About Us

The timeless beauty of the Friesian horse is noble and majestic. They'll capture your heart as they did ours. Just as the Friesian stole our hearts, the Barock Pinto impressed us with the qualities of a Friesian, their unique striking black and white contrasts of color, and the sport abilities of the Warmblood. We invite you to take a look around our TopHatFriesians.com website and to visit with us on Facebook.

Top Hat Friesians & Barock Pintos is located in South Florida in Northern Palm Beach County. We began as Top Hat Friesians in 2006 when we purchased our first Friesian filly. Soon thereafter, we imported several more. Over the next several years our horses did well at the keurings. In 2009 we imported three six month old weanlings; a KFPS Friesian stud colt, Eike van de Terp from the Netherlands, and two Barock Pintos; Picasso's Masterpiece and Nikita from Denmark. Eike van de Terp was awarded Ster status in October 2013 at the KFPS keuring in Lexington, Virginia. Picasso and Nikita were the beginning of our interest in the Barock Pinto. As our dreams were coming true of setting up a Barock Pinto breeding program, the economy took a downturn and we were affected. Unfortunately, we had to sell some horses that we never intended to part with in order for our family to survive, but we still held onto the dream of one day putting our Barock Pinto breeding program back together.

Our goal of breeding Barock Pintos was to produce homozygous tobiano horses, which are very rare in the breed. We achieved this goal and have produced more homozygous tobiano Barock Pintos than any other Barock Pinto breeder in North America. Over the years we produced three homozygous tobiano chestnut stallions, one homozygous tobiano black and white stallion, and four homozygous tobiano black and white fillies. We also produced many homozygous black horses as well. In 2019 we expanded into Warmbloods but then in late 2020 decided to semi-retire and sold all of the Warmbloods, leaving only Barock Pintos. We incorporated as Top Hat Equine, Inc but kept the name Top Hat Friesians, because that's who we've been since 2006 and how we're known in the industry. Life can be full of twists and turns, and now in late 2021, fifteen years after we began, the time has come to close our doors and completely retire from breeding. Raven and Electra were our last foals to be bred by us and born on our farm. We are keeping Picasso, Zoey, and the minis as our personal horses and everyone else will be sold to approved homes.

We put a great deal of thought and time into the creation of our KWPN Barock Pinto breeding program. We selected and imported horses that met our specific needs by studying their pedigrees and finding mares and fillies that, when bred to our Barock Pinto stallion Picasso, would produce top quality foals that would be suitable for equestrian performance sports as adults. We also breed for temperament and looked for horses with a willing attitude, calm demeanor and desire to work. Picasso has these desirable qualities and passes them to his foals. We also wanted the same qualities in our mares so we were very thorough in our search. Now that Picasso's grandson, Otro Armani, a black and white homozygous tobiano who carries red sired by Picasso's son, Knight of Hearts, is soon to be of breeding age, we have ensured that all future foals, whether sired by Picasso or Armani, will be KWPN B Book registered.

When the Barock Pinto breed was started in Europe it was a cross between a Friesian and a Warmblood, specifically the Gelderlander and Groningen, which are the two breeds that were also used as the foundation for the Dutch Warmblood. Within our KWPN Barock Pinto breeding program we strive to meet the original goals of the Barock Pinto breed by only breeding Barock Pintos to Friesians, Warmbloods or other Barock Pintos. We also strive to produce horses that meet the breeding goals of the KWPN which state: that horses have the potential to be able to perform at Grand Prix level; that they have a constitution that enables long usefulness; that they have a character that supports the will to perform as well as being agreeable and good natured towards people; that they have functional conformation and a correct movement mechanism that will enable good performance; and that they have an attractive exterior that is related to refinement, nobility and quality.

If you're looking for your own Barock Pinto or Friesian, please check out sale barn to see what we have available.


also dba Top Hat Equine, Inc.

North Palm Beach, Florida

Email: info @ tophatfriesians.com (without the spaces) 

Phone Messages: 561-288-4545

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