Hello to all Worcestershire County BHS members!
I’m Frank Randle and I was elected as the new Worcestershire Committee Chairman at the annual meeting in October 2012. I have been a member of the committee for just over 12 months.
I am Worcestershire born and bred and apart from a short foray into the Black Country for a few years, I have lived in the county all my life. I am married to Lisa Randle, the West Midlands Regional Committee Chair, Regional Welfare and Worcestershire Committee Welfare Representative.
I used to be a West Midlands Police Officer and having completed 30 years’ service, I retired in 2005. Since this time Lisa and I have been fortunate enough to buy our own land and most of our time has been taken up with the development of our stables and, more recently, the building of an arena.
What with chain harrowing, fencing, hay production, looking after our five horses and all the other bits of general maintenance that go with the land, my days are fairly full.
When I was a young boy (about a thousand years ago), both of my parents were frightened of horses, thinking that that they were unpredictable and dangerous animals that were best avoided. Through my childhood years, the only thing I did that could be remotely connected with equines was the occasional donkey ride whilst on holiday.
It wasn’t until I was nearly 30 and having met Lisa that I started to have any contact with our four legged friends. I can still remember being persuaded to go riding whilst on holiday in Spain, back in the eighties. Against my better judgment, I was helped onto a large black gelding called Felipe, who then proceeded to take off on his own with me on board, leaving the rest of the ride behind. I was fortunately rescued from an olive grove where Felipe decided to stop for a snack.
Once into my 40s and our daughter now having her own pony, I decided that it was about time to have some riding lessons. After being taught to do things “properly”, in 2000, I bought my first horse. He was an 11 years old 17hh bright bay Dutch warm blood called Harvey. He was a total gentleman and always looked after me. We had some great times together until his sudden death from peritonitis in August 2010.
Since losing him and also as a result of back injuries, I don’t ride as often as I used to but occasionally get back in the saddle on William (Big Bill to his friends), our 16hh Hanoverian Cob cross.
I have never had the desire to compete in any form of equestrian discipline and can best be described as happy hacker, who is passionate about the noble creatures we are so privileged to own and look after.
Although I am 'green' as a chairman, I am really enthusiastic about the role that I have taken on board. Together with my fellow committee members, we will do our best to organise and provide events throughout the coming years that I hope will include something for all of you.
The events for 2013 are still being planned, but will be a mixture of some tried and tested old favourites as well as some new and varied ideas that we all hope will attract a great deal of interest. Full details of the 2013 season will be published in the New Year.
I would love to see some more people becoming new committee members. The more there are of us, the more we can do, so if any of you would like to get involved and join us, we would welcome your support.
If you would like to find out more do not hesitate to contact me or Andrea Jackman, our Regional Development Officer. Our contact details can be found on the Worcestershire contacts page.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy (and drier) New Year.