Once upon a time in the northwestern part of Holland, Friesland to be exact, the magnificent 'Friesian Horse' began its journey.

The Friesian developed out of Equus Robustus (big horse) and has been known across Europe for centuries.  The breed has a long history as a cavalry mount in war, even back to the middle ages as well as the Crusades were they were used by knights in armour. Their athleticism, durability and courage were highly prized traits, still sought after and enjoyed today.

With the occupation of the Netherlands by Spain in the 1500's, the introduction of Andalusian and Arabian blood helped develop the modern Friesian as we know it today. Over the years demand for the 'war horse' diminished and the breed began to be utilized in the dressage schools of France and Spain, as well as magnificent and regal carriage horses throughout parts of Europe.

Around 1900 the popularity of the Friesian breed began to wane as newer breeds came on the scene.  The breed's primary use became that of the draft animal used for farm work.  The breed numbers dwindled and at one time only 3 approved breeding stallions remained.  Extinction of the Friesian horse was almost realized until a group of dedicated breed enthusiasts in the Netherlands banded together to preserve the very best of the breed.  

Most certainly there have been many highs and lows over the history of the Friesian but with the introduction of the horse to North America and the continued dedication and support of the Friesch Paarde Stambock (FPS) in the Netherlands, the reality and stability of these 'Black Pearls' known as the Friesian Breed, is ours to enjoy.

 Black is the only recognized colour allowed in the breed and other obvious characteristics are the long, heavy mane and tail and the shire-like fetlock hair or feathers. 
 

    The Friesian horse has been enjoying a revival of sorts, as he is a noteworthy sight in the showring, especially in harness and dressage.  The foundation lies in his intelligence, willingness to learn and readiness to perform.  His pleasant character and his gentleness make the Friesian an attractive mount for competition as well as recreational purposes.