Friesian Sporthorse Association:
The Friesian Sporthorse Association (FSA) is the first
and only registry dedicated exclusively to recognizing
and promoting the true Friesian Sporthorse. We are
also the only registry to be recognized as a breed
registry, with specific guidelines for the breeding,
registration, and development of the Friesian
Sporthorse. Over the years the Friesian Sporthorse
Association has established itself as the premier
choice for registering sport-bred Friesian crosses.
It is our goal to encourage and recognize quality
Friesian crossbreds bred especially as sporthorses,
based on established sporthorse and Warmblood
breeding practices and registration guidelines.
We are not just another registry for recording
Friesian crossbreds, we are a registry devot
ed exclusively to the Friesian Sporthorse, and
devoted to the recognition and development of the
Friesian Sporthorse as a breed. We will continue to
build the reputation of the Friesian Sporthorse as a
legitimate, reputable breed thru our strict Registration
Guidelines, Breeding Approvals, and performance
recognition. We aim to encourage people to breed
with a specific sporthorse goal in mind, blending the
wonderful qualities of the Friesian, with breeds such
as the Warmblood and Thoroughbred, to create the
best of both worlds, a true Friesian Sporthorse.
The Friesian Sporthorse Association aims to support,
guide, and encourage breeders, owners, and Friesian
The Friesian Sporthorse Association will provide breeding guidelines, record keeping, support, encouragement, and a "home" for those who are breeders and owners of true Friesian Sporthorses.
The Friesian Sporthorse Association will stay free of politics. All aspects of the registry will be handled with fairness and integrity. The FSA is run by a Board made up of a diverse group of members representing decades of experience with Warmbloods, Sporthorses, and/or Friesians. The board members have extensive backgrounds, knowledge, and experience with one or more of the following: Warmblood and Sporthorse breeding, Friesian breeding, and/or the sporting disciplines of dressage, driving, eventing, and hunter/jumper. This enables us to handle issues in a fair and balanced way, free of politics and self-interest, and with the best interests of the Friesian Sporthorse always as our priority.
The popularity of Friesian crossbreeding led to rampant growth. Unfortunately, during the early years of this unchecked popularity explosion, not much existed to educate, guide, encourage, or support breeders or owners. As people continued experimentally crossbreeding Friesians, some began to breed Friesian crossbreds specifically for sport, and these quality horses began to set themselves apart from the other Friesian crossbreds. They began attracting attention from people who were interested specifically in these sport-bred Friesian crosses, which would come to be known as Friesian Sporthorses. However, there was no system or registry in place specifically for these breeders, owners, or their specially sport-bred Friesian crosses. The Friesian Sporthorse Association was developed to fill this void -- providing breeding guidelines, record keeping, support, encouragement, and a “home” for those who breed, own, and enjoy Friesian Sporthorses. As a breed, the Friesian Sporthorse has a great deal of potential. The goal of the Friesian Sporthorse Association is to encourage, document, and maximize that potential -- offering a legitimate, reputable registry option for Friesian Sporthorses worldwide.
Friesian Sporthorse Breed Standard / Breeding Objective
The goal of breeding a Friesian Sporthorse is to create a quality horse of sporthorse type, building on the qualities of the Friesian. Friesian Sporthorses are bred to excel in the FEI recognized sport disciplines of dressage, combined driving, eventing, and jumping, as well as hunters. Breeding stock should be carefully selected for their sporthorse qualities and potential to create sporthorses, and should meet the pedigree requirements set forth by the FSA. As with any good breeding program, only top quality horses should be used for breeding. The crossbreeding of Friesian, Warmblood, and carefully selected Thoroughbred stock has proven to be the most successful for creating a true Friesian Sporthorse. However, based on the success of crossbreeding the Friesian with a few specific non-traditional sport breeds, allowances have been made to accept limited percentages of blood from these specific non-traditional breeds (more details can be found under "Registration Guidelines" and in our "FAQ's".) Friesian Sporthorses must have a minimum 25% Friesian heritage (exception, the Friesian Warmblood Book.)
Friesian Sporthorses are generally of a middle weight sport or Baroque type, often with the higher and more arched neck set of the Friesian. They frequently have the thicker mane, tail, and feather of the Friesian. The gaits are generally expressive, with a tendency towards a more animated leg action. Although frequently black, all colors and markings are recognized and accepted. (Note: Some colors cannot be achieved without the use of non-approved non-sport breeds, which is not recommended.)
These horses tend to inherit the friendly, people-oriented personalities and level-headed temperaments purebred Friesians are famous for, making them a popular choice for amateurs as well as professionals. It is recommended that only horses with good interior qualities (temperament and trainability) be used for breeding.
Friesian Sporthorses may be presented in the more traditional manner of Friesians, with long manes and feathers; or they may be presented in the more traditional sport manner, with shortened and braided manes and trimmed feathers. It is entirely a matter of preference, as each is equally correct for a Friesian Sporthorse.