2015 Keuring - Moments By Lori Ann

I love going to Keurings, helping and photographing them.

What is a Keuring, you might be asking. From the FHANA.com website: A judging (keuring, in Dutch) is an evaluation of horses here in North America, by officials from the Netherlands. Once a year, teams of officials qualified by the Friesch Paarden Stamboek are sent to North America to inspect or "judge" our horses. This is a thorough evaluation process that helps us to upgrade our breeding programs. The horses are judged in-hand and 60% of the evaluation is based on the quality of movement and 40% is based on conformation.

I have been going to the Michigan Keurings since 2010 and haven't missed one yet.  One thing about the Michigan Keuring is they have their own event photographer, the very talented and wonderful Cally Matherly. If you haven't seen her photos, you really should. Since she is the event photograher, I don't sell or give away any of my photos from the Keurings unless arrangements have been made with Cally ahead of time. I do this out of professional courtesy and personal respect for her. That said, I still do and take photos for me to enjoy, of the foals I raise or have helped raise, photos outside the ring of those candid moments that I love to much. Everyone is focused on the ring, how the horses are doing and I like to point my camera on what else is going on. 

Part of going to a Keuring, is the work ahead of time including bathing the horses a few days before. Here my daughter Mali is washing a mare she has known for 5 years, since Ineke was a newborn filly. Ineke now has her own baby, Xander, who was being washed by one of his owners, Judy. I am right in there helping to wash all the mares and foals going to the Keuring. It's a long day of hard work but I feel like I am part of something that goes back to the first Keuring in late 1800's. 

Waiting to go in for inspection can be a lot of fun! People are visiting with their friends they haven't seen since last year.

Mintse 384 Sport

And of course seeing some approved stallions is always a big thrill! Some keurings don't have any, but Michigan has several that attend each year. Above is the great Mintse 384 Sport showing off his powerful canter. 

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