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Horse Sport Prepares For Brexit

Posted 28/01/2019

We have received the News Release below from the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) on what will happen after 29th March 2019.
From the news release there is NO mention of importing horses or semen from The EU and we have NO updates on this at the present time. We will give you all updates when we get them. I am aware of some of our members may be thinking of buying Friesians or importing semen this year and we will do our very best in trying to help you do this but for now we don’t know anymore than what is in the statement below.

FHAGBI has been involved for the last 6 months with a Studbook Associations Group in the UK who will be addressing these issues at a meeting next week with the BEF & DEFRA, we are not the only studbook who have these concerns. We will keep you posted. - Elaine de Boer


Although the outcomes of Parliamentary negotiations surrounding Brexit remain uncertain, the horse world has been working closely together to understand the implications for horse owners when the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.

Leaders from a number of organisations from horse sport, racing, vets, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) have been developing plans for what needs to be done in case the UK leaves with no deal.

The chief concern for horse owners will be transportation. Our focus has been on the following areas: All horses leaving the UK to enter the EU will need a new type of Export Health Certificate (EHC) which would require blood tests signed off by an Official Veterinarian (OV) to confirm it is free from disease. EHCs would last 10 days and would accompany the horse and its horse passport. Requirements for movements to the rest of the world remain largely unchanged.

Developing a new type of Equine Travel ID Document. This would be needed, as well as a horse passport, for horses which do not have studbook passports or are not registered with an international body which governs sport or racing (such as the FEI).

Given increased demand, ensuring there will be enough Official Veterinarians and other experts and specialists, to carry out health inspections, blood tests and produce EHCs.

Submitting evidence to the EU about the UK’s health status so that the UK can be granted a Third Country status/category. This will determine the extent of the blood tests required by horses before moving.

The effect on transport authorisations, certificates of competence and vehicle approval certificates. The extent of probable delays at channel crossing points (Channel Tunnel and ferry ports) and the need for more Border Inspection Posts both in the UK and the EU, because of requirements to check horse identity and health certificates Tariffs on permanent horse movements.

A system to take over from the EU’s movements recording database (TRACES) to enable the UK to keep its own horse movement records.

Mutual recognition of EU and UK studbooks to preserve their registered horses’ ability to travel without the additional Equine Travel ID Document.

Availability and recognition of veterinary medicines British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Chief Executive Nick Fellows says; “The terms of the UK’s departure from the EU have not yet been confirmed but, given the serious implications for equestrian sport, we have been working closely with the relevant authorities. As soon as the situation becomes clearer the BEF will inform its members so that horse owners will be aware of actions they may need to take.”

Matt Williams
Head of Communications
British Equestrian Federation


The KFPS has decided to implement new rules and guidelines for Inspections. Please visit the link below to view the full details on the KFPS website.
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Posted 23/04/2018

Royal Friesian Pin for Julian Atkins

At the Annual General Meeting 2018 of The Friesian Horse Association of Great Britain & Ireland (FHAGBI) the Royal Friesian Pin was awarded to Julian Atkins. KFPS Director Ids Hellinga handed over a silver Royal Friesian pin as a token of appreciation for his 21-year commitment and dedication as treasurer of FHAGBI.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Julian for everything he has done for FHAGBI. He has been a stalwart of the association and promoting the Friesian breed in the UK. We wish him and his wife, Linda all the very best for the future.

Annual General Meeting 2018 - Saturday 17th February

The AGM will be held at the Ramada Birmingham Solihull Hotel, The Square, Solihull, B91 3RF from 12.30-5pm. You can buy a ticket for £10 that includes a sandwich lunch served at 12.30pm and tea or coffee from the Online Store. The meeting will begin at 1.30pm followed by a talk from Ids Hellinga, director of the KFPS. The AGM is open to all Gold, Silver and Bronze members to attend.

A new president - 2nd January 2018

The Board and members have been made aware that Julian Atkins will be retiring at the next AGM and because of this, a vote has been taken by the Board in accordance with FHAGBI’s Articles. It is the Board’s intention to appoint Elaine de Boer as the next President of FHAGBI who will take office at the close of the AGM in February 2018. We congratulate Elaine and all wish her every success in her new role.

Friesian at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) 4th – 8th October 2017 at the Genting Arena, NEC Birmingham

We are pleased and excited to announce that FHAGBI were selected as 1 of only 5 breeds to provide a Horse and promotional stand at HOYS this year at the new “Meet the Horses Area” which will be a dedicated site located in the north west corner of the newly relocated HOYS Retail Village.

Justine Fieldhouse and her fabulous horse, Minno Fan Panyurs were selected from a number of splendid applicants from our membership and we offer our congratulations and thanks to her and Minno for volunteering to fly the Friesian Flag in front of an estimated 60,000 visitors.

So please put these dates in your diary and come and support/meet Justine and Minno and FHAGBI members who are volunteering at the stand whilst enjoying the other delights on offer at HOYS. I believe Justine will be pleased to provide autographs and Minno to pose for photographs!

Tickets on sale at but don’t leave it too late.


Due to circumstances beyond the Board’s control it is with very great regret that this years Inspections and Festival due to be held at Myerscough in August 2017 have had to be cancelled. Horse inspection and Festival entries together with physical resources available are all insufficient to make the proposed events financially viable. The Company's finances still remain robust and FHAGBI Members and members of the public who have already paid FHAGBI for entrance fees or ticket sales will be refunded in full in due course. Members will be aware that Wendy Mason-Smith has already stepped down as director and Julian Atkins has already confirmed his intention of standing down at next AGM. Tracey Venter has now confirmed to the Board that she will be standing down as director with immediate effect. This will leave the Company with only one director being Sarah Dobson as at the next AGM who will review her position at that time. As this is in contravention of the Companies Articles, Gold or Silver members are therefore invited to put themselves forward to act as Directors to form a new Board, to the Company Secretary as soon as possible and before the end of the year. Julian Atkins - Director and Company Secretary.

Drill Team GB at Warrington Show - 30th May 2017

The Friesian Drill Team GB provided a display at the Warrington Horse show on Monday. Thanks to the team of riders & their Friesian's along with Pamela Rigby who has supported and guided the team.