I was honoured to be a Director and subsequently President of the Friesian Horse Association of GB & Ireland for a number of years which allowed me to help educate many Friesian lovers. Sadly, due to family circumstances I was unable to give the position enough time so resigned from FHAGBI in 2017. The KFPS Friesian studbook is one of the strictest in the world with very clear breeding policies and goals which we will always support and help others to understand.
Having met many owners who had made heartbreaking and expensive decisions because they went into ownership blind, I was keen to share what I had learnt over the years. The aim was to help people make informed choices so the Friesian they offered a home to could be assured of the best possible life.
Over the years the Experiences I offered grew and changed; visitors started to come to the farm from all round the world to spend time with these magical horses and learn more about them.
Experienced riders could get a feel for how different they were to ride and others would have a go at carriage driving round the quiet lanes. Other visitors just wanted to spend time with them or have professional photographs taken together.
My passion is not only to educate visitors and Friesians but primarily to ensure all the Friesian horses in my care are happy and healthy and able to live the best life they can.
Over the years we have had a number of Friesian horses abandoned with us where their owners circumstances changed and they were unable to care for their horses any more. These horses now have a home with us for life.
Recognising the need to provide a safe haven for Friesians whose owners were facing difficulties, we have offered temporary Sanctuary to a number of horses over the years and continue to do so.
THE FRIESIAN EXPERIENCE
The Friesian Experience was originally created in 2010 to help and educate those considering bringing a Friesian horse into their lives.
The Friesian is a very special breed of horse, renowned for its luxurious appearance, friendliness, intelligence, adaptability and an enormous willingness to work. It is for all these reasons and more that these horses have captured our hearts, imaginations and lives. Our Friesian family has grown steadily over the years and we have been blessed to own some of the highest graded Friesians in the UK during this time. Amongst our family we have Femma (Teunis 332), the first MODEL mare in the UK and Breed Champion in 2008, Anja (Ait 410) who became breed champion 2011 and 2016, and gained the MODEL title in 2018. We also had Wouter (Arjen 417) who was Best Stallion 2011 and the only Friesian to have qualified as a 4yo and 5yo for the finals of the British Dressage Shearwater Young Dressage Horse competition.