The all-volunteer Advisory Committee provides expert advice to the Board of Directors in a variety of matters to ensure positive growth, mission success and continued development of the organization.
Harold Williams - Board Chair (US)
Harold Williams has owned and trained draft horses and mules since 1981. He has always been active in trail riding, plowing exhibitions and educational events with schools, universities, and other organizations. He has owned Brabants since 2002.
Ton Van Der Weerden
Ton van der Weerden is a passionate painter and photographer who specializes in equine art, particularly the Dutch Trekpaarden. He is known for expressing the beauty and the power of the European Brabant. He says it’s an inexhaustible source of inspiration to continue photographing and painting. Ton is the co-author of Het Trekpaard and his horse art is sold around the globe.
Many of the photos featured on the EBRA website and in the Handbook are Ton's. Take time to visit his website and see countless more incredible images.
Het Trekpaard: ISBN: 978-90-8740-000-2
Monique Beullens is the daughter of a renowned Brabant Draft breeder, Frans Beullens of Ranst, Belgium. Given her heritage, Monique was born with a love for the breed. Professionally, she is a professor at the Faculty of Medicine at KUL and has been a valued official jury member of Flemish (Brabant) Horse in Belgium and The Netherlands for several years.
Founding Member & Former Director (Past Term 2021-2022)
Tim Gunter is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Core5, a commercial real estate company based in Atlanta, GA. He has been added to the “Who’s Who” list by the Atlanta Business Chronicle numerous times and chosen by Commercial Property News magazine as one of the top three executives in industrial real estate. In addition to Tim’s professional career, he’s committed to a number of worthy charitable organizations. He presently sits on the board of the Million Mile Greenway, a non-profit group that supports the building of trails for recreational purposes; he serves on the board of directors for the Georgia Prevention Project, a statewide prevention program aimed at reducing the use of dangerous drugs among teens and young adults; he is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta; and he is a former Director and current Advisor for the European Brabant Registry of America. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry Resources from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and a Master in Business Administration degree in Finance from Georgia State University in Atlanta. When not running his business or volunteering his time, he retreats to his farm to relax with his herd of imported European Brabants.
Ann Muys comes from a family of farmers, both on her mother’s and father’s side, and she grew up working draft horses in the fields. That’s where her passion for draft horses blossomed. Today, Ann Muys owns van 't Asschaut Studfarm in Belgium where she breeds top quality eventing and jumping horses whose names top the lists of several important jumping and eventing competitions each year. Even though she doesn’t own any draft horses herself, many of her friends are breeders of Brabants. From her own experience as a rider and instructor, she attaches great importance to recreational riding and working of draft horses. Jumping horse breeds focus on performance, which means that many of these horses are no longer suitable for recreational riders due to their character, health, training and other influences. “Brabant horses have calm characters, which stand in sharp contrast with riding horses,” says Ann. “But they aren’t lazy or slow either. Several riders make the switch from riding performance horses to draft horses because they are calmer and do not require training every day; therefore, riders have more time for the family or other hobbies. The draft horses in Belgium are showing a clear upward trend, both ridden and hitched, so there is something for everyone.” Ann uses her practical breeding experience in her position as Secretary of the Flemish Breeders of the Belgian Draft Horse (V.F.B.T) Studbook to promote the use of the Brabant draft horses. “When there is no breeding goal, there is no reason to breed,” adds Ann. In addition to her position as Secretary of the V.F.B.T, she is also the editor-in-chief of the members' magazine, “V.F.B.T,” with more than 750 addresses in Belgium and beyond. She also sits on the European Brabant Registry of America’s Advisory Committee with the sole aim of providing current V.F.B.T. regulations guidance and pedigree data.
Joost Callebert is the current President of Vlaamse fokkers van het Belgisch Trekpaard (VFBT) Studbook. He oversees the registration of Brabant horses born in Flanders as well as organizes competitions and stallion inspections in five provinces in Belgium and hosts the Flemish Championships. He sits on the European Brabant Registry of America’s Advisory Committee.
Founding Member & Former Director (Past Term 2021-2023)
Former ShopHQ television host, Will Beattie, has a passion for draft horses and is presently growing a herd of purebred Ardennes in Ellijay, Georgia. When not working his horses, Will manages his business, the Bear Creek Cattle Company, and handles every aspect of the operation from farm to table. Will attended The Citadel, graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration, then pursued a career in criminal justice before becoming an entrepreneur. He now spends his spare time with his family, enjoying his horses and other various outdoor activities. Will is a Director of the European Brabant Registry of America.