I went to watch a little bit of the Friesian Horse Show at Frying Pan Park this past weekend. Friesians seem to be the one horse that all people, horsey or not, consider beautiful and somewhat majestic. I’ve heard many husbands tell their wives that if they were ever going to ride a horse, it would be a Friesian. They have a history of being ridden by kings and in wars but are also known to be gentle and personable. You’ve seen them in movies such as “Mask of Zorro,” “Interview with a Vampire,” “300,” “Chronicles of Narnia,” and “Lord of the Rings.”
The Friesians have such a presence about them that it’s easy to get some really expressive photos. Their bold trot kicks up the sand and the canter looks powerful even in a freeze frame. I snapped a few pictures while the riders were doing their warm-up for the dressage classes. I also struck up a conversation with a lovely young rider and her mother.
Their horse, Gys, was of course beautiful but it was his sweet personality that really made me smile. While he was taking a break outside of the arena, I snapped a picture from behind him. I thought it might turn out as a nice shot but was really pleased when I got home to really have a look. It’s now one of my favorites and was so completely random. For me, it shows the gentle side of the Friesian that is often overlooked by their strength and power.