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Statement to the public


About Heritage Horse

The Friesian Heritage Horse & Sporthorse International was established by many of the same dedicated people who, for numerous years worked to build and operated one of the most successful Friesian crossbred registries of today. These people are sincerely devoted to promoting horses of Friesian heritage in a manner that aims to secure the value of these wonderful horses now and into the future. By offering similar and improved programs, governed by similar philosophies, Friesian Heritage Horse & Sporthorse International will continue to serve the people who have believed in and supported us in the past, and openly invites newcomers to join. We feel that we have established a registry with integrity, pride and without prejudice.  It was designed to be inclusive and not exclusive, yet we are dedicated to preserving quality and promoting accomplishment. The registry we have created is one that you can be proud to be a part of!

The individuals who  launched the Friesian Heritage Horse & Sporthorse International introduced the inspection program that they designed in 2006.  In 2007 they expanded their inspection tour ten-fold, serving owners and their horses throughout the United States. We have plans to continue the inspection tours because we believe inspections are an invaluable tool to offer to our members.  Inspections can aid breeders in ensuring the value and quality of our bloodlines and provide a wonderful means for perspective buyers to assist in determining the quality and suitability of these horses.

In the statement that follows we are in no way attempting to place blame on any one person. The people involved all had to make some very difficult decisions - the full impact of these various decisions remains yet to be seen.  We hope by posting this information, for all to read, that we will foster a better understanding of why we formed the Friesian Heritage Horse & Sporthorse International.

In the early years of the registry, that we previously volunteered for, the original owner, who started the Registry, eventually brought a partner on board who took over operations of the registry.  For years, this new co-owner, with the support of a handful of volunteers, proceeded to aggressively market and expand the Registry forward.  With our support, the new co-owner built the Registry by expanding the number of registered horses 800 percent.  In 2007 negotiations began between the two co-owners of the registry.  These negotiation attempts were made with the intention of restructuring the registry.  The goal was to distribute the growing workload of the Registry between more people and secure the future of the registry through a multi-owner structure.  These negotiations continued into early 2008 and eventually failed. The registry was then returned to the original owner. Currently, the registry has a sole owner, who, during negotiations, indicated to us that the registry might be restructured at some point in the future.

Some of the people, with over five years of volunteer work into the registry, felt that enough time had passed for those negotiations to have been competed and that the appropriate time to move the registry forward was immediately. Feeling that the future and direction of the registry was suspended and unclear, the volunteers decided to implement the Friesian Heritage Horse & Sporthorse International and redirect their efforts into this fresh organization that will ensure continued expansion for the value and integrity of horses of Friesian heritage.

We plan to establish a comprehensive database for better communications between our members and the governing body of this registry. We plan to continue to have an inspection program and we have developed an awards program as well.  As our breed evolves, we will provide papers that have integrity and value by implementing DNA testing, and HYPP testing where necessary, and by initiating programs that promote and award quality.

With our years of experience, the governing body of this registry is aware of the structure, technology and member services necessary to keep a registry running smoothly and moving forward with integrity.  Although this is a newer organization, we feel that growing pains with this registry will be minimal, as we have many years of past experience.  It is our hope that you will continue to support us and allow us to provide you with another outstanding registry.






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