Australian Friesian Horse Society 2019 Keuring – WA

AFHS WA Keuring

I was invited up to the State Equestrian Centre in Brigadoon on 3 April to photograph the WA leg of the 2019 Australian Friesian Horse Society and KFPS Keuring Tour.  The keuring (judging) event is for the assessment and classification of Friesian horses for the official studbook and is carried out every two years by officials from the Netherlands, Inspector Harrie Draaijer and judge Wil Thijssen.

There are not many horse lovers who don’t appreciate the beauty and grace of this magnificent breed and I have to admit that as a horse photographer, being able to photograph and document this years WA Keuring was definitely bucket list stuff!

Once the official measuring was finished, spectators were entertained with a beautiful carriage driving display followed by an informative horsemanship display by Andrew Turnbull of AMT Equestrian Services and 3yo gelding Benedict who demonstrated the first steps to create a harmonious partnership with a young horse.

State Equestrian Centre carriage driving display 2019 Western Australia Friesian horse Keuring
Friesian carriage driving display
2019 Western Australia Friesian horse Keuring horsemanship display
2019 Western Australia Friesian horse Keuring 3yo gelding horsemanship display
AMT Equestrian services horsemanship display 2019 Western Australia Friesian horse Keuring
AMT Equestrian services horsemanship display 2019 Western Australia Friesian horse Keuring
AMT Equestrian services horsemanship display 2019 Western Australia Friesian horse Keuring young horse training display

Next on the days agenda was an incredible Freestyle to Music Dressage display by Tashlin Jeffries and the stunning imported mare Fenne S.R. from Kendal Park Friesians in Burekup.

Freestyle Dressage Friesian Keuring Fenne S.R. of Kendal Park Friesians
Fenne S.R
Freestyle Dressage Friesian Keuring Fenne S.R. of Kendal Park Friesians
Freestyle Dressage Friesian Keuring Fenne S.R. of Kendal Park Friesians
Freestyle Dressage Friesian Keuring Fenne S.R. of Kendal Park Friesians
Fenne S.R

With three horses entered in the ridden IBOP Performance test, the judging of the WA Keuring commenced with Maserati followed by the beautiful Tzar who I photographed last year scoring 63 and then the expressive mare So Special KP.

Maserati IBOP WA 2019 Friesian Horse Keuring
Maserati
Friesian horse photograph Maserati IBOP
Friesian stallion Maserati
So Special KP and Jenny Veenstra IBOP 2019 Friesian horse Keuring
So Special KP
Tzar Friesian stallion IBOP at the WA 2019 Keuring
Friesian stallion Tzar

The in hand section of the assessment was very interesting, with the conformation assessment followed by a prescribed triangle pattern each horse run out by an official runner and chaser.  The temperature by this time in typical Aussie fashion had soared making it hard for both men who still managed to do a great job keeping each horse moving at an even steady pace.

Friesian mare Inca KP WA Keuring
Friesian mare Inca KP
Friesian mare So Special KP at the WA 2019 Keuring
Friesian mare So Special KP
Kendal Park Friesian mare So Special KP at the WA 2019 Keuring
Friesian mare So Special KP
Friesian mare So Special KP at the WA 2019 Keuring
Friesian mare So Special KP
Friesian mare So Special KP at the WA 2019 Keuring
Friesian mare So Special KP
Friesian mare Zaqaria at the WA 2019 Keuring
Friesian mare Zaqaria
Friesian mare Zaqaria at the WA 2019 Keuring
Friesian mare Zaqaria
Friesian stallion at the WA Friesian Keuring
Friesian mare Zaqaria
Friesian mare Zaqaria at the WA 2019 Keuring
Friesian mare Zaqaria
Friesian mare So Special KP at the WA 2019 Keuring
Friesian mare So Special KP
Friesian gelding Perez Hil FS
Friesian gelding Perez Hil FS
Friesian gelding Perez Hil
Perez Hil FS
Friesian gelding Perez Hil FS
Friesian gelding Perez Hil FS
Friesian stallion Vulcan of Oakside at the WA Friesian Keuring
Friesian stallion Vulcan of Oakside
Friesian stallion Maserati Wa 2019 Friesian Horse Keuring
Friesian stallion Maserati
Champion Friesian mare So Special KP at the WA 2019 Keuring
Champion Friesian mare So Special KP

It was also lovely to finally meet the lovely Melody Semmler, Equine Business coach from Equine Entrepreneurs who I have known online for quite a while, but never had the opportunity to meet in person (Melody was found in her element helping a friend and colour sorting beautiful saddle pads) at Bec Flavel’s Pimp my Pony trade stand.

Melody Semmler Equine Entrepreneurs

2019 WA Keuring Final results:

IBOP
Tzar 63
Maserati 66.5
So Special KP 81

Group 5

Premium Judging for inclusion in the mare studbook

Inca KP 3rd Premie
Tully Inca 3rd Premie 
Visharli KP 3rd Premie

Group 7

Premium Judging for Star designation for mares already registered in the studbook 4 years and over
Iclipse Stb
So Special KP 1st Premie Star

Group 12

Premium Judging for inclusion in the Gelding Studbook from 3 years and over (VB)
Perez Hil FS Stb

Group 16

Premium judging of 2 year old stallions (colts or geldings)
Alexandra Amaro 3rd Premie

Group 17

Premium Judging of 3 years and older foalbook stallions to become star
Maserati KP no Ster
Vulcan of Oakside Ster

Category 19

Observing Foalbook stallions with breeding permit
Omer RF fan Top en Twel – Not presented

Champion So Special KP also awarded Crown
No Reserve awarded 

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