The Friesian Sport horse is created by outcrossing the Friesian breed with certain other selected horse breeds. It is their adorable temperament coupled with immense stamina, vigor and athletic ability that make them a popular choice for the youth, amateurs and also trained professionals.
|Temperament and Personality||Gentle, pleasing, friendly|
|Physical Characteristics||May heavy stature or be of a baroque build, high neck, being more arched making them look elegant, a thick mane, tail and feathers (like the Friesian horse)|
|Colors||They may come in various shades like black, black and white, brown, white and brown, palomino, etc. as there are no particular colors or markings stipulated for them|
|Common Use||Dressage, show jumping, eventing, combined driving, carriage driving, jumping, as well as riding|
|Health||Though there are no known breed-related health problems, regular vet checkup is essential to keep them in good health|
|Gaited||Has an expressive and elegant gait like the Friesian horse|
|Popular Traits||Stamina, vigor, athleticism, elasticity and endurance (traits inherited from the Warmbloods and Thoroughbreds)|
|Feeding/Diet||Normally their diet includes grain and hay|
|Country of Origin||Primarily in Netherlands and Germany|
|Year/Time of Development||During the 19th century|
People used the Friesians for crossbreeding programs for more than hundred years. The Friesian registry created two books for the purpose of registration with one being designated for the purebred Friesians while the other one was for those who were cross bred. With a lot of changes happening in between, two registries were again created for German and Dutch.
Throughout the previous decade, the Friesian crossbreeds have become increasingly popular with several registries formed to register as well as recognize the Friesian sport horses and cross horses as two different breeds. In the year 2007, the Friesian Sport Horse Association founded the studbook for these horses, whereas this organization trademarked them as ‘Friesian Sport horse’ in 2008. Initially being found in the U.S.A, the Friesian Sport Horse Association had its branch in Australia too. At present this organization has registered Friesian sports horses all over the world. Its goal mainly focuses on encouraging the crossbreeding of Friesians with the purpose of producing foals for different sports.
Each of the registries differs from the other in setting standards for the Friesian Sport horse. One of them considers it to be a breed, possessing strict breeding requirements along with performance recognition. In this condition, the Friesians are mainly crossed with the Thoroughbreds and warmbloods, though a certain percentage of draft, Arabian, and American Saddle breed are even acceptable. Some registries, on the other hand, consider it to be a type, requiring them to fulfill certain requirements regarding performance before its registration. The primary goal, however, is to produce a horse suited for several disciplines like dressage, jumping, and eventing. According to majority registries, these horses should have 25% of Friesian blood. However, the offspring produced from all Friesian crosses do not fall into the category of these sport horses.