BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The all-volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of European Brabant horse owners who are elected by their peers to represent the voting Membership, keep the Registry on mission, achieve goals and establish policies. They develop long-range plans and strategies to ensure financial stability and strength of the organization.
Stacy Pearsall, President
Stacy Pearsall is the owner and manager of LowCountry Acres. She’s had horses most of her life. As a girl on her mom’s Arabian horse farm, she would help start young horses and assist during the breeding season. Upon graduating high school, she joined the service. During her 10-year career as a combat photojournalist, she documented stories in over 41 countries and always managed to stay connected to the horse world by assisting and volunteering her time at stables around the world. While stationed in Europe at the turn of the century (’00-’02), she encountered the European Brabant (Belgisch Trekpaard) at the barn which she worked part time. It was then she vowed to have one of these amazing creatures. After being wounded in Iraq and medically retired from service years later, she acquired her first Brabant, Leah. Today, she breeds European Brabants and trains draft horses of all varieties at her farm, LowCountry Acres, in Charleston, SC. Though combat disabled, she does not let her disabilities hold her back. With her service animal, Charlie by her side, she continues to work as a photographer, author, educator, speaker, television host, farm manager and horse trainer. Stacy serves as the President of the European Brabant Registry of America.
Dehan Courtney, Vice President
Dehan Courtney owns All the King’s Horses with his wife, Rebecca, and started Logging with Horses as a way to utilize his draft horses as a part of woodland management. Dehan was homeschooled and grew up with a strong love of forestry and the outdoors. His first career was in construction and excavating, but when he had the chance to transition to working in the woods he jumped at the opportunity. Today, he spends his winters logging with the draft horses and his summers doing residential tree trimming. Dehan began his logging business with his team of Percheron horses, but in researching and learning more about horse logging he discovered the European Brabant. He quickly fell in love and decided to add these beautiful, powerful horses to his lineup. In addition to full time employment, he can be found trimming hooves, assisting with breeding, running tractors and loving on foals in his ‘spare time.’ Dehan serves as the Vice President of the European Brabant Registry of America.
Tim Gunter, Director (Class I)
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 Director 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.
Will Beatie, Director (Class II)
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.
Dr. Hernando Plata-Madrid, Director (Class III)
Dr. Plata was born in Colombia, South America, where his father was an equine veterinarian. From an early age, Plata had the opportunity to learn about the different draft breeds. In the early 80’s, he visited several breeding farms in the Eastern United States. Fortunately his visits included “Milkwood” farms, where he met Ann Harper. He was mesmerized by her horse, Babar, trotting around his paddock. A few years later, Plata completed an internship and residency at the University of Missouri, then became a board certified equine reproductive specialist. For the last 20+ years, he has been working in central KY as a reproductive ambulatory clinician. With my wife’s support and encouragement, they bought a small farm, Silver Meadows, near Versailles and decided to breed and promote the European Brabant breed. Plata also volunteers his time as a European Brabant Registry of America Director.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPOINTED OFFICERS
The Secretary, Treasurer and Registrar are longterm Board of Director appointments established for the administrative and financial stability of the organization.
Lisa Martin, Secretary
After graduating college, Lisa Martin managed a hunter, jumper and dressage barn which specialized in breaking, training, and competing Warmbloods. In 2016, she was introduced to the European Brabant and immediately fell in love with their kind and gentle temperament. Along with her husband, Lisa currently has a small horse European Brabant breeding farm in Kentucky with five mares and one stallion. When not looking after her herd, she manages a veterinary practice and is the EBRA Secretary.
Rebecca Courtney, Registrar
Rebecca Courtney is the founder and co-owner of All the King’s Horses and serves as the Registrar for the European Brabant Registry of America. Rebecca grew up on a small farm with a variety of animals. Throughout high school and college her focus was primarily beef cattle, starting a herd of purebred Shorthorn show cattle and direct marketing beef to customers. Upon graduation from Michigan State University with degrees in Animal Science and Economics, Rebecca returned home to run the family farm. She spent a few years working at the local Farm Credit office and during this period she purchased her first Gypsy Vanner and began her foray into breeding horses. Her interest in European Brabants was a result of her husband’s interest in logging with draft horses. As the herd grew, Rebecca left her job at the bank to focus fully on the farm, including managing the daily care, breeding, health, and marketing of the horses as well as pasture and farm maintenance.
Shayna Sauls, Treasurer
Shayna Sauls hails from Culver, Oregon, and is the European Brabant Registry of America’s Treasurer. She’s been involved in 4-H and FFA her entire life, raising sheep and riding horses. Shayna trail rides every chance she gets with her best friend, a paintaloosa named Whiskey. When not on horseback, she is completing her dual degrees in accounting and business, and putting both skills into practice as the owner of a Farmers Insurance office.