Meet the Team

Vicki Knapp - President

Responsibilities

  • Breeding & Foal advice
  • Inspections & IBOP

Email: vicki@fhagbi.co.uk

How I got into Friesians

I have been involved with Friesians for over 15 years, we have recently downsized from 26 Friesians to having currently have 10 Friesians at home and a few over in Holland either competing or for training. I have bred to the expectations of the KFPS which has enabled me to breed quality foals taking UK Foal Champions most years, along with various Reserve Day Champions and Overall Day Champion. I have competed our Friesians in the UK, Holland and Germany, with our Driving Stallions, Foals, Geldings, mares and stallions at Inspections, along with IBOP tests, I have also bred Ster quality Mares and Stallions and have produced a Preferent Mare from my offspring. I have spent a lot of time in Holland going to nearly every Keuring at least once. I have learnt everything from the Dutch, which has enabled me to bring this knowledge back to the UK and improve my own Friesian bloodlines.

I have my Level 4 judging with KFPS. I have experience and knowledge of working alongside the KFPS office, and I understand the Policies and Procedures. I have experience in organising my own open days for my Friesians at home, most years having just over 200 people attend.

With experience and knowledge of what I have gained over the years I am looking forward to doing something new with FHAGBI. I hope I can bring something to the board, increase memberships, continue to hold Inspections, clinics, deliver training and education throughout the country, increase the PR of FHAGBI, and lastly be there for the members.

Michaela Green - Board of Directors

Responsibilities

  • Registration enquiries
  • Passport enquiries

Email: michaelagreen@fhagbi.co.uk

How I got into Friesians

Having had horses all my life, I had always dreamed of having a Friesian but thought it was out of my reach. In 2011, I started looking for a new horse and had many unsuccessful viewings of other breeds. My husband was now frustrated on my behalf and asked me if I could have any horse, what would it be? Well of course my answer was a Friesian filly and that's how our Friesian family started. With many trips to Friesland we now have two, a sport gelding and a younger mare. I have also recently completed my level 2 judging with the KFPS.

Having been a company director for over twenty years I have a wealth of experience in organisational development and finances which I am hoping will aid FHAGBI in its advancement.

Justine Fieldhouse - Board of Directors

Responsibilities

  • FHAGBI Drill Team Co-ordinator
  • Events

Email: justinefieldhouse@fhagbi.co.uk

How I got into Friesians

I've been around horses since the age of four, however I finally came to own my first horse when I reached my late twenties. I completed a higher national certificate in equine studies in 2000 at Writtle College and had the opportunity to run two small livery yards in Essex before moving back to the Midlands. My first horse Norman was with me for 16 years before I lost him at nearly 24.

Just before I lost Norman I'd started to search for for my next forever horse and had always watched in awe and dreamt of owning one of these gorgeous, black, majestic black pearls or as we know them the Friesian horse.

In 2015, I went to Holland to look for and buy my first Friesian and I feel honoured to have found such a loving, willing, forward and friendly horse, Minno (Andries x Dries). I spent the first three months letting Minno settle in and allowing him to get use to his new country surroundings and me. The first year consisted mainly of hacking with some light schooling and from August 2016 onwards, we had many many great experiences such as the Friesian Festival, riding in the Drill Team performing at The Warrington Show and representing the Friesian breed at The Horse of the Year Show 2017. We have lots of fun times too such as beach riding, fun rides, horse holidays and courses and having him lightly trained to carriage driving.

I plan to continue having fun with Minno, ride in the Drill Team and try our hand at dressage too. I have met some amazing people whilst being a member of FHAGBI and now as a committee member I look forward to helping others learn and mostly have fun with this magnificent breed.

Sarah Fisher - Website Administrator

Responsibilities

  • Website and Social Media
  • Adverts

Email: sarahfisher@fhagbi.co.uk

How I got into Friesians

Growing up I was a typical pony-mad kid and was 13 when I got my first horse, Joey, a TB x Connemara. We did everything together, hacking, show-jumping, cross-country, fun rides.

About 15 years ago, I went to a local driving show where I saw a yellow coach being driven by four, dashing Friesians. I was absolutely gob-smacked at the sight of these majestic horses trotting around the ring. I instantly fell in love and knew I had to find out more. I did alot of research on the breed in the years that followed and the more I read, the more I fell in love. I vowed that one day I would have one of my own. Fast-forward to 3 years ago and due to a heart condition, I had to retire Joey, so I began looking for a new horse. A Friesian! As luck had it, I saw a beautiful 18 month old colt advertised by one of my favourite approved stallions, Norbert 444 and he was exactly what I had been looking for. And so I became a proud Friesian owner. Argento is now 8 years old and I still have to pinch myself every time I see him in the field that he's actually mine. He is so intelligent, kind, goofy, brilliant around my two young daughters and is an absolute delight to own. Argento lives at home with us and our four other horses and is an integral part of our family. FHAGBI has been a fountain of knowledge over the years and I am truly grateful to count myself amongst the lucky people able to live my "Friesian fairytale".

Delia Harris - Membership Secretary

Responsibilities

  • Membership administrator

Email: deliaharris@fhagbi.co.uk

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.

Alexandra Yudina - Committee Member

Responsibilities

  • Newsletter
  • Merchandise

Email: alex@fhagbi.co.uk

How I got into Friesians

I was 2 years old when I saw a horse for the first time. I can still close my eyes and see that grey dappled horse with a long mane and tail like it was yesterday. I was with my mother and very determined to bring it home! It was love at the first sight but I had to wait for 10 more years to get closer to those wonderful creatures and learn how to ride.

Later, when I was working in Moscow I attended an equine exhibition and met a beautiful Friesian stallion brought there from the Netherlands for a show. He stole my heart, and since then I have been thinking that if I was ever to have a horse, it should be a Friesian. That gentle and absolutely beautiful giant took my heart. It was not until I was in my thirties when I was finally ready and brave enough to take on the responsibility of owning a horse. My family and I booked a trip to the Netherlands for a week right after Christmas to meet several Friesian horses and get to know them. That is how I met Merle B. One week later she was here in the UK and we started our journey together. Merle is an absolute dream and pleasure to handle and ride, we have dressage lessons, do long reining together with my dear friend, horseback archery and a bit of vaulting now and again but mostly we enjoy just being together and explore the wonderful world around us. I am very grateful and feel very privileged to have her in my life. It is like living in a fairy-tale.

I am proud to be part of FHAGBI team and help to promote the magically beautiful Friesian breed in the country. They are truly one of a kind.