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FHAGBI Committee Profiles

Find out more about the FHAGBI Committee by clicking on the faces below...

  Julian Atkins   Sarah Dobson     Delia Harris
  Julian Atkins   Sarah Dobson   Lynsey Gordon   Delia Harris
  John Moon   Mervyn Moon   Helen Sinclair  
  John Moon   Mervyn Moon   Helen Sinclair   Ashley Erskine
               

 

FHAGBI Committee Profiles

Julian Atkins - Board of Directors / Treasurer

  John Atkins

Responsibilities
Accounting and Secretarial duties of FHAGBI Ltd
Passport Queries
Assisting members with paying their overseas KFPS invoices by offering the use of the clubs euro account to save the member bank charges
Advice on attaining registration papers in the members name
Sponsorships and financial advice and assistance with major FHAGBI events

Julian is stepping down as treasurer very shortly, so please direct any of the above enquries to Lynsey Gordon (see below), who has taken over Julian's duties.

How I got into Friesians
My daughter Catherine loves animals and got into horses by first having one on loan - then good old Dad helped her buy her own.  Linda, my wife, then went with Catherine to an Equine event and saw a Friesian and fell in love with the breed stating that if she ever had a horse this would be the breed.  I contacted FHAGBI and with the enthusiastic help of the Secretary decided to treat Linda to a weekend in Holland at the Stallion show for her Christmas present.  We both fell in love with the breed and despite being green as grass with horses we ended up buying Berend a 3 year old 3rd third premie gelding bred in Ameland, an island on the north coast of Friesland.

At this time the FHAGBI Board were looking for an accountant to help and because the Board members had helped us so much I volunteered not realising what this would lead to!!

My wife rode Berend without fear despite horse and rider being inexperienced and developed a loving partnership.  For my part I mucked out and paid the bills until I decided that I should do something about it so learnt how to drive with Karen Bassett as my tutor.  Berend and I were turned into the driving partnership who impressed some judges especially with the dressage and Berend became a trusting and loving ride and drive part of the family.

The breed has always left me in awe at their presence, character and friendliness and I have been proud to play my small part in promoting the breed albeit mainly from the support back office.

We were fortunate to make contact with FHAGBI and find out about Friesians properly and without bias, unfortunately there are many who are not so lucky.  My advice to anyone interested in the breed is take your time and do your homework well.  Its only fair to you and your Friesian.  Good luck, they are wonderful and truly magnificent horses to be involved with.

jcca2012@btinternet.com

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Sarah Dobson - Board of Directors

  Sarah Dobson

Responsibilities
Northern England Liaison
Members Insurance discounts
Passports

How I got into Friesians
I have been involved in horses most of my life, I left school at 16 and began my training at a riding school in Windermere, the owner was also a successful 3-day eventer and so whilst I studied towards my horse exams I also shadowed the head groom at horse trails. I then went onto being the head girl at a private thoroughbred stud for several years, involving the breaking-in of the yearlings, preparation of horses for the sales and foaling etc.

The first experience I had of seeing a Friesian in the flesh was at a local show when I was about 10 years old and remember the way she stood out from the crowd with her superior looks and presence, I knew then that if I ever had the opportunity to own a horse that a Friesian would be top of my list. Time passed and the chance of owning my own horse has unfortunately never been an option, then by chance I hit upon a website of a company close to me who offered carriage rides. I booked a carriage ride straight away as a ‘treat' for my husband (I have a habit of buying presents that are really more suited for me than Ivan) for our 5th Wedding anniversary and it was the best money I have ever spent and now am a regular lodger at the weekends/holidays at the stables where I am learning more and more about this wonderful breed.


sarahdobson@fhagbi.co.uk

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Lynsey Gordon - Treasurer & Company Secretary

 

Responsibilities
Treasurer and Company Secretary
Assisting members with KFPS Euro Payments

How I got into Friesians
I’ve been riding since I was eight years old and was the typical horsey kid that was desperate to be anywhere near a horse. Coming from a family who had never had horses before my folks were never keen on buying me my own pony so I was 27 before I was able to buy my first horse! Dino was a lovely chestnut Finish horse and we had lots of fun doing a bit of dressage and show jumping but both really loved endurance riding.
However, I have always been fascinated by Friesian horses and considered them my dream horse. Unfortunately I lost Dino when he was 17 and decided that my next horse would be a Friesian. So I spent the next few years researching the breed and joined FHAGBI with a Friend membership to learn as much as possible. I was advised that going to the Stallion Show to learn what breeding lines appealed to me would be a good idea. Well after that we were totally hooked and even my husband joined in with the Friesian addiction. We’ve been every year since!
I finally took the plunge and bought Neeske a beautiful rising 4 year old, Ster mare in 2016. Even now I still have to pinch myself that this gorgeous sweet girl is a part of my life. We are having fun doing Clicker training which is helping us to form a lovely strong bond together. Once Neeske is ready I’ll restart her under saddle and hopefully we’ll do some dressage.
It is an absolute privilege to be involved with this wonderful breed and I look forward to promoting FHAGBI and the Friesian horse.

lynseygordon@fhagbi.co.uk

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John Moon - Committee Member

  John Moon

Responsibilities
Northern & Republic of Ireland Liaison
Regional Events & Keurings

How I got into Friesians
My name is John Moon and I was born into a farming background and am the second eldest of 9 children. My father and mother had a mixed farm which gave me a good insight into breeding and rearing animals.
After leaving school I served my apprenticeship in the building trade which I still run. I have 2 sons and Jonathan, my eldest is in the building business with me. My other son, Simon s a chartered surveyor.

I ran a flock of 240 breeding Ewes and 20 suckler cows for a few years. I decided to increase our cows to 70 and stopped keeping sheep as I could manage the cows easier alongside our building business.
In 2006 I had two Spinal operations and had to sell the cows to reduce the workload.

How I got interested in Friesian horses - I had a connemara mare which I bought for Jonathan. When he had outgrown it I took the mare to a friesian stallion which a neighbour owned. She produced a bay colt foal which went on to be a Grade A jumper. This got me interested in Friesians when I saw the appearance and the intelligence this horse had.

In 2007 I bought four Friesian studbook mares in foal from farms in the Netherlands. Between buying and breeding we now have 11. Sadly we lost a 1st Premie Friesian yearling which we purchased in the Netherlands to colic.

My sons, Johnaton & Simon and my partner, Betty, are a tremendous help to me looking after these beautiful horses.

We purchased new premises in Garvagh, Co Derry where I am putting the finishing touches to a block of 16 new stables. I cant wait to get the rest of the facilities up and running.

My brother Mervyn also breeds Friesians and we intend to promote Friesian horses throughout Ireland and afar.

betty.john@btinternet.com

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Mervyn Moon - Committee Member

  Mervyn Moon

Responsibilities
Northern & Republic of Ireland Liaison
Regional Events & Keurings

How I got into Friesians
My name is Mervyn Moon. I come from a family of 9 and was brought up on a mixed farm. My father worked with Clydesdale horses before the tractors came along. I have 3 boys and 1 girl and I run my own ceramic wholesale business along with a garden centre and nursery.

How I became interested in Friesian horses was when I saw a half bred Friesian that my brother John had and I liked the look of it very much. It was from here that I decided to get myself a Friesian Mare and I then brought 3 in from Holland and started to breed them myself with studbook stallions. I now have a total of 13 Friesians.

My aim is now to promote the Friesians in Ireland and afar as they are beautiful horses.

betty.john@btinternet.com

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Helen Sinclair - Committee Member

  Helen Sinclair

Responsibilities
Newsletter
Scotland Liaison
Dressage Representative

How I got into Friesians
I was the typical child desperate for a pony but coming from a totally 'unhorsey' background my pleas fell on deaf ears. Persistence pays off though and as a teenager I was given a totally unsuitable horse and left to get on with it and 'get on with it' I did, for 23 years with that particular horse. Many more years and a succession of horses later, I am still as hooked as ever.

I realised fairly early on that horses would not provide me with a living and throughout my 30 year career in the police service, horses gave me an interest totally unconnected with my work. I am a firm believer that the best relationship between horse and rider is achieved when your finances are not completely dependant on it!

My interest in dressage was mainly due to being unable to jump without falling off, however my dressage successes were modest to say the least. Although rosettes are nice, they were never the 'be all and end all' for me, which was just as well. I loved being around horses and that was enough for me.

My retiral from full time work co-incided with a search for a new horse, hopefully to progress in dressage but more importantly to be an all round riding partner. I didn't want a horse that could only be ridden in a dressage arena or handled whilst wearing protective clothing. The friesian appealed, not only because of its looks, paces and rideability but also because of its legendary good temperament.

My introduction to the friesian breed in 2005 could not have been bettered. The 3 year old gelding I bought turned out to be 'the stuff of dreams' and in every respect a typical friesian. A steady and willing hack from the outset, he was as happy ambling along country lanes as he was in the dressage area. In his first year of affiliated dressage competition, as an 8 year old, he qualified for both Summer and Winter Regional Championships and was Scottish Preliminary Champion. He confounds critics who say that the friesian is lazy and too high in its head carriage to truly work over its back, more suited to pulling a carriage than being ridden competitively. I hope to continue to prove them wrong.

These are special horses and to be owned by one is an honour and a privilege. To those looking for instant success, look elsewhere, this is not a breed that can be hurried through its training. With its co-operative and forgiving nature, it can be very tempting to rush the basics but nothing is more important than to give this horse time to mature. Your care and patience will be repaid many fold, with a kindness and desire to please that I guarantee will astound you.

I look forward to promoting this fabulous breed, not only in the dressage arena but through my association with FHAGBI.

helensinclair@fhagbi.co.uk

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Delia Harris - Committee Member

  Delia Harris

Responsibilities
Membership Secretary

How I got into Friesians
I've always loved horses , even as a little girl I would stop and stare over the top of gates at these beautiful creatures. It wasn't until I was a married woman that I got to own my first pony, with three children off my hands I could really start to enjoy riding with friends through the forest.

I guess I was about 38 when on holiday in Germany I was being shown round a stud farm to ask about livery, and was being followed by this huge black horse, keeping her distance behind me, she slowly came near enough so I could feel her breath on the back of my neck. I asked the manager about her and he told me she was a Friesian. Well that was it for me love at first sight.

On returning to England I made it my mission to find out as much as I could about this rare and most beautiful horse I'd ever seen.

Not long after I bought my first mare through FHAGBI .She was 8 years old and I remember her owner saying to me, "you will drive her" I thought, never, but I did she took to it like a duck to water. I took my girlie to France where I spent the next 10 years of my life and bought another Friesian this time a filly, which at the age of 3 graded "Ster". She had a filly who also got her "Ster" . My old mare passed in November at the age of 26 and I miss her. My mare I have now is so special, I rescued her whilst in France she is very tall and elegant. We had a filly with her, which like my other was sold on my return to England.

My ambition now is to enjoy riding again as I used to, and maybe do an odd dressage test with her, I'll see how it goes. .

deliaharris@fhagbi.co.uk

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