How to obtain stallion Breeding Permit

A stallion must be in the foalbook (BB1 and BB2 horses do not qualify)

A stallion must have the 'ster' predicate (and preferably been to the second round of the stallion selection)

A stallion must have completed an IBOP test with a score of 77% or higher

Requests should be sent to the AFHS

Just as approved stallions in the Netherlands and USA are required to be presented, so to Permit stallions here must be reviewed by a KFPS jury at each Keuring the only exception being medical  (veterinary verification required) 

Breeding permit stallions are limited to 20 breedings a season.

They must have a minimum of two offspring presented at the bi-annual keuring. The total number of offspring over time can be taken into account.

Final decision to grant a limited breeding permit lies with the KFPS

Maintaining Approved Breeding Privileges – All Studbook Stallions with Approved Breeding Privileges must be judged bi-annually in Australia. They are also informally evaluated on the basis of their offspring. A decline in the quality of offspring or the discovery of hereditary faults may result in the withdrawal of Approved Breeding Privileges from any Studbook Stallion at any time. In addition, stallion owners must comply with AFHS and KFPS requirements in order to maintain their stallions’ breeding approval status.

Breeding Permit Policy


Purpose of a breeding permit


The KFPS supports and approves breeding permits for Foalbook stallions in countries where the access to studbook stallions is minimal and where access to and breeding with frozen semen has a limited positive result.  


A breeding permit offers opportunities for Foalbook stallions of excellent quality in Australia (or that will be imported ) to be used to breed quality foals.


Breeding permits are issued for a period between keurings, currently at two-year intervals.


The stallions must be inspected at every keuring where possible and an as-large-as-possible number of offspring needs to be presented as well.


The jury team at the keuring will report to the KFPS inspection team for a decision on extending a breeding permit. Conditions of the permit Conditions that must be met after a permit has been issued:


1. The breeding permit is for a limited number of mares and is usually set at 20 purebred mares maximum.

2. A minimum of five purebred mares must be bred to every season. This may be averaged over a number of years.

3. The offspring of the stallion must show a consistent positive contribution to the breed.

4. The stallion must be presented a keuring location in Australia when the Keuring tour is organised.

5. The AFHS/KFPS will advise in writing if a “yellow card” is issued. This care is issued if the contribution to the breed population is not sufficient, either in quantity or quality or both.

6. Advertising a stallion must include the registration number, the name as listed on the registration papers and the statement “Foalbook stallion with a KFPS breeding permit”. The statement “imported from” may be added if applicable. All information provided about the stallion must be according to the information on the registration papers.

7. Stallions with a permit must be accessible to owners and breeders of Friesian horses in Australia.

8. Breedings must be reported using the KFPS supplied forms. They are available through the AFHS.

9. A permit is issued to the owner of the stallion. If the ownership changes, a requeset for the transfer of the permit will be required.

10. Owner of the stallion, and approved stallion representative if applicable, mut be members in good standing with the AFHS and the KFPS.


Requesting a New Permit

A number of criteria must be satisfied:

1. The Foalbook stallion must have the “ster” predicate and have been to at least the second round of the stallion inspection as a minimum.

2. A Foalbook stallion bred in Australia may be considered if the stallion is of ster quality with a higher-than-average linear score with a proven performance in an equestrian sport.

3. The X-ray report and semen report must report a positive result.

4. The DNA tests must prove that the stallion is not a carrier of the Dwarfism and Hydrocephalus gene.

5. The stallion must have passed the IBOP of ABFP tests with a result of 77 or higher.

6. The inspection team needs to inspect the stallion when the permit is requested, unless a recent inspection has taken place.

7. The stallion must contribute to extending the gene pool/bloodlines in Australia.

8. The stallion must be available to breeders in Australia through natural service, chilled semen and/or frozen semen.

9. A form is available for the AFHS to request a permit.

10. The evaluation criteria are: pedigree/lineage – Exterior – Movement – Semen quality – X-ray testing – Clinical examination – Character – Hereditary defects.


Role of the AFHS and KFPS in this process The KFPS is the decision-making body for the issue of the breeding permit and determines whether the quality of the stallion is sufficient. The role of the AFHS is to advise the KFPS about the contribution the stallion will make to the population of horses in Australia. This will be based on available bloodlines through already available (imported) stallions with a permit and the results of breeding with frozen semen with the stallions for which semen is available. Requests must be submitted with the AFHS first. The AFHS will make a recommendation in regards to the effect on the existing population of Friesian Horses in Australia and will send this on the KFPS. A decision may take up to a month, depending on the date of the KFPS inspection team meeting. There is no set limit to the number of Foalbook stallions with a breeding permit. The AFHS in conjunction with the KFPS will monitor the status of the stallions and the number of permits in Australia with the aim to continuously improve the breed and protect the interest of the breeders.