About Barock Pintos
Bonte Fries is the Dutch name
for a breed of horses that began in the Netherlands in 1957
as a cross between a Friesian and a Warmblood. Most people
know this breed today as the Barock Pinto (pronounced
pin-toh"). In Europe
it is also called Barockpinto, Barockpintoens,
and Pinto Barock. In North America this impressive breed
also goes by the name Baroque Pintos, Pinto Friesians,
Friesian Pintos, and Friesian Warmbloods.
The Barock Pinto is unique in
that it has the appearance of a Friesian with its beautiful,
thick, flowing mane and tail, abundant fetlock feathering,
noble head, high knee action, powerful movement and
extension combined with the sport performance ability of the
Warmblood. They are usually the crowd favorites in shows
because of their natural beauty, showiness, and
CHARACTERISTICS & USES
The Barock Pinto Horse is an
all around, very versatile sport horse with an impressive
appearance. The heavier to medium built Barock Pintos with
more Friesian blood are often used as carriage horses, for
pleasure, driving, and can also excel in different
disciplines such as dressage, saddle seat, western, or on
the trails. The Barock Pintos with a higher percentage of
Warmblood and lighter build often excel in jumping and
eventing. Regardless of confirmation, their magnificent
appearance and natural movement provides a noble presence in
shows, parades or dressage.
The willing and gentle
temperament of the Barock Pinto, their high intelligence and
quick learning, makes for easy training. Like Friesians,
they tend to be "in your pocket" with a willingness to
please and, like Warmbloods, they tend to have a hard work
Barock Pintos are usually
black and white (although you can find other color
combinations). Every Barock Pinto has a distinctive pinto
color pattern that makes each horse unique and one of a
kind. Within the breed, if the sire or dam is heterozygous
for tobiano, there is a 50/50 chance that the foal's coat
will be solid black. These foals are called Barock Blacks
because they did not inherit the tobiano gene.
APPEARANCE & TEMPERAMENT
The following characteristics
are set forth as breeding goals for the Barock Pinto.
Ideal size: 160 cm - 172 cm (15.3 to 17 hands although
some can be up to 17.2 hands).
white and one color. For all color options the secondary
characteristics color features desired are spots on the
muzzle, outlined in white around the iris (eye), vertically
striped hooves, mottled with plate Tobiano.
Not too long, strong head, Roman nose is light and big
bright eyes are typical of the race.
Strong, well-muscled neck with a relatively high erection,
proportionate to the body.
Strong and compact riding horse with a broad chest, not too
long in the back, well-rounded rump, strong muscles.
Strong, dry, with strong joints, well-shaped, hard hooves.
The desire is a sure stop motion with a good under radical
hindquarters, easy, light, free, with high knee action.
Barockpintoen is particularly suited to riding, driving,
classical dressage, jumping, and exercises from the high art
of riding. Suitable as an all around family horse for trail
riding as well.
Friendly and sociable character and temperament, and quick
learner in training. Baroque horse as Pinto also
particularly suitable for the lessons of the high art of
A BRIEF HISTORY
The Barock Pinto breed
originated in the Netherlands in 1957 when a purebred
Friesian mare was bred to a Groningen stallion to produce
Bonte Nico, who was also known as Nico van Friesland.
During the 1960ís Bonte Nico
was the most popular and controversial horse in Holland and
often appeared in the newspaper on a weekly basis. Bonte Nico was
recognized in the Dutch Warmblood breeding program but was
disqualified because the Responsible Breed Federation
didnít want a tobiano Groninger stallion as an ancestor on
pedigrees and revoked his breeding license. However, this
didnít affect his popularity at all and the breeders tried
again for licensing, which brought about death threats to
Bonte Nico by the Breeding Federation. At 9 years old, Bonte
Nico was finally awarded a breeding license and entered into
the breeding register and he then covered 118 mares in 100
The Barock Pinto was originally a cross
between a Friesian, Gelderlander, or Groninger (usually
registered with the KWPN and also referred to as Groningen). The Groninger
was also used
as the foundation horses to create the Dutch Warmblood breed
and shares its breed foundation with the Friesian, East
Friesian, Alt-Oldenburger and Holsteiner. The Gelderlander
was also a foundation horse for the Dutch Warmblood,
Friesian, and Barock Pinto breeds.
The original Barock Pinto
aimed for a very high percentage of Friesian blood to retain
the noble characteristics of the Friesian breed while
creating a sportier horse with a black and white coat color
when breeding to the Dutch Warmblood. Many modern day
breeders still follow the original goals of the first
breeders by only crossing Friesians to Warmbloods, Barock
Pintos to Warmbloods and Barock Pintos to Barock Pintos to
The introduction of the KWPN
breeding stallion, Samber, to the Barock Pinto helped to
maintain the black and white tobiano color pattern and
increased the sport abilities of the breed.
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