The Netherlands’ native horse captures a bit of fantasy.
BY KIM KLIMEK
One of the most recognizable breeds, the Friesian is unmistakable with its black coat, voluminous mane, leg feathering, and chiseled head. Influ- enced by Arabian and Andalusian
bloodlines, the breed’s athletic moves complement
its good looks as a graceful and accomplished com-
petitor in dressage and harness shows.
In breed harness events, Friesians are often seen
hitched to a “sjees,” a high-wheeled gig for single,
pair and tandem competition. Recreational driving
in four-wheeled carriages is becoming increasingly
popular as well.
As for under-saddle work, dressage is the Frie-
sian’s forte. His stunning looks, animated action
and rounded self-carriage all lend themselves to
the dressage arena.