THE FJORD HORSE

NEWSDESK

 

27th July 2016

 

 

BREXIT

We have been asked by UK Government department Defra to inform you that the referendum vote which resulted in Brexit

does not affect the regulations concerning obtaining/ updating a passport.

This includes change of ownership. There will be no change in the procedures regarding equine passports and the offences pertaining to non compliance remain the same.

May we remind owners that it is illegal to own a horse and not have the passport updated into your ownership within 30 days of purchase. Just having a passport for your horse is not enough, as by law,

it must be signed and officially stamped into your ownership. Writing your name into the passport and it not being officially stamped is illegal. It is also illegal to sell a horse if it has not been officially

updated into your ownership. All the above offences carry a £5,000 fine/penalty.

Imported horses with foreign passports are included in the above. They too must be updated. There is no need to send them out of the UK, we can update them for you.

It is important in the case of these passports to have us check them, which we will do automatically. A number of imported fjords have arrived in the UK with false passports and if you are unlucky

enough to have one of these it means your horse does not have a passport.

We are running an AMNESTY from tomorrow's date 27th July 2016 for 10 days. This means you can get your horse's passport updated by the Fjord Horse National Studbook Association of Great Britain

without incurring a late registration penalty. This is a chance for you to get yourself into a legal position.

We strongly advise you to take up this offer as your passport could be checked at any time by Government appointed officials/ Trading Standards and if it is lacking in the necessary information you are likely to be reported and fined. DON'T TAKE THE RISK.

IT IS JUST NOT WORTH IT.

 

Contact us at: wistra1-fjordhorse@yahoo.co.uk or telephone 01570 480090

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press release

February 2016

 

World Breeds classes to be held at Cheshire County Show

Horse and pony enthusiasts are being given a unique opportunity to take part in World Breeds

In-Hand and Ridden classes at this year's Cheshire County Show.

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All ponies and horses entering must be registered with their Associated Breed Society and have their Registered Passport numbers. The classes are open to World Breeds only, British Native Breeds are not eligible to take part as they are catered for in the Light Horse schedule.

Mike Daley, Chief Steward at the Show said, “We are delighted to have Mr T A Pendry LVO BEM, Manager of the Royal Mews Windsor Castle and Stud Groom to Her Majesty The Queen, to judge the World Breed Classes which were an outstanding success last year.

“We became the first county show ever to hold the World Breeds classes and I'm absolutely thrilled that we have the opportunity to include them in this year's schedule.

“People travel from all over the UK to the Cheshire County Show and being able to host prestigious classifications such as this is just one of the reasons why.”

Nigel Evans, Executive Director of the Cheshire County Show added: “As always, we are working hard to ensure this year's show is even better than the last and to have the World Breeds classes return for a second year is fantastic news.”

 

HEAVY HORSE FESTIVAL 7th JUNE 2015

Finiymoor Stud situated on the English Border with Scotland has once again been invited to exhibit part of their extensive herd at the ever popular Heavy Horse Festival in North Northumberland. The venue has moved from Milfield to the show ground at Etal this year Sunday 7th June 2015.
Finiymoor Stud will be presenting four Fjord Horses to the public showing the diversity of colour including a rare grey mare & even more rare an ulsblakk gelding (only 1% of fjords are born this colour)

The general public will as usual be invited to come & meet these wonderful horses in person. For those of you who are new to the breed, Fjord Horses are very versatile family equines, very inquisitive

& excel in almost any discipline whether it be driving, logging, dressage, trek, pony club, the list is endless. They are an ancient and hardy breed renowned for their good temper and love of human company.

Come & meet Sandy, Benno, Ausdan Saskia & Finiymoor Freda on Sunday 7th June 2015 at Etal show field, Cornhill on Tweed, Northumberland. All carrots gratefully eaten!

The appearance of the Finiymoor Fjords at the show last year proves a great success and resulted in scores of people making contact to learn more about the breed.

We wish the stud and show good weather and a great day.

 

05/02/2015 JENNIFER MURRAY MEMORIAL FJORD HORSE PERPETUAL TROPHY PHOTO COMPETITION

Catriona Murray, daughter of the late fjord expert Jennifer Murray who donated the perpetual trophy in memory of her mother has set the closing date for 2014/15 entries at 1st March 2015

Entries for this competition are free. The Trophy is to be awarded to the fjord and owner with the highest showing achievements in any recognised discipline during 2014. Catriona, who has a formidable list of winnings and trophies under her belt & who grew up surrounded by fjord horses will head the Judging Committee.

 

You can send photo's of your fjord taking part in any recognised discipline at established shows, Riding for the Disabled & pony club events. Our judges will ask for the name of the event, your fjord's name & UELN, the class, your placing & the date of the event. You do not need to have won your class. You must have attended the show and have been judged by a BSHA Panel Judge accepted by the show as qualified to judge your particular class. Most are so if you are not sure, don't worry, our judges will check if necessary. Our judges are looking for serious show entries so gymkhana, fancy dress, clear round etc are not acceptable. There will be a chance for everyone to enter the fun photo competition from April onwards when anything goes. This is a chance for our fjords to be professionally judged as fjords wherever they took part in a show.

Your fjord must be registered with us & your ownership up to date in the passport to be eligible for entry. If it is not & you want to enter, we will register it prior to your entry. This includes over-stamping your UK passport if it has not been issued by us or updating a passport from another country. Just email for registration forms. Please don't ask on here.

Please send your entries via email to wistra1-fjordhorse@yahoo.co.uk

The best size for the photos is 640 x 480. Large enough for the judges to enlarge and study your fjord but not so large as to be difficult to send/download.

 

There are going to be fantastic 2014 entries & they will give last year's winners a run for their money and their entries were good - very good. Here they are -Peter Williams & Vietta

Good luck everyone.

New legislation has been introduced with regard to passports. It is highly recommended that you familarise yourself with it. You can do so by visiting our Passports Section on this website or alternately visiting the Defra website. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

JANUARY 2014

Four of our fjord horses represented the breed at the London New Year's Day Parade. They were part of All the Queens Horses and we could not have been prouder of them. The photo on the front page shows two of them. Both owned by Peter Williams. For the full story, please visit our official facebook page. Thank you to our Fab Four.

NOVEMBER 2013

We have been invited to attend All The Queen's Horses in London on New Year's Day 2014. You will find details in the Fjord Telegraph and shows section of this website .If you intend to come, please book early as space is very limited.

November 2013

The Fjord Telegraph has just been sent out by email. If you have not received it and feel you should have, please e-mail the office so we have your up to date email address.

Please do support the Photo Competitions presently running. We have seen some super photos among those you have sent in and they are well worthy of entry.

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We are very pleased to inform you that at the Stallion Evaluations in Nordfjordeid, Norway this month

The Ford Horse National Studbook Assocation of Great Britain became a full member of Fjord Horse International.

Our Chairman John Goddard-Fenwick accepted membership from Nils Dolvik, President of FjHI.

We would like to thank our sponsors, the Ausdan Stud, The Finiymor Stud and the Hearsay Stud whose

generous donations helped to make the journey to Norway possible.

The Ausdan Stud also sponsored the FjHI membership fee.

Our Chairman on behalf of the Association

agreed to continue to uphold the traditions of the breed and to preserve it and its welfare in the UK.

This we have always done with the blessing and assistance of the Mother Country Norway.

March 2013

We are pleased to announce fjord mare Hesta as the first worthy winner of the beautiful Jennifer Murray Memorial Trophy .

Her rider Juliet Critchlow is absolutely delighted and looking forward to continuing in competitive disciplines for this year's season.

Hesta has done the fjord breed proud, showing how versatile they are in all disciplines.

Whether it is competing & being placed in the Family Pony at the local Hunt show or qualifying to compete in and winning the preliminary dressage class put on by the Riding Club against all breeds including some notable dressage stars, she can turn her mind to it with ease. The next year she was actually 2nd in the Novice class. Who says fjords can't compete at dressage level. Absolute rubbish as Hesta has proven over and over again.

Hesta has attended Pony Club rallies, been placed in show jumping up to 2'3. She has won and been placed in One Day Events up to 2'3 including the local schools O.D.E. for Devon.

Hesta finished the season by winning the local Hunter Trial 2'3 out of 58 competitors.  Who says fjords cannot jump competitively?  

Hesta has also given a lot of fun and courage to a nervous rider. What an all round superstar.

Jennifer, who did so much for the breed, would have been proud to hand the trophy to such a versatile winner.

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EHV-1 IN DEVON

The Exmoor and the Devon and Somerset Staghounds (D&S) broke off from hunting 17-24 November, and the Dulverton West are currently on foot.

The halt followed concerns that D&S joint-master's horse had the potentially fatal virus, which affects the nervous system . It has since been cleared.

The Exmoor resumed hunting last Monday and the D&S on Tuesday 27 November.

EHV-1 was confirmed on racehorse trainer Victor Dartnall's yard in North Devon on 14 November. Several of his horses have been put down.

The scare came a few days after British horse owners' lax attitude to bio-security was highlighted at a welfare conference and calls were made for the government to tighten up imports and exports of horses in the UK.

“It is astonishing that we have not had a major outbreak of something nasty because our horses have virtually no resistance to exotic diseases [and] we have almost no bio-security in our yards,” Countryside Alliance president Baroness Mallalieu told the World Horse Welfare conference on 15 November.

The welfare conference also discussed the role the movement of low-value horses from Europe plays in the spread of disease.

Horse industry figures met Defra and representatives of the French and Irish governments on 14 November to discuss possible changes to the “tripartite agreement”.

The agreement was set up in the 1970s to allow racehorses to move between the UK, Ireland and France without a formal health certificate.

It was widened to include all horses not destined for slaughter in 2005.

Cases of equine infectious anaemia in Cornwall and Devon involved horses imported through France in 2008 and there are concerns that new diseases could enter the country in the same way. The proposed changes to the tripartite agreement would mean only competition horses would move freely from the UK to France and back, all others would need veterinary checks. Defra said discussions were ongoing.

29th NOVEMBER 2012

A horse in Cornwall has been confirmed to have Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA also known as Swamp Fever)

Defra confirmed the case today (Wednesday 3 October) and the horse will be put down .

Around 20 other horses on the yard have been placed under quarantine and are being tested.

EIA is a highly contagious condition that attacks a horse's immune system. It is passed by biting insects such as flies and midges and can cause death, as well as mares to abort.

There is no cure, so horses confirmed with EIA are put down to prevent spread of disease.

It is the second time this week EIA has beenconfirmed— on Monday (1 October) racehorse Danedream was pulled from this weekend's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe after a case was confirmed at Cologne Racecourse in Germany.

Equine infectious anaemia (EIA), also known as swamp fever , is a viral disease that attacks the horse's immune system. There is no cure and no vaccine for this viral infection, which is caused by a retrovirus closely related to the HIV virus in humans.

EIA is often fatal to horses but does not affect humans. Symptoms include a reoccurring fever and anaemia. However, horses can also carry the virus without displaying any clinical signs and once they have become carriers, they remain infectious for life. For this reason all infected animals must be humanely destroyed to control the spread of disease.

Blood-sucking insects, such as horse flies, are the most common transmitters of the virus. It can also be transmitted through the use of contaminated blood or blood products, instruments or needles. Pregnant mares may pass the disease to their foals in the womb.

EIA was first identified in France in 1843, and the last outbreak in England was in 1976. The virus is found worldwide and there was a serious outbreak in Ireland in 2006. It is a notifiable disease in the UK. If you suspect that your horse may be suffering from the disease you must immediately notify the duty vet in your local Animal Health Office (check on the Defra website or in the Yellow Pages for contact details).

EIA is confirmed through a blood test called the Coggins test. If EIA is confirmed then Defra can order the destruction of the horse, regardless of the owner's wishes. If the power to slaughter is invoked, the Animal Health Office will organise for the horse to be put down and for the carcass to be safely removed.

Horses that have been in contact with a horse that has tested positive for the infection will be kept under restrictions and tested until they are confirmed to not be carriers. Horses will not be culled just because they have been in contact with an infected horse.

For more information visit the Defra website

Summer 2012

This wet weather is causing havoc to the show season, form the smallest event to the largest. It is now officially the worst eventing season in history — between 70 and 80 days of competition have been lost since the start of the 2012 season. We will get over the disappointment of the show season but more worrying is the effect the rain is having on our horses and ponies.

Vets and farriers have seen a lot of issues caused by the seemingly unstoppable rain .

Farriers and vets are reporting seeing more laminitis cases than usual — particularly septic cases, caused by untreated abscesses.

Infection is getting into the feet , softened by the wet weather, and causing abscesses . If this goes untreated it can cause laminitis.

The wet conditions are causing a lot of skin problems , including rainscald. All you fjord owners, do check your fjords thoroughly as nipping these problems in the bud will save your horses discomfort and they will be fit for the summer - if ever it arrives.

 

June 2012

The economic situation has hit the equestrian world in all sorts of way but the most abhorrent is th the killing and dumping of horses and ponies, mostly foals. One of our owners has taken in 6 welsh pony foals this month and we thank him for his kindness. Four have been re-homed and his family are keeping the other two as companions for their fjord gelding.

 

May 2012

Spanish Riding School returns to the UK this November, 2012

 

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna will be returning to the UK this November , following its success in London last year .

They will be appear at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on 16,17 and 18 November.

“Traditionally the Spanish Riding School has always played London and Birmingham together, however last year we were sadly only able to do London,” said a spokesperson.

“But due to public demand from Birmingham and the Midlands we will be back this year for three shows.”

Horses and riders from the 430-year-old school will be demonstrating classical equitation including their famous above the ground movements such as the capriole, levade and courbette.

Olympian Carl Hester will also be giving a demonstration.

We will give you the opportunity to purchase tickets at a discount price later in the year.

 

April 2012

Horses that are prescribed the drug pergolide to manage equine Cushing's disease are now banned from competing in all disciplines that have signed up to UK anti doping rules.

Pergolide mimics the effects of dopamine in the body and is used in the UK to treat Cushings, which is a disease that causes a hormonal imbalance, mainly in the older horse. It particularly pony types.

However, the drug is prohibited under international equestrian (FEI) rules, which British Eventing (BE), British Dressage (BD) and British Showjumping (BS) and other bodies including British Riding Clubs signed up to last year.

The British Equestrian Federation's (BEF) national equine anti-doping and controlled medication rules committee (BEFAR) had discussed whether a theraputic use exemption (TUE) could be made for pergolide.

It would allow owners of horses taking the drug to compete with permission from their vet. But this hope was quashed last week. We suggest owners whose fjords have been diagnosed with this disease and whose fjords compete with the Pony Club, check the position before you do.

 

NEWS ON CEM FROM DEFRA 30/03/2012

· Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) , a disease of horses notifiable in the UK, has been identified in a mare stabled in Gloucestershire.  A second mare at the stables is currently under investigation

· CEM is a venereal infection that causes a discharge from the vulva, resulting from inflammation of the uterus.  Infected horses can be treated with antibiotics and recover.

· CEM cannot be transmitted to humans.

· The infection is easily controlled and movement restrictions on the horse and in-contacts have been put in place.

· It  is a sexually transmitted equine disease. However, indirect transmission can also occur for example through contaminated breeding equipment.

· The spread of infection is controlled by preventing the mating of infected horses, treating the infection, re-testing several times to check the infection has cleared up before resuming mating, and applying strict hygiene measures when handling the horses involved.

· International trade is normally carried out on the basis of testing animals first before they are exported.  Therefore there will be limited trade implications.

· Further details about Contagious Equine Metritis can be found at http://archive.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/farmanimal/diseases/atoz/cem/index.htm

· The Horse r acing Betting Levy Board has also produced a Codes of Practice for this disease http://codes.hblb.org.uk/

Exotic Disease Briefing Unit th March 2012

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

 

SRS Wembley November 2012

It was great to see so many of you at Wembley for the visit of the Spanish Riding School. It shows our Fjord owners aspire to higher things!! To Emily, thank you for the bottle of wine. We finished that when the crowds went home. It was tempting to have it in the break but we resisted!!

State of alert as Dourine known as the 'covering sickness' found in Europe

A serious equine disease has returned to the Continent of Europe, causing horse welfare agencies & breeders to be on a heightened state of alert.

Dourine, a notifiable disease transmitted during covering that can be fatal in 50-75% of cases, was first discovered in two horses on the island of Sicily in May. Last week it spread to two horses in mainland Italy. One of the horses was put down, with the other remaining critically ill.

There have never been any cases of dourine in the UK, but World Horse Welfare is monitoring the situation as it is the first outbreak in Europe for many years. All horse exports from Sicily have been halted and officials are investigating the source of the outbreak.

We have discount tickets available for the visit of the Spanish Riding School this year. All owners registered with us should have received a Journal announcing this offer. If you have not, please e-mail us.

CAN ANYONE IN THE LEEDS AREA ACCOMODATE A COUPLE OF FJORDS FOR A DANISH GUEST NEXT WEEKEND 20TH NOVEMBER

IF YOU CAN HELP, EVEN IF IT IS RECOMMEND A GOOD YARD, PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE - THANK YOU

 

Royal Horse Gala returns to London's 02 Arena this September

This unique display by five of the world's top riding schools, takes place this September in the O2 Arena, London.

The Royal Horse Gala, over the weekend of 11/12 September, will include performances from 36 Lipizzaner, Lusitano, Andalusian, Arab and Friesian stallions. Riding schools taking part are the Lipica Stud, Spanish Riding School of Samuel Lopez at Albecete, Cabalos Espanoles, the Royal Stud of the Netherlands, and the Stud Farm Ismer in Germany.

The show was last seen in the UK in 1996, at the Birmingham NEC and Wembley Arena. Promoter Sarah Galbraith said this year's Royal Horse Gala will be "even more spectacular, more exciting and more entertaining" than the sell-out 1996 show.

The show in 1996 was hailed as one of the best equine events seen at the NEC and Wembley. We were there and can most certainly vouch for that. We have negotiated a fantastic offer for our members. If you are a member and have not received a circular containing details of how to claim your discount, please contact us and we will send it out to you. Remember, it is only a couple of weeks away so be quick. Royal Horse Gala will take you on a journey of equestrianism; you will be enchanted by the elegance and powerful movements of some of Europe's most beautiful stallions. Royal Horse Gala tickets present a true firework of art with horses. Get your Royal Horse Gala tickets, take your seat at The O2 and let yourself be mesmerised by the majestic King's horses.

The discount offer is only available to members and their families.

 

DATE 6th AUGUST 2010

WELCOME NEWS REGARDING LABOUR'S UNPOPULAR HORSE TAX

The equestrian community has welcomed the coalition Government's formal decision to scrap Labour's unpopular "horse tax".

The announcement came in response to the horse owning community petitioning Number 10 against the tax. Horse owner's countrywide had expressed concerne at Defra's plans to introduce a new independent body for animal health, costing millions and funded by a levy on livestock owners. David Cameron had stated before the Election that if the Conservatives regained power, they would 'tear up' the unpopular Labour proposals for the horse tax. This they have confirmed they have now done.

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An investigation by DEFRA has traced just one horse that it says is at risk of developing swamp fever in Britain following the cases discovered in a yard in Wiltshire last month.

One animal from the shipment of Romanian horses that came to the UK via Belgium was moved from the Wiltshire yard which is speculated to be a dealer's yard.

A DEFRA spokesman confirmed: "One horse from the original consignment had been sold, so it was traced and tested and the test was negative."

The spokesman originally said that during 22nd December, when the horses arrived, and 11 January, when they were tested, no other equines were taken on or off the Wiltshire premises.

The owner of the yard has not yet been officially named, but widespread speculation suggests he is a large-scale dealer who may well have taken horses from his yard to sales around the UK before restrictions were placed upon the premises. A DEFRA spokesman said on Wednesday that two horses had been traced. He said they have tested negative, and that further tests are pending — but their whereabouts are not specified.

 

We understand that the yard in Wiltshire is currently the only one under surveillance. We will keep you updated but if you are concerned, visit the DEFRA website for further information.

 

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Equine infectious anaemia (EIA) has been detected in two horses in Wiltshire following importation from Romania via Belgium, Defra confirmed today.

The premises is currently under restriction and the two infected horses will be humanely destroyed in line with existing regulations. The other horses on the premises will be subject to epidemiological investigation in the coming weeks. A further two horses have also been under investigation and test results have proved negative.

The animals arrived in a group of 10 horses, nine of which originated from Romania and one from Belgium. The nine Romanian horses were tested for EIA as part of routine post-import testing. Seven horses all tested negative. The horse that originated in Belgium is due to be tested shortly.

Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens said:

“This is the first case of equine infectious anaemia infected animals being imported into Great Britain since 1976 and shows the success of our post import testing regime. These were apparently healthy horses carrying a notifiable disease that we are keen to keep out of Great Britain. After considering the risk I have decided to take appropriate action and humanely destroy these two horses that tested positive.”

Notes

  1. Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA) is a virus disease of horses causing intermittent fever, anaemia, emaciation and death. It can be transmitted by the exchange of  blood by biting insects and occurs typically in low-lying swampy areas.
  2. A notifiable disease is a disease named in section 88 of the Animal Health Act 1981 or an Order made under that Act and must be reported.
  3. This disease occurs in horses, mules and donkeys. Animals may be acutely, chronically or subclinically affected. The incubation period is variable, from a matter of days to a few months but generally one to three weeks. Antibodies usually develop seven to 14 days after infection and last for life.
  4. For an animal testing positively for EIA, the only course of action is to humanely put it down. This may be for the welfare of the affected horse, but also to protect other horses from infection. Once infected, horses are infected for life and can pose a risk to other horses in close proximity. We have agreed with equine industry veterinary surgeons that destruction is the right response in this particular case. This response is in accordance with both the Infectious Disease of Horses Order 1987 and the Specified Disease (Notification and Slaughter) Order 2006.
  5. EIA is not a zoonotic disease and has no human health implications.
  6. For further information, please see the below webpage:
    www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/farmanimal/diseases/atoz/eia/

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Two horses imported into Britain from Romania have tested positive for swamp fever, in the first case of the virus entering the UK for more than 30 years.

The horses, in Wiltshire, are to be put down, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has announced.

Seven other horses from Romania tested negative for the disease. The British Horseracing Authority urged vigilance for signs of the disease.

Equine infectious anaemia - EIA or swamp fever - is a virus affecting horses, mules and donkeys that can cause fever, anaemia, emaciation and death. It has no human health implications.

It is transmitted by exchange of blood by biting insects, and infected horses pose a permanent risk to other animals.

'Apparently healthy'

Defra chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens said: "This is the first case of equine infectious anaemia-infected animals being imported into Great Britain since 1976 and shows the success of our post-import testing regime.

"These were apparently healthy horses carrying a notifiable disease that we are keen to keep out of Great Britain.

"After considering the risk I have decided to take appropriate action and humanely destroy these two horses that tested positive."

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said the infected horses were not racehorses or animals used for breeding.

Defra advice was that horse racing was unlikely to be affected, and that the risk of the virus spreading was not high because "it is spread by biting flies and such spread is unlikely at this time of year and with the current weather", a BHA statement said.

"Nevertheless, racing should not be complacent," it added.

The authority said it had "advised all its veterinary officers and relevant racing stakeholders to be aware of the signs of this disease".

"This emphasises the need for continued vigilance for all horse diseases in the UK.

WE ARE ASKING FOR ALL FJORD OWNERS TO BE VIGILANT AND IF ANY SYMPTOMS ARE SUSPECTED, DON'T IGNORE THEM, BE SAFE AND REPORT YOUR CONCERNS.

 

JANUARY 2010

The Photo Competition results are in.. All Registered Owners should by now have received the Telegraph with the results and photos of all the classes. If anyone has not done so, let the office know. The competition was a close run thing with the overall standard high. People obviously put a tremendous amount of effort into the competition and the winners were well deserved.

We will hold another - watch this space.

DECEMBER 2009

We would like to wish all our owners a Happy Christmas and a very successful New Year.

Catriona Murray. daughter of the late Jennifer Murray, has donated a beautiful perpetual trophy in honour of her late mother. We will announce further details in the New Year.

The photo competition will be judged at the end of December. We won't be in a position to accept any more late entries after 10th December. If you are a straggler, get the photos in to us ASAP.

NOVEMBER 2009

We have registered a number of fjords this month and some have had issues with their passports. Please be aware that you must have their microchips verified by a veterinary surgeon or Association Official before registration can take place. It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that a correct passport accompanies the horse.

OCTOBER 2009

    LATEST IINFORMATION – 22 October 2010

    Contagious Equine Metritis has been confirmed in a horse in Buckinghamshire.

    Restrictions have been put in place and veterinary investigation is underway

    Control measures will be in line with the Horse Betting Levy Board (HBLB) Codes of Practice. (available on the web http://www.hblb.org.uk/document.php?id=43 )

    Background:

    Contagious equine metritis (CEM) is a reproductive disease of horses that is transmitted both at mating and indirectly, for example, through contaminated instruments and the hands of staff.

    First reported in the UK in 1977, the last reported case was in July 2009.

    CEM is a notifiable disease under the Infectious Diseases of Horses Order 1987.

    CEM can be treated under the direction of a Veterinary Surgeon. After the treatment regime is completed, repeat swabs must be negative on at least three separate specified occasions. There are no human health implications associated with this disease.

    Further details are available on the website http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/notifiable/cem/index.htm

    With questions and answers at http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/notifiable/cem/cem-qa.htm

     

SEPTEMBER 2009

One of our owners has had a nasty experience with electric fencing. Her fjord went through it while it was electrified, panicked and was terribly tangled when found on evening rounds. Her owner said it was her fault as the fence was loose and she kept meaning to tighten it. Please check your electric fencing and make sure it is tight. Actually, that goes for all fencing.

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We have had a large increase in false passports/incorrect passports being sent in for updating. Please check with the office BEFORE you part with your money. We cannot guarantee to authenticate a prospective purchase but we have a good track record. Better to be safe than possibly sorry.

AUGUST 2009

The photoshow deadline has again been extended by request. It will now be judged in November and you will have until October 30th to send in your entries. BE WARNED. NO MORE EXTENTIONS.... The excuses for late entries have been nothing short of amusing. It is a jolly good job it is not a live breed show. Here, in our opinion is the best one:

* I am trying hard to get the mane right but *+*^ moved and I chopped it all off by mistake. It is going to take months to grow so could we have more time please, er sorry!

* I fell off trying to get him ready for a ridden class. My fingers are in plaster so can we have the show later so I don't look an idiot.

* My computer crashed and my photos were on it .............. multipied by an incredible 8 excuses

* My fjord was bitten by my shetland and has big bite marks on him. I tried to put make up on but it clogged up on the jagged bits....

JULY 2009

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the Perry family who have just lost the fjord mare they purchased at the beginning of July. They have asked that we warn you of the folly of purchasing without checking. Their mare was quiet and the family could do anything they liked with her. After a couple of weeks the family decided she was too quiet and ws not putting on any condition despite the best of feed. The vet was called and informed them their 8 year old fjord was at least 28, probably plus a bit. Blood tests revealed her liver was severely damaged which is why she was so lean and run down. After another week of care she collapsed and was put to sleep the following morning. This mare had a false passport, no doubt made up to cover her true age. Please think of this poor family when you visit your horse today.

JULY 2009

PEDIGREES

Please be aware that there are a lot of fjords for sale with false papers or incorrect papers. Do ask us to check out your prospective fjord's credentials BEFORE you part with any money. It may save you a lot of heartache afterwards. If a fjord is cheap, you need to ask yourself why.

Some pedigrees are being entered on pedigree sites. These are not verified by us or any of the EU studbooks. Any site that allows the general public to enter information should not be used as a reference point. Such information may or may not be correct. Just because you see lineage on the internet, don't assume it must be correct.

JULY 2009

THE MANE THING

Quite a lot of people have asked about their fjord's manes. We are very happy to guide you through cutting the mane in the traditional way. Give the office a ring and we will be glad to help. We must emphasise that the mane must be cut traditionally if your fjord is entering 'showing' classes in the Photo Show. Fjords with long manes will not be eligible. There seems to be a lot of conflicting advice on chat sites given about the manes. The fjord is a relatively rare breed in the UK and not many people therefore know how to trim correctly and easily. To clear a couple of points up:

* The mane is never 'hogged'. To hog a mane means to cut it down to the skin. The fjord mane is cut in a crescent shape and is never cut to the skin.

* Clippers are never used. A good pair of scissors is the tool of choice.

Before you start, do contact us as we have lots of tips to make things easier for you. Don't be afraid of cutting that mane. It is part of the charm of the fjord to have it's mane trimmed. Once correctly done, it is very simple to maintain. SO, get those scissors out and smarten up your fjord.

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APRIL 2009

There will be a Photo Competition for fjords to be judged in August . There will be classes for all ages and most disciplines. Entries wll be taken from 1st May. Please contact the Association Office for entry forms.

MARCH 2009

The stallion Fini Skovly is now in new ownership and continues to stand for the full season. All enquiries via the office.

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FEBRUARY 2009N

JENNIFER MURRAY 28/03/1932 TO 22/01/2009ER JUDITH FELICITY MURRAY 28.03.1932 to 22.01.2009

 

It is with great sadness we report the  passing of Jennifer Murray who died peacefully in hospital on Thursday 22nd January 2009.

Jennifer was a great supporter of the Fjord throughout her life and her success in the show-ring is legendary.

Her family became involved with fjords when her grandparents imported one back in 1910.  She and her late husband Angus were dedicated committee members until Angus retired some years ago through illness. Jennifer was always willing to talk about her beloved breed and was highly respected in the equine world for her  knowledge  both in  the show-ring and as a breeder.

Her Hearsay Stud was and is renowned for producing top quality sport horses as well as family friends.

Jennifer's love of horses will thankfully continue with her daughter Catriona who is a successful horsewoman in her own right.

Read more about Jennifer's important contribution to the breed in our ‘History of the Fjord Horse in Great Britain'

Below is a lovely tribute to Jennifer from Hayley Spry,

On the day of the service the sun was shining & it was like a summers day. There were so many people at the service of all ages. It was clear she was a special and loved person. All the vicar said was so true of how we knew Jennifer. He told of her patience and kindness, of how she had time for everyone & would listen sympathetically to everyone. Although kind hearted, she took the no-nonsense approach. She was so modest it was hard to find out about her successes. She never bored anyone with her achievements which were many. Jennifer enjoyed all aspects of life. She had a vast knowledge of up to date matters and was interested in hearing of people around her.

She enjoyed wild life and the countryside & was always out & about helping people and animals. She never judged harshly and her positive outlook meant she was a pleasure to be around.

Her love of horses & her fjord breeding had been a massive part of her life. She was an excellent horsewoman with good sound knowledge & a sympathetic but firm approach towards her horses. She enjoyed teaching for the Pony Club & it was said at the service that she had the patience of a saint when one boy she was teaching had fallen off 7 times. She still carried on teaching him with calmness. Jennifer had been very involved with the Pony Club & had been head girl at camverall she was a remarkable woman who clearly gave a lot to others throughout her life. She will be missed by us all but leaves fond memories to be treasured forever.

Hayley Spry

Those who have left us are only as far away as our thoughts

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JANUARY 2009

We are aware that a number of people have fjords without documentation. If you are affected, please contact the office as soon as you have read this as it is an offence which could incur a fine up to £5,000 if you are checked. Whatever your circumstance, we can assist and put you in a legal position.

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OLYMPIA 2008

We are pleased to be able to offer our fjord owners the opportunity to attend Olympia, The London International Horse Show 2008.

On Monday 22nd December, our owners can take advantage of a huge 40% off normal ticket prices. This fantastic deal will also allow you access to the prelim judging at 10am. You can enjoy the Shetland Pony Grand National, The famous Musical Drive of the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery and thrill to the skills of Lorenzo, The Flying Frenchman. The finale for the show is a fabulous Highland Christmas, complete with bagpipes, swirling tartan and much more........ There are over 200 stalls to visit, bars, restaurants, cafe's. What more could the discerning Fjord Owner want.

PLEASE CONTACT THE ASSOCIATION OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND. THIS OFFER IS ONLY OPEN TO OUR REGISTERED FJORD OWNERS & FAMILY

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SCOTTISH SOCIETY PASSPORTS

We are pleased to say we have almost completed the applied for registrations / passports for those fjords originally registered with Fjord Horse Registry of Scotland/Fjord Horse Studbook Society. We have received some lovely letters from our new fjord owners for which we thank you all very much. It is gratifying to have been able to help ensure our fjords in the UK are correctly registered and passported. The process will remain ongoing so if anyone needs help or advice or needs a replacement passport, we are here to help. If any new fjord owner with an imported fjord reads this, please be aware that it too does have to be updated in the UK. Do get in touch and we will discuss the UK requirements with you.

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BIRK HALSNAES

Great news, we now have an Elite Stallion in the UK. Birk Halsnaes. We have just received a mail from Fjordhesten Danmark which we have reproduced here.

Stas Raaden is doing well too. We are very proud to have such excellent stallions in our society. Thank you to everybody who helped us achieve it.

 

Date: URL: Message:  
Fjordhesten Danmark - the Fjordhorse association in Denmark
Congratulations GB

  The reason for congratulations is that Birk Halsnaes - the last but one
  stallion import from Denmark - has advanced in our grading system to elite
  stallion. In Denmark he was a breeding stallion through six years. All
  together we have registered 79 sons and daughters. Till now 15 have been
  evaluated and the evaluation results together with Birk's very good pedigree
  have given him the elite status.
  If you have wondered what the meaning of the name Birk is I can tell you that
  birk is the Danish name for the very beautiful tree, which you call birch.
  Halsnaes is a stud name.

  Your last stallion import from Denmark Stas Raaden – the Norwegian bred
  stallion – was only in Denmark a little over 2 years. His offspring here – 34
  sons and daughters – will come to evaluations in the next years, but he has
  already had very good breeding results in Norway, where he was a breeding
  stallion, before the purchase to Denmark.

  Happy Holidays
  Birgit

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EXCELLENT RESULTS FOR MOTHER & DAUGHTERS OF FJORD STALLION FROM NORWAY - STAS RAADEN

Courtesy of the well known Norwegian Horse expert – Tor Nestaas

KAMILLA 2nd PRIZE-3rd IN CLASS OF 22.................STAS LILJA 2nd PRIZE-4th IN CLASS OF 22

DRAGELIJENTA 2nd PRIZE .. 7th IN CLASS 0F 22

Photographs courtesy of photographer Anne-Karin Loken

Stryn in Norway was the venue for last month's National Fjord Mare Show where eligible Fjords from the whole of Norway were invited to attend.

In the class for 3 year old fillies 24 Fjords were entered and 22 were shown. These entries included 5 daughters by the Ausdan Stud's newest stallion from Norway STAS RAADEN.

The 10 best in class were ranked and 3 of Stas Raaden's daughters were among them.

They were placed 3rd , 4th & 7th. All three achieved 2nd prizes which is the highest possible rank they can gain at that age.

Stas Raaden's oldest offspring are just 3 year olds so this is indeed a high achievement and a very good debut for his family in the judging ring.

As if that was not enough, Stas Raaden's dam - Raads Terna attained 1st Prize and was placed as 2 nd of 15 in her class. Raads Terna was awarded First Prize for the first time 3 years ago.

The mare placed above her was also awarded Best in Show.

 

We are of course delighted by this important news and it confirms Stas Raaden as a well calculated choice and successor as the Ausdan Stud's Senior Stallion to high achievers Nikk and Birk Halsnaes who themselves remain available to approved mares.

Congratulations go to the Ausdan Stud and it's advisors. 

The UK is set to continue to breed high quality Fjord Horses with continued infusion of top bloodlines into it's herd .

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Hjemdal   Lilja

 

 

  We present Fjord stallion Pera Gut's ( FGB.311)

1 st foal

Hjemdal Lilja   ( FGB.355) .   She was born at The Hjemdal Stud in Aberdeenshire to her beautiful mum Rike -( FGB.354) who was the UK 's Champion Mare under well known International Judge Susan Hellum.

Pera Gut was imported from Sweden by Linda Bain soon after he had gained his breeding licence in Norway .   Rike was imported from Sweden by the stud after careful selection which included several trips to examine her by stud owner Linda Bain.

We are sure all will agree, Lilja is a little cutie.

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7th SEPTEMBER 2006

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS IMPORTANT DEFRA REPORT ON

EQUINE INFECTIOUS ANAEMIA (EIA) AND BE DILLIGENT, ESPECIALLY IF YOUR HORSE HAS CONTACT WITH HORSES NEWLY IMPORTED FROM IRELAND

 

If you suspect signs of any notifiable disease, you must immediately notify Defra .

1 September 2006 – A single case of Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA) has been confirmed today in Northern Ireland. An information bulletin has been published.

7 August 2006 - for detailed information about moving a horse from the Republic of Ireland to England please see our Importer Information Note -Horses (TIN5 )

4 August 2006 - A Code of practice for Equine Infectious Anaemia has been published.

31 July 2006 - Statement : Joint statement on Equine Infectious Anaemia .

27 July 2006 - Preliminary Outbreak Assessment : Equine infectious anaemia in Ireland .

Current situation

A single case of Equine Infectious Anaemia has been confirmed on premises in Northern Ireland on 1 September 2006. Following the detection of EIA in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) all horses in the UK that may have had contact with horses from the ROI were identified, have been placed under movement restriction and are undergoing regular blood testing for EIA. One foal has confirmed positive for EIA. The foal has been humanely put down. This is the first case of EIA in the UK.

Background

The authorities in Ireland announced on 15 June 2006 that they had found Equine Infectious Anaemia in horses on two stud farms. Some horses from those stud farms, which may had been exposed to the disease, had been sent to the UK. The State Veterinary Service acted quickly to ensure these horses were isolated and tested for the disease. 14 horses were placed under restrictions in England, Wales and Scotland. All of these have now tested negative on at least one occasion and the majority on two occasions.

Further cases of Equine Infectious Anaemia have since been confirmed in Ireland and test results are awaited for a small number of other suspected cases. All animals involved were previously identified and restricted as high risk due to very close contact with an earlier confirmed case. The authorities in Ireland informed us on 25 July and 1 August of further GB tracings subsequent to these new confirmations. These tracings have been located and restrictions are in place with initial sampling being undertaken. As of 18 August 2006, a total of 22 horses are under restrictions in England, Wales and Scotland and these will continue to be under restrictions until Defra is satisfied that they present no risk to the UK equine industry

Until 1 September 2006 all testing of any horses resident in the UK have been negative. To date, in excess of 3,000 tests for Equine Infectious Anaemia have now been undertaken in Ireland, with negative results.

Definition

Infectious Equine Anaemia or "swamp fever" is a virus disease of horses causing intermittent fever, anaemia, emaciation and death. It can be transmitted by mechanical transfer of blood by biting insects and occurs typically in low-lying swampy areas. The disease was first described in France in 1843. The term "swamp fever" was first used by Torrance in 1903 in Canada, where this disease had been known before 1882.

History and spread of the disease

EIA has a worldwide distribution. Early in the twentieth century serious outbreaks occurred in France, Japan and America. During the decade 1980 to 1989 the disease was reported in many parts of America, Asia (India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand) Europe (Austria, France, Greece, Italy, Romania, USSR and Yugoslavia) and Australia.

Epidemiology

This disease occurs in horses, mules and donkeys. Animals may be acutely, chronically or subclinically affected. The incubation period is variable, from a matter of days to a few months but generally 1 to 3 weeks. Antibodies usually develop 7 to 14 days after infection and last for life.

Post mortem

These depend upon the stage of the disease. Haemorrhages, oedema and jaundice occur in the acute disease: enlargement of the liver, spleen and lymph nodes are common in the chronic stage.

Control

This is based on the restriction of movement of suspected animals and their contacts combined with clinical observation

 

JULY 2006

Jenny Roberts and fjord mare Ausdan Lotte and Chris Reed on Fini Skovly raised £600 by riding 10 miles across Brechfa Forest on Saturday 29th July. Lotte was great said Jenny. She never faltered and was as fresh at the end of the ride as when she started. Chris said of Fini. Phew, what energy he has. I was bushed. The heat was searing. We all had a good drink afterwards I can tell you. He was so very well behaved considering he was out with a mare. The Ausdan Stud had a welcome bed for all on Saturday night. Fjords and humans tucked in to a good meal and turned in early.

We would like to thank our sponsors, especially those who said we would never finish the ride so would give generously. Te he, we did it.

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IMPORTANT NEW STALLON FOR GREAT BRITAIN ARRIVES AT THE AUSDAN STUD

STAS RAADEN

The Ausdan Stud have pulled out all the stops yet again. They have succeeded in aquiring another fine stallion to add to their impressive string which traces back over 20 years of top quality breeding of Fjord Horses. This time the stallion has originated from Norway. He is called Stas Raaden

and is of completely differing lines from top class stallions Birk Halsnaes and Nikk Halsnaes. So he is set to sire top quality foals out of mares by both Birk Halsnaes and Nikk Halsnaes in the forseeable future. Watch this space for his CV. He will be available for 2007 . The Ausdan Stud are proud to have purchased him from the renowned Danish Fjord breeder Lief Grimbuhler who imported him from his home country of Norway where the stallion had successfully stood for two seasons, producing fine offspring who are already beginning to prove themselves in Norway. Leif brought him to Denmark to serve for two seasons, which he did with success. Now the Ausdan Stud are set to follow suit.

Well, here it is - the very impressive CV of stallion Stas Raaden. It has been compiled by the well known Fjord Expert Tor Nestaas from Norway with the assistance of Chairman of Fjordhesten Danmark Birgit Mortensen who asked Tor to prepare it for us as we want to bring you, the reader, accurate information. He kindly did so and here it is unabridged.

 

STAS RAADEN

Stas Raaden was foaled in the spring of 1999, in the heartland of the Norwegian Fjordhorse district, Breim in Nordfjord. His breeder is Gabriel Raad, who lives on the farm with the same name, Raad. (The Nordic letter å can be written either with a simple a with a small ring above or with a double a , and is pronoun­ced as the a in author.) His first name, Stas , means some­thing especially fine (finery). The name can also be considered a pun. If you add an extra t and write “statsraad”, it means a cabinet minister.

 

Stas Raaden got a license for breeding and was placed as third in his class at Nordfjordeid, Norway as a three-year-old and got 8 points for all moments.

The next year he was given a 2 nd prize, the highest he could get at that age, and was placed as second in his class with 8 points for overall impression.

 

Before this he had completed the six-week-test at Norsk Fjordhestsenter (the Norwegian Fjordhorse Center for which he was given a mark of 8,4 (10 is the maxi­mum) as the second best of 12.

 

When Stas Raaden was shown in Denmark in 2004, he was given 67 points and the overall mark of 8. He was ranked third in his class.

 

In Norway , Stas Raaden was owned by a local breeding association and covered 36 mares in 2002 and 2003. In the autumn of 2003 he was sold to the renowned Danish breeder Leif Grimbühler. The two years he stood in Denmark , Stas Raaden covered 52 mares and was the most used Fjord stallion in 2004.

In the early winter of 2005 the stallion was sold to the Ausdan Stud in Great Britain .

 

All his registered two-year-old daughters in Norway , five in number, were awarded ribbons in 2005.

His sire is Lunnar, who has been placed as one of the best when he has been shown, and who was given a 1 st prize as a ten-year-old at Nordfjordeid in 2004. Like his son, Lunnar was second best of the class in his six-week-test. His sire, grandsire and great grandsire have all the popular and rare blue dun (grey) colour.

His dam is the 1 st prize mare Feldny by the 1 st prize stallion Felder.

 

The dam of Stas Raaden, Raads Terna, has also been awarded the 1 st prize and has proved her breeding qualities.

A full sister to Stas Raaden, the blue dun mare Raads Luna, was a champ­ion every time she was shown, and was exported to the U.S.A.

Another son was licensed for breed­ing and a daughter awarded a ribbon.

Her sire, Hertug, was ranked high in his native Norway before being exported to Denmark where he was made the Stallion of the Year in 1994. Hertug is a grandson of the outstanding Danish sire, Rei Halsnaes, who although he stood only one year in Norway, made a lasting influence on Norwegian breeding.

 

Raads Terna's maternal line is one of the best in Norway with many outstanding brood­mares. The six closest have 1 st prizes, either as an individual or for their offspring. Her dam, Monica, has among her offspring the 1 st prize stallion Raadar, one of the most important recent time sires in Norway .

 

Tor Nestaas

 

 

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BIRK HALSNAES

 TOP CLASS STALLION FROM DENMARK COMES TO THE UK

The UK 's largest and most famous Fjord Stud, the Ausdan Stud, is proud to announce a new stallion for the 2006 covering season.

Stud owner John Goddard-Fenwick   travelled   to Denmark in the New Year to finalise negotiations for Birk Halsnaes and to bring him home in time for the stud's 2005 covering season.  

 

Birk Halsnaes has a very impressive CV and is on course

to continue the work of the Ausdan Stud in raising the

standard of UK fjord horses to the highest possible

standard.  

IMPRESSIVE 

Birk Halsnaes has very important lineage and along with

Nikk Halsnaes , has the highest credentials of any Fjord

stallion   in the UK . Birk Halsnaes was born in Denmark in 1996.

At the 1998 Stallion Evaluations he was granted a breeding licence for 1999. He was 2nd highest out of 18 presented.

In September 1999 he was granted a breeding licence for 2000 & was number 2 out of 6 presented.

In September 2000 he was WINNER of the Stallions Performance Test. –

Evaluation: No.1. 1 st Class .

And that is not all:  Birk was chosen as      

  FJORD STALLION OF THE YEAR

 

He achieved this honour with stiff competition from winners in other classes.

In 2003 Birk's offspring were evaluated and they gained him a 1 st Class 2.gr.  

Birk Halsnaes   comes from a family of extremely high achievers. Take a look at this:

SIRE  

Pikant Halsnaes   EFJH.672 .   1 st Class

Offspring in Denmark – 182 from 1994 to 2005. Among them 12 licensed sons:

Citrus Klattrup EFJH 695: – Best stallion at the Roskilde Agricultural Show 2005. Best stallion at National Agricultural Show in Herning in 2005 in competition with ALL BREEDS in Denmark .

Citat Halsnaes FJH.709: – Stallion of the Year in 2001

Frederik Skovaa FJH.271:- Stallion of the Year in 2003.   Sold to Norway . Licensed in Norway in 2004 & 2005 achieving very high scores.

10 of his daughters have been evaluated into the highest possible class for mares e.g 1 st Class and Medal.

DAM

Julie Halsnaes EFJ 8003. Medal Mare. Gold Medal for offspring.

Offspring in Denmark : 18 (11 colts and 7 fillies).

10 of the 11 colts have been licensed breeding stallions. One is a breeding stallion in Holland . Two in the UK .

Julie was born in Denmark in 1984. In 1989 she was granted the highest possible score for a mare – 1 st Class and a medal.   The success of her offspring is awe inspiring.   Almost every sire is different thus showing the importance of Julie's genes in this success story.   Here are some examples:

1988 – Nikk Halsnaes    1989- Orion Halsnaes , 1990-Pelle Halsnaes , 1993- Topas Halsnaes , 1995 – Admiral Halsnaes , 1996 – Birk Halsnaes . 1997 – Citat Halsnaes

Julie Halsnaes has three evaluated daughters, one in II.class , one in 1 st class and one   1 st class and medal.

What an equine family.

The Ausdan Stud are proud and honoured to have Birk Halsnaes in the ‘Equine Team' and the addition of this important stallion to the stud is certain to set high quality type and substance to the up and coming   breeding stock.

John Goddard-Fenwick would like to thank Birgit Mortensen, President of Fjordhesteavlen I Danmark for her advice and time, given so freely on his recent visit to Denmark .   Special thanks also to Dennis Bisgaard and family for allowing the stud to buy Birk and for making John so very welcome during his visit to their home.    Big thanks must also go to Ib Kirk for boarding Birk (and John) whilst they waited to sail home to the UK .    Ib must also receive thanks for schooling Birk to such a high degree.

Birk Halsnaes has proved to be a gentle and kind stallion both to people and his mares. His future in the UK is assured.

The journey home was a story in itself.   High winds and gales made for a very interesting journey – but that is another story!

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I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE ASSOCIATION FOR ALL IT'S KINDNESS IN ARRANGING FOR MY FAMILY TO VISIT SOME FJORDS LAST MONTH. I AM NORWEGIAN AND HAVE LIVED IN THE UK SINCE THE 60's. MY WIFE IS BRITISH. WE HAVE NO OPPORTUNITY TO OWN MY BEAUTIFUL NATIVE FJORD HORSES WHO I GREW UP WITH. WHEN WE DISCOVERED THIS LOVELY SOCIETY WE CONTACTED THEM AND THOUGHT WE WOULD JUST BE SENT LEAFLETS IN ANSWER TO OUR ENQUIRY. INSTEAD, WE WERE TREATED TO A WONDERFUL DAY OUT AT THE AUSDAN STUD. AMID BREATHTAKING SCENERY WE WERE INTRODUCED TO SO MANY BEAUTIFUL FJORDS. WE WERE PARTICULARLY TAKEN BY THE HERD OF LOVELY YEARLINGS AND WOULD LIKE TO SHARE OUR EXPERIENCE WITH YOU BY LETTING YOU SEE THEM. WE WERE HOLIDAYING NEARBY AND NEVER DREAMED WE WERE SO CLOSE TO MY IDEA OF HEAVEN. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE.

Look at the magnificent sight on the left. The three above were the guilty ones. One pinched my camera bag!

 

 

The fjords watering hole.

We sat here for a long time amid the stunning scenery and surrounded by beautiful fjord horses. They played with us, they shared our sandwiches, they proved in that wonderful day that fjords are the best breed in the world. The Ausdan Stud were so kind. They made the day memorable in more ways than we can ever say. We hope you too can enjoy their fjords through these pictures.

 

 

 

We took the photo above with a fjord pushing her nose in the camera, one nuzzling me and another walked off with the camera bag!

 

 

 

 

 

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WE HAVE BEEN ASKED SO OFTEN ABOUT THE SINGLE PAYMENT SCHEME FOR THE UK THAT WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER A PRECIS OF THE CURRENT SITUATION. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO VISIT THE DEFRA WEBSITE WHICH SHOULD HAVE THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION ON THE SCHEME.

SINGLE FARM PAYMENT SCHEME FOR EQUINES IN ENGLAND

At a time when, as a result of European legislation, horse owners are having to meet ever increasing outgoings it is pleasing to know that for many owners some money will be coming back. This is because in England much of the land used for grazing horses is eligible for payment under The Single Farm Payment Scheme. What is The Single Farm Payment Scheme? Let's look at some of the background first.

After  World War II the prevailing conditions made it imperative that the  United Kingdom grew as much of its own food as possible.   To encourage farmers to do this, many of the crops such as wheat, oats, barley etc. had a guaranteed minimum price. When the United Kingdom became a member of the European Union this system was abandoned and payment was  made either on the basis of the crop being grown or per head livestock (excluding horses and pigs).   This was known as The Common Agricultural  Policy or C.A.P.   This started to take up much of the European budget and  the situation could only get worse with the continued enlargement of the  European Union.   The C.A.P. is, therefore, being reformed with most subsidy payments being separated from production, so farmers will be free to follow the demands of the open market..   Money is also being directed at environmental improvement.   This is being done by the money  being paid out on acreage.   In England the payment is divided  into two, part based on past subsidy payments (the historic element) and in part on a flat acreage basis.   The historic element is being phased out. This new system is being referred to as The Single Farm Payment Scheme.

This is scheduled to last for eight years  and is intended to help the agricultural industry adapt.. The title of the scheme is slightly misleading for, whilst it amalgamates ten of the payment schemes farmers were eligible for, it is an annual payment for the next eight years. It has now been decided that, although horses are not agricultural animals, land grazed by them will be eligible for this new Single Farm Payment Scheme. This is on the grounds that “horses provide healthy  recreation for people of all ages and abilities, they are an integral  part of our traditional landscape and make an important contribution to   the rural economy”.   All land grazed by horses will be eligible provided the Holding exceeds 0.3 hectares (0.74 acres) excluding any land which is not grazing land such as stables, yards, gallops, schooling  areas etc. Occasional use for such purposes will, however, not necessarily disqualify the land.  Land that qualifies must meet what is known as “cross compliance conditions”. This means that the land must be kept in good agricultural and environmental condition – this means no ragwort – and that the relevant statutory management requirements are met. There will be checks and controls and this may involve on site inspections by the various enforcement agencies. The scheme comes into operation in the Spring of 2005 and forms should automatically have been sent out to those presently claiming subsidies. Other  people may wish to claim the payments which it is thought will be  £17.25 per hectare (£7 per acre) the first year rising by annual  increments for the next eight years to £173 per hectare (£70 per acre)  in 2012 for most of the eligible land. Lower rates will apply to moorland and land in Less Favoured Areas.   In the meanwhile you should apply to have eligible land allocated a Holding  Number and the land included in the Rural Land Register using Form IACS  22.   There is nota lot of information available on the position in Scotland and Wales. In Wales, land grazed by horses will only be eligible if it has also been grazed by other livestock which have attracted subsidy payment in the years 2000 – 2002.   In Scotland, land used  previously for horses will not attract historic entitlements but there is nothing to prevent people with horses acquiring entitlements on the market and receiving future payments.   It must, however, be maintained  in good agricultural and environmental condition.  This is a resume of the situation. All members who are interested in  pursuing the possibility of claiming payment are strongly advised to seek professional advice as there are so many pitfalls which can be avoided by seeking professional guidance.

We hope the money will roll in for you.

 

  

We have been asked to offer visitors a 10 year old ride and drive mare for loan for a period of 1 year whilst her owner has her baby. She is an all round family horse with presence. Her owners will allow her to be bred from and will extend the loan period if necessary to accomodate this. For the owner's details, please contact the Society Office.

This mare is now loaned

 

 

PASSPORTS

We have been very busy issuing passports to our Fjords and if you have a Fjord Horse and have not registered it with us please do so now as there is still time. We are issuing all registered Fjord Horses with free passports so do take advantage. We will also issue passports to part bred fjords and those without known breeding. Just phone us on 0870 41 555 41 or e-mail us on info@fjord-horse.co.uk and we will be pleased to discuss the process with you.

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NOVEMBER 04

One of our members is looking for a Fjord mare or gelding to loan or purchase. It must be a quiet ride and good to handle. Please contact the Association HQ with details if you have such a horse. We will pass your details on.

FOR SALE- October 2004 -------SOLD

 
Lovely 2004 colt foal by Nikk Halsnaes. Well grown. Fantastic nature and a lovely mover. Would make ideal family member. If anyone has any questions, please contact the Association HQ 0870 41 555 41 or e-mail us on info@fjord-horse.co.uk.

POA.

FOR SALE - September 2004 ----------SOLD

Ride and Drive mare by Maple Klaus. Safe, forward going ride suitable for a novice. Lives in or out and easy in all respects. Contact Association HQ on 0870 41 555 41 or e-mail the office for more information and the owners contact number.

 

BRITISH EQUINE EVENT

We attended the 'new look' Equine event in November and we had not just one but two stands to manage. We were ably assisted by society member Janice Corbett and her husband who not only helped with the Stand but also brought their beautifully turned out mare to show off the breed to the public. The Corbett's had only recently aquired the mare and had already learned how to show off the breed beautifully. They also were well able to discuss the Fjord with the many visitors to the stand. The main stand was manned by our Chairman John Goddard-Fenwick who had a succession of members to help him promote the breed over the two day event.

He had asked Secretary Lyn Moran to remain in the Office for the duration of the event because he rightly anticipated that there would be many enquiries about passports. He was right - there were and the Association Office phone line was kept busy throughout. Thanks to all who helped to make the Event the success it was.

 

AUSDAN STUD OPEN DAY AND SHOW SEPTEMBER 2003

The Ausdan Stud Open Day was more of a success than could be hoped for with visitors from far and wide attending. Nikk Halsnaes headed the Stallion Parade and the Stud showed him to the public with his 2003 foals to the delight of the crowds. Several of the resident Fjords were 'on duty' giving 'pony rides' to the delight of the children and the adults were treated to a nostalgic ride in a carriage drawn by a pair of beautiful grey mares. The weather was kind and the fjords really did look at their best. The Stud produced an information leaflet for it's visitors and were pleased to say not many were left at the end of the day. One visitor commented : 'this is how horses and ponies should be shown. They are well cared for and enjoying themselves as are their owners and handlers. Thank you for a lovely day and for an insight into this lovely breed'. Well, there was one more convert!

BRITISH EQUINE EVENT 2002

RASE ~ Stoneleigh Park ~ Warwickshire.

We were there.    

We had our traditional Society Shop Window at the famous Equine Event.
The Equine Event is perhaps the UK’s largest shop window for the Horse World.
It is an ideal opportunity for you to stock up on all your ‘horsey’ products for the winter months. There is so much to do and see at the Event that one day is hardly enough to get round all of the stalls, events, lectures and so on.
Most of the important breeds societies were represented at the Equine Event and the sight of all those magnificent major breeds together under one roof was a rare one not to be missed.
We had a beautiful fjord on display for the two days and the public were as usual enthralled by the mane.
We generated lot of interest in the breed and the stand was extremely busy throughout the day. Our souvenir section was a great success and the stand boasted plenty of beautiful photographs and video.

 
FREE SERVICE FOR REGISTER 1 FJORD MARES
EXCITING NEW TOP CLASS FJORD STALLION - NIKK HALSNAES

NIKK HALSNAES

The Society are proud to announce that the important Fjord stallion NIKK HALSNAES brought into Britain by the Ausdan Stud in Carmarthenshire, is ready to accept his first full crop of visiting mares at the stud.
The Ausdan Stud have made an extremely generous gift to Fjord Breeding in the United Kingdom and have announced that all Register I mares may apply to the Society Office for a FREE SERVICE anytime during this year’s covering season.
The Stud have asked that all requests for a FREE SERVICE come through the Society Office. Any other requests can be made either through the Society Office or direct to the stud.
IMPRESSIVE:
Nikk Halsnaes has an extremely impressive pedigree and has the highest credentials of any Fjord stallion ever to stand anywhere in the UK.
Nikk was born in Denmark in 1988.
At the 1990 Stallion Evaluations there were 21 stallions presented. Nikk was top Fjord stallion out of the eight who were granted breeding licences for the 1991 covering season.
At the 1991 Stallion Evaluations he again was top Fjord Stallion out of five who were granted breeding permission for the 1992 covering season. Two were rejected.

At the 1992 Stallion Performance Testing he gained 803.75 points making him 1st out of six participants.
He was evaluated in 1992 into 1st class and was the
top Fjord stallion yet again.

AND THAT IS NOT ALL:
Nikk was chosen as
FJORD HORSE OF THE YEAR

He won this title after competing with the best – the winner among the two & a half year olds, the winner among the three & a half year olds , the winner among the older stallions and the top mare who won her class and acquired a medal. Acquiring a medal is a big achievement and there are very few medal mares produced, perhaps 10 per year. So Nikk Halsnaes has proved to be a very special stallion indeed to beat such a prestigious group of high achievers.
In 1994 the offspring of Nikk were evaluated and gained him a coveted 1st class 2 grade with 21 points
At the 1996 evaluations Nikk’s offspring gained him
1st class 2.grade plus a sought after MEDAL. Nikk has last year gained 22 points for his offspring.

NIKK HALSNAES

Nikk’s sire – PLUTONIKK was born in the Mother Country of Norway in 1980. In 1983 he was granted 3.pr in Norway. He was then brought into Denmark and in 1984 he was given 1st class status which is the best possible evaluation for a stallion.
In 1988 his evaluated offspring gained him a 1st class 2 gr with 22 points and the coveted MEDAL.
Nikk’s dam – JULIE HALSNAES was born in Denmark in 1984. In 1989 she was granted the highest award possible for a mare - 1st class and a medal. Her offsprings successes also gained her a bronze medal.
Julie Halsnaes has proven to be one of Denmark’s most successful breeding mares, being the dam to more breeding stallions than any other mare in Denmark – and if you think it was all with the same ‘husband’ you would be incorrect. Almost every sire was different.

The list read like Equine Royalty:
1988 – our Nikk Halsnaes 
1989 - Orion Halsnaes
1990 - Pelle Halsnaes
1993 - Topas Halsnaes ( II class)
1995 - Admiral Halsnaes
1996 - Birk Halsnaes

Amazingly,all but one of these stallions achieved 1st class status.
In the year 2000 her sons Citat Halsnaes (97) and Damask Halsnaes (98) were granted a breeding licence for 2001. Will they achieve 1st class in the future? Well, they come from a long line of high achievers so they have every chance of making an already impressive family tree even more so for this amazing mare Julie Halsnaes
So, we in GB consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have one of Denmark’s top stallions standing in our country. The Ausdan Stud are justifiably proud to own him and have asked us to thank all those who made it possible to achieve such a high goal.

NIKK HALSNAES

The Stud tell us they feel Nikk is a more than worthy successor as Chief Stallion to Morten, known in Great Britain as Ausdan Svejk, who was so tragically fatally injured in a freak accident and had to be put to sleep despite the grand efforts of the Fire Brigade and top veterinary specialists. Morten was a super stallion with the most amazing paces but he was way behind the quality and substance of his successor Nikk.
Nikk Halsnaes is no doubt the country’s top stallion and has the highest achievements of any Fjord stallion ever brought into Great Britain.
Nikk Halsnaes is set to improve British Fjord horses beyond measure in the coming years. In the past our members have imported the best they could 
but never did we have such a quality stallion as we have now.

One thing to point out to our readers – in the past we tended to allow the change of name of an imported horse (retaining of course his original name in the stud book). This practice has for some years ceased and Nikk Halsnaes will be known as just that –
NIKK HALSNAES, thereby giving proper credit to his breeder and the country of his birth. His original Danish paperwork will be just overstamped and a British set of papers will not be issued to him.
We, as a gesture of ever growing understanding and friendship between us and our European counterparts, wish to lay credit for the obvious future improvements in our stock where it should be.

FROM THE FJORD HORSE NATIONAL STUDBOOK ASSOCIATION OF GREAT BRITAIN MAY WE THANK THE AUSDAN STUD FOR NIKK HALSNAES AND WE WISH THEM EVERY SUCCESS WITH THE MOST IMPORTANT FJORD IMPORT EVER TO HAVE REACHED OUR SHORES.
Please do contact the Society Office as soon as you can if you wish to take advantage of the Ausdan Stud’s generous offer.
 
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR FJORD OWNERS

THE FJORD HORSE NATIONAL STUD BOOK ASSOCIATION OF GREAT BRITAIN HEARTILY WELCOMES THE DECISION BY DEFRA TO ISSUE PASSPORTS TO ALL EQUINES.

THIS WILL ENABLE THE WELFARE IDENTIFICATION OF HORSES & PONIES IN THE UK TO BE MORE CAREFULLY CONTROLLED, AND IT WILL ALSO PROVIDE A FULL HISTORY OF THE INDIVIDUAL HORSE INCLUDING ITS MEDICAL HISTORY TO ALL INTERESTED PEOPLE. THIS WILL BE INVALUABLE TO PROSPECTIVE PURCHASERS AND VETERINARY SURGEONS WHO MAY BE INVOLVED IN THE HEALTH CARE OF THE INDIVIDUAL HORSE OR PONY, AND FOR THE OWNER IT IS A NEAT AND CONVENIENT WAY TO HAVE ALL THE USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR HORSE IN ONE HANDY DOCUMENT.

THE FJORD HORSE  NATIONAL STUD BOOK ASSOCIATION OF GREAT BRITAIN HAS ALREADY PREPARED PASSPORTS FOR ALL HORSES REGISTERED WITH IT, INCLUDING PART BREDS, AND MANY MEMBERS WILL ALREADY HAVE THEIR PASSPORTS. WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE FORERUNNERS IN THIS REGARD, AND OUR PASSPORTS ACTUALLY CONTAIN THE NEW INFORMATION REQUIRED BY DEFRA AT THIS POINT IN TIME.

IF YOU DON'T ALREADY HAVE THE PASSPORT FOR YOUR FJORD, OR PART BRED FJORD, PLEASE E-MAIL US AT
PASSPORTS@FJORD-HORSE.CO.UK AND WE WILL SEND YOU OUT THE FORMS REQUIRED TO FINALISE YOUR HORSE'S VERY OWN PASSPORT. REMEMBER, THIS IS NOW SOON TO BE A LEGAL REQUIREMENT, DON'T LEAVE IT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE HAVE BEEN ASKED BY THE BRITISH EQUINE FEDERATION TO GIVE ASSISTANCE TO THEIR PASSPORT LEGISLATION PLANNING COMMITTEE, WHICH HAS BEEN FORMED AT THE REQUEST OF DEFRA, AND WE WILL, AMONG OTHER THINGS BE SUPPLYING THEM WITH SAMPLES OF OUR PASSPORTS.

TO VIEW THE PAGE RELATING TO THIS ISSUE FROM THE DEFRA WEB SITE  - PLEASE CLICK HERE
 

ASOKA CLASSICAL STUD
278, Leigh Road ~ Worsley ~ Manchester.

are pleased to announce:
Two Clinics in November

1.    Clicker Training Clinic – 11th November
2.    Classical Riding Demonstration 18th November


CLICKER TRAINING CLINIC, 11th November:
The clicker is a unique training method and is based on behavioural science and proven to have amazing results. Clicker training is widely used on marine mammals and dogs and it is now time for the horse world to take note.
We will be covering the following subjects:
1.   Stable manners/basic schooling
2.   Schooling problems using classical methods
3.   Free lunging/liberty work
4.   Liberty display to music
(NB – A free informative leaflet will be given to everyone attending the clinic).

CLASSICAL RIDING DEMONSTRATION, 18th November:
Learn how to ride in harmony with your horse, learn to use your weight correctly to improve schooling difficulties. The stud are looking for two people to help with the demonstrations. If you are interested in booking a lesson for the demonstration please ring – we will be looking for two areas to improve, one for each lesson.

CLICKER TRAINING CLINIC

– Admission £10
CLASSICAL RIDING DEMONSTRATION – Admission £10
Or book both for £18.
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE
The Fjord Show arranged by the National Fjord Horse Centre of Great Britain -Ausdan Stud, at Cilyblaidd Manor Estate, which was scheduled for October 27th has been cancelled due to the Minister for Rural Affairs ongoing concerns about the spread of the Foot & Mouth epidemic.

We are in receipt of a letter dated 14th September from the National Assembly which asks us to observe the
10 Biosecurity Commandments.

We must all play our part in ensuring that we rid our country of this disease, especially with the onset of winter and the drop in temperature that accompanies it. If a gathering is not necessary then it should not be held. National Assembly staff will be doing spot checks to ensure that farms are complying with the Biosecurity Commandments, and Police will be doing spot checks on vehicles.

The General Meeting planned for 28th October has also been restructured for the above reasons. It has been re-scheduled as a phone/internet meeting, and Committee Members will be in communication by e-mail and telephone. We encourage members to take part via the internet if possible. Please contact us beforehand on - meeting@fjord-horse.co.uk with any points you would like raised, or any suggestions you may have. These will be for inclusion in Any Other Business. On 28th October, between 2pm & 3pm we will remain on-line for inter-communication between participants and the Office.
Participation in this meeting will be open to Society Members. If you need to register your e-mail address with us, (if perhaps you will not be at your usual address at the time), please do so before the meeting, as unregistered addresses cannot be replied to during the meeting. Please register direct and not via the guestbook.

Any questions re the above points should be addressed to info@fjord-horse.co.uk
Please do try and contribute and we will make every attempt to consider your suggestions at the meeting.
DEFRA has a Biosecurity video available free of charge which can be obtained by ringing DEFRA’s hotline. A Public Code for walkers has also been published, and we hope all members and visitors will adhere to this code if they intend walking in the countryside.

If any member or visitor wishes to see a copy of this code and cannot obtain one, please contact the Society Office.
Thank you all for your co-operation

 
UNDERRIVER HORSE SHOW - Hildenborough, Kent

SUNDAY 9th SEPTEMBER  (NEW VENUE)

We have just been informed of the new venue for the above show.
As a reminder, there are classes for Fjords in Ring 7. The 1st class commences at 10.am with Fjord Condition & Turnout In-hand. (This class is open to any age.)
At 11.30.am there is a ridden class for Fjords in Ring 7.
Entry fees are £3.50 per turnout.
The above classes are kindly sponsored by Sarah Owlett.

For an entry form, please contact the Secretary Miss Owlett on 01732 838716.

Thanks to Andrea our Publicity Co-ordinator for information on the above show.
 

EXCITING NEW TOP CLASS VIKING INVADER ~ NIKK HALSNAES

The Society are proud to announce that the important Fjord stallion NIKK HALSNAES has arrived safely from Denmark and is settling down well at the Ausdan Stud in Carmarthenshire, his new home.
Nikk Halsnaes has an extremely impressive pedigree and has the highest credentials of any Fjord stallion ever to stand anywhere in the UK. Nikk was born in Denmark in 1988. At the 1990 Stallion Evaluations there were 21 stallions presented. Nikk was top Fjord stallion out of the eight who were granted breeding licences for the 1991 covering season. At the 1991 Stallion Evaluations he again was top Fjord Stallion out of five who were granted breeding permission for the 1992 covering season. Two were rejected. At the 1992 Stallion Performance Testing he gained 803.75 points making him 1st out of six participants. He was evaluated in 1992 into 1st class and was the top Fjord stallion yet again.

NIKK HALSNAES

AND THAT IS NOT ALL:   Nikk was chosen as FJORDHORSE OF THE YEAR
He won this title after competing with the best – the winner among the two & a half year olds, the winner among the three & a half year olds , the winner among the older stallions and the top mare who won her class and acquired a medal. Acquiring a medal is a big achievement and there are very few medal mares produced, perhaps 10 per year. So Nikk Halsnaes has proved to be a very special stallion indeed to beat such a prestigious group of high achievers.

NIKK HALSNAES

In 1994 the offspring of Nikk were evaluated and gained him a coveted 1st class 2 grade with 21 points. At the 1996 evaluations Nikk’s offspring gained him 1st class 2.grade plus a sought after MEDAL. Nikk has this year gained 22 points for his offspring. Nikk’s sire – PLUTONIKK was born in the Mother Country of Norway in 1980. In 1983 he was granted 3.pr in Norway. He was then brought into Denmark and in 1984 he was given 1st class status which is the best possible evaluation for a stallion. In 1988 his evaluated offspring gained him a 1st class 2 gr with 22 points and the coveted MEDAL. Nikk’s dam – JULIE HALSNAES was born in 
Denmark in 1984. In 1989 she was granted the highest award possible for a mare - 1st class and a medal. Her offsprings successes also gained her a bronze medal.
Julie Halsnaes has proven to be one of Denmark’s most successful breeding mares, being the dam to more breeding stallions than any other mare in Denmark – and if you think it was all with the same ‘husband’ you would be incorrect. Almost every sire was different.
The list read like Equine Royalty:
1988 – our Nikk Halsnaes
1989 - Orion Halsnaes & Pelle Halsnaes
1993- Topas Halsnaes ( II class)
1995- Admiral Halsnaes
1996-Birk Halsnaes

NIKK HALSNAES

Amazingly, all but one of these stallions achieved 1st class status.
In the year 2000 her sons Citat Halsnaes (97) and Damask Halsnaes (98) were granted a breeding licence for 2001. Will they achieve 1st class in the future? Well, they come from a long line of high achievers so they have every chance of making an already impressive family tree even more so for this amazing mare Julie Halsnaes.
So, we in GB consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have one of Denmark’s top stallions standing in our country. The Ausdan Stud are justifiably proud to own him and have asked us to thank all those who made it possible to achieve such a high goal.

NIKK HALSNAES

The Stud tell us they feel Nikk is a more than worthy successor as Chief Stallion to Morten, known in Great Britain as Ausdan Svejk, who was so tragically fatally injured in a freak accident and had to be put to sleep despite the grand efforts of the Fire Brigade and top veterinary specialists. Morten was a super stallion with the most amazing paces but he was way behind the quality and substance of his successor Nikk.
Nikk Halsnaes is no doubt the country’s top stallion and has the highest achievements of any Fjord stallion ever brought into Great Britain.
Nikk Halsnaes with the help of Fini Skovly (about whom you can read in the previous article) are set to improve British Fjord horses beyond measure in the 
coming years. In the past our members have imported the best they could but never did we have such quality stallions as we have now.
What a milestone for the Society who give special thanks to Danish Chairman (and our Vice President) Birgit Mortensen for her unstinting efforts in procuring Nikk Halsnaes for Fjord breeding in Great Britain.
One thing to point out to our readers – in the past we tended to allow the change of name of an imported horse (retaining of course his original name in the stud book). This practice has for some time ceased and Nikk Halsnaes will be known as just that –
NIKK HALSNAES, thereby giving credit to his breeder and the country of his birth. His original Danish paperwork will be, with their blessing, just overstamped and a British set of papers will not be issued to him. We, as a gesture of growing understanding and friendship between us and our European counterparts, wish to lay credit for the obvious future improvements in our stock where it should be.
 

NIKK HALSNAES

The Ausdan Stud have stated they are in full agreement with this policy and say there will never be a question of Nikk being called ‘Ausdan’.
The Ausdan Stud have informed the Office that they will limit the use of Nikk to Register 1 mares only and will now take bookings for the 2002 covering season with special discounts for Register 1 mares.
For further details contact the stud on ausdan@btinternet.com or the Society HQ on info@fjordhorse.co.uk.
FROM THE FJORD HORSE NATIONAL STUDBOOK ASSOCIATION OF GREAT BRITAIN MAY WE THANK THE AUSDAN STUD FOR NIKK HALSNAES AND WE WISH THEM EVERY SUCCESS WITH THE MOST IMPORTANT FJORD IMPORT EVER TO HAVE REACHED OUR SHORES.
 
Fini Skovly
We are delighted to announce that the stallion Fini Skovly has been transferred into the ownership of Mr & Mrs Ash from Reading in Berkshire. Fini, who stood for a number of years at the Shoby Warmblood Stud will now continue his stud duties and is available to pure bred Register 1 mares only. Mr & Mrs Ash are standing him at the Ausdan Stud in Carmarthenshire where he will be standing until September after which he returns to the Ash stables for a winter of ridden work. 
The Ausdan Stud, who can accommodate AI and have full stabling and turnout facilities welcome any enquiries and ask that e-mails in connection with Fini should be sent to Mrs Ash at g.ash@losswood.freeserve.co.uk

Fini Skovly

Fini Skovly

Alternately, contact the Society Office who will pass all enquiries on to Mr & Mrs Ash. Fini Skovly was born in Denmark in 1986. His sire is Cornet Halsnaes (1st Class) and his dam is Herti Skovly 1st Class.A. He has an impressive pedigree full of high achievers with 1st class and medals in abundance. His grand-dam Hanne Tyrabjerg was a very successful brood mare and gained a silver medal for her offspring which is a very difficult merit to obtain. At the 1988 stallion evaluation Fini was granted a temporary breeding licence coming 1st out of 37 stallions presented. 26 of the stallions did not obtain a breeding licence, 11 obtained a licence with Fini as top achiever.
In 1989 he was given a further year’s breeding licence after gaining 1st place out of 11 stallions presented for evaluation. Two stallions were refused a licence.
Having already won the performance testing, which is a ‘continuation ticket’ to the evaluations Fini went on to the 1990 evaluations and was granted a full breeding licence after gaining 778,6 points.
He was 1st out of 8 participants. He was placed in 1st Class.
– and that is not all –
At the finale of the evaluations he was chosen as Fjord Horse of the Year

Fini Skovly

At this time Fini has an index of 121 and a security of 82%. This places him at number 35 out of around 175 stallions. Fini Skovly is only one of two stallions in Great Britain who have been graded in 1st Class. They are the only two stallions ever to have achieved such high marks standing in GB since the society started keeping records some 15 years ago.

Fini Skovly

We have come a long way since those early days and we will continue to strive for the best we can with the help of Norway and Denmark who have been so helpful and informative.
Good luck to Mr & Mrs Ash with Fini Skovly and we are grateful to them for their unstinting support and for allowing our members to continue to use him.
 
Ausdan Bernard Moving To Pastures New.
The beautiful grey Fjord stallion AUSDAN BERNARD has recently been sold to Deborah James from Newport in Pembrokeshire. Bernard’s previous owner Marcella Reeves now resides in France where she will remain for a couple of years. She hopes to resume breeding when she returns to Britain. Marcella, who owns two mares, one of which will be her riding horse in France, is very pleased with Bernard’s new home and is looking forward to seeing him again when she visits. Ausdan Bernard’s new owner Deborah, who is an expert in the bringing on of young horses, is absolutely delighted with him.She says he has settled very well into his roomy new stable and paddock, and is already keenly interested in his picturesque Pembrokeshire National Park surroundings. 

Ausden Bernard

Ausden Bernard

Deborah says Bernard’s laid back temperament reminds her of his sire Skarregaardens Filip, known to all of us as Ausdan Otto. Otto’s habit of picking up shovels, brooms, scrapers, in fact anything that could be played with has obviously been passed on to his son, much to the amusement of all. Deborah says Bernard has the same mischievous eye as his Dad, and the same kind loveable temperament. ‘Like Father like Son’ she says, and Deborah should know as it was she who taught Otto side saddle for his new owners. Otto once walked off with the saddle much to the horror of his mentor.
An Owen side saddle is not really meant for scraping on concrete floors. Deborah, who is the breeder of Bernard’s half brother Ausdan Hermann, owned by the Ausdan Stud, says she hopes Bernard won’t go quite as far as his Dad as she would like to show him in it eventually, and teeth marks would not be the best way to impress the judge even though the perpetrator may have a look of angelic innocence. Ausdan Bernard has already commenced his further education, and he is now being prepared for schooling in dressage, side saddle and harness work. He is willing and keen to learn says Deborah, who has often been heard to say that Fjords bring back the fun of childhood in adult riding.

Ausden Bernard

Deborah will of course continue to stand Bernard at stud, and says that anyone who wishes to use his services should contact her via the Society Office.

So, if any member wishes to use Ausdan Bernard this year, do get in touch and we will pass on all enquiries. To contact Deborah, please rung the Society on 01570 480090 or e-mail us on
stallions@fjord-horse.co.uk an we shall pass on your message.
 
Equine World UK - (latest information)
The following article has appeared in the current on-line issue of Equine World UK.  www.equine-world.co.uk .  This on-line magazine is considered to be one of the best on the net and it is well worth a visit.  It has been recently re-vamped and its new  image is quite impressive.  It has new easy to follow menus  which of course makes it easy for visitors to find US. So, many thanks to Equine World UK for the article and for its informative, up to the minute news.
 

Fjord Horse

The yellow horse that would climb a tree if you asked it to.

By Fjord Horse National Stud Book Association of Great Britain

Way back in time, it is believed that a large scale migration of animals took place when most of Europe was conjoined and the Fjord Horse will almost certainly have been one such migrator. It bears a considerable resemblance to the original wild Przevalski horse. The colour is dun (beige) with variant shades and often has a dark dorsal stripe running from the poll to the tail. The mane, with its darker inner hairs, is traditionally cut in a crescent shape.

Just as people who live in isolated areas are influenced through the generations by nature, so too is the Fjord Horse. These isolated conditions have prevented this ‘yellow horse’ from outcrossing with other equines for perhaps centuries which is why it has retained its original wild colour characteristics which are certainly present in other breeds but not dominant as in the Fjord Horse.

The Fjord Horse was extensively used by the Vikings as a war horse and also as an all purpose pack animal. Its origins are believed to be in Western Norway which is noted for its rough, mountainous terrain. More recent records show that the most important breeding areas in Norway were Rogaland, Hordaland, Sogn og Fjordane and More og Romsdal. Breeders in those areas formed what was known as the Breeders Guild which The Norwegian State subsidised in order for breeders to have quality stallions available to them for the important breeding programme necessary to produce animals of good quality which were able to withstand the rigours of working in the harsh terrain in all weathers.

The Fjord is said to be capable of three quarters the work of the large Shires. It is frugal and thrifty and can survive in conditions that many other breeds would certainly not endure.

Today, the Fjord Horse is to found throughout Scandinavia where it has been and still is, asked to perform tasks that would be beyond the capabilities of many other breeds today. It is extremely sure footed and will negotiate the most treacherous paths even when heavily laden. This sure footed trait is in part due to the very powerful muscular system in its neck and shoulder. The Fjord is still to be found in remote areas, especially in its native Norway where it is difficult for motor vehicles or modern machinery to operate. Until relatively recent times, The Fjord was still being used as a pack horse for the Norwegian Army where it could negotiate steep inclines and hazardous paths where machines could not go.

Today, the Fjord Horse is to be seen all over the world and there are Fjord Horse Associations in of course Norway, Denmark, our society here in Great Britain, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Hungary, Canada & USA. There are also Fjord Horses in Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and Chile.

The Fjord is renowned for its extraordinary calm and even temper and consequently it can be handled by almost any member of the family, making it the ideal family horse of today. It is to be seen all over Europe and beyond at family shows competing and providing healthy fun for its young riders and giving them a sense of responsibility towards other creatures. Its unselfish nature provides an excellent learning base for youngsters. It seems to have the ability to carry on with its work whatever that may be without rancour. These qualities make it an ideal adult mount and it is widely used for trekking and long distance riding. The Fjord is also a regular winner in the Danish National Driving Championships and it has not disgraced itself in the dressage world either. Such is the success of the Fjord Horse - as the Honourable Mrs Janet Kidd, who was a renowned Fjord Horse breeder and highly successful competitor in Great Britain once said ‘they would climb a tree if I asked them to’.

The first documented Fjord to come into Great Britain was imported from Norway by Jennifer Murray’s grandparents around 1910. In 1928 the Duke of Westminster purchased from Norway three mares and a three year old colt. Also Lord Glentanar, who had a Norwegian wife who missed her native Fjords, imported three mares and a stallion for breeding in 1929 and in 1937 he imported a further 5 mares and a stallion. In 1949 Lord Glentanar imported the three year old stallion Strandbu and at that time the Stud had around 25 animals.

In the Winter of 1984, the Fjord Horse Society of Great Britain was born and the long and painstaking process of checking and verifying fjord lineage in Great Britain began. The Society is absolutely dedicated to purity and protection of the Fjord bloodlines and if there is any doubt about lineage, then it does not enter the Main Stud Book Register until that doubt has been resolved. Following Government recognition in 1994, under the terms of Commission Decision 92/353./EEC, the Fjord Horse Society of Great Britian completed a stringent examination by ADAS on behalf of our Government body - the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food (MAFF) and the name of the society was changed to the Fjord Horse National Stud Book Association of Great Britain to reflect this and is now EC recognised.

The Society is concerned about correct identification of the Fjord breed and are issuing free equine passports to all registered fjords and fjord crosses. The name ‘PASSPORT’ might just conjure up the wrong idea - it is not just for taking your Fjord out of the country, it is a comprehensive document which should accompany your horse wherever it goes, containing a full description including lineage, registration details and all veterinary records.


Do not forget to visit Equine World UK at www.equine-world.co.uk
 
EQUINE EVENT 2000 – A Success Story
Well, we were there and a very successful event it was too. We had a record number of visitors to our Stand and information leaflets were distributed in their hundreds.
Lindsey did a splendid PR job and judging by the many telephone calls we have had here at the Office since the Event, the public were very much impressed.
Jane’s beautiful fjord mare Kris was admired, stroked, talked to and photographed from morning to night. She handled the fuss like a trooper and was happy to be friendly to anyone who asked. She gave a splendid polished performance in the ring and when she returned each day to her stable on the Society Stand she was followed by a string of admirers. It was like the Pied Piper.
She is an excellent example of our beautiful breed and an admirer was heard to remark - she looks like something straight out of a picture book.
We were very pleased with the feedback from this important event in the equine calendar and as Lindsey said ‘it was lovely to see so many familiar faces and to meet new ones’.
Thank you to all who offered help and special thanks go to Lindsey & Tony who between them made 4 trips in order to get everything required to the Event in good time. Lindsey, Andrea (our Publicity Officer) and Carlton worked into the night on the Friday to make sure the Stand was ready for the public on Saturday morning.
We must also thank Lindsey & Tony for kindly donating their time and considerable expense to manning the Stand for us. The Event has not cost the Society anything other than stabling and electricity thanks to their generosity.
The organisers of the Equine Event were very pleased with the attendance considering the flood problems there were that weekend. There was everything one could possibly want for the horse all under one roof. A splendid feat of organising skills and a aura of comradeship was evident throughout the Event. It was so good to see people from different breed societies helping each other erect stands, man stands, help out with horses, fetch coffee etc for each other. That is what horse owning should be all about – comradeship.
Thanks again to everyone involved.
 
Mr & Mrs Reeves were delighted recently when Ausdan Bernard took second in a large Foreign Breeds class at Chequer Tree Show in Kent. Well done Bernard, we know you are a beautiful boy. Apparently he was much admired and photographed by the many visitors to the show.
 
BRITISH EQUINE EVENT

We are delighted to announce that we are once again invited to attend this important shop window for everything equestrian.
It is to be held at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, home of the Royal Agricultural Society.
We have been given a prominent Breed Stand in the Breed Societies section and we also have a stable adjacent where we will have a beautiful Fjord Horse available for the duration of the Show.
We will also be giving a demonstration and talk in the Breeds Arena twice on each day.
We will have souvenirs for sale and a video will be running all day which will show you our versatile Fjord Horse in action.


A plan of the site will shortly appear in Horse & Hound Magazine but if you want to know anything further from the Fjord angle, then do e-mail us on equinevent@fjord-horse.co.uk.


The Equine Event is a haven for everyone interested in equestrianism and it is well worth a visit.


Meanwhile - Happy Fjording and hope to see you at the British Equine Event on 4th & 5th November 2000.
We are pleased to announce the birth of a filly foal by Ausdan Svejk (Morten) to Maple Dagmar. She is a beautiful girl and we at Cilyblaidd Manor are justly proud of her.
 
Several people have asked if the famous Maple Sapphire would ever be for sale. the answer is NO NO NO. She is in happy retirement with Neil Ash from Reading where she has a home for the rest of her already long life. her new proud owners are plucking up courage to do the Fire Jump with her.
 
Joanne from Portsmouth has been telling us about her lovely Fjord Andrina. she is training her in the art of dressage and will let us know just when she is ready to launch her new career. Joanne also tells us that she is going to Holland for a Fjord buying trip. can we all come too ? :-)
 
Lindsey and Tony from the Isle of Wight are pleased to announce to us that they have added Maple Haarkon to their already bustling equine family and he is already delighting their three boys with his jumping abilities. we hope to see them around the shows. we know he is about to launch on the Pony Club. Lindsey says he will show some of those ponies a thing or two. bet he will too. watch these pages for more.
Thanks to everyone for sending in very detailed forms for your fjords. It has been a useful exercise and it gives us an insight into how blood lines are progressing through the generations. Thanks also for the lovely photos.
 
 
 
 
We are very pleased to announce that Ausden Bernard is accepting a limited number of mares for this covering season - (see Stallion section for further details).
 
10th September 2000
New show - 2 Lipizzaner/Fjord classes - first for youngstock in hand, second for condition and turn out in hand
For schedules, please contact:  
Ms S Owlett, Absoloms Farm, Underiver, Nr Sevenoaks, Kent. (Please send a stamped addressed envelope)
 
These classes have been kindly sponsored by:
 
Dixons Dustless Premier Horse Bedding
Dust extracted chopped straw, approx 4 pds per bale - delivered to your door. Minimum  order 25 bales.
For more information ask for James on 01259 259341
 
Popes Villa farm, Forage and Feed Supplies - for all your horses needs
Please contact on 01732 810649
 
Finally a special thank you for our sponsors in supporting our breeds, so please support these events so that we can keep these sponsors for future events.
 
Also a big thank you to Ms Owlett who has let us have these classes at the show. We all hope they will be supported with some vigour so that we can obtain more classes in future.
Show the public what special breeds you have !
 
Blantyre Park Horse Show, Cranleigh in Surrey have classes for Foreign Breeds & Mountain & Moorland to include Fjord Horses on

21st April 2000

 
   Schedules are obtainable from: Joan & Carol Richards
The Rose Cottage, Horseblock Hollow,
(Please enclose a stamped addressed Barnhatch Lane, 
envelope with your request.) Cranleigh,
Surrey    GU6 7NJ
 
Cranleigh Show are also going to have a Foriegn Breeds Class this year for the first time
thanks to Joan & Carol.
The show takes place on 6th August 2000
(Again, write to Joan & Carol Richards for a schedule enclosing a stamped address envelope.)
 
Many thanks to Joan & Carol Richards for their generous sponsorship of £15.00 for a class at our Breed Show. Joan & Carol have been stalwart supporters of our breed and of our Show for many years. They have helped numerous members through the teething problems of showing and put them on the right path.
We are more grateful than we could ever put into words for their help and advice.
Nothing is too much trouble, no question is left unanswered.
Please support their show if you can.
 
Andrea has kindly arranged another show for our members to attend.
Short notice, but some of you might make it.
Let us know how you got on.
 
Fawham & District Riding Club Show
Venue: Fawham, Kent
Date: Sunday 30th April 2000
Show Secretary: Lynne Tedham
3, Cornwall Road, Dartford, Kent. DA7 SQN
 
Classes include foreign breeds and in-hand classes for 1, 2, 3 year olds and another class for 4 years and over.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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