Terri Ray - President: Terri is the owner of Double R Performance Horses and Don Ray Insurance Agency were she sells equine insurance and all other personal lines. Terri shows nationally and holds regional, national and world titles on her Friesian, Walling. She is the current President of the FEA, was the past president of 8 years with the NEFHC, a past FHANA board member, former USEF rules committee member, former MHC board member & former VP of MQHA. She owns multiple breeds & rides multiple disciplines. Currently Terri & Wally are performing with Friesians In Pink and you will see them at many New England events.
Jennifer Grady - Director: Jen is the owner and trainer at Acorn Hill Farm in Whitefield, Maine. Jen and her husband Steve established their farm in 1980 and their two adult sons, Jamison and Jordan live on tracts of land from their farm. Jen owns and trains Friesian horses along with all other breeds of horses for the Show or Dressage ring, trail riding,and breaking out of young horses. Jen has owned and trained a vast number of great horses over the years and have learned much from these horses. She has received National, Regional and local championships in Dressage, Hunter Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Sport Horse, Trail and In Hand. She currently owns a Friesian gelding, Rhoherrin (Fabe x Marrigjen) and a Morgan mare MEM McDreamy (Liberation First Star x MKS Just Cause), both of which she shows and trail rides. She has her NEHC judges card for Western and English and judges 4 to 6 shows annually through out Maine and New Hampshire. In her spare time she enjoys gardening.
Debbie Thomas - Treasurer: Owns Fabled Friesians in Connecticut along with her husband Scott and currently owns two 1st premie ster mares, Tessa van de Batouwe and Esra v.d. Wijzend. They also own Esra’s foal, Zander of Fabled Friesians by Thorben 466 who was born on their farm on Deb’s Birthday! She is currently riding and training Esra and loves the rewarding challenge. She enjoys riding in both Dressage and Pleasure shows and trail rides when she has the chance. She also spends lots of time with their two wonderful dogs, Rayna and Tucker. Deb currently rides on the Friesians in Pink drill team and has been involved in many organizations including NEFHC, FHANA, IFSHA, USEF, USDF and CDA.
Scott Thomas - Director: Owns Fabled Friesians along with his wife Debbie where they are importing, breeding and selling these magnificent animals. They currently own 3 Friesians at their farm and Scott rides their ster mare Tessa van de Batouwe and has shown in Pleasure Shows. Two of their previously owned Geldings, Hilbrand fan Fjildsicht and Klaas fan Synaeda, have won numerous IFSHA Grand National Championship and World Championship titles. Klaas has also won many 1st place ribbons in costume classes as a Pegasus and Eagle wearing a 14-foot wingspan designed and built by Scott! Scott plays an important role in the Friesians in Pink drill team as the ‘man of all trades’, making sure the team is ready to perform. He is committed to fundraising for people in need. He enjoys educating others on how great this breed is and the wonderful things they can do. He has been involved in many organizations including FHANA, IFSHA, USEF and NEFHC holding positions on their board from 2006 – 2009.
Jennifer Black Pomerleau - Director: Jen feels very blessed to finally have her dream! She owns a 5yr old friesian gelding, Donder BTF, who is the son of Teade 392. Jen purchased Donder when he was 3 months old from Black Thunder Friesians. To quote Jen..."He is my dream come true! It only took 28 years to get him, but he was well worth the wait!!! He has brought so much happiness to my life! He is my kid and my life." Jen and Donder are working on walk/trot under saddle and will be showing at pleasure and dressage shows this year.
Ricky Drew - Vice President: Rick owns his own weatherization/construction business, DnL Weatherization LLP. Rick has been announcing horse shows for over 25 years, and managing horse shows for about 15 years. He has never ridden a horse. Because of that fact, many people in the horse world refer to him as the horseless headman. Rick has managed &/or currently manages shows for many clubs: Friesian Events Association, American Saddlebred Association of Maine, Maine Quarter Horse Association, New Hampshire Quarter Horse Association, Maine Horse Association, Northeast Friesian Horse Club, and has his own show- the Maine Event- Maine State Championship Show. Beyond managing shows, Rick currently serves or has served on the boards of: FEA, MHA, MeQHA and ASAM. Rick comes from a family well-known for auto-racing in Maine and New England. Rick would say his passion is ‘horse power’. Rick is also passionate about the FEA’s dedication to giving back to the equine industry.
Klara van der Waal – Secretary: Klara is excited to be on the board of the FEA! She was born and raised in the Netherlands and became a fan of the Friesian horse at a young age at a farm in Friesland where she started riding. She moved to Maine in the early nineties and in 2005 she and her husband Bill imported their first Friesian mare Antje. It was with Antje that Klara became a part of the FEA’s team Friesians in Pink. Klara and Bill own a small farm in New Gloucester, Maine where they have several Friesians at their semi private riding and boarding barn. This picture was taken at the Maine Event past September and is of the new gelding Sjouke a 5 year old gelding at his first event. When Klara is not at the barn she is working as a pre school teacher in Falmouth Maine or enjoying time with horsey friends and family.
Mary Field – Director: Bio coming
Denise McCabe – Director: Bio coming
Society Members: Cindi Spear, Andrea Macdonald, Cheryl St. Amour
Jen Black Pomerleau
Jen Grady & Terri Ray
Scott & Deb Thomas
Klara van der Waal