As the Friesian horse becomes more popular and more registries begin to spring up across the country, it becomes more and more difficult to keep track of them all and what they offer and represent. Cross-registration is not allowed by some registries, so this can lead to confusion among new owners, who may find out too late that their new mare isn't eligible to be bred to a particular stallion, or their horse cannot be registered in the association of their choice. There are plenty of dealers out there willing to take advantage of newcomers to the Friesian scene, so be sure to do your research before you do any type of business.
This was the first registry for Friesian horses, founded in 1879 by a group of Frisian farmers who wanted to save their native breed. This Dutch registry is known for it's strict standards of breeding stock and does not allow or recognize crossbreeding. Stallions undergo three levels in inspection process, evaluating health, movement, conformation, temperament and sport skill before being approved, and then are tested on overall quality of offspring. All purebred Friesians originally come from FPS bloodlines, and most other registries have adopted the FPS breed standard.
The daughter registry and representative of the FPS in America. Horses that are advertised as FHANA registered are also by default registered with the FPS, and the same rules of identification apply.
A German registry, they are the second separate Friesian registry to come into existance. The FPZV broke off from the FPS in 1991 after a dispute about the strictness of FPS standards. This registry allows stallions to crossbreed, but does not register the crosses in a primary studbook.
The daughter registry and American representative of the FPZV.Horses that are advertised as FHS registered are also by default registered with the FPZV, and the same information applies.
One of the first registries to completely recognize and gear itself toward the Friesian cross. There are no requirements for registration other than proof of Friesian heritage. Unlike the other registries there is no evaluation or rating system.
A relatively new registry, the AFA accepts both purebred and partbred Friesians in it's studbooks. The AFA has a similar rating system to other registries, though it allows sport performance scores as a substitution for on-site inspection in some instances.
Another new American registry is the FOA, which also accepts purebred and partbred Friesians. They offer a tiered approval/registration format with the lower quality horses granted fewer breeding privileges than the higher rated horses. They also award merits for sport accomplishments.
This registry is primarily for crossbred horses, but it does recognize purebred stallions as contributing breeding sires. The FBHR has an inspection procedure similar to other sport horse registries, and grants four levels of quality/registration.
An arm of the United States Equestrian Federation, recognized in 2004. This is not a registry, but a show organization, managing the show standards of the breed. Any Friesian or part-bred Friesian from any registry can be in IFSHA.