Dear AFA members,

After 11 years of serving the Friesian community it is with our deepest regret, due to serious health issues, the American Friesian Association will be closing it doors.

We wish to express our most sincere appreciation to our members for supporting us through out the years.

We are not personally endorsing any other registries, as we feel that there are both good and bad things within all organizations, but our biggest concern is in having a place of recognition for our members and horses.

We have listed a few options for your consideration; however there may be others that we are not aware of:

The Friesian Horse Society

The Friesian Sport Horse Registry

The Friesian Blood Horse Registry

The Friesian Heritage Horse

It is with great regret that we have had to come to this decision. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause; this decision was not made lightly. Our first concern is and always has been our horses.  Again, we want to express our appreciation to our members.

American Friesian Association

Board of Directors

What is the American Friesian Association?


AFA Mission Statement:

The American Friesian Association (AFA) was organized  in 2004 by a group of Friesian enthusiasts who recognized the need for an American-based registry for purebred and partbred Friesian horses.  The AFA’s mission is to preserve and promote the purebred Friesian horse in America, to promote the Friesian Warmblood (Partbred) horse in America, and to serve the needs of the owners and breeders of these horses.  The AFA is committed to the breed standard of the purebred Friesian horse, as interpreted from the Friese Paarden Stamboek (FPS), and recognizes and encourages the breeding of sound, healthy horses suitable for performance in the modern equestrian world.  Our goal is to maintain the quality, beauty, and uniqueness of the Friesian horse as it has been known throughout history.  The AFA is also committed to high standards of integrity, honesty, and fairness for all horses and members.

Our mission is to embrace the breed standard set forth by the FPS, and to produce horses particularly suited for the classic disciplines of dressage, combined driving, and combined training.  The AFA recognizes the growth and popularity of the Friesian horse in other disciplines as well, specifically those recognized by the USEF Friesian Division, which, in addition to those previously mentioned, includes huntseat, western, saddleseat, and other specialty classes. Pursuant to this goal, we will strive to create the highest quality Friesian horses in the world, born and bred in the USA by adhering to the following principles:

 1)      Respectfully observe the model and the breed standard of the European studbook for the purebred Friesian horse.

  1. Maintain a studbook of purebreds that can provide DNA evidence or appropriate documentation of purebred heritage.
  2. Maintain a separate studbook for Friesian Warmbloods (Partbred Friesians).
  3. Offer quantitative inspections of all horses.  Horses will attain various status levels according to their scores for conformation and movement.
  4. Offer performance testing of all horses.  Horses will attain various status levels according to scores earned for their performance ability or abilities.

2)      Provide a registry by and for Americans.

  1. Supply clear and fair information for the inspection and grading process.
  2. Maintain unbiased, fairly conducted inspections that recognize a horse’s suitability for modern sport horse disciplines.
  3. Facilitate inspections by licensed judges who are familiar with the Friesian breed standard and the American equine sports disciplines.
  4. Embrace all animals of Friesian heritage, whether purebred, or a derivative.
  5. Provide clear, concise and timely communication to our members.
  6. Promote the American Friesian as a breed to be shared with others and enjoyed at public venues.

 3)      Create and maintain performance tracking mechanisms

  1. Tracking will be available for all show scores of stallions, mares, and their offspring, cross-referenced.
  2. Tracking will be available for inspection scores for all horses and their offspring, cross-referenced.
  3. DNA testing and tracking will be available for all Friesians and their derivatives, cross-referenced.

 4)      Create and implement Annual and Lifetime Awards in several disciplines and/or categories for all horses.

 5)      Promote and encourage understanding of the registry and its horses.

 6)      Act as public liaisons for promoting the AFA, the Friesian horse, and the Friesian Warmblood (Partbred Friesian).

Excerise & Weight Training Equestrian Style

Weight training for sports is mostly considered to be the domain of more extreme sports such as soccer, baseball, sprinting, and Olympic sports such as shot put and discus. It’s simple to see why: All these sports contain well-built athletes that rely on strength and power to do well at their game.

As time passes, other athletes have also brought additional strength and weight training to their exercise regimens, since certain facets of several sports need both strength and power such as jumping and shooting in basketball and also driving golf, for instance.

Weightlifting for Horse Riding

Horse riding, while racing, competitive or just for fun, can most likely be enhanced with weight or strength training to boost control, strength, and balance, particularly around the body’s core.

Professional trainers recognize that virtually any type of sport will demand strength and power. Therefore strength training is used to assist individuals like marathoners and long distance cyclists that did not weight train since it was regarded as of little advantage.

Horse riding demands powerful legs and abductor thigh muscles in order to restrain the horse, in addition to a powerful pair of abdominal, shoulder, back and lower back muscles to get posture and also rein control.  So we recommend that anybody who want’s to get serious takes part in a horse riding workout.

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Getting Ready for Weight Training

The are many techniques that can be used when considering weight training for horse riding. Weight training or resistance training employed intelligently, can encourage and increase these athletic traits. Since all athletes possess individual requirements, a generic application such as the one which follows will have to be altered for individual fashion, era, goals and facilities available, etc.

Should you prepare a seasonal contest foundation, you can correct your intensity and quantity of weight training on a foundation, building around contest season. If you don’t have seasons, then a yearlong app with cross-training fractures every couple of months should get the job done nicely.

As a rule of thumb, and also for all the following apps, do not perform the workouts before a journey. Can them in the afternoon following real horse function, or even earlier, or on an entirely different day when at all possible. You have to be new for contest riding. Nothing you do need to restrict your capacity to practice technical abilities in the surroundings in which you would usually compete.

horse exercise 2

Weight training is not only about the exercises that you can do, however, about the way you can do them. Make sure that you take these suggestions to gym to help you to build your fundamental strength program:

  • Rush entirely from high-intensity intensity training a week in five. Light fitness center function is OK.
  • Use your own judgment. Do not forfeit technical skills training for weights when you have little time available.
  • Attempt to leave 1-2 recovery days between power training sessions and aggressive riding.
  • Always warm up and cool down before and after a training session. A health clearance for practice is almost always a fantastic idea at the onset of the season.
  • Cease immediately if intense pain is detected during or following a workout, and seek out medical and training information in case it persists.