The Friesian horse is the only horse breed native to the Netherlands, where the Friesian has been known since as far back as the 13th century. A consistent breeding policy has produced the Friesian horse we are familiar with today, exhibiting the unique characteristics of the breed and continuing to bear close resemblance to its ancestors.
Typical of these Black Pearls are the front, the majestic mane and feathering of the lower legs, the jet black colour and the spacious, powerful elevated gaits. The harmonious build and the noble head, set on a lightly arched neck, complete the aristocratic and fiery appearance. Its amicable character is the key to a great utility breed.
The Friesian horse has increasingly developed itself as a sports horse over the past decades, returning it to its origins before the agricultural interlude. The Friesian’s origin is of a luxuriant and aristocratic carriage horse.
Today, thanks to its typical functional characteristics, the Friesian horse now competes with other breeds at the highest levels of equestrian sports.
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As well as being a very old breed, the Friesian horse has to be seen as the only surviving indigenous breed in the Netherlands.
Breed Standards & Gradings
Friesian horses are graded, at events called ‘keurings’, by a team of qualified inspectors from the Koninklijke Vereniging “Het Friesch Paarden -Stamboek (KFPS) (The Royal Friesian Horse Studbook).
Uses of the Friesian Horse
The Friesian is often seen in the dressage arena and in driving sports, commercial driving and more recently in the UK being shown-in-hand and under saddle, at Pony Club Rallies and even Show Jumping and Endurance Riding!