Keuring Schedule 2019
16/3/19 - NSW Keuring
Wallaby Hill Equestrian Centre 122 Wallaby Hill Road ROBERTSON
Contact Keuring Co-Ordinator Lisa Gomes for details
18/3/19 - Tasmania Keuring
Berkley Farm 354 Dairy Plains Road Deloraine
Contact Keuring Co-ordinator Monique Thornley for details
20/3/19 - SA Keuring
McLaren Park Equestrian Centre 328 Chalk Hill Road Mclarenvale
Contact Keuring Co-ordinator Michael van Der Heiden for details
25/3/19 - QLD Keuring
Contact Keuring Co-Ordinator Colleen Shield for details
30/3/19 - VIC Keuring
31/3/19 - VIC Keuring day 2
Werribee Park Equestrian Centre 170 K Road, Werribee South
Contact Keuring Co-Ordinator Julie Mischkulnig for details
03/04/19 - WA Keuring
State Equestrian Centre 303 Cathedral Avenue Brigadoon
Contact Keuring Co-ordinators Wendy & Paul Noone for details
What is a keuring?
In autumn 2019, a KFPS jury from the Netherlands will fly to Australia to “keur” our horses. This bi-annual event will be held from 16th March til the 3rd April.
It is a significant time for our horses (especially the adult horses) and for Friesian lovers everywhere it is a great time to come out and see lots of Friesians in one place at their best. This article is a summary of what a keuring is, what the judges are looking for and what you as an owner need to prepare for and do in the ring. Talk to an experienced member, your local coordinator or a board member for answers to more specific questions you might have.
A “Keuring” is a Dutch term that basically means inspecting the qualities of a horse. It has the same meaning as Quality Assuring (QA) any goods or services and determines how suitable they are for the purpose they will be used for.
The same process is used to improve many horse breeds in Europe, such as the KWPN breed (Dutch Warmblood). The main purpose of a Keuring is to compare the horse to the breeding goals of the KFPS and it involves inspecting, scoring, classifying, and admitting a horse to the adult book. Premies and predicates are given to a horse to indicate its quality. The secondary purpose is to determine the influence of a breeding stallion on the breed by judging the offspring of the stallion. Thirdly, if provides feedback on how well de breeding goals are met by the breed as a whole and if the breeding goals need to amended.
The horses are judged in-hand and 60% of the evaluation is based on the quality of movement and 40% is based on conformation.
Most Friesians are judged twice in their life: once when they are foals—for entry in the Foal Book—and again when they are three years or older and eligible to enter the adult studbooks.
When a foal or horse is judged, it may be awarded a premie, or "premium". This is an award used to designate the horses with the most desirable characteristics.
A first premium is best, second is very good, third is most common and some horses will not receive a premium. The premiums awarded to each horse appear on his or her registration certificate.
The judges inspect each horse individually against the breeding standard for the ideal Friesian horse. The horse is judged in 25 aspects for conformation and movement. The Keuring is NOT a horse show. It is an inspection and the results of the inspection will be recorded on the horse’s papers and be with him/her for the rest of his/her life. A horse can be entered in more than one keuring over time, for which the results might be quite different: it is a snapshot of a horse on the day.
The Dutch judges are appointed and trained by the KFPS and inspect hundreds of horses each year around the world. The inspection team consist of two judges (called a “jury”), led by a senior judge known as an “Inspector”. There are only a handful of inspectors in the world and these have passed numerous updates and have been “apprenticed” as a judge for at least 7 years. Inspectors are accompanied by at least by another inspector or one lower level judge.
Stallion's with breeding permits are presented for assessment to retain their permits 'Kai' owned by Kings Park Estate Friesians NSW at Keuring Tasmania 2017
A great opportunity to present youngstock for judging
'Doeke of Twin Rivers Stud Keuring Victoria 2017