Today, we received the news that last Friday evening, January 10, the director Frans van Leijden of HAS University of Applied Sciences in Venlo has died. Frans was 57 years old.

Frans has worked at HAS with great energy and passion for almost 30 years. His great involvement with HAS, his colleagues and all new developments, including the strategic partnership with EquInnoLab, will remain anchored in all of our memories. Even though we just met Frans a couple of times, he already made a great impact.

Frans had just started his new assignment as director of new business development. We lose a passionate and innovative person, that understood the future of the equestrian sports lied in innovation and sustainability.

We wish, just like every other person that met Frans in their life, his wife Yvonne and their children Cas and Hannah, much strength with this unexpected and unimaginable loss.