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Helen Sinclair - Committee Member

  Helen Sinclair

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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.

hdsinclair@toucansurf.com

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FHAGBI Committee Profiles

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  Tracey Venter   Wendy Mason-Smith   Julian Atkins   Mary Scott-Morgan
  Tracey Venter   Wendy Mason-Smith   Julian Atkins   Mary Scott-Morgan
  John Moon   Mervyn Moon   Helen Sinclair   Elaine de Boer
  John Moon   Mervyn Moon   Helen Sinclair   Elaine de Boer
               
  Wayne Saunders   Sarah Dobson   Lorraine Newton   vacancy
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