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international Friesian show horse association Four Friesians Honored at Fete Cheval Etoile Submitted by Gareth Selwood

World Champions, dante FQ, esteban, sjoerd, and harem (Germ) have more in common now than their gleaming black coats, magical manes, long tails, and dutch heritage. all four horses are horses of honor. sjoerd tops the honor role as 2011 UseF national horse of the Year. on march 8 in West palm Beach, Fl, the quartet will be inducted into the equus Foundation at the unveiling of the horse stars hall of Fame. other horses also being inducted include such notable equine athletes as: Kripton seni ii, selwood park deneuve, Brentina, mister nicadul, sapphire,theodore o’Connor, and nteC richter scale. this is a joint venture between the United states equestrian Federation and the equus Foundation, which is

Sjoerd, owned by

a 501 (C)(3) tax exempt Xena Vimercati/ Kip Johnson. charitable foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, fostering the use of horses to enrich the life of those in need, and educating the public about the horses’ unique ability to empower, teach, and heal. event attendance and contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. For more information, visit equus Rob Wallen with Dante FQ, bred by Friesian Quest. foundation.org.

northeast Friesian horse Club Reviews the Unique Aspects of Breeding Submitted by KelSey evanS

BreedinG and FoalinG season will be getting into full swing soon enough, so perhaps it is a good time to review some of the unique aspects of breeding Friesians. as per Friesian horse studbook (KFps) rules, all registered Friesian foals born in 2013 must have a name beginning with the letter p, Q, r, or s. it is traditional to use names from the Friesian language, but not required. so, whether you use rypke or rascal, it is up to you. since stallions are renamed upon approval, many colts from the same year can share a name without confusing the studbook, but that is not true for fillies. no two fillies born in the same year are allowed to have the same name, so many breeders choose to add their farm or an initial to a filly’s registered name to ensure their

choice. While all these rules may seem tiresome at first, it comes in handy when determining the age of a particular horse. i’m sure those of you who breed Friesians tuned in to watch the KFps stallion inspection in leeuwarden, netherlands, in January, or at least checked the results. For those less familiar with the Friesian breed, the stallion inspection is one of the most exciting events of the year, when young stallions move through the third round of the difficult judging phases to perhaps become one of the few stallions approved each year. perhaps even more exciting for breeders is the showdown between approved stallions, young and old, to determine who is the overall champion of the year. this year, the winner was a young stallion, norbert

444, a repeat champion from 2012, while reserve went to tsjalle 454. among the older stallions, Beart 411 was champion of his group, while his sire, Jasper 366, came in reserve. Just like the inspections that take place in new england, these beautiful boys are shown in-hand and are judged on conformation and movement, often by the same judges who visit us in the fall. since they have already been vigorously tested to achieve approved status, usually it all comes down to the trot at the annual showdown, which makes for quite a sight! this year, the stallion show was broadcast live over the internet and translated into english, allowing Friesian fans and breeders here in the U.s. to drool over the lovely stallions strutting their stuff in the netherlands, as well as to consider likely candidates for their mare’s next breeding. Good luck to all those who are breeding or foaling this season—we look forward to learning more about your progress in future issues! to learn more about the northeast Friesian horse Club (neFhC), visit our website, nefhc.com, or find us on Facebooksm! March 2013

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