The Alberta Friesian Horse Association

We are a local chapter of the Friesian Horse Association of North America (FHANA), representing:

  • Alberta
  • NE British Columbia
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba
  • NW Territory
  • Yukon

We host and organize:

  • Keurings (inspection tours) with KFPS Judges from the Netherlands
  • Driving and Riding clinics with well-known national and international clinicians
  • Club events, such as trail rides
  • The Musical Ride Group that trains and performs in Alberta
  • Participation in parades and events, such as Calgary Stampede

FHANA Chapter

FHANA is our parent society, and FHANA in turn reports to KFPS. We all register our Friesian Horses through the KFPS Studbook in The Netherlands. There are other fringe studbooks for Friesian horses, but KFPS is the original Friesian horse studbook from Friesland, a province in The Netherlands where the Friesian horse originated from. The KFPS Studbook is also by far the largest, as well as really the most recognized Friesian horse studbook world-wide and in North America.

KFPS Studbook Registration

The value of a Friesian Horse on the local and international market depends on the KFPS Studbook Linear Score it has achieved, and not the standing in other studbooks. AFHA therefore encourage Friesian horse owners to obtain proper accreditation for their Friesian horse(s) at one of our Keurings.

AFHA Brochure

To get to know us better, please check out our brochure or flyer, or connect with us personally.

FHANA Chapter of the Year

We've been recognised for the seventh year in a row with this award, which recognises clubs that go above and beyond with participating in events and putting on shows.

Video 2020 - FHANA Chapter of the Year 2020 Video 2019 - FHANA Chapter of the Year 2019

FHANA 35 Anniversary

AFHA hosted this FHANA anniversary in 2019 in the Calnash Centre in Ponoka, one of the club's largest projects.


Alberta Quadrille

AFHA members' latest project, an outgrowth of the AFHA Musical Ride, 8 Friesian Sjees carriage synchronously in motion. The Alberta Quadrille is based on the original Quadrille in Friesland, which is performed with authentic antique carriages and cultural dress. Its Alberta counterpart uses so-called "training carriages." It debuted to a wider audience at the FHANA 35 celebration in Ponoka and is now a croud favourite at many-a horse event.


Friesian Horse Association of North-America


The Friesian Horse Association of North America is a subsidiary association of the KFPS, representing the Friesian Horse Breed and the KFPS Studbook for North America.

FHANA organizes all North-American Keurings, the inspections tours for Friesian horses with registered KFPS judges from The Netherlands. The local FHANA chapters host the Keurings, but the paperwork goes through FHANA, who registeres horses in the KFPS Studbook on behalf of breeders.

FHANA has numerous chapters throughout North America, as shown below. For more details on the chapters (and a more up-to-date list), see: FHANA Chapters

FHANA Chapter Map

KFPS Royal Friesian

International Friesian Horse Studbook, based in The Netherlands |


AFHA members register their Friesian horses with this studbook.

KFPS stands for: Koninklijk Friesch Paarden-Stambook (translated: Royal Friesian Horse Studbook), established in 1879, it has since received recognition with the "royal" title by the monarchy in The Netherlands.

KFPS is headquartered in the Netherlands, working globally with local and regional organisations to "protect the interests of the breed". KFPS manages the studbook administration wordwide.

KFPS is The Netherlands' oldest and second largest studbook. The other well-known Dutch studbook (KWPN) is for another type of horse, the Royal Dutch Warmblood.



KFPS has about 11,000 members with about 70,000 Friesian horses registered world-wide. It publishes at monthly glossy magazine called "Phryso" (Dutch).

In The Netherlands, the KFPS functions as accreditation agency and also sets breeding directives to control the future of the breed. Most members in The Netherlands are also connected to local breeding clubs, which host things such as breeding and show events as well as information sessions. In North America, most Friesian Horse owners are connected to local FHANA chapters instead.

Alberta Equistrian Federation

Perhaps best known for their Alberta Bits magazine, AEF also provides insurance and sponsorship to Alberta horse clubs. AFHA is an AEF member.




Alberta Friesian Horse Association