In the Friesian community, the keuring is an annual inspection of horses by officials of the Dutch Friesian Studbook in the Netherlands. Representatives visit select locations in the United States, as well as locations around the world, to inspect horses and declare their fitness for admission to the Studbook based on movement and conformation.

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Friesians are first inspected as weanlings and then, typically again as three year olds, although they can be judged at any time. A special inspection is available for the very best mares in the world at the age of seven.

Foals, mares and geldings are awarded “premie”, Dutch for premium or ratings. Ratings of 1st, 2nd and 3rd premie are given.

Friesian foals are required to attend a Keuring before they are permanently entered in the Foal Book. At the Keuring, each foal is given a designation of 1st, 2nd or 3rd or No Premium (Premie) which reflects how closely he or she adheres to the breed standard.

For complete Rules & Regulations regarding Judging of the Friesian Horse please refer to www.fhana.com; Inspection page. There is a great deal of valuable information on the FHANA site for your education.

Following is an excerpt from the FHANA website:

Judging Standards – The annual judging of Friesian horses is a subjective attempt to evaluate a horse against the standards for the ideal Friesian. Movement is 60% of the evaluation and conformation is 40%.

Linear Scores – Mares and geldings entering the adult studbooks are evaluated on a number of points which include various aspects of conformation, breed characteristics and movement. The horses are scored on each point based on their positive or negative deviation from the average for the Friesian horse population. The linear scores are used to inform the horses’ owners of their animals’ strong and weak points and to obtain data on the stallions’ influence on their offspring. Horse owners receive a copy of the linear score sheet along with the studbook registration certificate. The linear score sheet should be given to the buyer when a horse is sold.