The FHANA Canadian Fryske Quadrille Team held its first practice at the Calnash Ag Event Centre on June 11. Photos by Emily Jaycox

Friesian horse quadrille event coming to Ponoka entertaining for all

Pinnacle event for lovers of the breed

The true black beauty of horses is the regal breed of Friesian, the only horse breed native to the Netherlands, where Friesians have been carefully bred since the 13th century.

Among the key features of these majestic animals are the characteristic voluminous mane, the feathering of the lower legs, the jet black colour and lightly arched neck, all giving it an aristocratic appearance.

Now imagine watching eight teams of these horses pulling two-wheel carriages in a choreographed routine to music. Now imagine this event was coming to Ponoka. Are you excited yet?

The 35th Jubilee Celebration of the Friesian Horse Association of North America (FHANA) Royal Friesian is being held at the Calnash Ag Event Centre from July 15 to 17.

Whether you’re a horse lover or not, this is an event anyone can appreciate.

“We’d love to see as many people as possible,” said Wilma Dominicus, one of the organizers. “It’s not just for horse people, but for everyone.”

FHANA is the sister organization of KFPS, the Friesian association in the Netherlands. A “fryske” quadrille was a must for the anniversary celebration, but rather than flying in the entire Dutch Fryske Quadrille team, (which proved too costly) FHANA formed its own Canadian Fryske Quadrille team and has been practising for months.

The group held its first practice at the Calnash on June 11.

There are eight coachmen — four gentlemen and four ladies. Replica practice carriages, called “sjezes” in Dutch, were made in Friesland in Holland and flown to Canada.

Dominicus’s husband is one of the drivers, as well as her sister who came from Holland for this event.

And she’s not alone. A total of 50 spectators from Holland are expected for this event.

For those who love the breed, this show will be the pièce de résistance for showcasing the breed’s beauty and grace.

Friesian horses from Ontario, B.C. and Washington and possibly others from the States are performing in this event.

On July 15, there will be a meet and greet and with a campfire and music.

The performances get underway on July 16, starting at 10 a.m. and continuing until 10 p.m., with a Friesian quadrille demonstration, followed by other Friesian performances, competitions and interactive events as well as a surprise event.

Tickets can be purchased online at and at the door. They are $15 each and children under 12 are free of charge.


Just Posted

There’s still time to stamp your Passport to Christmas

There are 50 Ponoka businesses participating

Photos: 2019 Ponoka CP Holiday Train stop

Featuring Madeline Merlo and Scott Helman

Ponoka Food Bank doubles number of hampers given away last month

Comparing the first two weeks in November in 2018 and 2019

PHOTOS: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas …

Winter wonderland of lights: Everywhere you go in Ponoka, people are getting… Continue reading

Ponoka family physician retiring after 40 years of service to community

Dr. Brendan Bunting is hanging up his stethoscope after 40 years as… Continue reading

Fashion Fridays: Ethical and sustainable gifts for the season

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Man accused in toddler son’s death inept parent, not murderer: defence

Toddler’s body was found outside Good Shepherd Anglican Church in April 2017

Job numbers disappointing, but oil and gas growth expected in 2020: Kenney

Unemployment rate in Alberta rose to 7.2 per cent from 6.7 per cent last month

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Feds approve Alberta’s carbon tax on big industrial emitters

Tax will be applied on 10 per cent of emissions produced by the province’s biggest polluters

Appeal denied: Alberta’s top court upholds conviction of triple-murderer

Douglas Garland was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of a couple and their grandson

Second warning on romaine lettuce from California region as another E. coli case reported

Two cases of E. coli have been reported in relation to the illness in the U.S.

Many of Canada’s working poor can’t afford lawyers, don’t qualify for legal aid

One lawyer says many people earn too much to qualify for legal aid, but not enough to really live on

Economy lost 71,200 jobs in November, unemployment rate climbs to 5.9%

Jobless rate is at its highest since August 2018, when it hit 6%

Most Read