The Friesian Heritage Horse &
Sporthorse Int’l registry (HH) has a variety of different books, for
purebred and crossbred Friesians, that have been created due to
popular request. This can help prevent the formation of multiple,
small, ineffective, splinter registries. Keeping all of the data and
DNA under one UNITED registry is beneficial to all.
The HH is
excited to announce our newest specialty book, the Fire Friesian
purebred Friesians will be registered as “Purebred Friesian” within
the Fire Friesian book.
Crossbred Friesians will be registered as “Fire Friesian” within the
Fire Friesian book.
Horses must be solid red (chestnut / sorrel).
Flaxen and minimal sabino white markings (star, strip, socks, etc.)
Horses must be a minimum of 50% Friesian. The non-Friesian side of
the pedigree should be no less than four generations. Horses may not
be over 25% Draft or Gypsy (Tinker) blood. Horses who gait are not
Horses with a gray parent are required to be tested negative for
Mares and stallions with a bay parent(s) must be DNA color tested to
see if they carry the bay (agouti) gene, so it may be disclosed on
their papers. Offspring of a non-Friesian chestnut/red horse may
also be required to test for bay (agouti).
Color testing may be required, at the discretion of the HH council.
horses must be parentage DNA tested, and parent verification is
required, whenever possible.
parent horses must have DNA markers on file with HH.
Inbreeding is strongly discouraged. Horses with a high percentage
of inbreeding will have a cautionary note placed on their
Registration into the Fire Friesian Book is at the discretion of the
horses who do not fit criteria above, the Friesian Heritage Horse
offers a number of other registration books, for horses
with a minimum of 25% documented Friesian heritage. Please visit the
General Rules page to see a full
list of the HH registration books.
chestnut, or red, Friesian is at risk of extinction!
It is the goal
of the Friesian Heritage Horse to preserve and expand the bloodlines
of the chestnut/red Friesian horses.
Friesians come primarily from only three Dutch approved stallions:
Laes 278 (FPS
the Friesian breed has an extraordinarily small gene pool, and
because of this, the breeding of purebred Friesians is more
complicated than most other breeds. There are a multitude of health
issues documented within the breed, and therefore, it is vitally
important to avoid inbreeding.
Since the red
or chestnut Friesians are limited to only three currently known
stallion lines, the gene pool of available red lines, within the
purebred Friesian breed, is miniscule and this puts the chestnut/red
Friesian horses at even greater risk.
Friesian breed, if you breed the 1st red line to the 2nd
red line and produce a red, that red can only be bred to the third
line, therefore a genetic dead end is reached. For those who wish
to breed only purebred red Friesians, it is recommended to use
non-red carrying Friesian lines to breed to one single red-carrier
line, with the goal of producing black horses that silently carry a
red gene. These red carrying blacks can then be used to breed back
to one of the other known three lines of red (whichever ones they
are not related to), in the hopes of producing red carriers with
expanded Friesian lines. It is only by breeding black red-carriers
that we can expand the purebred Friesian bloodlines carrying the red
gene. However, the fact will remain that only three lines of
Friesian are known to carry red and those lines must be returned to,
in order to produce actual red Friesians. By returning to those
lines, the dangers of inbreeding occur.
It is our
belief that by using SELECT horses, that are the descendants
of the Friesian horse crossed with other horse breeds, the gene pool
can be widened, and hopefully improve the health, height and
longevity of these beautiful colored horses, while retaining
This book was
NOT developed for the goal of producing “quick” high percentage red
Friesians. For the Crossbred Friesians within the Fire Friesian
book, the breeding goal should be to breed quality horses with a
high amount of Friesian traits, while keeping the actual percentage
of Friesian blood lower, so that genetic diversity can be
obtained. Keeping the Friesian temperament and type is of utmost