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January 7, 2019


Good results in the sport always look good on pedigrees, both on the maternal and the paternal side, and Friesian stallion keepers have come to realise that. Before, not all stallions were active in competition sports but in 2018 all Friesian stallions with a breeding license and under the age of twelve performed in dressage classes or in the in-harness disciplines. For the third year running Phryso summarises the results.

In the year behind us five new names graced the list of Friesian Studbook stallions. Four of these stallions were born in 2014 and approved at the end of 2017. Number five is the one year older Siert 499. Tjebbe 500 and Tymen 503 are L2 qualified in dressage which is conform expectations in terms of age. Their two age companions did not compete in official KNHS competitions in the past year, but Ulbrân 502 did manage to win the Pavo Fryso Cup for 4-year-old stallions and geldings. Tiede 501 is scheduled to make his debut in M dressage this year. Siert 499 (Dries 421) was approved in 2016 but at the time his owners decided to withdraw him from stud services. In 2018 the stallion was available again and considering his age he’s doing fine in M1 dressage and novice classes show driving.
Out of the six stallions from cohort 2012 four are Z1 qualified and one is Z2. Noteworthy fact is that from the 2011 year collection three of the four stallions have competed in in-harness work. Two of the three stallions from 2010 did not see much action in the dressage ring last year. Among the eight stallions that have just turned ten we find the first Grand Prix horse: Elias 494. From the 2008 year collection two out of five either did not compete in the sport last year or did not succeed in moving up to a higher class. From the 2007 crop two of the five stallions did not climb the ranks in the sport either, but the star of this batch is Walt 487. In 2018 he made promotion to the Grand Prix with his rider Hennie Roffel.

It is obvious that the Studbook stallions follow the trend of more and more Friesian horses being seen at increasingly higher levels in the sport. Whereas the careers of many older stallions (cohorts 2007, 2008, 2009) are solely directed at breeding and no longer at competition sports, this is definitely not the case with the younger generations (up to 9-year-olds). Apart from Hette 481, all stallions have been seen on competition grounds and were promoted to a higher class or have collected more winning points. What stands out is that all stallions in this overview are active in dressage sports. It underpins once again that nowadays this is the most prominent discipline for the use of Friesian horses. Still, a fair fourteen out of the 37 Friesian stallions up to the age of twelve are competing (or have competed) in driving sports.

As posted in the January 2019 KFPS newsletter.