More recently they have competed successfully in Dressage.  It was of great importance in the breeding of Arabo-Friesians that the pure Friesians have always been rigorously selected for beauty and movement, with the main emphasis placed on athletic ability. Many buyers of Arabo-Friesians are former Warmblood owners who prefer to exchange the hot temperament of so many Warmbloods for the fantastic gentle and cooperative character and beauty of the Arabo-Friesians, with no loss in performance.  

The breeding stallion, Yk Dark Danilo competed for 4 years as the leading horse in a four-in-hand team among the world elite, in the world championships both indoors and outdoors. In 2005 he was trained in the Dressage discipline and in that same year he was Reserve Champion in a high class competition tournament of Dressage under saddle in Belgium. This shows the adaptability of the remarkable Arabo-Friesian horse breed. Yk Dark Danilo has sired 4 stallions, who are all homogenous sires. His son Yk Dark Ynte is consistently placed high amongst the best Warmbloods in Dressage classes, from the age of four.

In 2014 his son Otto, driven by John Nisbet, won the titles of National Indoor Intermediate Horse Champion, National Intermediate Horse Champion (in outdoor competition) and was top of the Intermediate Horse Points table for the year.  A great achievement in only his second year of national competition.

Dark Ynte

Arabo-Friesian horses are bred specifically for performance and have proven to be able to compete successfully against the best Warmblood horses. For eight consecutive years a team of Arabo-Friesians won the Belgian four-in-hand championships and for many years they were regularly placed among the Top Ten in International  Carriage Driving competitions, including World Championships.

These horses’ intelligence, cooperative character and ‘No Fear’ attitude makes them suitable for any kind of advanced level of sport, especially Dressage, Driving and Endurance competition.

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