The Friesian horse is a versatile and willing horse. The purpose of use of the Friesian horse varies from recreational use to participation at the highest levels of competition sport.
They excel in the world of show driving, combined driving and dressage (modern and classic) however, they are also used in a range of other disciplines such as in-hand showing, ridden showing, Le Trec, stunt work, and even the odd Show Jumping and Eventing Friesian is seen. They also make wonderful, recreational/pleasure horses.
The main disciplines in which the Friesian horse is used in Great Britain and Ireland are described below.