History and Development of the Friesian Sporthorse
For more than a century, people have been crossbreeding Friesians. Concerns over the potential extinction of the purebred Friesian caused the Dutch Friesian registry (FPS/FHANA) to strongly discourage crossbreeding, although the German Friesian registry (FPZV) allows crossbreeding. As the numbers of Friesians continues to grow, there are less concerns about their potential extinction, and crossbreeding of purebred Friesian stallions has especially become more widely accepted.
The interest in crossbreeding Friesians in the United States has
increased dramatically since the early 1990's. Some people
chose the Friesian for crossbreeding primarily for their kind
temperaments; crossbreeding primarily for pets and trail horses.
Others chose to take the qualities of the Friesian and
crossbreed specifically for a Friesian crossbred more suited for
sport, leading to the development of Friesian Sporthorses and
the Friesian Sporthorse Association (FSA). The Friesian
Sporthorse Association was formed in 2007 and maintains the
Studbook for this developing breed, and the name "Friesian
Sporthorse" was trademarked by the FSA in 2008. The FSA has
since grown into an internationally recognized registry,
registering Friesian Sporthorse worldwide.
Well-bred Friesian Sporthorses are lovely horses, combining
the beauty, temperament, and expressive gaits of the Friesian,
with the increased athleticism, elasticity, endurance, and
versatility of breeds such as the Warmblood and Thoroughbred,
with the added benefit of the hybrid vigor which comes from
crossbreeding. This focus is what sets the Friesian Sporthorse
apart from other Friesian crossbreds. Friesian Sporthorses are
especially popular for dressage and combined driving, having
competed successfully at the highest levels of both sports.
Careful, selective, responsible breeding will continue to refine
the Friesian Sporthorse. The Friesian Sporthorse Association
seeks to promote and encourage this careful, selective breeding,
by being the first registry dedicated exclusively to recognizing
and promoting the true Friesian Sporthorse.
The popularity of the Friesian crossbred led to a rapidly increasing number of Friesian crosses being bred. Unfortunately, during the midst of this unchecked popularity explosion, not much existed to educate, guide, encourage, or support breeders or owners, particularly those with a specific interest in breeding/owning Friesian crosses bred for sport. The Friesian Sporthorse Association was developed to fill this void -- providing breeding guidelines, record keeping, support, encouragement, and a “home” for those who are specifically breeders and owners of Friesian Sporthorses. This emphasis on sport has made the FSA the premier registry choice for the owners and breeders of sport-bred Friesian crosses. (minimum 25% Friesian heritage)
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. The FSA has grown into an international registry, welcoming members from around the world.
Main Book / Bronze Elite
Friesian Sporthorse filly
87.5% Friesian, 12.5% Warmblood
"Little Dove", Main Book / Bronze Elite Friesian Sporthorse filly.
Sire: Begherra (Friesian, by Gerryt 360)
Dam: Doutzen R. Tamar (Main Book / Bronze Elite Friesian Sporthorse by Willem van Nassau (Friesian / Dutch Warmblood))
Bred by Reva Draeger, Wisconsin (USA)