Hosting an Inspection...
How are inspection sites and locations chosen?
FSA inspection sites and locations are chosen based on availability, and the number of horses to be inspected.
How many horses must be inspected?
Generally, an inspection must have at least 15 horses, although we are sometimes able to have inspections with as few as 10 horses -- this is partially based on location. Please contact the FSA for more information.
What if I don't have 10 horses entered, but I still want to hold an inspection?
You have the option of paying for 10 horses ($900) and then sharing the extra cost among the participants. For example, and inspection with 8 horses could theoretically pay $112.50 per horse (instead of the usual $90 per horse), or an inspection with only 5 horses could pay $180 per horse (instead of the usual $90 per horse.) This same scenario also applies to private inspections. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting an inspection for less than 10 horses.
What are the FSA's responsibilities?
1. The FSA will provide a judge, and will arrange flights and lodging for the judge. Transportation for the judge is generally arranged by the FSA as well.
2. The FSA will provide Champion and Reserve Champion neck sashes for the two highest scoring horses/foals, as well as Bronze Elite ribbons for each horse scoring 72% or higher.
3. The FSA will provide the score sheets. (Each score sheet includes a carbon copy for the owner, so no photocopying is required.)
4. The FSA will determine a schedule, and will provide "day sheets" on the day of the inspection with the
5. The FSA will determine the eligibility of each horses entered in the inspection. (All horses being inspected must be registered with the FSA!) For this reason, horses must pre-enter the inspection.
6. The FSA will list your inspection on the official website (www.FriesianSporthorseAssociation.com) as well as promoting your inspection on our official Facebook page. Email "blasts" may also be sent to members to notify them of upcoming inspections.
What are the inspection site requirements?
1. Safe, fenced area with minimum 5' fence. Level ground with grass, clay, clay/sand, textile, rubber, or other adequate footing. Recommended minimum dimensions: 100 x 150 to accommodate the inspection triangle. Covered arena preferred. If you only have an outdoor arena and your area is known for inclement weather certain times of the year, please take this into account when scheduling your inspection.
3. Water. Inspections must provide access to water for both horses and people.
4. Sign-in area and table, located near the inspection area (but not inside the fenced inspection area.)
5. Stabling. It is highly recommended that inspections which are open to outside horses offer stabling. For safety reasons stallions should not be left tied to horse trailers.
6. Adequate parking.
7. Provide cones or flower pots or similar to mark the inspection triangle. (Make this as "pretty" as you like! Keep it safe though -- don't be surprised if at least one horse/foal runs over the cones or flower pots.)
8. It is the responsibility of the inspection host/organizer to obtain applicable additional liability insurance as needed/desired to host an inspection.
What are the inspection host's responsibilities?
1. Be willing to answer questions from participants about the facility, etc., prior to inspection. Be accessible via phone and/or email. Notify participants of your facility's requirements (ie, copy of coggins test required, etc.)
2. Stay in touch with the FSA. Some interested people may contact you directly, some may contact us directly, if we stay in touch we can better track and tally how many people may be attending.
3. Optional: arrange for a handler (highly recommended), braider, and/or photographer, and share this contact information with participants.
4. Provide volunteers for: scribing, scorekeeping, and ring stewarding. (Note: inspections may still be held successfully without volunteers for all of these positions, but inspections run more smoothly if you can fill all three positions.)
5. Optional: feel free to add to the inspection experience by arranging things like concessions or snacks. Other fun ideas could include goodie bags, gift baskets (or a random drawing for a gift basket), donated items unique to your area, etc.
All inspection entry paperwork is sent directly to the FSA.
The FSA will provide the inspection host with a list of entrants and a tentative schedule prior to inspection. The inspection host may contact the FSA at any time.