Dan Lydiate, a professional Welsh rugby player and well-respected member of the Mid Wales farming community, recently became a Suzuki ATV Ambassador.
Dan hails from a sixth generational 500-acre sheep farm and is extremely proud of his family heritage. When not on the rugby pitch, he takes an active and visible interest in a range of issues that impact upon the current and future success of agriculture within Wales and the United Kingdom; and will often be seen present at Agricultural shows across the country. Most recently, Dan attended the Royal Welsh Show, where he was present on the Suzuki ATV stand to show his support.
Dan has also been an ambassador for the NFU in Wales for many years, an organisation which has also partnered with Suzuki ATV offering significant discounts to members on ATVs.
Speaking to Harvey Day, National ATV Sales Manager, about the sponsorship, he commented: “Dan is a prominent local figure in Wales, being a generational farmer and a big name in the world of rugby. We felt that it was a great fit for Suzuki to partner with him because of everything he represents within the farming community”.
Beyond the family sheep farm and his impressive professional rugby career, which includes 62 appearances for Wales and being one of the most identifiable Welsh rugby players of his generation, Dan has an affinity for Pedigree Welsh Black Cattle and has an 18 strong herd. Not to mention that recently on the farm, 100 acres of trees were planted, too!
This means that the 700 sheep, 18 cattle and 100 acres of soon-to-be forest needs to be checked and that is where, according to Dan, the Suzuki KingQuad 500 becomes a “God send” on the farm.
When asked further, Dan commented: “It’s an easy ride. Responsive and nippy. Stable when on banks and going over mountains. And it’s been a pleasure to ride. It’s gone wherever we have put it to!
“Responsibilities on the farm include hauling, sheering, lambing, fencing, checking, boundaries, using equipment, gathering the cattle and the sheep; all of which often become daily tasks, so having a Suzuki KingQuad on the farm makes these easier”.
To find out more about Suzuki KingQuads visit: www.atv.suzuki.co.uk