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Friesian Sporthorse Association Registration Guidelines

The Friesian Sporhorse Association is the first registry dedicated exclusively to recognizing and promoting the true Friesian Sporthorse, and this is reflected in our registration guidelines.

Horses must be 25% - 99% Friesian.  (Exception -- the Friesian Warmblood Book, see below.)

Purebred Friesian stallions and mares may be recorded in the Foundation Book if they are being used for sporthorse crossbreeding.

To be eligible for registration, horses must meet certain minimum requirements for pedigree and performance.  Horses which are unable to meet those requirements may still be issued a Certificate of Pedigree.

Registration is divided into the following books:
Main Book, Auxiliary Book, Friesian Warmblood Book, and Foundation Book.
Main Book -- Must be able to prove a minimum of three consecutive generations of sport
breeding / pedigree.  Sire and Dam must be one of the following:  Friesian, Warmblood,
Thoroughbred, Georgian Grande, Andalusian/Lusitano/PRE, Main Book registered
Friesian Sporthorses, Auxiliary Book Friesian Sporthorse mares who are registered in the
Bronze Elite Book or higher, and/or any Friesian Sporthorses Approved for Breeding.  
Main Book horses are further eligible for Bronze Elite, Silver Elite, and Gold Elite status.
Auxiliary Book --  Must be able to prove a minimum of three consecutive generations of
sport breeding / pedigree, with the following allowances:  Maximum 50% Saddlebred. 
Maximum 25% draft or Arabian.  Offspring of any Auxiliary Book horses, or any Elite Book
horses, which is otherwise not eligible for the Main Book, is eligible for the Auxiliary Book.  
Auxiliary Book horses are further eligible for Bronze Elite, Silver Elite, and Gold Elite status.
Friesian Warmblood Book -- Must be able to prove a minimum of three consecutive generations of Friesian and Warmblood (Erkend registries) and/or Thoroughbred breeding / pedigree.  The Friesian Warmblood Book is for horses with 12.5% - 24.99%% Friesian blood, and 87.5% - 75.01% Warmblood and/or Thoroughbred blood.  Friesian Warmblood Book horses are further eligible for Bronze Elite, Silver Elite, and Gold Elite status. 
Foundation Book -- Purebred Friesian stallions and mares which are being used for sporthorse crossbreeding.  Foundation Book horses are further eligible for Bronze Elite, Silver Elite, and Gold Elite status.
Certificate of Pedigree -- horses which fail to meet registration criteria for the Main, Auxiliary, or Foundation Books at the time of registration. COP horses are eligible for Bronze Elite, Silver Elite, and Gold Elite status.

Approved for Breeding:
Approved for Breeding (Stallions) --  Minimum three generation pedigree. All Approved for Breeding horses must meet the pedigree requirements of either the Main Book, the Auxiliary Book, the Friesian Warmblood Book, or the Foundation Book. All Approved for Breeding horses must have their DNA on file with the Friesian Sporthorse Association. To be fully Approved for Breeding the horse must have a minimum inspection score or in-hand score of 72% AND must meet at least one of the performance criteria for Silver or Gold Elite Book status.   Stallions which pass the FPZV stallion testing, or are approved with an accepted WBFSH recognized registry, will be automatically eligible to be Approved for Breeding.

Provisional Approval (Stallions) --  Minimum three generation pedigree.  All stallions applying for Provisional Approval must meet the pedigree requirements of either the Main Book, the Auxiliary Book, the Friesian Warmblood Book, or the Foundation Book. Stallions which have earned an inspection or in-hand score of 75% or higher, at the age of 2 1/2 or older, may be Provisionally Approved for Breeding.  Likewise, stallions which have met the performance criteria to be Approved for Breeding (Silver or Gold Elite Book status) but which have not yet met the inspection criteria may be provisionally Approved for Breeding.

Approved for Breeding (Mares) -- Mares must meet the requirements of the Main Book, Auxiliary Book, Friesian Warmblood Book, or Foundation Book, and have their DNA on file with the FSA, in order to be Approved for Breeding.

Mare Predicates:
Star Mares -- Star mare status recognizes quality mares who have accomplished one of the following at the age of 3-years-old or older.  (Star mares must also meet the pedigree requirements of either the Main Book, Auxiliary Book, Friesian Warmblood Book, or Foundation Book.)
  -  Inspection or in-hand score of 77% or higher
  -  Two (2) dressage scores of 65% or higher earned at First Level or higher
  -  Materiale score of 70% or higher
  -  Earned Silver Elite Book status

Preferred Mares:  Preferred mare status recognizes mares who pass their quality on to their offspring. 
To be eligible for Preferred status, mares must meet one of the following requirements:
  -  Four (4) or more offspring in the Bronze Elite Book or higher, or
  -  Two (2) or more offspring in the Silver Elite Book or higher.

Performance Books:
The Performance Books are divided into Bronze, Silver, and Gold Elite.
All horses are eligible for the Performance Books.  To be eligible for the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Elite Books, the horse must meet the following criteria:
Bronze Elite:
Performance requirements for Bronze Elite registration (one of the following): 
- Dressage:  USDF recognized Open classes, minimum score of 65% at Training Level Test 2 or higher, or minimum score of 62% at First Level Test 2 or higher.
- USEF In-hand classes (Open):   score above 70%
- Inspection score from a recognized sporthorse breed registry inspection:  score above 70%
- Combined Driving (ADS recognized competitions):  Training level or above, maximum 50 penalties dressage, without elimination or retirement or withdrawal. 
- Eventing (USEA recognized):  Novice level or above, with maximum 45 dressage penalties, no elimination, withdrawal, or retirement. 
Silver Elite:
Performance Requirements for Silver Elite registration (one of the following):
- Dressage:  USDF recognized Open classes, minimum score of 62% at Third Level, or a minimum score of 60% or higher at Fourth Level.
- USEF In-hand classes or Inspection scores: not applicable.  (Silver Elite Book status may not be earned on in-hand or inspection scores alone.)
- Combined Driving (ADS recognized competitions): Preliminary level or above, maximum 50 penalties dressage, without elimination or retirement or withdrawal. 
- Eventing (USEA recognized):  Preliminary level (or higher) with maximum 45 dressage penalties, no elimination, withdrawal, or retirement. 
Gold Elite:
Performance Requirements for Gold Elite registration (one of the following):
- Dressage:  USDF recognized Open classes, minimum score of 60% at Intermediare or higher, or minimum score of 58% at Grand Prix.
- USEF In-hand classes or Inspection scores: not applicable.  (Gold Elite Book status may not be earned on in-hand or inspection scores alone.)
- Combined Driving (ADS recognized competitions):  Intermediate level or above, maximum 50 penalties dressage, without elimination or retirement or withdrawal. 
- Eventing (USEA recognized):  Intermediate Level (or higher) with maximum 50 dressage penalties, no elimination, withdrawal, or retirement. 

*Inspection and in-hand scores: In-hand scores must be earned at USEF recognized competitions or USDF DSHB classes. Inspection scores must be from FSA inspections or breed registry inspections from registries which are members of the WBFSH, or FHANA or FPZV inspections.

Bloodline Verification, DNA Testing, and Breeder's Affidavits:
Bloodlines must be verified by supplying copies of registration papers of both parents along with a copy of a signed Breeder's Affidavit, Covering certificate, Breeding certificate, or other similar document signed by the owner of the horse's sire and dam, to verify the breeding, OR by supplying copies of previously issued registration papers from any WBFSH recognized registry or any legitimate Friesian registry (Dutch, German, or their American counterparts.)   
All mares, fillies, stallions, and ungelded colts which are registered after December 31st of the year foaled must have DNA on file with the FSA.  (Foals registered before December 31st of the year foaled must be registered by the breeder in order to be exempt from mandatory DNA testing (DNA testing is still highly recommended.))  DNA testing may be done privately thru the UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory and a copy of the DNA marker report submitted to the FSA along with the Registration Application.. Or, if the horse's DNA is already on file with another registry or another laboratory we will accept that with a copy of the DNA report.  Or you may opt to have the FSA handle the processing of your horse's DNA for a small fee (a copy of your horse's DNA marker report will be sent to you with your horse's FSA Registration Certificate.) 
Exceptions -- if a horse already has registration papers previously issued by any WBFSH recognized registry (except AWS) or any legitimate Friesian registry, then a signed Breeder's Affidavit is not required.  A copy of these papers must be submitted to the Friesian Sporthorse Association along with the Application for Registration. 
DNA testing is not required for geldings. 
Note:  Friesian parentage DNA verification may be required for participation in some IFSHA sanctioned events.

DNA test results must be on file with the FSA prior to a horse being Approved for Breeding.

If the bloodlines cannot be verified 100%, the horse may still be eligible for a Certificate of Pedigree, but only if there is sufficient pedigree documentation verifying the horse is at least 25% Friesian.

Approved for Breeding
Once a horse has fulfilled the requirements to be Approved for Breeding, the original Registration Certificate will be returned to us, along with documentation verifying the criteria has been met, and DNA test results, and a new Registration Certificate will be issued to indicate the new status of the horse.  If the horse is already eligible to be Approved for Breeding at the time of registration, please include documentation along with the Application for Registration.

Elite Book (Performance Book) status & Mare Books
Once a horse has fulfilled the requirements for one of the Elite Books and/or Mare Predicates, the original Registration Certificate will be returned to us, along with documentation verifying the criteria has been met, and a new Registration Certificate will be issued to indicate the new status of the horse.  If the horse is already eligible for one of the Elite Books or Mare Predicates at the time of registration, please include documentation along with the Application for Registration. 

Membership
Membership is automatic when you register a horse with the Friesian Sporthorse Association.  However, it is not mandatory to register a horse with the FSA to become a member. 

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