Kentucky Horse Park
FRIESIAN ASSOCIATION MOVES TO KENTUCKY HORSE PARK

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 11, 2006  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209, crullman@kyhorsepark.com  


          LEXINGTON, KY (April 11, 2006)  The Kentucky Horse Park is pleased to announce that the Friesian Horse Association of North America (FHANA) is moving their headquarters to the National Horse Center at the park. This move will enable the Friesian breed to increase its visibility in the North American equine industry.  It also brings to 28 the number of national and regional equine organizations now headquartered at the park. This relocation will also provide an opportunity for the Friesian to be showcased during the 2010 World Equestrian Games at the park.

          John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park stated, “We couldn’t be happier that the FHANA is moving to our National Horse Center.  With every organization that comes in, the networking, visibility, marketing and promotional opportunities increase to everyone’s advantage.  The Friesians are always among the most popular breed on display at the park, so we are just thrilled that their national organization will now have a permanent presence here as well.”   

          The FHANA is also pleased to introduce their new Administrative Director, Bryan J. Quinsey.  Bryan comes to FHANA with an extensive background in marketing, economic development, operations, and visioning.  His experience and skills are a direct fit with the FHANA Administrative Director role requirements; he has worked with non-profit associations, chambers of commerce, economic development recruiting agencies, and volunteer organizations, both as a volunteer and leader of volunteers. He has been employed as a groom, trainer, and manager at horse operations in Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky and his native Ontario, Canada.  He has worked with show horses, race horses, and carriage driving horses.  He has worked with numerous show horse trainers and owners including Gib Marcucci, Don Harris, Charlie Smith, Jim B. Robertson, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wheeler, Drs. Paul and Nancy Williams, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Weaver.  Bryan is also a former contributor for numerous horse magazines, including:  The Hackney Journal, Horse World, and Saddle & Bridle.  He is a former member of the board of directors of the Carriage Association of America, a former member of the United Professional Horseman’s Association (UPHA) and American Hackney Horse Society (AHHS).

          Bryan has most recently been the Executive Director of the American Farrier’s Association (AFA), also headquartered in the National Horse Center at the Kentucky Horse Park. 

          With a new headquarters and Administrative Director, FHANA will immediately initiate marketing plans to bring the Friesian to the forefront in the North American equine industry.  These include plans already identified in their short and long-range strategic plan. 

          The address for the new offices of FHANA will be: FHANA, 4059 Iron Works Parkway, Suite 4, Lexington, KY 40511-8488

          The Friesian Association of North America (FHANA) is the North American representative of the original Friesian horse association, Friese Paarden Stamboek (FPS). The FPS is recognized as the European Mother Studbook of the Friesian Horse and is the world-wide authority on the Friesian Horse. For more information about The Friesian Association of North America, click on www.FHANA.com

          Editor’s Note:  High-quality photos of beautiful Friesian horses are available for use in your publication by emailing crullman@kyhorsepark.com.

          Park Hours and Rates: From March 15-October 31, the park is open seven days a week.  Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children 7-12.  Children six and under are always admitted free of charge.  Admission includes the American Saddlebred Museum.

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          The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse.  The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted nearly 900,000 visitors and 15,000 competition horses in more than 100 special events and horse shows in 2005.  The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington.  The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.