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John Moon - Committee Member

  John Moon

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Northern & Republic of Ireland Liaison
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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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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
  Wayne Saunders   Sarah Dobson   Lorraine Newton   VACANCY
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