley. ‘It was the beginning of a dream come true when she asked me to train her Friesian stallion Prodigy (Tsjalke 397).’ So impressed was Lori Brock with Ashley’s abilities that since then she has given her nine other Friesian stallions to train, among them Nanno and Hans. By now freestyle training has become Ashley’s core business and recently she has started to work from the Transformation Equestrian Centre, in partnership with Lori Brock. Ashley: ‘Freestyle horsemanship is a training method that teaches horses to smile, give ‘yes or no’ answers, count, curtsy, point out things, lie down, sit and rear. The horses also learn to master the Spanish walk, elevated trot and piaffe. All exercises are taught from a basis of trust, relaxation and a positive approach.’

Travelling home from the studios in Bulgaria back to the USA, Ashley made a stop-over in Friesland. It was quite special to visit Willem Wester and Ulke 338, Nitrous’ sire. ‘Ulke 338 and Nitrous are definitely a chip off the same block in just about every aspect’, Ashley says. By now Ashley and her Friesian film stars have returned home to Big Rapids. Hans is due for inspections and more films are in the pipeline, one of them a sequel to Albion: Rise of the Danann. So that’s why Ashley will soon start training three new Friesian stallions for this film.

As printed in the July KFPS Newsletter

Export of horses going sky high

Export The CSO’s (CBS) calculations differentiate between the export of horses and breeding horses, but not in breeds. Export figures for 2013  list over €136 million for horses and over €36 million for breeding horses. In 2014 export figures for horses amounted to €156 million but  he export of breeding horses realised nearly double the amount of the year before: around €66 million. Insiders estimate the annual  export between 8,000 and 10,000 horses; The CSO (CBS) released the number of horses for 2014 (5,800) but did not specify the  number for breeding horses.

 Number four export country
According to the international export database VN Databank Comtrade, an export figure of $211 million puts the Netherlands in fourth  position in the 2012 (the most recent data available) ranking list of horse exporting countries, behind the USA ($465 million), Great  Britain ($370 million) and Ireland ($235 million), but for the first time ahead of Germany ($160 million). For the Netherlands the top five  export countries are: 1. United States; 2. Great Britain; 3. China; 4. Mexico and 5. Sweden. In 2012 the figure for horses exported to the USA amounted to a total of $129 million. In 2007 just under 50 horses went on transport to China, but in 2013 the figure for horses exported to this vast country was in excess of $13 million.

Export Friesian horses on the rise
The Friesian horse contributes considerably to the Dutch figures in the export market of horses and its growth. Germ Aise Bouma of Stud Station and Export Stables Henswoude in Oldeboorn: ‘Right now we sell Friesian horses to around 42 countries across the world and numbers keep going up.’ Jan Folmer of stallion station De Nieuwe Heuvel in Lunteren: ‘Relatively new countries like Australia, China, Brazil, Mexico and Italy have also discovered the Friesian breed now.’
The growth in numbers can partly be ascribed to recovering economical climates. ‘Over the past few years sales have stagnated in the USA, but thanks to a favourable currency exchange rate of the dollar versus the euro, this market is picking up again’, Bouma says. Folmer: ‘For our growth potential we virtually completely rely on the foreign markets, and not only for the export of horses.’ With this Jan Folmer also refers to the export of fresh semen, frozen semen and embryos.

As posted in the July 2015 KFPS Newsletter

Alert 475 has passed away

Alert 475 lrLast week the Stallion Alert 475 died unexpectedly . The Jasper 366-son, bred by the late Jaap van Nieuwenhuyzen, was in 2013 the first approved stallion in North America using the short test. One of the reasons he earned his designation was his athletic performance in dressage. In 2010 he moved to the USA to participate in the ‘Friesian train’ which was part of the opening show of the World Equestrian Games in Lexington. Before that he performed in dressage, with his original name ‘Casper van de Oostwal’, with Saskia Meinema.

It is with heavy hearts that we are informing the Friesian community that Alert 475 has passed away. He touched many of us with his beauty and grace but will be most deeply missed by his owners, Jim and Sally Bedeker and his caretakers Amy Kroll and Janice VerMerris of the Friesian Connection Stallion Station. The cause is yet unknown, but will be shared when available. He was happy and healthy. He had been eating and drinking well. He was found laying down in his paddock with his stablemates nearby. Alert (also known as Casper van de Oostwal) was born in the Netherlands in 2000. He was born at the stable of Jaap Van Nieuwenhuyzen and Saskia Meinema. While Jaap competed with Alert in driving, Saskia was Alert’s partner in dressage through 2010 when she brought him to the World Equestrian Games to be part of the 10 stallion Friesian train. After his performance at the WEG, Saskia sold Alert to Jim Bedeker and Robert DeBoer. Alert then began to compete in the U.S. with Stacy Posthumus as his rider. In the spring of 2013 Alert was approved by the KFPS as a breeding stallion. While primarily focusing on his job in the breeding shed, Alert also became the mount of Amy Kroll’s 17 year old daughter Ellisa – helping her earn her bronze medal and part of her silver medal in dressage. Alert was a very special stallion who always wanted to please. He was very sweet to everyone, somehow able to connect with each person who was around him. He shared his stable with Mintse, Fridse, Date and Julius…and they all seem to notice his absence today.
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FHANA Educational Webinar – An Update With Dr. Kathy Fox

Dr. Kathy Fox from the Fenway Foundation for Friesian Horses will conducDr. Kathy Foxt a webinar to update the Friesian owners on what the foundation      has been doing, what research is currently being done on the breed and other updates that may be available to help your Friesian horses live  the lives they deserve.  This is an educational opportunity you won’t want to miss. Thank you to the FHANA Health Committee and the FHANA  Education Committee for conducting these webinars.

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The Fenway Foundation releases two more prints in the Stallions of North America program.

The Fenway Foundation is pleased to announce the release of two more prints in our Stallions of North America program. Recently retired from breeding, Feike 395 Sport (Feitse 293 x Naen 264) achieved success in the dressage arena and was always the consummate performer. We would have been remiss if we did not portray him in his iconic rearing pose. Both prints created by the talented hand of Dianne Dakowicz from original photography by Cally Matherly.

Also available to purchase at this time is Feike’s Approved son, Wybren 464 Sport (Feike 395 x Wicher 334). Born and raised here in Wisconsin, he was provisionally approved in 2011. With his unique bloodlines, Wybren also spent two years breeding in the Netherlands where he earned his Sport Predicate before returning in the fall of 2014.

Don’t be disappointed, limited to only 50 hand signed and numbered prints each. Signed prints of this type usually go for $99.00 and more but in order to make these tributes attainable to everyone, the Fenway Foundation will sell each print for $50.00 plus postage and handling. Proceeds will go towards funding and continuing research done by the Fenway Foundation and research groups that will benefit Friesian horses around the world.

Watermark image of the Foundation logo is NOT shown on purchased prints.

For more information email fenwayfoundation@yahoo.com or visitfenwayfoundation.com under the “Sales” tab.

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Digital Foal Administration

KFPS has invested significantly in automation of its horse administration. For three reasons:

1) to provide lots of information f.i. to assist in breeding choices
2) to increase the efficiency of both KFPS-administration and administration of KFPS-affiliates
3) to provide efficient horse administration for KFPS-members.

For this purpose KFPS has launched My KFPS in 2012. In My KFPS is a tool for KFPS-members that opens up the KFPS database and where KFPS-members can manage their own horse administration. As part of My KFPS a tool has become available since 2014 that allows members to announce a birth of a foal to KFPS digitally. Instead of filling out the paper birth announcement and sending it to KFPS, members can add the new born foal to the database in a few mouse clicks. Many non-Dutch members make use of My KFPS and used the function for announcing a birth already in 2014. We therefore will not send the paper birth announcements to members anymore.  This will apply to all FHANA members in 2016.  for 2015, you will receive your paper breeding certificate.  If you have not received this, please contact the FHANA office directly.

How does it work? In order to have access to My KFPS, members require to login to the KFPS website. Only KFPS-members can request for a login-code, by sending an e-mail to KFPS.  Or you can contact the FHANA and we can get this passcode for you.   When logged in, members can choose the menu My Horse. My Horse contains several features. One of these features is Foal registration. In Foal registration, the mares are listed who have been bred the year before (note: only in case the breeding has been reported to KFPS). Members click on the particular mare and a digital form pops up. The form has to be completed and saved. The members receive a confirmation of the announcement by e-mail and the next day a birth certificate can be downloaded from My KFPS and printed. The birth certificate (in the past, the blue paper) is to be used when the foal is identified (inserted a microchip).

To avoid DNA costs, you have to do the announcement within two weeks after birth of the foal. This is not applicable for BBII horses, these horse always need to do a DNA research.  For FHANA members, you must submit your breeding certificate within 30 days of the birth of the foal.  Your foal registration does include the DNA package and microchip.  This is required of all foals born in North America.

If members experience problems with this digital announcement, they can ask for assistance by contacting the FHANA office at 859-455-7430 or email at fhana@fhana.com.

You will see many of these changes for FHANA members in 2016.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the FHANA Office.

The Ideal Character

Good manners, level-headed, keen and inquisitive are characteristics that make the Friesian breed the favourite of so many. Yet, we also appreciate sensitive and spirited horses that do well at the highest levels. For breeders and recreational riders reliability is the most important characteristic by far. Calm and relaxed, steady and eager to work are other qualities that describe the ideal horse for non-competitive riders and drivers.

High on the wish list of recreational users are reliable, not overly sensitive (hot) horses with a good work ethos. People in (sub) top sports also value reliability and willingness to work, but also need their horses to be sensitive and responsive. It´s all about differentiation in the degree of sensitivity.

Measuring
A couple of years ago the KFPS set out to contrive a system for measuring characteristics. Since the start of 2013 a linear score form for characteristics is being used for ABFP tests and the Central Examination. These examinations have been singled out because the horses are supervised, trained and monitored for several weeks by a team of people.
The score form comprises eighteen characteristics which are divided into two segments: behaviour when being handled (stable manners) and behaviour during training. The score form does not pretend to give any judgement concerning good or bad in relation to a horse’s character. Comparable to the linear score form for exterior characteristics, the middle (C) represents the average of the population of Friesian horses. Letters B and D indicate a minor deviation and letters A and E indicate a major deviation from the average.

Sensitive ánd reliable
Initial deductions from the first 200 character scores present a fascinating picture. It appears that sensitivity is rather favourably linked to the characteristics trainability, responsiveness to the aids and learning capacity. There also seems to be a slight unfavourable correlation between sensitivity and reliability. This implies that selection on sensitivity (read: selection for sport horses) might lead to slightly less reliable horses in the long run. Which, incidentally, is not equal to every sensitive horse being less reliable as well.
From the results so far we may therefore tentatively conclude that it is of the utmost importance to include reliability in our selection criteria. This way we can ensure that the selection policy for sport horses (more sensitivity) will not have a negative impact on the reliability aspect.

Contact behaviour – Stable manners

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Training manners

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Jesse 435 coming to North America

 The son of Leffert 306 from Ster mare Jildau J. (Doeke 287) bred by the family Jellesma from Rotstergaast, is moving to his new home at Royal Carousel Friesians owned by Annette Coester in Utah. Jesse 435 will become the stable mate of Feike 395 who recently retired.
Jesse 435 has had an outstanding ABFP test history written by his descendants to ever achieve the highest scores. The stallion came to the Netherlands in the Prix dressage with his regular rider Hergen Hall.

Feike 395 Retired

  Feike 395 Sport (Feitse 293 x Naen 264) owned by Annette Coester has officially retired from breeding.  As with everything, age gets the best of us and the same is true for this wonderful stallion.  Feike 395 Sport will enjoy his retirement with Annette and royal Carousel Friesians.  Feike 395 Sport does have frozen semen available and if you are interested in breeding to Feike 395 Sport you should contact Royal Carousel Friesians.

Sipke 450 Approved on Offspring

  The KFPS stallion Sipke 450 who was approved as part of the North American stallion testing in 2009 has been approved on offspring.  in 2012 Sipke 450 was sold and moved to the Netherlands.  His first crop of 3 year olds performed well in North America which resulted in a star percentage above 60%.  The bulk of the offspring testing has taken place here in North America.  The stallion progeny report will be posted soon under the breeding menu of the KFPS website.

In Memory of Wander 352

It is with profound sadness that I share with you the passing of Wander 352.
We let him go May 7 as he was in chronic pain and the protocol of pain
management versus quality of life did now warrant further struggle. We
decided on cremation and his ashes will be scattered at sea.

Wander was born in 1991 and qualified by the FPS for breeding in 1996. He
served numerous mares in North America and abroad and we hope it will be
decided that he made a very positive contribution to our breed. He is the sire
of one approved stallion, Doiatzen 420 and a number of approved
grandsons. For many years, the family owners of Wander offspring have
delighted in his “children” and shared their numerous accomplishments and
exploits with us. We know they will bring you much joy in years to come.

Wander 352 was the first North American bred stallion to have frozen semen
sent to Europe for breeding and the first North American stallion to be
approved internationally on offspring based on his “kids” being able to
participate in the newly organized offspring training in the Netherlands. This
was made possible because we had sent the frozen semen to Holland even
prior to the change in protocol for offspring testing.

The story of how he became a qualified stallion is well known. We bought his
dam sight unseen from a broker in the Netherlands when there were only
400 or so Friesians in North America. We bred her to the only approved
stallion, Barteld, compatible with her “common” bloodlines (Djurre x Mark)
and our very first foal, Zorro, became Wander 352.

As many of you know, Wander has graced the photographic artwork of
Gabriele Boiselle for a number of years and has also taken his turn in the
movie, “Bedazzled.” He has been a part of numerous FHANA sponsored
exhibitions in Southern California and Reno, has competed in halter and
under saddle during the keurings at Pomona and a winner in a number of
parades as well. But most of all and most important, he has been my dear
friend and a joy to have for 23 years. I have enjoyed hundreds of hours with
him on the Norco trails and laughed as he would snort, prance and challenge
the iron statue of a rearing horse in front of a local church as we rode by. He
really wanted a piece of that horse! He is truly an “old soul” and I swear he
had an amazing sense of humor. He was king of our farm and no other horse
could come or go off the property without his attention and supervision.

Our local team here at Checkerboard Farms — Tammy Delight, his trainer
from birth and my best friend, our friends Jonelle, Kim, Hanah and many
others, and our veterinarians, Bill Swyers, Bryn Moser and Kathy Lynde, are
all in mourning with me and we will have him in our memories forever.
Fortunately, we do have daughters and grandchildren and, thank goodness,
some well saved frozen semen.

Again, we are very sorry to have to bring you this sad news, but we are
hoping you will also allow all your memories and your appreciation of his
offspring and other accomplishments to make you proud of this North
American native son. We know many of you loved him as we have and know
that we always appreciated your validation and support.

In times like this, if any of you wish to reach out, as much as I love flowers, I
would really like you to consider a small (or larger) donation to the Fenway
Foundation. We would like to support their continued efforts to provide
education, rescue and research to protect and preserve this amazing
Friesian horse.
I cannot think about Wander and his accomplishments without taking a
moment to also remember my very dear friend, Jan Engelsma who passed
away two years ago next month. Jan was one of the original judges to
“discover” Zorro/Wander at the local keuring in 1995 and has followed and
appreciated Wander’s career from that time on. He, along with his brother,
Klaas, were a part of “Team Wander” in negotiating the logistics and politics
of having the first North American stallion present offspring for the testing in
the Netherlands. It’s truly my hope that Wander and Jan find each other and
at some point when it’s my time, I hope there will be a farm full of horses and
many fun trails just waiting for the rest of the team!

Nina C. Miller and Team Wander of Checkerboard Farms

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New Board Members Elected

At the Friesian Horse Club of Southern California  Annual General Meeting held in January 2014, the club
announced it’s new officers. Congratulations to our newly re-elected President Suzy Seamon and our newly
elected Secretary Ally Gagnon. They both were elected to a 2 year term. And join Vice President, Beatrice Whiteley,
and Treasurer Aimee Ziller.

10.15.11  –  Demos at Equine Festival of Apple Valley

The club participated in the Equine Festival of Apple
Valley putting on a Friesian horse demo and
showing the versatility of the breed. We had Long
Lining, Medieval, Western Quadrille, a Surrey With
The Fringe On Top, Pax de Deux, Marathon
Carriage Hazard Demo and a musical Freestyle. All
in all 11 horses and riders. The club also had a
booth with club volunteers manning it. Some club
members came up just to watch and offer their
support.  It was a great fun day for all attending.
Many thanks to everyone for coming up to the High
Desert!

10.05.2011  –  2011 Inspections Huge Success

The 2011 Inspection was a huge success. The club
received great comments by those participating,
viewing and as well as the Judges. The Judges
said it was a well run and a very organized Keuring.
They especially liked the facility, location and
wonderful IBOP arenas. They even loved our
“beautiful stallion cage” their words.

9.18.11 – Last Club Meeting Before Inspection

The last FHCSC Club meeting before the  Inspections will be this Wednesday September  21st, at our Normal Location in Norco. (The Food  Connection) All attending the Inspection should  make this meeting. We will have information on the  Inspection and will be able to answer any  questions that you may have. You’ll be able to pay  any fee’s that might still be left to take care of as  well. We look forward to seeing you at this meeting  and many more.

8.24.11  –  Hesperia Days Parade

You are all invited to join us in riding in the
Hesperia Days Parade on September 17th 2011.
This year we will be entering in the Discipline
category, which means that we will all be able to
ride in our chosen or preferred discipline including
carriage, dressage, western, bareback, etc. The
Parade will begin at 9:00 AM and will travel East
down Main Street in Hesperia. The judging will
begin at 7:30, so everyone needs to be dressed
and ready to go by then. We need to let the parade
organizers know next week about how many
horses we expect to be involved in the parade,
please let Beatrice know if you plan to come and
ride. You can email Beatrice Whiteley @
ranbe383@charter.net
. If you have any questions
please feel free to contact Beatrice or Tim Isbell @
tim@friesianhorseclub.com

8.13.11 – August Meeting Location Changed.

The August Club Meeting will feature a guest  speaker from Born Saddlery who will give a talk  about Saddle Fitting your horse.  We will be using  horses for the talk so we will be having our meeting  next week on Wed Aug. 17th at Suzy Seamon’s  house. The club will be providing food and bottled  water; feel free to bring other drinks if you want  them. Food will be served at 6:30pm and the talk on  Saddle fitting will start at 7pm. Suzy’s address is  1331 Corona Ave. Norco, Ca 92860. It is really easy  to get to and the same off ramp from the 15 fwy  (2nd St) as the Food Connection. If you are getting  off the 15 fwy just turn the opposite direction you  would if you were going to the Food Connection.  You turn away from Hamner not towards it. When  getting off the fwy go east on 2nd street, then make  a right onto Corona. Suzy’s house is on the left,  close to the end of the street. See you all there!

8.5.11 – The Del Mar Inspection has NOT been Cancelled

While our numbers are down this year the Del Mar  Friesian Horse Inspection has NOT been  cancelled. We urge all those that are thinking about  attending to register as soon as possible. We have  until the 15th of August to register enough horses to  keep the Inspection\Keuring. We’re not that far off  and it appears we will have enough, but we need  everyone to enter as soon as possible. Did I say as  soon as possible enough… We look forward to  seeing you at the beautiful Del Mar Horse Park!

Clinic and Horse Show Date Change

With the EHV-1 Outbreak winding down the show  committee in conjunction with the clinic  management and the show venue management  decieded to move forward with the show. The Jan  Engelsma Clinic & The 4th Annual Amateur Horse  Show will be held July 8th, 9th & 10th, 2011. Clinic 8 & 9 – Show 10th.Clinic and Horse  Show Date Change

8.4.11 – Update Norco Fair 2011 Labor Day Parade

Hi Everyone !! The theme for the parade is “Carnival Lights and  Horsetown Nights”. The parade is on Monday Sept  5, 2011. Some of you have already signed up, for those who  have not and would like to participate please let me  know so I can add you to our list. We need a release form from everyone  participating, you can find the form on the club  website.  Parade Entry form (found here)  Please fill  out the second page and sign Fax to Michelle at 951-279-2309 or e-mail to  dncnhrs@hotmail.com.   You can also drop it off at Thrifty Horse on Tuesday,  Thursday, Saturday or Sundays if that is easier. We need the forms no later than August 12, 2011.   Definition of Carnival is “merrymaking” ,  masquerading, so we have so far a Carousel  horse, and jester, if you have any other ideas let me  know. We also had a suggestion of Mardi Gras,  which would fall into the merrymaking.  Let me  know what you would like to do by August 12, 2011  so I can set up our line up. Any questions feel free to give me a call or text at  951-545-9903 or e-mail at dncnhrs@hotmail.com.

Norco Fair 2011 Labor Day Parade

The club will be taking part in the Norco Labor
Day Parade on September 5th. Michelle Hill our
Parade organizer will be once again heading up
the event. Club Members wishing to participate
should fill out a Parade Entry form (found here)
and Fax to Michelle @ 951-279-2309. You can
contact Michelle at dncnhrs@hotmail.com or
951-545-9903 for more information.

Jan Engelsma Clinic and Amateur Horse Show

A great time was had by those who attended the
Clinic and the show. Jan proved once again to be
an invaluable resource for Friesian Knowledge
and an excellent clinician. As a judge for the show
he further took time to explain the things he was
seeing and why he was Judging the way he was.
We look forward to our next event and hope to see
you all there.

Jan Engelsma Clinic Early Registration Discount Extended!

Even though the date was June 30 for early sign
ups Nina will be generous in extending that to
next Wed. July 6.  It is helpful for them to be able
to plan the day out and sign ups the day of the
event makes that difficult.  Remember $10
discount if you sign up by next Wed and $10
discount if you are a club member.  Come on,
bring those horses down!  We are going to have a
great weekend.

Amateur Horse Show early entry discount!

A reminder, if you get your entry form to Beatrice
by next Wed. July 6th  each class is only $15.  If
your entry fees are not received until the day of the
show the entry fees increase to $20.  Early entry
also helps provide you with quicker check in
service the day of the show.  Please find the entry
form  HERE . Mail the form to the address on the
form. Hope to see you there!

The Orange Park Acres Fourth of July Parade.

The Club has been invited to participant in the
Orange Park Acres Fourth of July Parade.  To be
held on July 4, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.  The Parade
theme is “Keepin’ it Country”.
If you would like to participant please e-mail
Michelle Hill @ dncnhrs@hotmail.com and let her
know by no later than June 20. The Orange Park
Acres Fourth of July Parade. FORM
This will be another great opportunity to enjoy our
friends and beautiful horses, and of course earn
some more points for the Club to go towards the
FHANA Chapter of the Year Award 🙂 !!

Keuring Programs-Don’t Miss The Opportunity!!!

The 2011 FHANA Keurings are quickly
approaching and you won’t want to miss this
opportunity to have your farm, stallion, or breeding
program to be seen in the FHANA Keuring
programs.
As a special offer the Friesian Horse Club of
Southern California will be giving those that
advertise with Dahl Graphics in the FHANA
Program a 50% discount on an equal or smaller
ad in the Club Program.
Help support the shows and programs by
advertising!
DAHL GRAPHICS is the official program designer
and they are currently looking for advertisers to be
apart of these special events that take place
across North America.
No matter where you are located, this is the
opportunity for you to be seen by all Friesian
enthusiasts. These collector edition programs
are saved by each and every participant and
always referred back to.
To be a part of history please contact:  Linda Dahl
Dahl Graphics & Printing  39257 Taray Rd.
Pine River, MN 56474   For rates:
www.dahlgraphics.com
Dahl Graphics & Printing

Jan Engelsma Clinic & Amateur Show by EHV-1 Outbreak

At the club meeting on 05.18.11 the membership
decided it best to postpone the Jan Engelsma
Clinic 06.10.11  &  06.11.11 and the FHCSC
Amateur Show 06.12.11 for an unspecified
amount of time. After a two week period the Show
committee will take a look at the current
information available on the outbreak and decide
based on  that  when to hold the Clinic & Show.
Stay Tuned for new dates.

Friesian Focus Open House

Come and tour Friesian Focus’ newly constructed

barn and 40-acre ranch. Nestled among the

foothills of the Cleveland National Forest, the area
boasts endless riding trails and ancient oak trees
amid unspoiled natural beauty and infinite views.
The area has been called “The best kept secret in
Southern California” by the LA Times.
Friesian Focus’ new breeding stallion, Monte 378
Sport was recently imported from Holland for the
2011 Breeding Season. Come and meet Monte
and watch him perform a musical Dressage
Exhibition.
Join us for our open house, learn about our new
sales horses from Holland, and find out what
makes Friesian Focus a top quality breeder of
Friesian Horses and a winner of multiple National
and World titles.
Event Info  May 28, 2011  1:00pm – 5:00pm
43975 Tenaja Road  Murrieta, CA 92562  Phone:
951-304-7945
Events:
Watch Monte 378 Sport perform a musical
Dressage Exhibition at 2:00pm & 4:00pm.
Watch an Antique Carriage Exhibition at 3:00pm.
Enjoy Hot  hors d’oeuvres, Cocktails and Live
Musical Entertainment.
Attire: Smart Casual

“Friesian Pioneer” Passes Away

The Friesian Horse Association of North America
Reports, “Friesian Pioneer” passes away.
Tillie Tuls, who with her husband Jack, was
among the early importers and breeders of
Friesian horses to the U.S.  passed away
suddenly April 19th, 2011.  Tillie was an
enthusiastic promoter of the breed, worked
tirelessly as a FHANA board member and was
among the organizers of the first Friesian
Extravaganzas in Reno.  She was a serious
competitor in carriage driving and one of the early
U.S. advocates of Friesians as dressage horses.
In addition to competitive events, Tuls Friesians
appeared at numerous venues and equine
events simply to promote the breed.  Scores of
people were introduced to the breed and acquired
their first Friesians at the Tuls’ farm in southern
California and later at their farm in Idaho.  Tillie
Tuls was among the “Friesian Pioneers” who
helped shape the future of the breed in North
America.
It is the Friesian Horse Club of Southern
California’s understanding that Tillie was also
one of the founding members of the FHCSC, our
existence is in great part due to the Tuls and their
love for the Friesian Breed. We sincerely offer our
condolences to the Tuls family.