Inspection Guidelines
(Open Inspections)

1.  All horses must be registered or recorded with the FSA to participate in any FSA

2.  FSA registration paperwork must be submitted with the Inspection Entry Form if the horse is not already FSA registered. If the horse is already FSA registered please submit a copy of the horse's registration certificate. Paperwork and payment is sent directly to: Friesian Sporthorse Association, PO Box 283, Seville, FL 32190.   

3.  All paperwork and payment must be received four weeks prior to inspection (or earlier) or be subject to a Late Fee.

4.  The inspection start time and sign-in time can vary based on the number of horses. Please contact the INSPECTION HOST to verify the start time and the sign-in time.  All horses must be signed in prior to being inspected. 

5.  The Champion and Reserve Champion Friesian Sporthorse will be awarded.  Friesian Sporthorses scoring 73% or higher will earn Bronze Elite Book status.

6.  Horses will be presented using the triangle, which is appx. 80 x 100 x 80 feet.  At the inspector's discretion owners may have the option of letting their horse be shown at liberty also, if the host facility offers a safe area to do so.  The safety of the horses and handlers is paramount. 

7.  Unruly, unsafe, or unsound horses may be excused at the discretion of the inspector. Owners/ handlers may also withdraw at any time if they feel unsafe with their horse's behavior or for any reason.

8.  Braiding of the mane is optional but recommended.  Leg 'feather' may be trimmed or not, this is entirely optional.  Decoration of the mane (for example, with beads, flowers, or ribbons) is not allowed.  Glittery or paint on designs on the body of the horse are not allowed. Hoof polish may be used but must be clear or black.

9.  Bridles are required for horses two years old and older.  The bridle should consist of a USEF dressage legal snaffle bit with a headstall and throatlatch.  Nosebands are optional. Foals and horses younger than two years old are to be shown in a halter.

10.  Boots, bandages, or wraps of any kind may not be used during inspection.

11.  The handler and/or their assistant may each carry one humane whip.  No whip snapping, and no additional devices (such as bags) are allowed.

12.  Conservative attire is recommended.  Polo shirts and beige, white, or khaki pants are common.

13.  Contact the inspection host / organizer directly with any questions about stabling, facility guidelines, availability of handlers, etc. Inspection host contact information is listed on the Inspection Calendar.  Any expenses relating to stabling, handlers, braiders, etc., will by payable directly to the inspection host or to the handler, braider, etc. directly.

14. Violations and enforcement of guidelines 8-12 is ultimately at the discretion of the inspector. The primary goal it to have inspections which are fair and safe and showcase the breed with dignity.

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Friesian Sporthorse filly at inspection
Friesian Sporthorse at inspection
A 3-year-old Friesian Sporthorse at inspection, wearing a well-fitted simple leather bridle and loose ring snaffle bit. (Lauderdale ROF, owned by River Oaks Farm.)
A Friesian Sporthorse weanling at inspection, wearing a well-fitted simple leather halter. (Elizabeth G, owned by Geter Ranch.)
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