The Friesian Horse Society


FHS offers International registration for all (with proof of heritage) Friesian horses. FHS has the Universal Equine Life Number (UELN) for Friesians in the USA & Canada. Our BBR is based on KFPS standards and we recognize all B-book & D-book Registers. Microchiping and DNA is required for all registered horses and is included in the registration fee.

All Friesian horses registered or recorded with FHS are eligible to be judged at FHS Inspections and receive premiums and predicates. The purpose of an Inspection is to have the horses inspected by independent reputable judge(s) to give an unbiased assessment of conformation and movement, as it relates to the standard set in the Breeding Book Regulations (BBR). Inspections also aid breeders by educating about what they are producing and how to improve the breed and to hopefully increase the value of the horses. FHS registered Friesian horses are eligible to compete at IFSHA events and also for sport predicates with FHS from scores they have earned at USEF Sanctioned events with USDF and ADS.

Membership Benefits

  • Internationally recognized Registration papers for all (with proof of heritage) Friesians & Part-Bred Friesians, utilizing the FHS Universal Equine Life Number (UELN) for Friesians in the USA & Canada. BBR based on KFPS standards and all B-book & D-book Registers are recognized.
  • FHS Registered horses are recognized by USEF, USDF, and IFSHA.
  • FHS/USDF members competing in approved competitions will also be eligible for the U.S. Dressage Finals and the All Breeds Awards Program.
  • European Papers and FEI Passports for Arabo-Friesians through EAFS.
  • Annual Inspections to evaluate the conformation, performance, and beauty of your horses. Results describing strengths and weaknesses, with an unbiased standardized, quantitative scoring system.
  • Free advertising for your horses or items for sale on the FHS website.
  • A monthly publication called “The Friesian Brief” to keep you updated on FHS news, North American events, educational articles, stories and more.
  • Listing for Approved/Provisionally Approved Stallions on the website homepage and in the monthly publication, “The Friesian Brief.”
  • A password to the Members Forum on the FHS website, which has news and information for members only.
  • Discounts on membership renewals for new member referrals.
  • Specially designed Friesian items to show your support of FHS.
  • Discounts for equine products and services from designated vendors.
  • Unsurpassed support from FHS.

About the Friesians

Since prehistoric times, humans have been drawn to the natural beauty of horses. The Friesian, an ancient warmblood breed, has evolved to exemplify the exterior traits that we love about equine beauty.

The modern Friesian’s trademarks are its overall distinctive exterior, especially the high-set neck with outstanding crest, the broad chest with lightly accentuated croup, and relatively small head and ears. The Friesian strikes the beholder as a breed apart. Most memorable is their impressive stature, stunningly luxuriant mane and the extra-long tail. During performances these features combine with the feathers and the low set of the tail to emphasize the breed’s powerful and elastic gait. The aristocratic appearance is accentuated by the big expressive eyes, with a fine head carried high on an elegant and nicely curved neck. Compared to the body, the head seems rather small and either straight or slightly concave, and the small ears are also typical. They have tough legs with good bone structure, resulting in an enduring and surefooted horse.

The Friesian is a powerful horse with high stepping action. Today, the horses are bred to be exclusively black. Darker colors have always been dominating, but up to the turn of the century about twenty percent were chestnut or bay. The black color was advanced by strict selection. The only white spot allowed on the body is the star. The preferred build today is the lighter sporthorse rather than the heavier draft type. The modern Friesian is strong but slightly taller and lighter on its feet than its coach-bred forebears. For this reason, the Friesian has re-emerged throughout Europe as both a champion dressage and driving performance horse. Friesian beauty is more than skin-deep. Its easy-going temperament makes him a great companion to riders of all ages. The breed is honest and willing to please. But its versatility is what brings lasting value to the owner. Whether Dad wants to get a quality dressage mount for his daughter, or a dependable cross-country horse for his wife, or to take family and friends for a carriage ride, the Friesian does it all!

Universal Equine Life Number

FHS has the Universal Equine Life Number to register the Friesian horse in the United States and Canada.

All Registries that participate in the International recognition that a UELN provides, have a UELN for their breed in their country. For instance, the KFPS has the UELN for the Friesian in the Netherlands.

This UELN will insure that your FHS registered Friesian can be uniquely identified throughout the world! Registries participating in the UELN have the ability to exchange important data concerning the horses such as the pedigree, owner, breeder, etc.