IFSHA Frequently Asked Questions
Revised March 2005
- What is The International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA)?
- IFSHA is a not for profit California corporation, show circuit organization dedicated to the promotion, showing and exhibition of the Friesian bred horse and their exhibitors. In 2004, IFSHA became the only recognized representative of the Friesian Bred Horse by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). The current initiative is to provide a USEF recognized show circuit for the Friesian bred horse inclusive of IFSHA Friesian Regional's and IFSHA Grand Nationals competitions, to assure competitive consistency at non-rated shows, exhibitions which help to educate the public on what a beautiful and talented show horse the Friesian is, provide education seminars about different disciplines, and support the Junior competitor scholarship program. IFSHA is not a breed organization and is not in competition with any of the Friesian breed registries.
- How will IFSHA support the Friesian horse owner?
- The goal of IFSHA is to provide the Friesian Horse owner with a USEF rated show circuit throughout the United States. The show circuit will provide a whole new arena for people to compete with their horses, and introduce new members to the world of the Friesian Horse. The USEF provides rated shows, recognition, and protection through enforcement of set rules and regulations, thus providing a framework for a fair and equitable showing field.
- What IFSHA web site interactive services are available to membership?
- You can now go into membership services and print your membership
card at any time, as long as you are an IFSHA member at any time.
You may also update your contact information without having to
contact the IFSHA office, and reset your user code. Also
available are On line results reporting, including horse
annual and lifetime results reporting for Horse of the Year
and Lifetime achievement to date totals.
- How do I report my ADS, USDF, and USEF Scores?
- Members can go on-line using the IFSHA member services area to report
show results and monitor progress. Once you enter the information
about the show just click on calculate, and the system will
automatically load the applicable points for recognition.
- How do I qualify for IFSHA Grand Nationals?
- Qualifications may be subject to vary from competition
year to competition year, for up to date information
- I do not have a proof of Friesian heritage for my horse what do I do?
- You will need to contact a Breed registry of your choice to acquire
proof of Friesian heritage.
- How do I find out where IFSHA/USEF rated and/or non-rated IFSHA recognized shows are held?
- We are updating the show schedule weekly, please visit
our web-site for updates in your region by going to
www.friesianshowhorse.org, and click on show schedule.
IFSHA is diligently working to identify USEF recognized shows,
Equine Affaires, Clinics, and non-recognized shows that
our Friesian's are competing in now, and shows that we
desire to have Friesian's participate in the future.
We are also working with other USEF affiliate
organizations and established shows that desire
to have Friesian's participate either by division
or adding classes. If you have knowledge of a show
that should be considered by IFSHA, or a show
promoter that should be contacted, please send
that information to the IFSHA office e-mail address at
- I have knowledge of shows that have Friesian Classes that are not on the IFSHA Show Schedule, what do I do?
- IFSHA would like to assure its' membership that we are
diligently trying to identify shows that our Friesian's
are competing in now, and shows that we desire to have
Friesian's participate in the future. If you have
knowledge of a show that should be considered by IFSHA,
or a show promoter that should be contacted, please refer
- I would like to be an USEF Friesian Licensed Official, who do I contact?
- Interested parties should contact the United States Equestrian
Federation, Mary Smith - Director of Licensed Officials,
or Chuck Walker,
- How do I obtain membership to the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)?
- You may access the USEF web-site through the IFSHA web-site for
an application, or you may go directly to www.usef.org to
acquire an application.
- How do I obtain membership to the United States Dressage Federation (USDF)?
- You may access the USDF web-site through the IFSHA web-site
for an application, or you may go directly to www.usdf.org
to acquire an application.
- How do I obtain membership to the American Driving Society (ADS)?
- You may access the ADS web-site through the IFSHA web-site
for an application, or you may go directly to
to acquire an application.
- What is my Regional designation?
- IFSHA follows the same region structure as the USEF.
A chart of the regions and the states contained in each
region can be found
- What is the general goal of IFSHA?
- IFSHA's goal is to provide the Friesian horse with Breed recognition in the United States; provide a USEF rated show circuit and work with non rated shows; to provide competitive uniformity, and to provide a whole new expansive venue for the Friesian horse that include exhibitions, showing, promotion and recognition for the Friesian bred horse, and to provide an awards program to reward those who compete in open and breed specific classes/tests.
- Why do I need DNA on file and permanent Identification on file in order to compete my horse?
- A competing horse may be subject to the questioning of its' identification during or immediately following a competition. In such cases where grievances are filed at the horse show, the designated show officials must have a process and documentation by which the horse can be identified without question, therefore each Friesian bred horse in competition must have documentation of identity on file in order to satisfy validation and/or review by IFSHA, the USEF and/or show officials.
- My horse does not have a form of permanent identification, what do I do?
- Each horse member and/or competitor should first make inquiry to their breed registry of choice. IFSHA has provided for your convenience a form that you are welcome to use in order to fulfill that requirement here.
- My horse does not have its own DNA on file, what do I do?
- You should first contact your breed registry for assistance, if the requirement can not be serviced by that registry, you may want to consider contacting you D.V.M.
- What types of shows will be offered by or through IFSHA affiliations?
- The IFSHA membership will be able to compete at Schooling
Shows, USEF rated and non rated Class C, Class B, Class A,
Regional, and National level competitions, USDF, and ADS
functions throughout North America for IFSHA points,
various organization awards, and recognition for the
horse and junior competitors.
- What memberships are required to compete at a USEF and/or IFSHA rated circuit show?
- Each horse and horse owner/lessee must hold a membership in good standing
with IFSHA and the appropriate organization sanctioning
the event in order to compete, or pay the specified
non-member fee as specified in the show premium/application.
- What Awards Programs are offered by IFSHA?
- IFSHA will annually award Purebred Friesian competitors and Part bred Friesian competitors separately in the following areas for recognition in USEF Specific, Open USDF and ADS recognized competitions/shows separately. Awards will be given for In - Hand, English Saddle Seat, English Hunt Seat and Hack, Costume, Walk-Trot, Western, Driving, Dressage, Friesian Specialty (Leadline, liberty, tandem riding, combination ride and drive). IFSHA will also give a Grand Champion High Point All-round Purebred and Part-bred Friesian, Total points accumulated in all USEF categories for purebred or Part-bred Friesian by horse - horse must have Championship wins in at least two USEF competition categories (Open competition points are not included) - category dependant winners will receive trophies, ribbons and certificates. Junior All-round Competitor, Total points earned by rider under saddle, driving, in hand, and equitation by a junior competitor utilizing a Friesian bred IFSHA member horse(s). The top three IFSHA Member junior competitors will receive college scholarships for their efforts. The junior program currently awards 1st - $1,000.00 US Savings Bond, 2nd - $500.00 US Savings Bond, and 3rd - $100.00 US Savings Bond. IFSHA will continue to enhance these recognition programs into the future, please visit the IFSHA web site for details and requirements. IFSHA will also be recognizing horses with lifetime achievement awards which are the total accumulation of Open and Breed specific competitions recognized by IFSHA.
- Why should the Dressage Competitor join IFSHA?
- IFSHA understands the importance of the skill and efforts associated with the training and testing of horses in USDF recognized competition. To acknowledge these efforts with the appropriate recognition for those who excel in this discipline with the Friesian bred horse, IFSHA has arranged for the Dressage competitor to be recognized and rewarded by giving numerous award for open and breed specific competition. This affords the Dressage competitor another avenue that is different than the USDF Breed Awards to gain and Awards recognition. Ultimately your horse's accomplishments are tracked in open and breed specific competition to be recognized for their lifetime acheivements.
- Why should the Driving (ADS member) Competitor join IFSHA?
- IFSHA understands the importance of the skill and efforts associated with the training and testing of horses in open ADS recognized competition, both at the pleasure and CDE levels. To acknowledge these efforts with the appropriate recognition for those who excel in these area's with the Friesian bred horse, IFSHA has arranged for the driving competitor to be recognized and rewarded by giving awards for open and breed specific competition. This affords the Driving competitor another avenue to gain Awards recognition within their breed. Ultimately your horse's accomplishments are tracked in open and breed specific competition to be recognized for their lifetime achievements by IFSHA.
- Why should the Open Hunter/Jumper Competitor join IFSHA?
- IFSHA understands the importance of the skill and efforts associated with the training and open competition of horses in USEF Open Hunter/Jumper recognized competition. To acknowledge these efforts with the appropriate recognition for those who excel in this discipline with the Friesian bred horse, IFSHA has arranged for the Hunter/Jumper competitor to be recognized and rewarded by giving awards for open and breed specific competition. This affords the Hunter/Jumper competitor another avenue that is oriented to the breed to gain Awards recognition. Ultimately your horse's accomplishments are tracked in open and breed specific competition to be recognized for their lifetime achievements by IFSHA.
- What is an IFSHA Regional Show Committee?
- The Regional Show Committees are made up of IFSHA member
volunteers who assist shows to accept or enhance Friesian
division classes or support IFSHA shows, identify new
venues for Friesians to show in and exhibitions that
promote the Friesian horse for public education. A
Regional Show Committee should be a body of 5-7, or 9
and a non-specific number of volunteer IFSHA members in
good standing representing the 12 designated regions in
North America and Canada as exampled by the USEF.
Individuals are invited to participate in their regional
show committees at various levels. Briefly, the Regional
Show Committee will be responsible for rated show circuit
formation and implementation for its' respective region.
for regional show committee information.
- What is the role of the IFSHA Rules Committees & USEF Friesian Committee?
- IFSHA formed separate committees to create and support
competition rules for the Friesian bred horse. Each
discipline committee is formed of no less than three
IFSHA members that have expertise and/or are athletes
within that discipline. Each discipline has a Chairperson
that is also seeded/or may be invited to sit on the USEF Friesian Committee.
If you have questions or concerns about USEF Friesian
Division competition rules please contact that committee
Chairperson at www.friesianshowhorse.org, committees.
The IFSHA rules committees and the USEF Friesian committees
work with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)
to provide the rules and regulations that will be utilized
for Friesians in competition at IFSHA and USEF recognized
- What types of competitions/shows are recognized by IFSHA?
- IFSHA will recognize for its annual awards program competitions recognized by the USEF, ADS, USDF, and their affiliates, provided that the Friesian classes operate and are judged as defined in the USEF Friesian Division rules, and/or the USEF regulations by which ADS and USDF operate, which can be found at www.usef.org.
- How do I obtain an IFSHA membership for my Friesian bred horse(s) and/or myself?
- The IFSHA applications are maintained for your convenience on the IFSHA web-site at www.friesianshowhorse.com, (a link to the membership form for people is here or here for horses) or contact the IFSHA office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by mail International Friesian Show Horse Association, 507 Broad Street #121, Lake Geneva, WI 53147, by phone: (805) 448-3027. fax: (262) 249-8996.
You can also join IFSHA online here. (Unfortunately, we cannot accept membership for horses online at this time because the horse's breed registration papers must be supplied to the IFSHA office.)
- Where do I find the USEF and IFSHA competition rules for the Friesian Bred Horse?
- Competition rules are subject to change annually. A complete and updated electronic copy can be accessed at www.friesianshowhorse.com, Rules - or www.usef.org, or a hard copy can be obtained though your current USEF membership. Each horse show may have specific rules that need to be adhered to, those rules can be found in that competitions' premium book and/or posted in the horse show office.
- What breed registry certificates are accepted by IFSHA?
- IFSHA recognizes certificates from breed registries / recognized affiliates that are in good standing with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). IFSHA will also accept certificates from many other breed registries; there are too many to list and to maintain on a timely basis, please contact the IFSHA office directly with your documentation.