Friesian SporthorseĀ 

The Friesian Sporthorse is one of the newer breeds on the scene, but it is quickly gaining a following due to its beauty, athleticism and temperament.

This versatile breed can be used for everything from pleasure riding to dressage and jumping.

They are also great for everyday riding.

If you’re considering adding one of these horses to your stable, read on to learn more about them.

Friesian Sporthorse Breed Info

Here are some of the key things you need to know about the Friesian Sporthorse horse:

Height (size) 14.2 – 17.0 hands high
Colors All colors and markings are allowed
Country of Origin n/a
Common Uses Dressage, general riding, combined driving, carriage driving, trail riding

Friesian Sporthorse Horse Facts & Information (Breed Profile)

Since the late 19th century, when Friesians were highly popular in the Netherlands and Germany, crossbreeding Friesian horses has been a widespread practice.

However, registries did not acknowledge the offspring of these horses for many years to come.

The Friesian Sporthorse Association, more often referred to as the FSA, initiated the creation of a studbook for Friesian Sporthorses in the year 2007.

After that, in 2008, the FSA registered the name Friesian Sporthorse as a trademark.

Despite being started in the US, the Friesian Sporthorse Association (FSA) today has branches in both the US and Australia, and it registers Friesian Sporthorses all over the world.

The ideal Friesian Sporthorse is bred for performance in sport horse disciplines approved by the FEI.

In this sense, the term “sporthorse” describes not only the physical characteristics but also the intended purpose of these horses.

Most registries agree that Friesian Sporthorses must have at least 25% Friesian blood.

They can be practically any color, and any size, so long as they preserve the sport horse appearance and conformation.

While it’s true that Friesians are often crossed with other kinds and breeds, it’s important to keep in mind that the resultant horses aren’t necessarily labeled Friesian Sporthorses and are instead Friesian crosses.

The Friesian Sporthorse is only a Friesian-Warmblood cross.

Recently, there has been an increase in the demand for Friesian crossbreds, prompting the formation of a number of specialized registries for the purpose of registering and formally recognizing Friesian cross horses and Friesian Sporthorses.

If you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating breed, keep reading!

Alternative Names



Gentle disposition, friendly

Physical Characteristics

Elegant, athletic and muscular horse with a heavier-than-average build.

They resemble a baroque horse in appearance when compared to other sporthorses.

The mane and tail are thick, and light feathering is common.

They are only allowed to be crossed with Warmblood horses.


All colors and markings are allowed

Height (size)

14.2 – 17.0 hands high






Average 1,300 lbs (600 kg)

Blood Type


Common Uses

Dressage, general riding, combined driving, carriage driving, trail riding.



Popular Traits




Country of Origin



Friesian crossed with a Warmblood