Our Trustees play a valuable role in Cob Care with each bringing their own expertise, understanding, skills and diplomacy to help relay our message to the equestrian community and the general public.
Nicolina MacKenzie – TRUSTEE
Nicolina works in marketing at SEIB Insurance Brokers, for which she has won several awards and is a council member/trustee for other equestrian organisations. With support from SEIB, Nicolina has created opportunities for amateur riders and was instrumental in raising the profile of the ex-racehorse as a leisure horse in early 2000. As a lifelong horse owner she took her BHS exams in the mid 70’s, has worked in advertising/PR agencies, income generation for the NHS, the music industry and as a veterinary nurse. We hope this breadth of experience will help to make Cob Care an outstanding organisation for the protection and promotion of the traditional gypsy cob.
Mark is the Director of the Kent based charity ‘Take off’, a mental charity which aims to improve physical and mental well being through social networks and peer support. He has used his own personal experiences with mental health to help others. He is extremely personable and thinks outside the box. These are great traits for Cob Care.
Jenny Viner - TRUSTEE
Jenny has owned and been involved with horse and ponies for many years. She has worked in racing and eventing and competed to advanced level eventing before gaining experience in equestrian PR.
Jenny is newly qualified as an early years teacher working with a focus on how nature and animals can benefit children.
She is looking forward to using her experiences to benefit the equine community; proving that cobs, with their gentle disposition, can help both children and adults.
Andrea Betteridge – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Andrea Betteridge is the founder of the Traditional Gypsy Cob Association (TGCA) and has spent years obtaining and recording historic information. She has collected DNA from different herds to prove the heritage of the breed and its historic bloodlines, which formed the foundation for recognition of the breed by British and European governments. TGCA holds the ‘Mother Studbook’ for the breed of Origin and continues to grow and includes member registrations from over 35 countries and their authentic breed database is recognised worldwide. The aim is to uphold and build on the legacy of these horses while maintaining the quality and true-to-type stamp as set out in the ‘Breed Standard’.
Nolan Briggs BSC C.Eng MICE - DIRECTOR OF RESOURCES
Nolan works as a Chartered Civil Engineer for a Global Engineering Consultancy on multi million pound projects throughout the water industry with specific interest in health, safety, welfare and environmental considerations of design and construction. Nolan’s excellent communication and co-ordination skills together with 29 years post chartership experience and Oxford University Management Certificate have enabled him to play a major role in the successful management of programmes of complex engineering projects. Nolan is also a Director of the Traditional Gypsy Cob Society and has developed a good working knowledge of the European legislation relating to the management of stud books, issuing of equine passports and, as a horse owner for many years, the general welfare and upkeep of equines.
Kerry Skelton – TREASURER
Kerry has worked within TGCA for many years in the role of treasurer and so has a huge amount of expertise and knowledge to bring to Cob Care.
Sally Overson – SECRETARY
Sally Overson has a broad depth of experience in administration and organisation throughout her working life. Her children are highly involved in elite sports and so she has worked on sporting Committees in the role of Secretary and in various managerial roles. She has also successfully gained sponsorship and grants for sporting clubs and for her children to progress their sporting prowess.