|Friesian horses originated in Friesland â€” a province of The Netherlands (Holland). The Friesian horse, one of Europe's oldest breeds, was originally imported to North America in the seventeenth century but the breed was totally lost in North America due to crossbreeding.|
Friesian Horses For SaleThe Friesian was not reintroduced to North America until 1974. Friesian horses are very versatile and can be used in riding for pleasure and in competition, for dressage, driving for pleasure and in competition and even for light farm work. Unlike some other European warmbloods, Friesians have not been bred as jumpers, although some owners enjoy jumping their horses.Â For more information see our Friesian Characteristics and Use page. Friesian stallions must be at least 1.60 M (15.3 hands) by the age of four and mares and geldings must be at least 1.50 M (14.3 hands) to enter the adult studbooks. The height of 15.2 to 16.0 hands is average, although many horses are taller or shorter. Average weight is 1300 + pounds. There are currently more than 45,000 Friesians registered worldwide in the Dutch Friesch Paarden Stamboek. Approximately 4,000 of those horses are in North America. The only color a studbook-registered Friesian comes in is black, however this may range from very dark brown or black-bay to true black. Many Friesians appear black bay when their coats are shedding or when they have become sun or sweat bleached. Selective breeding minimizes white markings and the only white marking allowed on a studbook-registered horse is a small star. No. The rules of FHANA strictly forbid the breeding of FPS registered Friesian horses with other breeds. A judging (keuring, in Dutch) is an evaluation of horses here in North America, by officials from the Netherlands. Once a year, teams of officials qualified by the Friesch Paarden Stamboek are sent to North America to inspect or "judge" our horses. This is a thorough evaluation process that helps us to upgrade our breeding programs. The horses are judged in-hand and 60% of the evaluation is based on the quality of movement and 40% is based on conformation. Most Friesians are judged twice in their life: once when they are foalsâ€”for entry in the Foal Bookâ€”and again when they are three years or older and eligible to enter the adult studbooks. When a foal or horse is judged, it may be awarded a premie, or "premium". This is an award used to designate the horses with the most desirable characteristics. A first premium is best, second is very good, third is most common and some horses will not receive a premium. The premiums awarded to each horse appear on his or her registration certificate.
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Most Friesians are judged twice in their life: once when they are
foalsâ€”for entry in the Foal Bookâ€”and again when they are three years or older
and eligible to enter the adult studbooks. When a foal or horse is judged, it
may be awarded a premie, or "premium". This is an award used to designate
the horses with the most desirable characteristics. A first premium is best,
second is very good, third is most common and some horses will not receive a
premium. The premiums awarded to each horse appear on his or her registration
In addition to the premium, as each mare or gelding is
judged for admission to the adult studbooks, it is ranked using a "linear score"
sheet. This linear score assigns positive or negative point scores to many
individual aspects of conformation, breed characteristics and movement as
exhibited by the horse. The score sheet for each individual horse is given to
the owner. In addition, the linear scores for all the offspring of each stallion
are combined and published. This composite score provides a way of evaluating
the strengths and weaknesses that each stallion passes on to his offspring. By
matching the strengths and weaknesses of the mare and stallion, we can use the
linear scores to choose the best match between sire and dam in order to
continually improve the breed.Â (The linear score sheets issued by the FPS are,
of course, in Dutch. Â For an English version of a linear scoring form.
Incredible Friesian and Half Friesian Horses available. Dutch Import Friesian stallions crossed with paints, appaloosas, blacks, gaited and non-gaited mares. We also have purebreds of the finest quality. Info and information on Fresian horses.
friesian horse, fresian horse, friesan horse, fresen horse, friesen horse, friessian friesians fresians friesans fresens friesens friessians When a mare or gelding enters the adult studbook, the best 25 to 30% are awarded
"Star" status. This designation appears on the horseâ€™s registration certificate.
The very, very best of the Star Mares can be awarded the designation of "Model".
Mares can receive the designation preferent ("Preferred"), if four of
their offspring achieve star status or better. And mares with three offspring
performing at the top levels in competitive sport can receive the designation of
prestatie, or "Performance Mother". In the registry of the Friesch Paarden Stamboek, only Approved Studbook
Stallions can sire horses that are eligible for entry in the main studbook
registers. There are approximately 75 Approved Stallions in the world today and
about a quarter of those are in North America. The selection and testing
requirements for a stallion to gain breeding approval are so rigorous that only
a handful of young stallions are approved each year. And four years after
approval, the stallionâ€™s offspring must demonstrate to the studbook inspectors
that the stallion makes a positive impact on the breed or his approval will be
withdrawn. It is a merciless selection process that insures that only the very
best stallions will influence the future of the Friesian horse.