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The Friesian Sporthorse Association offers our sincerest condolences to Sherry and Jon Koella of Hidden Promise Sporthorses, who lost several of their horses (including the approved Friesian Sporthorse breeding stallion Nico) in a tragic barn fire on Christmas Eve 2010. The Koellas were (and still are) pioneers in pinto Friesian Sporthorse breeding, and this was a devastating loss.
An article about the story of Nico and the tragedy appeared in Warmbloods Today magazine (click on the link to view.)
The FSA is proud to have
been the official sponsor of
the Friesian Sporthorse
High Score Breed Awards
US Dressage Finals
in 2014, 2015, 2016,
2017, 2018, and again in 2019.
Friesian Sporthorses at the 2014 US Dressage Finals!
The second annual US Dressage Finals competition
took place November 6-9, 2014 and included two Friesian
Sporthorses among the competitors. Celtic Grace qualified
for the Third Level Finals and the Third Level Freestyle
Finals. Miramar qualified for the First Level Freestyle
Celtic Grace is a Silver Elite Friesian Sporthorse mare
by Celtic (Roi des Blues) (Friesian) and out of Zena
(Thoroughbred.) Owned by Bobbi Wojtowicz and
ridden by Jonni Allen.
Miramar is a Bronze Elite Star Friesian Sporthorse
mare by Pieter fan Lutke Pienjum (Friesian) and out of
FWF Sweetheart's Dance (Georgian Grande.) Owned
by Melanie Cain-Stage and ridden by Brian
Celtic Grace finished 4th overall for the Third Level
Freestyle Final with a 70.067% and 5th overall for the
Third Level Final with a 69.060%, and was also named
the Friesian Sporthorse High Score Champion of the
2014 US Dressage Finals.
Congratulations to both horses, riders, and owners!
Celtic Grace and Jonni Allen
Carolynn Bunch Photography
FSA's Breeding Director Awarded National Grant For U.S. Breeder Excellence
Our own FSA Breeding Director Gigha Steinman was awarded the Dressage Foundation's
national grant for U.S. Breeder Excellence in 2014. “I’m excited at the opportunity not only to
increase my own knowledge, but also to share what I learn through my role as the Friesian
Sporthorse Association’s Breeding Director," she says. Gigha used the grant money to
attend the 2014 USDF Sport Horse Seminar hosted by Iron Spring Farm and intends to use
what she learned to further contribute to the growth and development of the Friesian
Sporthorse and the production of quality, talented FEI dressage prospects in the U.S.
Click on the links below to read the Eurodressage article and to read Gigha's summary of
the USDF Sport Horse Seminar featured on the Dressage Foundation's website. Gigha
also wrote an article about the seminar which was featured in Warmbloods Today magazine.
Farewell to the Legendary 'Nico'....
Friesian Sporthorse "Celtic Grace"
featured inWarmbloods Today magazine
Read Celtic Grace's comeback story in the
article "Two Comeback Kids!" in the
March/April 2015 issue of Warmbloods
Today magazine. Celtic Grace is a Silver
Elite Friesian Sporthorse mare by Celtic
("Roi des Blues"), owned by Bobbi
Wojtowicz and ridden by Jonni Allen.
Click on the photo at right to open the
article as a .pdf (this is a large file and
may take a moment to load.)
The Friesian Sporthorse featured
in USDF's Connections magazine!
USDF's Connections magazine did a
feature article on the Friesian
Sporthorse and the Friesian Sporthorse
Association in the September 2016
issue. This is the second time USDf
has featured the Friesian Sporthorse
and the Friesian Sporthorse
The FSA is proud to offer USDF
All-Breeds awards and to sponsor the
US Dressage Finals High Score Breed
Awards for Friesian Sporthorses.
Click on the photo at left to open the
article as a .pdf (this is a large file and
may take a moment to load.)
American Friesian Association: out of business,
and transferring registration to the FSA
The American Friesian Association went out of business in 2015. Since then we've had
numerous inquiries about transferring AFA registered horses to the FSA. We are happy to
help owners of AFA registered horses who would like to transfer to the FSA, and we
are offering to process these transfers at a reduced rate of only $60. Because the
AFA's registration requirements were less stringent than our own, please note that DNA
testing will be required for any AFA registered horses being transferred to the FSA.
Genetic Testing for Dwarfism and Hycrocephalus in Friesians and Friesian Crosses
UC Davis has begun offering genetic testing for Friesians and Friesian-crosses for DWARFISM
and HYDROCEPHALUS. We highly recommend testing for any Friesians or Friesian-crosses
which are being used for breeding to other Friesians or Friesian-crosses.
"Results from the test assist owners and breeders to identify carriers and to make informed mate
selection to avoid producing affected foals. Matings between carriers should be avoided as these
crosses have a 25% chance of producing affected foals. Breeding carriers to normal horses is
safe and a means to maintain genetic diversity in the breed and avoid production of affected foals."
- UC Davis https://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/services/horse/Friesian.php
Horses which have only one copy of the dwarfism mutation or the hydrocephalus mutation
are "carriers". Horses with two copies are "affected". Horses with no copies are "normal".
Dwarfism primarily effects Friesians and miniature horses. Hydrocephalus primarily effects
Friesians. This testing being offered is only for Friesians and Friesian-crosses.
"Carriers" can still be used for Friesian and Friesian-cross breeding,
but should not be bred to Friesians or Friesian-crosses which are also
"carriers". Because these genetic mutations are almost entirely related
to Friesians, a horse's status as a "carrier" would be virtually
irrelevant when breeding to a horse with no Friesian heritage.
The tests are $40 each, or $60 if done together. Any horses which
currently have DNA on file with us can be easily tested. Please contact us
and we can invoice you via PayPal.
Genetic Testing for Dwarfism & Hydrocephalus UPDATE
Effective January 2019
Dwarfism and Hydrocephalus test results from tests which were done privately will not be
accepted. Testing must be done thru either us (FSA) or FHANA for the results to be
Friesian Sporthorse Trademark
Friesian Sporthorse is a trademark of the Friesian Sporthorse Association. This trademark
has been extended by the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) thru 2028.
Friesian Sporthorse Association Inspection ~ IOWA
The 2019 Iowa Friesian Sporthorse Association inspection was held September 14th,
2019 at Cedar Falls Equestrian Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Seven horses were
awarded Bronze Elite status, one stallion was Provisionally Approved for Breeding,
and one mare was Approved for Breeding. For full results and photos please click
the link to the right....