By Sulz, Dave on November 21, 2019.
Klaas Wiersma honoured for his work with friesian horses
A Nobleford veterinarian has been inducted into the Friesian Horse Association of North America Hall of Fame.
Dr. Klaas Wiersma was honoured at the FHANA’s 35th anniversary celebration held in Ponoka this past summer.
Wiersma emigrated to Canada from the Netherlands as a young man and began his veterinary practice in Nobleford alongside his wife, Annelies. The couple also established Bonnie View Farm, where many generations of Friesian horses have been bred over the years.
In the late 1980s and early ’90s, Wiersma pioneered the use of different insemination techniques using frozen semen imported from Holland. He also used fresh semen imported from the U.S. long before it became a common practice. He was also one of the FHANA’s first members to employ the then-new reproductive technique of embryo transfer, and helped the FHANA establish guidelines for the practice.
Despite his busy schedule as a veterinarian, Wiersma has devoted his time to serving on FHANA committees over the past 25 years and served as the association’s president for many years.
Wiersma was more recently involved in communications with Dr. Wim Back of the University of Utrecht Veterinary College, arranging for Back to speak at an FHANA AGM on the topics of birth defects and hereditary diseases within the Friesian breed.