Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What is considered legal white on my horse?

A: The only white marking allowed on a studbook registered horse is a small star smaller than the size of a quarter.

Q: Do Friesians come in all colors?

A: The only color a studbook registered Friesian comes in is black. However, this may range from very dark brown to black-bay to true black. Many Friesians appear black bay when their coats are shedding or when they have become sun or sweat bleached. Friesians do come in the color Red, but this coloring is recessive and is not allowed to enter the main studbook.

Q: I have a Friesian-Percheron cross. Can I register my horse with FHANA and be a part of GLFHA?

A: The Friesian Horse Association of North America (FHANA) is strictly for registering pure-bred Friesians. There are other associations that do register cross-bred Friesians. However, you are more than welcome to become a member of GLFHA.

Q: What are my benefits if I become a GLFHA member?

A: We are a fun-loving group of Friesian owners and fans who enjoy our black beauties. As a
member of our club (chapter of FHANA), your membership is good for one year (January 01- December 31 st ). We have quarterly membership meetings and participate at Midwest Horse Fair in the breed demonstrations, trail rides, barn tours, parades, educational clinics, dressage and driving clinics, Keuring (inspection), and end-of-year get-together. Our chapter is one of the oldest in North America, and we have years of experience with the Friesian Horse.

Q: What does ster or Star mean?

A: Owners participate in a yearly Keuring (inspection) at designated locations throughout North
American, typically held in the fall of each year. When a mare or gelding enters the adult studbook,
based on the judge’s scoring-the best 25-30% are awarded ster (star) status. This designation appears on the horse’s registration papers. A mare can take this one step further, and the very best of best ster
(star) mares can be awarded the designation of “Crown” or even “Model.”