Short History and Description of a Turbo-Friesian- Arabian Friesian (Our favorite)
Turbo-Friesians are not just a simple crosses between Friesians and Arabians.
Improving the following characteristics:
♦ lung and heart volume
This means a quick return to a normal pulse and a better ability to give off heat through a finer skin and different muscular
The result in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4rth, generations have been horses that have been very successful in Equestrian sports. For
eight successive years, For many years they have been regularly placed among the TOP TEN in International Driving
Competitions, including World Championships. Recently, Turbo-Friesians have been competing successfully in dressage.
It was a great advantage for the breeding of Turbo-Friesians, that the pure Friesians had been rigorously selected for beauty
and movement. This meant that in breeding Turbo-Friesians, the main emphasis could be placed on athletic ability. As a result,
the horses uniformly look like Friesians and are very athletic.
Turbo-Friesians are not just simple crosses between Friesians and Arabians.
♦ They should carry around 10% to 75 % selected desert Arabian blood and look like pure Friesians, with slightly less fetlock
hair and finer heads.
♦ They have smooth gaits and enjoy moving.
♦ They have great endurance and toughness and are thus suitable for the toughest sport competitions.
♦ One of the most important aspects is their disposition: it is the "golden character" of the old proven Friesian blood lines.
Most breeding stallions come from the Ritske and Age lines, the old Friesian sire lines known for their athleticism. Since 90 %
of today's Friesians are descended from the Mark sire line, all 231 Friesian dam lines can be used for breeding.
The breeding goal is 6 to 50 % Arabian blood, so that the horses look like Friesians with their typical way of moving, and have
the endurance and toughness of the Arabian
In order to be eligible for the Turbo Friesian Book:
The horse must be a mixture of Friesian lineage and Arabian lineage. The influence of any other breeds is not permitted. The
Arabian pedigree must be on file with the Arabian Horse Registry. Registered Turbo Friesians must be DNA tested and be DNA
verified to their Friesian lineage. The Turbo Friesian may not exceed 75% of either Friesian or Arabian lineage.
Turbo Friesian does not have the same criteria as the Arabo Friesian and is not IS NOT affiliated with the Arabo Studbook.
Distinguishing features Black, 15 to 17 hands (60 to 68 inches, 152 to 173 cm), powerfully muscled, agile with elegant action, thick mane and tail, feather on
Alternative names Belgian Black (UK)
Country of origin Netherlands
Equus ferus caballus
The Friesian (also Frisian) is a horse breed originating in Friesland, in the Netherlands. Although the conformation of the breed resembles that of a light draught
horse, Friesians are graceful and nimble for their size. It is believed that during the Middle Ages, ancestors of Friesian horses were in great demand as war horses
throughout continental Europe. Through the Early Middle Ages and High Middle Ages, their size enabled them to carry a knight in armour. In the Late Middle Ages,
heavier, draught type animals were needed. Though the breed nearly became extinct on more than one occasion, the modern day Friesian horse is growing in
numbers and popularity, used both in harness and under saddle. Most recently, the breed is being introduced to the field of dressage.
Spelling and usage
In English, the word indicating origin from the Friesland region is typically spelled "Frisian". However, the alternative spelling with an "e" is used for Holstein Friesian
cattle. During much of the history of the Friesch Paarden Stamboek, the breed register, most breeders of the horses also were breeders of dairy cattle and the
same spelling was also used for both animals, particularly by English-language breeding societies and registries.
The Friesian breed is most often recognised by its black coat colour, however, colour alone is not the only distinguishing characteristic; Friesians are occasionally
chestnut as some bloodlines do carry the "red" ('e") gene. Friesians rarely have white markings of any kind; most registries allow only a small star on the forehead
for purebred registration. To be accepted as breeding stock by the FPS studbook (Friesch Paarden Stamboek), a stallion must pass a rigorous approval process.
The Friesian stands on average about 15.3 hands (63 inches, 160 cm), although it may vary from 14.2 to 17 hands (58 to 68 inches, 147 to 173 cm) at the withers,
and mares or geldings must be at least 15.2 hands (62 inches, 157 cm) to qualify for a "star-designation" pedigree. Horses are judged at an inspection, or keuring,
by Dutch judges, who decide whether the horse is worthy of star designation. 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, "Spanish-type" heads. 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, and "feather" — long, 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, "sport
horse" type, which is finer-boned. Both types are common, though the modern type is currently more popular in the show ring than is the baroque Friesian.
However, conformation type is considered less important than correct movement.
The chestnut colour is generally not accepted for registration for stallions, though it is sometimes is allowed for mares and geldings. A chestnut-coloured Friesian
that competes is penalised. However, discoloration from old injuries or a black coat with fading from the sun is not penalised. The Friesch Paarden Stamboek
began to attempt breeding out the chestnut colour in 1990, and today stallions with genetic testing indicating the presence of the chestnut or "red" gene, even if
heterozygous and masked by black colour, are not allowed registration with the FPS. The American Friesian Association, which is not affiliated to the KFPS, allows
horses with white markings and/or chestnut colour to be registered if purebred parentage can be proven. In 2014 there were eight stallion lines known to still carry
the chestnut gene.
The Friesian originates in the province of Friesland in the northern Netherlands, where there is evidence of thousands of years of horse populations.
Statue honouring the 100th anniversary of the modern Friesian studbook
Ancestors of the modern Friesians were used in medieval times to carry knights to battle. In the 12th and 13th centuries, some eastern horses of crusaders were
mated with Friesian stock. During the 16th and 17th centuries, 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 bred with Friesians, producing a lighter horse more suitable (in terms of less food intake and
waste output) for work as urban carriage horses.
Historian Ann Hyland wrote of the Friesian breed:
The Emperor Charles (reigned 1516 -56) continued Spanish expansion into the Netherlands, which had its Frisian warhorse, noted by Vegetius and used on the
continent and in Britain in Roman times. Like the Andalusian, the Frisian bred true to type. Even with infusions of Spanish blood during the sixteenth century, it
retained its indigenous characteristics, taking the best from both breeds. The Frisian is mentioned in 16th and 17th century works ... a courageous horse eminently
suitable for war, lacking the volatility of some breeds or the phlegm of very heavy ones. Generally black, the Frisian was around 15hh with strong, cobby
conformation, but with a deal more elegance and quality. The noted gait was a smooth trot coming from powerful quarters. Nowadays, though breed definition is
retained, the size has markedly increased, as has that of most breeds due to improved rearing and dietary methods.
The breed was especially popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, when they were in demand not only as harness horses and for agricultural work, but also for the
trotting races so popular then. The Friesian may have been used as foundation stock for such breeds as the Dole Gudbrandsdal, the Norfolk Trotter (ancestor of
the Hackney), and the Morgan. In the 1800s, the Friesian was bred to be lighter and faster for trotting, but this led to what some owners and breeders regarded as
inferior stock, so a movement to return to pureblood stock took place at the end of the 19th century.
Friesian horses are sometimes referred to as "Belgian Blacks"
A studbook society was founded in 1879 by Frisian farmers and landowners who had gathered to found the Fries Rundvee Stamboek (FRS) The Paardenstamboek
("horse stud book") was published in 1880 and initially registered both Friesian horses and a group of heavy warmblood breeds, including Ostfriesen and Alt-
Oldenburgers, collectively known as "Bovenlanders". At the time, the Friesian horse was declining in numbers, and was being replaced by the more fashionable
Bovenlanders, both directly, and by crossbreeding Bovenlander stallions on Friesian mares. This had already virtually exterminated the pure Friesian in significant
parts of the province in 1879, which made the inclusion of Bovenlanders necessary. While the work of the society led to a revival of the breed in the late 19th
century, it also resulted in the sale and disappearance of many of the best stallions from the breeding area, and Friesian horse populations dwindled. By the early
20th century, the number of available breeding stallions was down to three. Therefore, in 1906, the two parts of the registry were joined, and the studbook was
renamed the Friesch Paarden Stamboek (FPS) in 1907.
In 1913 a society, Het Friesch Paard, was founded to protect and promote the breed. By 1915 it had convinced FPS to split registration into two groups. By 1943,
the breeders of non-Friesian horses left the FPS completely to form a separate association, which later became the Koninklijk Warmbloed Paardenstamboek
Nederland (Royal Warmblood Studbook of the Netherlands (KWPN).
Displacement by petroleum-powered farm equipment on dairy farms also was a threat to the survival of Friesian horse. The last draught function performed by
Friesians on a significant scale was on farms that raised dairy cattle. World War II slowed down the process of displacement, allowing the population and popularity
of the breed to rebound. Important in the initial stage of the recovery of the breed was the circus of the Strassburger family, who, having fled Nazi Germany for the
Low Countries, discovered the show qualities of the breed and demonstrated its abilities outside of its local breeding area during and after the Nazi occupation.
A Friesian in surcingle, showing at the trot
As use in agricultural pursuits declined, the Friesian became popular for recreational uses. Today, about seven percent of the horses in the Netherlands are
The Friesian horse today is used both in harness and under saddle, particularly in the discipline of dressage. In harness, they are used for competitive and
recreational driving, both singly and in teams. A traditional carriage seen in some events designed for Friesian horses is a high-wheeled cart called a sjee.
Friesians are also used in ventures such as pulling vintage carriages at assorted ceremonial events.
Because of their color and striking appearance, Friesian horses are a popular breed in movies and television, particularly in historic and fantasy dramas. They are
viewed as calm in the face of the activity associated with filmmaking, but also elegant on-camera.
History of the purebred Friesian
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