After long and careful consideration, the Westfalen Verband NA has suspended the 2020 inspection tour due to Covid-19 related travel restrictions and safety concerns for our judges, breeders and spectators. . Mail-in Registration for a reduced fee is available this year, along with Video Evaluations. Please fill out a Mail-In Registration Form (link above) to request Westfalen Registration - all deposits paid are applied directly to your registration costs. Foals registered by mail may be branded on the 2021 Westfalen inspection tour. Westfalen offers open inspection sites around North America, as well as private sites on-farm between July and October. Contact the North American office with your requests.
We are also offering Video Inspection of Mares and Foals. Foal videos are optional but do allow your foal to be evaluated by the judge. Foals may be presented in person as a yearling as a follow up to the video inspection (no extra charge) in order be scored and considered for a Premium award at that time. Mares will need to be presented in person in addition to the video inspection – but you will only pay one inspection fee. The cost for Foal registration with video evaluation this year is the same as a regular foal inspection - $185 - whereas if you choose to only register without video it's $150. There will be no charge for yearling branding/evaluation next year if you pay a regular foal inspection fee this year.
Video Instructions: Stand up the mare and foal in an arena or any well-lit area with a side view followed by a front and back view - close enough to evaluate conformation and correctness of legs. Have the camera approximate the judge’s position. Choose a location where the light is best and not too backlit for camera to make a clear bright image. Ideally the foal should be haltered and standing quietly. If the mare is to be inspected as well be sure to get unobstructed video of both the mare's and the foal's conformation and correctness. The foal may then be set free (remove halter if possible) and if the mare is being inspected, walk her toward and away from the camera for evaluation of correctness. For the quality of gaits we recommend walking the mare around a big oval or triangle with the foal loose on the inside nearer the camera, then trotting the mare in hand before setting the mare free so the mare and foal can be evaluated in trot and canter at liberty. You don’t need to use a triangle for the in-hand portion unless you want to – a big oval will give the judge a chance to see the quality of gaits just as well. Ideally you can upload the video to youtube with titles giving mare and foal names, owner name, and date of birth of foal and date of video. Then send us a link. If not, you can email the actual video clips with the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.