Rules & Regulations

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Registration Rules & Regulations:

All registration and other applicable fees must be paid in full at the time of application. Refer to the current AFA Fee Schedule for appropriate fees. Non-members are allowed to register and/or record horses with the AFA, however, the fee is higher for non-members, and will include a complimentary membership valid until Dec. 31 of the current calendar year. Application must be made on AFA forms with all requested information and/or supporting documents supplied by the owner.

Registration and Recording Classifications:

AFA Registered Purebred Friesian

Requirements for registration:

If the horse is currently registered with a purebred Friesian registry: Proof of Friesian heritage in the form of a copy of registration papers from FPS or FPZV.If the horse is not currently registered: Copies of valid registration papers from both the sire and the dam from the FPS and/or FPZV; or a Breeder Certificate signed by both the mare owner and the stallion owner at time of breeding along with a 4 generation pedigree with registered names, numbers, and registry they are from; or DNA proof of purebred parentage from both parents to be used to confirm with the DNA of the horse being registered.

DNA from the registered horse.

Correctly filled out AFA Friesian Purebred Application for Registration.

Further, if the parents of the horse making application to be registered are not themselves registered in an accepted purebred Friesian registry, then the items required of the horse’s parents will be required of the grandparents. (Requirements from maternal and/or paternal grandparents as needed)

All AFA Registered Purebred Friesians are encouraged to attend an AFA Inspection at age 3 or over, at least through the Qualified level.

The AFA has great respect for the Breed Standard as set forth by the FPS. The AFA recognizes that the FPS breed standard describes the Friesian horse as solid black, with no white markings, allowing a small star. The AFA also wishes to recognize that a Friesian who can prove its purebred heritage should not be excluded from registration if it is chestnut in color or has white markings. Therefore, these horses will be allowed registration as long as all purebred parentage requirements for registration are met.

Horses transferring to AFA from the foreign registries:

In regards to horses transferring from FPS or FPZV, any status/predicate that a registered horse has been awarded by its mother registry will be honored by AFA, and further, removal by a mother registry of a status/predicate will not be recognized. Once a horse has earned an honor, it is the stance of the AFA that the honor stays with the horse for life. The only exception will be if a mare or stallion is known to be passing on a confirmed congenital defect. Studbook mares and geldings will become AFA Qualified mares/geldings. A ster mare, stallion, or gelding will become an AFA Classic mare/stallion/gelding. A model mare will become an AFA Elite mare. An approved stallion will become an AFA Elite stallion. A Preferant, Prestatie, or Performance Mother horse will become an AFA Supreme Sire or AFA Supreme Dam.

AFA Registered Friesian Warmblood

An AFA Registered Friesian Warmblood must have at least 50% Friesian heritage, and must have one purebred Friesian parent.

Requirements for registration:

Proof of Friesian heritage must be shown by a signed breeding certificate from the Purebred Friesian owner along with name and contact information for verification.Pedigree of purebred Friesian parent, or copy of purebred Friesian parent’s registration papers.

Signed breeding certificate from the owner of the non-Friesian parent.

3 generation pedigree or a copy of registration papers from the non-Friesian parent. Grandfather clause: Foals with one non-registered parent (the non-Friesian parent) will be accepted for registration through the calendar year 2005. AFA reserves the right to extend the Grandfather clause time period.

If the horse is already registered with another registry (such as FSHR or FBHR) then a copy of those registration papers may be submitted along with a signed breeder’s certificate from the owner of the purebred Friesian parent.

DNA sample of the horse to be registered.

Correctly filled out AFA Friesian Warmblood Application for Registration

All AFA Registered Friesian Warmbloods are encouraged to attend an AFA Inspection at age 3 or over, at least through the Qualified level.

AFA Recorded Purebred Friesian

The AFA recognizes that dual registration is not desirable by some registries. However, there are instances where an owner may not wish to transfer registration from the current registry, and yet would like to take part in the benefits of the AFA, for purposes of registering future offspring with the AFA. This section enables owners to record, rather than register, their purebred Friesians with the AFA. Recorded horses are encouraged to participate in AFA inspections. Scores received will be kept on record, and if an AFA Recorded horse becomes AFA Registered, then the scores on record will be used to determine any status/predicate level that horse may be eligible to receive. If the horse remains as an AFA Recorded Purebred Friesian, then the level awarded through inspection/performance scores will be listed as such. (For example, “Classic on Record” or “Elite on Record”) Any status/predicate that a recorded horse has been awarded by its mother registry will be honored by AFA. (See above section headed Horses transferring to AFA from the foreign registries.)

Offspring of AFA Recorded Purebred Friesians may be fully registered in the AFA, and once any offspring are fully registered, (not only recorded) then they will enjoy full benefits of the registry. The status of their recorded parents will show on their papers and pedigree.

Requirements for recorded horses:

Copies of current registration documentationDNA samples

Correctly filled out AFA Application for Certificate of Record

Rather than issuing a registration document, the AFA will provide the owners of Recorded horses a Certificate of Record.

All AFA Recorded Purebred Friesians are encouraged to attend an AFA Inspection at age 3 or over, at least through the Qualified level. All AFA Recorded Purebred Friesians may at any time change their status to “Registered” upon completion of the appropriate form for advancement and payment of advancement fee.

AFA Status/Predicate Levels:

All horses will have the opportunity to earn any level within the registry, based on their own merit and abilities. Purebreds as well as Friesian Warmbloods (Partbreds) will be allowed to earn status through registry inspections and/or verifiable competition results as applicable. Each level is offered to stallions, mares, and geldings. The exception will be of awards for sires and dams of quality offspring to geldings.

The AFA has great respect for the Breed Standard as set forth by the FPS. The AFA recognizes that the FPS breed standard describes the Friesian horse as solid black, with no white markings, allowing a small star. The AFA also wishes to recognize that a purebred Friesian who is chestnut in color, or has white markings, should not be excluded from inspections and/or earning status predicates. Therefore, these horses will be allowed to participate in AFA inspections and allowed to earn appropriate predicates determined by their scores. Owners of chestnut or horses with white markings should realize that there is a section on the judge’s score sheet for the horse’s exterior characteristics, or phenotype. A chestnut or horse with white markings will receive a low score for the sections dealing with color and/or markings. However, a horse who is otherwise exceptional in all other areas, such as the remaining exterior characteristics, conformation, and movement, may reach an overall score high enough to earn predicate levels, and will be allowed that status.

Level 1: Registered Purebred Friesian, Registered Friesian Warmblood, Recorded Purebred Friesian.

Available to all horses who meet the registration rules and regulations as listed above, respective to their classification of purebred Friesian or partbred Friesian.

Level 2: Qualified

Available to all stallions, mares, geldings and foals; purebred or partbred

Horses are to be judged on conformation, movement, and temperament. Horses are to be presented in hand for conformation evaluation and movement at the walk and trot. Horses are also to be presented at liberty for further evaluation of movement at the trot, and canter. At all times the horse’s temperament will be evaluated.

No score from the inspection may be less than 6.0 in order to earn the Qualified Status.

There is no performance evaluation at this level.

One judge, approved by AFA, will preside.

Owners will be given a score sheet for each horse on site, on the day of Inspection.

Registration papers or Certificate of Record will be updated to show the advancement.

Level 3: Classic

Available to all stallions, mares, geldings and foals; purebred or partbred

Horses are to be judged on conformation, movement, and temperament. Horses are to be presented in hand for conformation evaluation and movement at the walk and trot. Horses are also to be presented at liberty for further evaluation of movement at the trot, and canter. At all times the horse’s temperament will be evaluated.

No score from the inspection may be less than 6.5 in order to earn the Classic Status.

There is no performance evaluation at this level.

One judge, approved by AFA, will preside.

Owners will be given a score sheet for each horse on site, on the day of Inspection.

Registration papers or Certificate of Record will be updated to show the advancement.

Level 4: Premium

Available to all stallions, mares, and geldings; purebred or partbred

At this level, performance ability comes into the requirements.

A conformation and movement score from an inspection where the horse has already reached Classic Status is acceptable to carry over for Premium Status. If the conformation and movement score has already been attained in this manner, then the horse merely needs to pass the performance testing requirements or earn the required scores in competition and submit the proper documentation to AFA. The horse’s temperament during the Performance testing will also be scored.

Performance requirements may be filled by participating in an AFA site testing, or by gathering the requirements through competition participation.

Inspection site judging:

The horse must receive no score lower than 6.5 in any area.

Conformation, Movement, and Temperament component:

The horse will be judged on (or must have already received a score of 6.5 at a previous inspection) conformation, movement in hand at walk and trot, movement at liberty at trot and canter, and temperament.

AFA Performance test and Temperament component: (choose one category)

Dressage/Ridden Specialty test: movements and overall ability equal to USDF First Level Test 4 (pay particular attention to the “collective marks” and “purpose” as defined by USDF standards.) Any movement and/or requirement under collective marks or purpose from previous USDF levels/tests may be asked for at the judge’s discretion. Horses may be ridden in traditional Dressage tack, or may be ridden in tack of other disciplines (i.e.: hunter or western) as long as the performance requirements are met, and all tack is humane and legal within the discipline as per USEF rules. Riders are asked to be dressed appropriately for judging.Driving Specialty test: movements and overall ability equal to ADS Training Level Test 4 (pay particular attention to the “collective marks” and “purpose” as defined by ADS standards.) Any movement and/or requirement under collective marks or purpose from previous ADS levels/tests may be asked for at the judge’s discretion.

Versatility test: choose 2 of the following:

1. Dressage/Ridden First Level test 1 (see explanation concerning dressage, above)2. Driving: ADS Training Level test 2 (see explanation concerning driving, above)

3. Stadium Jumps 2’6″ purebreds & 3’ partbreds

4. Cross Country jumping 2’6″ purebred & 2’9″ partbreds

 

OR

Competition scores: (choose one category)

Dressage/Ridden Specialty: 3 scores, from 3 different judges at USEF/USDF recognized competitions. Scores must be 60% or better in First Level Test 4 or above.Driving Specialty: 3 scores, from 3 different judges at USEF/ADS recognized competitions. Scores must be 60% or better in Training Level Test 4 or above.

Versatility: choose 2 of the following:

Dressage/Ridden: 3 scores, from 3 different judges at USEF/USDF recognized competitions. Scores must be 60% or better in any First Level Test.Driving: 3 scores, from 3 different judges at USEF/ADS recognized competitions. Scores must be 60% or better in any Training Level Test.

Jumper/Hunter shows: Must have 3 wins (first places) at USEF or Regional/State club recognized shows in classes 2’6″ or above for purebreds, and classes 3’ and above for partbreds. Classes must have included 6 or more entries each.

Eventing: Must have completed 3 USEA or Regional/State eventing association recognized horse trials or events at the Beginner Novice level or above for purebreds, or the Novice level or above for Partbreds, with no more than 55 penalty points total for all 3 phases.

For horses choosing to qualify through competition scores, all verification of participation and scoring must be made and submitted on official AFA forms, with all required information and signatures from the competition management included. The conformation/movement/temperament scores must be completed by attending an AFA Inspection.

 

Level 5: Elite

Available to all stallions, mares, and geldings; purebred or partbred

This is the highest honor an individual horse may earn based on his/her own merit and abilities. A horse must reach a higher score based on conformation and movement, as well as meeting a higher level of performance ability. Also, temperament scores are raised as well. Genetic and soundness data will be collected for horses at this level. (Red gene testing, vet exam, semen counts, genetic questionnaire) AFA recognizes that OCD and other issues are not always considered to be purely genetic, and also that horses that may carry the red gene are no less purebred than those who do not. AFA also realizes that semen counts in stallions will vary according to age and maturity. Horses will not be rejected due to this data, but it is collected as a means for breeders to make informed decisions before breeding their mare(s) or stallion(s).

Inspection site judging:

The horse must receive no score lower than 7.0 in any area.

Conformation, Movement, and Temperament component:

The horse will be judged on (or must have already received a score of 7.0 at a previous inspection) conformation, movement in hand at walk and trot, movement at liberty at trot and canter, and temperament.

AFA Performance test and Temperament component: (choose one category)

3 judges required at this time for horses being presented for Elite.

Dressage/Ridden Specialty test: movements and overall ability equal to USDF Third level test 3 (pay particular attention to the “collective marks” and “purpose” as defined by USDF standards. Any movement and/or requirement under collective marks or purpose from previous USDF levels/tests may be asked for at the judge’s discretion. Horses may be ridden in traditional Dressage tack, or may be ridden in tack of other disciplines (i.e.: hunter or western) as long as the performance requirements are met, and all tack is humane and legal within the discipline as per USEF rules. Riders are asked to be dressed appropriately for judging.Driving Specialty test: movements and overall ability equal to ADS Preliminary Level Test 4 (pay particular attention to the “collective marks” and “purpose” as defined by ADS standards.) Any movement and/or requirement under collective marks or purpose from previous ADS levels/tests may be asked for at the judge’s discretion.

Versatility test: choose 2 of the following:

a. Dressage/Ridden: USDF Second Level test 2 (see explanation concerning dressage, above)b. Driving: ADS Preliminary Level test 2 (see explanation concerning driving, above)

c. Stadium Jumping: Horse must demonstrate ability to negotiate a course of stadium jumps of at least 3’ for purebreds & 3’6″ for partbreds

d. Cross Country jumping: Horse must demonstrate ability to negotiate a course of cross country jumps of at least 2’9″ for purebreds, 3’3″ for partbreds.

 

OR

Competition scores: (choose one category)

Dressage/Ridden Specialty: 3 scores, from 3 different judges at USEF/USDF recognized competitions. Scores must be 60% or better in Third Level Test 1 or above.Driving Specialty: 3 scores, from 3 different judges at USEF/ADS recognized competitions. Scores must be 60% or better in Preliminary Level Test 4 or above

Versatility: choose 2 of the following:

Dressage/Ridden: 3 scores, from 3 different judges at USEF/USDF recognized competitions. Scores must be 60% or better at Second Level test 2 or above.Driving: 3 scores, from 3 different judges at USEF/ADS recognized competitions. Scores must be 60% or better in any Preliminary Level Test.

Jumper/Hunter shows: Must have 3 wins (first places) at USEF or Regional/State club recognized shows in classes 3’ or above for purebreds, and classes 3’6″ and above for partbreds. Classes must have included 6 or more entries each.

Eventing: Must have completed 3 USEA or Regional/State eventing association recognized horse trials or events at the Novice level or above for purebreds, or the Training Level or above for partbreds, with no more than 55 penalty points total for all 3 phases.

For horses choosing to qualify through competition scores, all verification of participation and scoring must be made and submitted on official AFA forms, with all required information and signatures from the competition management included. The conformation/movement/temperament scores must be completed by attending an AFA Inspection.

Additional Status/Predicates for Sires and Dams of quality offspring:

AFA Supreme Sire or Supreme Dam:

These status levels are to be awarded using the following guidelines:

The sire or dam must have produced 3 or more offspring that have attained Classic or better status levels.The sire or dam will earn points for their quality offspring. A minimum of 8 points is required, with at least 6 of those points being earned by offspring reaching performance status levels of Premium and above.

An offspring that has already earned points, but then earns a higher level of status, will not be counted separately, but rather the balance of their new level of points will be added to the sire/dam’s record. (Example: A horse earns Classic and his/her sire and dam are awarded 1 point each towards Supreme status. This same horse then earns Premium status. The sire and dam will then each earn 1 more point for this offspring for a total of 2 points for that offspring.)

Points awarded as follows:

Classic offspring = 1 point

Premium offspring = 2 points

Elite offspring = 3 points

A posthumous award of this title is possible, given that the horse’s offspring earn the levels/points as explained after the sire’s or dam’s death.

 

DNA Testing

All horses are required to be parentage verified through DNA testing. All horses reaching a status level/predicate of Elite must also be DNA tested to determine if he/she carries the “red gene.” This information will be made available to interested breeders for all Elite level horses. The “red gene” test is offered as an optional service at the time of parentage DNA testing to all AFA horses. Owners who can provide documentation and copies of parentage and/or color testing for any horse(s), will not be required to have the horse(s) re-tested, and may then, after providing AFA with the copies of the DNA tests, be eligible for a discount on registration fee, which includes DNA testing amounts.

Additionally, the AFA hopes to offer, for the same fee if done at the same time as the “red gene” test, the ability for the owner of the horse to have a test run to see if he/she carries the agouti gene (bay.)

 

Transfer Of Ownership

An official AFA Transfer Report shall be correctly completed and submitted with the appropriate fee upon every change of ownership of the registered horse. Submitting the Transfer Report and the transfer fee is the responsibility of the seller of the horse.

The original Certificate of Registration for the horse being transferred must be submitted with the application for transfer.

Whenever legal title of a registered horse passes to another person by reason of death of the recorded owner, foreclosure of any lien, by any order or decree of court, or otherwise by operation of law, the Registry may transfer the registration of the subject horse to the new owner:

1. Upon court order of competent jurisdiction or other satisfactory proof of authority for the transfer.2. Upon payment of the transfer fee.

3. Upon satisfaction of such other requirements as may be required by the Registry.

Stallion Breeding Report

The AFA Stallion Breeding Report must be prepared by the stallion owner or agent and signed and returned to the AFA by November 1 of the current breeding year. The report must be filed for every stallion that has serviced a mare or shipped semen during the current year. If a stallion is registered or documented with the AFA at any level, and used for breeding purposes, he must have a completed breeding report on file with the AFA before registration of offspring will be performed. The breeding report fee is due along with submittal of the report. (See AFA Schedule of Fees for the amount) All mares, of any breed, serviced by the stallion in any way, must be included. A separate report and applicable fees must be filed for each stallion for each year. Only reports made on the official AFA Stallion Breeding Report form will be accepted.

 

Duplicate Certificates

A Duplicate Certificate of Registration will be issued providing:

1. Satisfactory proof of loss, destruction or other reason for the unavailability of original certificate is provided.2. An application for a duplicate Certificate of Registration has been correctly completed and submitted to the Registry with a notarized statement describing the loss, destruction, or other reason for the unavailability of the original certificate, a color photograph of the horse labeled with name, registration number, chip number/tattoo/brand, date of birth, coat color, sex, markings, date photograph was taken and the appropriate fee.

By the issuance of a duplicate registration certificate all prior certificates of the horse are declared null and void.

 

Name Changes

An amended Certificate of Registration will be issued providing:

3. The horse has no registered progeny.4. The Registry has the written permission of the owner of the dam at the time of foaling.

5. The current Certificate of Registration is returned to the Registry with the new name choice and appropriate fee.

Certificate Corrections

The recorded owner may request a change of coat color or markings for Friesian Warmbloods, or stallion to gelding for any horse, provided the original Certificate of Registration is submitted. For a change of coat color, the certificate must be accompanied by 4 color photographs, one from each side, on from the front clearly showing any face markings, and one from the rear. A correction may be made on a registration certificate through the 12th month following a horse’s foaling date or six months from the date a registration certificate was issued, whichever is later, for no charge. Corrections that are necessary due to an error of the AFA will be processed at no charge, for any other case, please refer to the AFA schedule of fees. Upon approval of the Registry, an amended Certificate of Registration will be issued to the recorded owner.

Liability

The burden of proof for the registration or transfer of a horse is the responsibility of the applicant. Neither the American Friesian Association (AFA) nor any of its Officers, Directors, employees, or members of its committees shall be liable in any event for any action or failure to act in connection with the operation of the Registry. Any Registry record found to be inaccurate will be expunged or altered and reissued as deemed appropriate by AFA.

 

Registry Rules Violations:

The provisions of these policies shall be considered in effect at all meetings, shows, activities or other functions recognized by the AFA. Any violation is the commission of any act by a person, firm, corporation, or organization that is contrary to the best interests of the AFA. Any of the foregoing persons, firms, corporation or organization shall be deemed guilty of violation who:

1. Violate any of the rules or bylaws of the AFA registry.

2. Act, encourage, or permit any person to act in a manner contrary to the rules of AFA or in any manner detrimental, unethical, unsafe, dishonest, unsportsmanlike, improper or intemperate to the best interest of the AFA or any member there of.

3. Make any action, remark or gesture deemed offensive during any AFA recognized function.

4. Commit any physical abuse, assault, or battery upon another person or horse.

5. Fail to comply with any imposed penalty or fine imposed by the AFA.

6. Exhibit any horse while in the care, training or ownership of a suspended person.

7. Ride, train, coach, or exhibit a horse for the credit, reputation, satisfaction of a suspended person.

8. Bribe or attempt to bribe any judge, officer, or member of the AFA.

9. Failure of a judge, official, or member to report an offer of bribery to the Board of Directors in a timely fashion.

10. Falsifying any AFA document or submitting documents or photos which have been produced to misrepresent an animal, situation, or to give false information.

Violators will be dealt with under the rules as set forth under the heading of Suspensions or Terminations as written in the AFA Bylaws.

 

 

Affiliated Organizations:

Regional Clubs:

IFSHA:

AFA Programs and Awards:

Friesian All-Breed Activities Program: This program is designed to promote the Friesian and the Friesian Warmblood in competition outside of AFA/USEF/IFSHA approved breed shows and/or inspections by recognizing and awarding AFA horses for excelling in all-breed competitions. This program will include annual and lifetime cumulative awards. Horses must be AFA registered to be eligible, and the owner must be a member in good standing. (A description of divisions and awards coming soon. There will likely be separate divisions for various disciplines, as well as divisions for youth and adults. Also more info and enrollment forms coming soon.)

“Friesian Fun” Riding and Driving Log Program: This program gives recognition for the horse and human pair who enjoys the benefits gained from riding or driving their Friesian or Friesian Warmblood whether it be on trails, training for and entering competitions, parades, farm work, instruction, exhibitions, demonstrations, etc.

Each owner/rider/driver, on an honor system, will record the actual hours spent riding or driving their horse or the horse that they use. (Members need not own the horse) Records must be kept separate for each individual horse. Each horse must be AFA registered, and the person submitting the Log must be a member in good standing. The time spent must be recorded on official AFA Log Sheets, and the horse and participant must be enrolled in the program prior to beginning to log hours. All log sheets must be completed by the participant, signed, and submitted to the AFA Awards Chairman when an award level is reached. Awards will be given for successful completion of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 1500, 2000, and 2500 hour levels of riding and/or driving. Riding and driving hours may be combined for awards on an individual horse with and individual participant. (More info and enrollment forms coming soon.)

AFA Lifetime Cumulative Awards: (currently under development) This will include records from recognized competitions and official inspections. Recognized competitions include activities sanctioned by USDF, USEF, IFSHA, AFA, and ADS.

Personal Achievement:Offspring Achievements:

(Cross referenced by sire and dam for breeding research purposes)

 

AFA Approved Judges:

The AFA will recognize USEF Licensed Judges who hold a license in the Friesian Breed.

The AFA will recognize Licensed Judges from the FPS and FPZV.

The AFA will, in the future, develop a program for licensing AFA Friesian judges. It will be similar to the USEF program, using the FPS breed standard as a basis for judging conformation, movement, type, and performance. Numerical scores similar to what is used by the FPZV will be implemented to simplify record keeping, allow score sheets to be given to owners for each horse, and to help promote an understanding of the judging system. (Numerical scores may also be compared to scores given for Dressage tests, using a scale of 1-10 for each score.)