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Where we've been.....a history of the Friesian Horse



Friesians are a very old breed of horse, having been cultivated in the north of Friesland centuries ago. When the new world was discovered, Friesian horses made their way here too.  Dutch settlers brought the breed to America.  It is believed that the Friesian may have contributed to the bloodlines of what would eventually become the Morgan horse, the Canadian horse and the Tennessee Walker.  In American, cross breeding soon resulted in the disappearnce of the purebred Friesian for many years.   It wasn't until the 1970 when Thomas Hannon imported a number of theses horses that the Friesian set hoof on the U.S. shore once again.   Ever since then, their popularity has grown.  In the last 10 years, the number of Friesians in the US has gone from less than 1,000 to more than 10,000.

With their easy going temperment, Friesians have captured the hearts of many horse lovers.  Heavy -boned, jet black and high stepping, this breed makes a beautiful carriage horse as well as a dramatic saddle and exceptional dressage horse.  With more interest all the time in Friesians for dressage, breeding started changing to make a taller, lighter horse, to accomdate this Sport requirement. 

With such a distinguished breed, guidelines for breeding are in order.  The Friesian Horse Association of North American ,FHANA, is the representative for the US and Canada working with the original Friesian horse association, Friese Paarden Stamboek, KFPS, in the Netherlands.  Established in 1879, the KFPS maintains the studbook for all european Friesians, and has about 10,000 members world wide.  FHANA celebrates it's 25th anniversary in 2009, while the KFPS celebrates it's 130th.  FHANA is the North American representative for the KFPS.  

To oversee and control quality of the horses being bred, KFPS requires that only foals with a dam in the Main Studbook, (mare studbook or Foal Book) and a stallion with KFPS approved breeding priviliges shall be registered in the main stud book.   The number of approved breeding stallions in the US is small, although approved stallions in the NL are available to breeders through the importation of frozen semen.  

Over the past four decades.the Friesian horse has grown from a European legend to a common sight for many horse lovers here in the United States.  No doubt the breeds dramatic looks and tracable temperment will continue to provide horse lovers with more reasons to cherish this majestic breed. Their dramatic look makes them a natural in television and movies, and they are seen more often than ever.

In the Northern Californian foothills, we raise Friesians in as natural as possible a herd setting.  Our beautiful mares are selected for their pedigrees, movement and temperment. We fully support the KFPS Dutch Studbook, and their breeding goals, and will strive to maintain the breed as they have over the past 130 years.  Our mares consistently produce first and second premium foals.  We spend time reviewing pedigrees and production records to produce foals that will improve the breed. 

To this end we reserve the right to refuse a sale to anyone if we feel it is not in the best interest of our horses.  It is our goal to raise secure, stable foals that can go on and suceed with their new owners in any discipline they choose.  We don't board horses, we don't train or broker horses.  We have chosen to concentrate of high quality foals because it is what we want to do.  The excitement of having new little lives in the spring and developing their potential is most rewarding. 

FHANA - Friesian Horse Association of North America

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