Australian Quarter Horse Stallions

Foundation recorded Australian Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares.

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In English, the word suggesting origin from the Friesland area is usually spelled “Frisian.” However, the alternative spelling with an additional “e” is utilized for Friesian cattle. Throughout much of the history of the Friesch Paarden Stamboek breed windows registry, most breeders of the steeds likewise were breeders of dairy product cattle and the exact same spelling was also utilized for both types, particularly by English-language reproducing societies and computer registries. However, the spelling “Frisian” is often made use of in other contexts.
Breed qualities


Australian Quarter Horse Stallions

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The Friesian is frequently recognized by its black coat color, though color alone is not their only distinguishing characteristic. Friesian equines likewise have a long, thick hair and tail, commonly wavy, and “feathers”– long, silky hair on the lower legs, deliberately left untrimmed. The official type hardly ever has white markings of any kind; a lot of pc registries permit only a small star on the forehead for purebred registration. Though very unusual, and declined for registration in many cases, Friesians are occasionally chestnut. The Friesian’s average height has to do with 15.3 hands (63 inches or 1.60 m), although it could vary from 14.2 to 17 hands (in between 58 in. / 1.5 m and 68 in. / 1.7 m) tall at the withers, and mares or geldings need to be at least 15.2 hands (1.57 m) tall to qualify for a ‘star-designation’ pedigree. The type is known for a brisk, high-stepping trot. The Friesian is thought about a willing, active, and energetic horse that is likewise gentle and docile. A Friesian has the tendency to have terrific presence and to carry itself with beauty.

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The breed has effective overall conformation and good bone structure, with exactly what is sometimes called a “Baroque” body type. Friesians have long, curved necks and well-chiseled, short-eared, “Spanish type” heads. Their sloping shoulders are quite effective. They have compact, muscular bodies with strong sloping hindquarters and a low-set tail. Their limbs are relatively brief and strong. To be accepted as reproducing stock in the FPS studbook, a stallion needs to pass an extensive approval procedure.


Today, there are 2 unique conformation types. The baroque type has the more durable build of the classic Friesian. The contemporary, sport steed type is finer-boned. Conformation kind is judged less crucial than appropriate activity, and both types are typical, though the Modern kind is currently more popular in the show ring than is the Baroque Friesian.


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The type was established in the province of Friesland in the northern Netherlands, where there is proof of thousands of years of equine populations, and this breed is said to have descended from the primitive Forest Steed. It is also said that Romans acquired forefathers of the Friesian horse for riding and likewise took them to England, where the breed kind may have affected the Shire steed, Clydesdale, Fell Pony and Dales Pony.


Ancestors of the modern Friesians were made use of in medieval times to bring knights to fight. In the 12th and 13th centuries, some eastern equines of crusaders were mated with Friesian stock. During the 16th and 17th centuries, when the Netherlands were soon connected with Spain, there was less need for heavy war steeds as battle arms changed, Andalusian blood was added, lightening its weight and thus rendering it more ideal (in regards to less food intake and waste output) for work as a more city carriage horse. Friesians were also made use of by riding schools in France and Spain for high-school dressage, and they stay popular today for their gentle temperaments and happy look.


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The Emperor Charles (ruled 1516-56) continued Spanish growth into the Netherlands, which had its Frisian warhorse, noted by Vegetius and used on the continent and in Britain in Roman times. Like the Andalusian, the Frisian bred true to kind. Even with infusions of Spanish blood during the 16th century, it retained its native qualities, taking the very best from both types. The Frisian is mentioned in 16th and 17th century works … a daring equine eminently suitable for war, doing not have the volatility of some breeds or the phlegm of extremely heavy ones. Usually black, the Frisian was around 15hh with strong, cobby conformation, however with a bargain more elegance and quality. The noted gait was a smooth trot coming from powerful quarters. Nowadays, though type definition is retained, the size has actually significantly increased, as has that of the majority of types due to improved rearing and dietary techniques.


The breed was especially popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, when they were not just in demand as harness horses and for agricultural work, but likewise for the trotting races then so popular. The Friesian might have been made use of as foundation stock for types such as the Dole Gudbrandsdal, the Norfolk Trotter (forefather of the Hackney), and the Morgan. In the 1800s the Friesian was reproduced to be lighter and much faster for trotting, however this caused exactly what some owners and breeders considereded as inferior stock, so a movement to go back to pureblood stock occurred by the end of the century.


A Studbook Society was started in 1879 by Frisian farmers and land owners who had collected to found the Friesian Cattle Computer registry (FRS). [citation required] The Paardenstamboek (“Stud book”) was published in 1880 and at first registered both Friesian equines and a group of heavy warmblood types, consisting of East Friesians and Oldenburgers, jointly referred to as “Bovenlanders.” At the time, the Friesian equine was decreasing in numbers, and being replaced by the more stylish Bovenlanders, both directly and by crossbreeding Bovenlander stallions on Friesian mares. This had already virtually annihilated the pure Friesian in significant parts of the province in 1879, which made the addition of Bovenlanders essential. While the work of the pc registry produced a revival of the breed’s appeal in the late 19th century, it likewise resulted in the sale and disappearance of numerous of the finest stallions from the breeding location, and Friesian steed populaces decreased. By the very early 20th century up until the variety of breeding stallions was down to 3. [citation needed] For that reason, in 1906, the two parts of the pc registry were joined, and the studbook was renamed the Friesch Paarden Stamboek (FPS) in 1907.”


Friesian steeds are in some cases referred to as “Belgian Blacks”


In 1913, a society referred to as the Het Friesch Paard was started, committed to the protection and promotion of the type. By 1915 the group convinced FPS to split the windows registries back up into 2 groups. By 1943, the breeders of non-Friesian equines left the FPS entirely to form a completely separate computer system registry which later on ended up being the Koninklijk Warmbloed Paardenstamboek Nederland (Royal Warmblood Studbook of the Netherlands (KWPN).


Displacement by petroleum-powered farm equipment on dairy products farms likewise was a danger to the survival of Friesian equine. The last draught function carried out by Friesians on a substantial scale was to deal with farms that raised dairy cattle. The second world war reduced the process of displacement, enabling the breed’s populace and popularity to rebound. Essential in the preliminary stage of the breed’s rebound was the circus of the Strassburger family, who, having actually left Nazi Germany for the Low Countries, uncovered the show qualities of the type and demonstrated its abilities beyond its regional breeding area throughout and after the Nazi occupation. [citation required]


Today, there are three modern-day bloodlines: Tetman 205, Age 168, and Ritske 202. Each of these sires trace their blood to Paulus 121, who was born in 1913 and became part of the Studbook in 1916. He in turn can be traced back 3 more generations to the initial 19th century Studbook foundation sire, Nemo 51, born in 1885. All purebred Friesians trace back to these bloodlines.


The Friesian today


A Friesian in surcingle, showing at the trot


From the latter part of the 20th century till today, need for purebreds, specifically the “Modern style” finer-boned, taller, more active version of the Friesian increased, so breeders have actually bred both purebreds and a lighter-weight crossbred horse with valued features, resulting in the Frieisan cross and Friesian Sporthorse.


Friesian steeds are popular in both Europe and the United States, and are often made use of today for Dressage competitors, satisfaction riding, and driving. Friesian horses can do well in dressage competitors due to the type’s movement, trainability, look, power, and body control.


Closeup of the head


The Friesian likewise remains popular as a carriage equine, as it is a powerful steed and its high-stepping action is captivating. It is specifically popular in competitors that need the driving of a group, partially due to the fact that of its activity and personality, and partly because it is simple to match teams of black horses. Friesians are also excellent all-around horses, utilized for revealing, driving, and basic riding, and are likewise made use of as circus steeds.


Due to its flashy appearance, the Friesian has actually ended up being popular in the film market. The breed owes much of its current appeal to the look of the Friesian stallion Goliath (real name: Othello) in the 1985 movie, Ladyhawke, which fired up an around the world interest in these equines. Films such as Eragon, The Mask of Zorro, Alexander and The Chronicles of Narnia have likewise included Friesian steeds. An episode of the popular TELEVISION series Lost showcased a Friesian/Saddlebred cross. Though they are of dramatic look, occasionally their use in dramatizations of real historical occasions is of suspicious accuracy, considered that the breed as it is known today only entered being within the last 400 to 600 years.




^ FPS Studbook


^ “Friesian Encyclopedia” Websites accessed August 24, 2007


^ Hyland, Ann The Warhorse 1250-1600 UK: Sutton Publishing, 1998, pp 2-3


^ Historic Notes Internet site accessed August 24, 2007.


^ a b c d “History of the Friesian Steed” Friesian Steed Society Websites accessed September 1, 2008


External links


Wikimedia Commons has media connected to: Friesian steed


Friesch Paarden-Stamboek Netherlands-based company that works worldwide with regional and local organizations to ‘protect the interests of the breed’


Friesian Horse Association of North America North American representative of the FPS studbook.


FPZV Friesenpferde Zuchtverband e. V. German based Friesian windows registry


Friesian Steed Society North American rep of the FPZV


International Friesian Program Equine Association USEF recognized representative of the Friesian type in the program ring.


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