Hello and Welcome to the The Mid-Atlantic Friesian Association ("MAFA") website! We are a regional club dedicated to the support and promotion of Friesian horses. Our club is open to Friesian owners and enthusiasts alike. We are a recognized chapter of the Friesian Horse Association of North American (FHANA) and the host of FHANA's Mid-Atlantic keuring each fall. Our region covers PA, DE, MD, VA, WV, NJ, NY, NC and FL.
YOUR 2016 MAFA BOARD
Jodi Van Sprang, PA, President; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly Twambly, VA, Vice-President; email@example.com
Ann Sutherland, VA, Treasurer; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Curtis, VA, Secretary; email@example.com
Gail Aumiller, PA, Director; firstname.lastname@example.org
It is time to renew your MAFA membership for 2016! We would like to thank our New Members and Paid Renewals for 2016 by offering a complimentary "add an Associate Member for a Free 2016 Membership". Invite a new friend to join our club for free! MAFA is actively trying to expand it's membership and we would love to share these expansion efforts with you. Here is the form to join or renew for the upcoming season: 2016 MAFA Membership Form. Our membership runs from January 1 to December 31. Please consider a membership to this organization and share in our affection and support of this amazing breed!
The Keuring season has ended and if you did not attend the 2015 MAFA Keuring, here is what you missed:
The 2015 FHANA Virginia keuring, hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Friesian Horse Association (MAFA) chapter took place at Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon, VA, on September 29, 2015. While the unfortunate cross-over of Keuring date with the International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) show in Burbank, CA, resulted in significantly lower entries than usual , the small-but-mighty MAFA inspection launched as planned with excellent results.
Keuring participants arrived at homey and friendly Frying Pan Farm Park throughout Monday afternoon. Regardless of the distances traveled and the logistical challenges inherent in show travel, both horses and humans emerged from their respective confinements in excellent form, eager to get the lay of the land and see old friends.
Our honored guests from The Netherlands, judges Wil Thijssen and Jolanda Slootjes, arrived with ample time to meet & chat with the Keuring entrants and their owners. They made it a point to walk through the barn to meet everyone and despite their hectic journey across the US and Canada, were unfailingly gracious and friendly, taking the time to chat and joke with everyone. It was a knowledgeable and appreciative audience that gathered in the indoor ring for two spirited and beautifully choreographed musical demonstrations by Julio Mendoza of Mendoza Dressage, with equine partners Apollo (Fridse 423 Sport), owned by Kathleen O’Reagan, and Reinder fan Wifo (Lolke 371 Sport), owned by Lynn Schmidt, Dream Gait Friesians. Word of the performance got out and we were delighted to have our friends from Dream Gait Friesians in Ohio join us for Monday night’s event to see Julio and “Reign” perform.
We were very proud to be one of the five Keurings attended this year by the (also Ohio-based) self-designated “Friesian Groupies”. Laura Farmer and her daughter, Charlotte Rivers, are two wonderful ladies really committed to supporting our horses and attending multiple Keurings every year, so we were proud they chose to attend our inspection. Judge Thijssen recognized them and insisted on commemorating the occasion with a photo.
What’s a Keuring without drama? Kathy Blain provided invaluable guidance throughout the planning stages of the Keuring, but truly saved the day by making a sunrise run on Dover Saddlery for a critical piece of missing equipment, the Dutch and US national anthems had to be delivered via cell phone when a vital piece of the sound system disappeared and Jessica, Julio and Apollo stepped into the breach when the judges made a last minute request for a horse for their morning clinic!
We thank John Howard, owner of the inimitable Lolke 371 Sport, for joining us on the 29th. Sadly, John and Gloria Bowman, as well as the greater Friesian family lost Lolke this year. What a wonderful way of remembering this amazing stallion - by watching Lolke’s progeny strut their stuff. Lolke was very present at this event in his gorgeous son 3 year old stallion Nicolas K., owned by Kathleen Barrett; Nicolas is undeniably Lolke’s with his father’s wavy flowing mane and confidant stride!
Wendy & Dean Shew’s weanling colt Wendelin (Fridse 423) bounced around the arena like a little lamb, completely charming the audience and then got down to business, earning a 1st Premie. Sherri Garner’s Zafira MWF (Meinse 439), a beautiful little filly, proved that ‘girls just want to have fun’, capturing a 2nd Premie under the skillful handling of runner Bruce Griffin III. T. Sytske (Sape 381), Rhonda Curfman and Jan Miller’s lovely yearling filly, made her debut with help from her “Besties” serving as runners – all three showed like pros from our perspective! Stunning three year old stallion Obsidian fan Leandra (Doaitsen 420) was shown by trainer Julio Mendoza and is owned by Kelly & Mark Twambly; “Sid” is one of the last of breeder Ruth Baugh’s (Springfield, Kentucky) foals to be born under the Leandra title, as Ruth is retiring from breeding this year.
MAFA Secretary Kathy Curtis and Ster gelding Hynder fan Dijkmaniastate (Andries 415) aka “Jimi”, took the honors of the day with a Ridden IBOP score of 78 (ridden by trainer Molly Xanthopoulos) and a 1st Premie in hand; with those hurdles cleared, Jimi easily captured the title of Day Champion – he was unstoppable! Young Wendelin took the title of Reserve Champion.
Our sincere thanks to all those who helped to make this happen, with special thanks to our photographer Karen Aneiro, for the precious memories of our horses’ special day.