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Horse show in Marshfield attracts international visitors


Marshfield hosted a horse show on Tuesday, but it's no ordinary show.

It has connections to the King of Holland and features a unique breed of horses.

Originating in the Netherlands, the friesian breed of horse is all-black, rare and beautiful.

Tuesday's show judged 60 of the best friesian's in central Wisconsin.

"The friesian horses are a very special breed from Holland and we try all over the world to keep up the same standard," said Jenny Veenstra, Netherlands Judge.

The standards the judges use come from a studbook which is owned only by the King of Holland.

If your friesian horse merits the same qualities of the horses in the studbook, then the horse's value skyrockets.

"It will increase the value of your horse so you bring it as a baby or a three year old typically, the judge watches them walk and trot in their overall racial type meaning do they look like a friesian and when they give them this certification or pre-me, it can up their value," said Jamie Van Linn, show participant.

Van Linn adds that this event honors the breed and its qualities at the highest levels.

"It's more of a tradition and a glorified history of this beautiful breed that's very pure and not everyone has one," said Van Linn.

Experts say a friesian horse can be worth up to $100,000.

Organizers say Marshfield is one of only 18 sites in the United States of America and Canada where friesian's are judged.

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