• USEF Network @JPGJWedding it's working okay for us. Has the problem resolved? 10/23/2016 10:53:33 AM
  • USEF Network @PicChick1 it's working okay for us has the problem resolved? 10/23/2016 10:53:17 AM
  • USEF Network @LJLiguori it's working okay for us. Has the problem resolved? 10/23/2016 10:52:59 AM
  • USEF Network Live now! Watch the New England Equitation Championships: https://t.co/2cfyq5gxKc https://t.co/fBjXVbFLPd 10/21/2016 11:39:24 AM
  • USEF Network One week from today! Watch the @WIHS Puissance class in-person or live on USEF Network. Get tickets:… https://t.co/isGVCR1FtD 10/21/2016 9:37:09 AM
  • Washington HorseShow Look who's coming to #WIHS! @USPonyRacing and lots more! Buy tickets at Ticketmaster https://t.co/eqfqO86w3K https://t.co/g3bmKRphtF Retweeted by USEFNetwork 10/20/2016 9:27:03 PM
  • USEF Don't miss your chance to see #HorsesintheCity @WIHS October 25-30 at the Verizon Center! Get your tickets today:… https://t.co/9eaCoa0N91 Retweeted by USEFNetwork 10/20/2016 2:13:52 PM
  • USEF Network @mollymaine We are working diligently to fix the issue at NEEC. Thank you for tuning in. 10/20/2016 1:56:28 PM
  • USEF Network @amy_benenson9 Try watching on your desktop or laptop. We are currently experiencing issues with iOS 10 devices and are working to fix. 10/19/2016 11:13:13 AM
  • USEF Network @AllyJohnson We are working on fixing the stream for iOS 10. Try viewing on a desktop or laptop. Thank you! 10/19/2016 11:12:46 AM

Welcome To USEF

Sign In To USEF


The purebred Friesian originated in Friesland, a province in the Netherlands. The Friesian is most recognized by its upright, noble carriage, its black hair coat, its long thick mane, tail and forelock, and the trademark feathers on its lower legs. Although the breed’s conformation resembles that of a light draft horse, the Friesian is remarkably nimble and graceful for its size, and carries itself with distinctive[...] animation and elegance. Ranging in height from 15.1 to 17.3 hands and possessing a powerfully built body with dense bone, the Friesian horse is known for its brisk, high-stepping trot.

During the Middle Ages, it is believed that the modern Friesian’s ancestors were highly prized as war horses, and because of their size and body type, could easily carry a knight in full armor into battle. Additionally, the Friesian became widely popular in Europe as a carriage horse. Although there is some documentation that the Friesian horse was first introduced to North America by way of the Dutch colony New Amsterdam in 1625, and was perhaps responsible for influencing a number of breeds developed in what would eventually become the United States, it seems that the Friesian horse ceased to exist in the colonies by 1664. It was not until 1974 that the purebred Friesian would be re-introduced to North America as a modern show horse, pleasure mount and parade and exhibition horse. Today the breed can be found competing in virtually every discipline. Still a favorite for carriage driving because of its beauty and powerful trot, the Friesian is making its presence felt in the dressage world in recent years, as well. Saddle Seat, Hunter Seat and Western riders have all found the Friesian a match in their respective classes. As to the driving disciplines, the Friesian has not merely retained its place, but expanded it, finding its way into pleasure driving, as well as combined driving.

Read More

International Friesian Show Horse Association

Recognized National Affiliate Association

In 2001, the International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA), was created and dedicated to the promotion, showing and exhibition of the Friesian Horse and its derivatives. Our sole purpose is to provide a USEF-rated show circuit for the Friesian horse. Each year IFSHA will hold rated, regional and Grand National competitions where we will reward Regional and Grand National Champions. Every horse with Friesian blood should be able to connect with and preserve their authentic Dutch heritage. IFSHA intends to reach out to all people with Friesian-bred horses and bring them together to protect, promote and establish a harmonious show community.

Back to Top

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I find put about Regional Shows?

    Contact IFSHA at [email protected] or 805-448-3027

  • Do I have to be a member of IFSHA to compete in a Friesian or Part-bred Friesian class?

    Per USEF rule FR101.1, if you are signing the USEF entry agreement, you must either be a member of IFSHA or pay a non-member fee to IFSHA for each competition in which you plan to compete. The exception to this rule is if a parent/guardian is signing for a minor, the parent does not have to be an IFSHA member or pay a non-member fee.

Back to Top

Back to Top