Regulations for Friesian Talent Cup Global Edition 2022

  1. The purpose of the competitions of the Friesian Talent Cup is to test the talent for dressage of the horses.

  2. Participation is open to 4-year-old (born in 2018) horses registered with the KFPS. There are two sections: a section for stallions/geldings and a section for mares.

  3. For the Global Edition of the Friesian Talent Cup, we exclude the participation of participants from The Netherlands. For the Dutch participants we will organize the regular competition, starting in November 2022, for Friesian horses born in 2019.
  4. The Friesian Talent Cup is a competition organized by a board of the Friesian Talent Cup foundation. The organization of the online selection days, instruction days and finals is in the hands of the board of the Friesian Talent Cup.

  5. The Friesian Talent Cup is not part of the KFPS, and is therefore an independent and self-contained organization. The KFPS offers only operational support.


  1. Registration for the competitions is only possible digitally via this website. You will find the registration form at Global -> Registration.

  2. Registration closes on the 15th of May 2022. The video should be submitted before the 1st of June 2022.

  3. The registration fee for the selection competitions is € 25. The registration fee remains due at all times after registration. You will get an email with invoice after registration. 

  4. There is no maximum amount of online participants. The board reserves the right to cancel the online competition with fewer than 25 participants.

  5. A horse can only participate once in the online selections. One horse cannot therefore be presented by different riders.


  1. Read all the regulations carefully before filming the test. Watch the instruction video on YouTube.

  2. Make sure you send your video before the 1st of June 2022. Registration must be completed before the 15th of May 2022.

  3. Make sure you have the passport of your horse ready. 

  4. Make sure you have someone to read the test to you (if necessary). 


  1. Download the test from our website. 

  2. The test has to be ridden in a 20 x 40 meters arena. Letters or symbols along the sides are allowed, but not necessary. Do you have a bigger arena? You can easily make it smaller with a few poles. 

  3. To participate with a stallion, the rider of the horse must be or have been classified at least at novice-level.

  4. The horses are expected to be able to halt neatly, to show the three working gaits on the left and right hand side and have to be able to extend the trot. The horses must be in good condition and presented fairly with proper stance and bend.

  5. The test is designed to judge the ability and talent of the horse. The test will be judged in general, not by every excercise. Focus on presenting the talent of your horses and less on the correct exercise. Therefor it is allowed to ride two extra circles during the test. 

  6. Rising trot is obliged in the trot. Sitting trot is not allowed. 


  1. The video has to be taken in ONE shot. Assembling is not allowed!

  2. The filmer has the passport of the horse in reach. 

  3. The filmer stands between X and C. Horse and rider are ready on X with their heads facing towards B. 

  4. Make sure the phone of camera is in flight-mode. Check the light setting when filming in a dark indoor arena. 

  5. Keep the phone or camera horizontal. 

  6. The filmer starts filming the test and starts mentioning the following:

    1. Date

    2. Name rider

    3. Name horse

    4. Pedigree of horse (sire is enough)

  7. Example: Today it’s the 26th of April 2022. This is Susan White with Foppe van de Paardenhoeve, sired by Name 492. 

  8. The filmer opens the passport of the horses and films the page where you can see the chip number. Make sure a judge can see this page clearly. 

  9. The filmer closes the passport and walks (while filming) a circle around the horse. During this circle the horse must be in completely in sight. The filmer takes a closer look on the bit of the horse and spurs of the rider by approaching them closely. 

  10. The filmer walks back to the position between X and C. Horse and rider are allowed to start their test. 

  11. During filming it is not allowed to zoom in or out! This makes it difficult to judge. 

  12. Make sure the filmer keeps horse and rider in the middle of the screen at all times. Keep following horse and rider. 

  13. The filmer can stop filming when horse and rider salute at X at the end of the test. 


  1. Check if the video was recorded properly. Is the quality enough? Are horse and rider completely visible at all times during the test? Is the lightning correct, not against the sun? 

  2. Safe the video with title: Country – Name horse – Name rider

  3. Safe the video as a mp4 or mov-extension. 

  4. Make sure the video does not exceed 2 GB.

  5. Go to and send the video to: 

  6. Mention country, name horse and name ride in the message. 

  7. Send the video before the 1st of June 2022.


  1. The horses are judged according to a protocol that has been specially developed for this competition.

  2. Protocols are provided by email afterwards to the participants.

  3. The ranking of the online selections will be published on our website and Facebookpage.

  4. When there are equal scores on the ranking, the ex aequo rule will be used: the total score of the basic gaits counts the most and then, in order of importance, on the basis of the protocol drawn up (impulse, flexibility, extensions/transitions, general impression).


  1. If there are more than 20 horses in the same country with a sufficient score (68 points and above) and at least a 6 on the basic gaits, we will start planning an instruction day followed by finals in you country. The best eight horses, per category, during the instruction day will be selected for the finals. Three prizes will be available at the finals for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed combination.

  2. During the online selection days a rider may present multiple horses. If we can organize a instruction day and finals in your country; it is only allowed to ride multiple horses during the instruction day. When a rider has qualified with several horses, it is allowed to have these horses participate in the final with another rider.

  3. If something occurs that is not provided for in the regulations at the time of the online competition, instruction days of finals the board will decide in consultation with the judges.


  1. Participation in the Friesian Talent Cup is entirely at your own risk. The organization accepts no liability for damage or injury as a result of participation in this event.

  2. During the Friesian Talent Cup, the dressage regulations, the veterinary regulations and the doping regulations of the FEI are in effect. The Friesian Talent Cup is not an official FEI or KFPS competition.

  3. Horses are allowed to be braided in any kind of way. This is not obliged. 

  4. Riders are obliged to properly dress themselves according tot the FEI-dressage rules.

    • Protective headgear

    • Breeches: white / off white

    • Stock or tie: white / off white

    • Gloves: white / off white or same colour as coat

    • Riding boots: only boots meant for riding. Jophurs & chaps are allowed as well.

    • Coat / jackets: any colour, but must be suitable for dressage

    • Spurs: straight or curved, arms or rowels must be smooth and blunt. No longer than 3,5 centimeters.

    • Whip: allowed, no longer than 120 centimeters

  5. For permitted saddlery, bits and bridles we refer to the FEI-dressage rules.

    • Saddle: all kind of dressage look-a-like saddles are allowed, as well as jumping saddles. Western-saddles and look-a-likes are not allowed.

    • Saddle pads: white / off white

    • Bridle: should contain a noseband, not tightly fixed. Only a snaffle bridle is allowed.

    • Bits: only snaffle bits without leverage are allowed. Snaffle bits may be used with loose ring or D-ring. Single or double jointed snaffels are allowed. Curb bits are not allowed.

    • Gadgets: martingales, breast plates, bit guards, blinkers, nasal strips etc. are not allowed. Anything that interferes with the horse’s vision is not allowed.

    • Ear hoods are allowed. Fly masks are not allowed.

Entrants who are made aware of certain matters by officials of the Friesian Talent Cup and who do not follow the rightful or instructional instructions, will be reported and will be immediately excluded from further participation.