Featured Video: Stephen Colbert Meets the World’s Most Handsome Horse


We all think we own the best looking horse in the world, but Stacy Nazario might have a better claim than the rest of us. Her Friesian stallion, Frederik the Great, has been named by the internet at large as the “World’s Most Handsome Horse.” That honor earned Frederick an invite to this week’s Central Park Horse Show, and since they were in town, The Late Show host Stephen Colbert invited Nazario and Frederick to be a guest on the show.

Frederick the Great and Stephen Colbert
L-R: Stephen Colbert; Frederik the Great, the World’s Most Handsome Horse; Stacy Nazario.

(Of course, for all his talk about being afraid, Colbert is an old pro with horses, as we know from his dressage lessons a few years back on his previous late night show.)

This isn’t the first time Frederick has scored some attention on late-night TV. Late Late Show host James Corden devoted a sizeable chunk of his monologue to the photogenic equine back in May. (The Frederick bit starts around 0:45.)

Keep being you, Frederick, and have fun in New York!

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Leslie Potter is a graduate of William Woods University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Science with a concentration in saddle seat riding and a minor in Journalism/Mass Communications. She is currently a writer and photographer in Lexington, Ky.Potter worked as a barn manager and riding instructor and was a freelance reporter and photographer for the Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar and Saddle Horse Report before moving to Lexington to join Horse Illustrated as Web Editor from 2008 to 2019. Her current equestrian pursuits include being a grown-up lesson kid at an eventing barn and trail riding with her senior Morgan gelding, Snoopy.


  1. Frederick the Great is just AWESOME! I actually saw it live on the Late Night Show! Knew he was going to be on and stayed up to Watch Him! He’s Beautiful! Love that Forelock, Mane and Tail!


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