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Mike Brett

Mike has ridden the New Forest all his life and is the fieldmaster for the New Forest Foxhounds. His knowledge of the forest, its way of life, traditions and topography is superb.  His New Forest Pony Rosie a 14.3, 12 year old chestnut mare was born and bred on the Forest.

Ailsa has represented the NFEA at a number of external meetings and makes presentations at the Verderers’ Court to bring horse riders’ and residents’ views into the public domain.  Ailsa is a practising commoner and is the NFEA’s voice at the New Forest Consultative Panel.

ROS GIBBINS - Secretary/Treasurer.

Ros joined the NFEA when it was formed and became the Committee’s Secretary/Treasurer shortly after.  She has lived in the New Forest for most of her life and takes a keen interest in local issues, particularly those affecting the horse owner.  



Tony joined the Committee in 2008. With a background in local cycle racing and sailing Tony finally learnt to ride at a Forest riding school in the 1990s, and now keep his horses and ponies (plus bikes and boats) at his home near Sway. He is a practicising commoner. Tony is a political analyst. He has worked as an adviser to Cabinet ministers and to a Party Leader, as well as in industry. He is a regular contributor to national and international policy debates and teaches on postgraduate courses at the LSE, from which he holds a PhD.


Alexia has lived in the New Forest for 30 years and rides regularly with New Forest Hounds.  She is also a member of New Forest Riding Club and has been a practising New Forest commoner, competing in the New Forest Boxing Day point-to-point. She works at a local yacht club organising racing and training courses, and also leads guided tours of the New Forest. In 2013 Alexia created the NFEA website.


Loraine had not ridden since she was ten years old but rekindled her love of horse riding when planning a holiday in Argentina a few years ago where she would ride at a hacienda.  She went out for couple of hacks to prepare and that was it – she was hooked!  Since then she has ridden regularly and taken spectacular riding holidays in Spain, America and Ireland and more recently she became the proud owner of her very own horse.  


Margaret joined the Committee in 2013. Since 1960 she has run a boarding kennels and cattery in East End. A life-long rider, Margaret has enjoyed endurance events, keeping horses for both riding and driving. For 17 years she was the Assistant Area Commissioner for the British Driving Society, and has also been an active commoner, turning out both cattle and ponies.


Honorary Consultants to the NFEA Committee


After many years as a Committee Member in 2012 Chris decided to step down, but kindly agreed to remain a consultant to the NFEA. He is the Association’s mine of statistical information, which has provided the basis of many a presentation and report.  Chris is a practising commoner and horse rider.  He attended the whole series of workshops organised by the NPA in the consultation process for the current recreation strategy (the former Quiet Recreation Group), as well as representing the NFEA on the Consultative Panel for many years and making numerous presentments to the Verderers on a range of Forest related matters.

GORDON GARRETT – former Chairman

Gordon has been a member of the NFEA from the early days and served as Chairman for many years.  His calm negotiating style won himself and the NFEA many friends.  Gordon is a member of the New Forest Access Forum and also sits on the Access and Education working group for the DEFRA and EU-funded Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) scheme. 
HILARY DOE - Hilary joined the NFEA the moment it came into being and became one of the two secretaries shortly after.  Hilary lives on the Southern edge of the New Forest witrh partner Michael who is a practising commoner.

ANNE MILLAR -  Anne is an original Committee Member having lived in rthe Forest since the early 1930's Anne has been widely active over the years and has served on many committees.  She has bought a wealth of experience and information to the NFEA.