About the AFHS

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The AFHS is the official representative of the Royal Society “The Friesian Horse Studbook”, Koninklijke Vereniging Het Friesch Paarden Stamboek (KFPS), based in the Netherlands.

The KFPS is recognised as the World Wide Studbook for the Friesian horse and is the world-wide authority on the Friesian horse.

The KFPS has organised the national societies in the World Friesian Horse Association (WFHO).

The AFHS was established in 1983, and celebrates its 36th anniversary in 2019. The first Friesian horse arrived in Australia in 1977 (the stallion Lyckle “B”).


We invite you to explore the world of the Friesian horse if you are new to the breed. If you are already familiar with the breed, or are a member of the AFHS and if you are lucky enough to own a Friesian horse, this site will provide you with news, information, photos and items such as the information pack, rules and regulations and the constitution that can be downloaded for your use. Most forms for membership, registration and transfers are also downloadable from this site.

Retired Grand Prix stallion Django of Cacharel standing at Tashkent Friesians NSW

You might be on the verge of joining the small but growing group of Friesian horse owners in Australia. Our website will provide you with information about the rules and regulations and provide you with the procedures how to join as a member, transfer horse ownership or register a horse in the books.

Friesian horse numbers are now close to 600 and are located throughout Australia. The AFHS can provide details of breeders and owners in your area. Every 2 years, the AFHS organises a “keuring” tour (inspection and classification). The inspections are done by a jury from the mother studbook the KFPS. The next one will be in March 2019.

Friesians are becoming quite successful in the dressage arena. Two stallions in Australia, Abe (Ebony Park Abe) and Django of Cacharel have recently retired from  competing at Grand Prix Level. These two stallions have been awarded the Sport Predicate issued by the KFPS. Upcoming stallions Braggo, Jurre and Xodo look to be following in their foot steps.

The AFHS registers only Purebred Friesian horses of which the parentage can be determined. The AFHS offers assistance with the purchasing and breeding of Friesian horses.

The breeding of Friesians is strictly controlled and depending on the parentage of a horse they will recorded in a specific book. There are no approved studbook stallion in Australia currently, but recent announcements from the KFPS now make it possible for Australian stallions meeting strict criteria to achieve that status. We have several foalbook stallions with a breeding permit. If you are purchasing a Friesian horse and there is any uncertainty of the breeding of the horse and its registration status, please contact the society. We can provide you with details about the status of the horse in the studbook. 

A gene test is now available to test horses for Dwarfism & Hydrocephalus.