Friesian horses - the black pearls

Filipe Fernandes togehter with his talented Friesian horse “Fråns”.

Profile Friesían horse:

Breed: Friesian horse
Group: Warmblood
Height: 155 – 175 cm
Exterieur: powerfully muscled, agile with elegant action, thick mane and tail, “Baroque” body type
Coat colour: Black
Character: faithful, strong-nerved, friendly, patient
Pace: bouncy and elegant
Origin: Friesland in the Netherlands
Spread: Europa
Suitable for: Shows, Dressage, Carriage

Die hohe Knieaktion erlangten die Friesen durch die Einkreuzung iberischen Rassen.

Looks like a fairytale
Beside Lusitanos, the “black pearls of Friesland” are one of the oldest horse breeds in Europe. They are originates in the northern Netherlands, where there is evidence of thousands of years of horse populations. As far back in history as the 4th century there are mentions of Friesian troops which rode their own horses. These ancestors of the modern Friesians were used in medieval times to carry knights to battle. During the 16th century, when the Netherlands were briefly linked with Spain, there was less demand for heavy war horses, as battle arms changed and became lighter. Andalusian horses were crossbred with Friesians, producing a lighter horse more suitable for work as urban carriage horses.

All-round talent
The breed has powerful overall conformation and good bone structure, with what is sometimes called a “Baroque” body type. Friesians have long, arched necks and well-chiseled, short-eared. They have powerful, sloping shoulders, compact, muscular bodies with strong, sloping hindquarters and low-set tails. Their limbs are comparatively short and strong. A Friesian horse also has a long, thick mane and tail, often wavy, silky hair on the lower legs—deliberately left untrimmed. The breed is known for a brisk, high-stepping trot. The Friesian is considered willing, active, and energetic, but also gentle and docile. A Friesian tends to have great presence and to carry itself with elegance. Today, there are two distinct conformation types—the “baroque” type, which has the more robust build of the classical Friesian, and the modern type. Both types are common, though the modern type is currently more popular in the show ring than is the baroque Friesian.


Horse Facts

Did you know? Friesian horses were in danger of extinction in the 20th century. Fortunately, we are still able to have these black beauties around!


Friesians at CAVALLUNA

The team of Filipe Fernandes on stage during the dressage.

In CAVALLUNA-Show “World of Fantasy”, Filipe Fernandes ride an Friesian horse with his team of another three Friesian. With elegant dressage tricks and his talented team, he managed to show of the beauty of the black horses.

Filipe Fernandes with a beautiful Friesian horse at “World of Fantasy”

Filipe is very proud of his horses. They always amaze the audience with their apperance and nature. They love to be in the spotlight and present themselves everytime on stage.