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Monday, 11 August 2008 06:00

Since its beginnings as a Stallion Hiring Society, the Wessex Heavy Horse Society has changed with the times to reflect the current interests of its members and supporters. Today, the Society aims to preserve and promote the Heavy Horse in all its aspects: keeping, working, showing and breeding. It helps to preserve and pass on the skills required for success in all these areas, ensuring that these animals do not die out, and it encourages young people into the fold with its Young Handler class at the Annual Show. It spreads public awareness of heavy horses through its annual events: reminding people of the country's rich heritage, introducing them to these remarkable animals, and educating them on the many valuable ways in which heavy horses and their cousins continue to play their part as working animals in the modern world.

It welcomes all breeds of heavy horse, not just those developed on British shores but the several other European breeds that have been introduced in the last century, as well as working crossbreds and cobs. It supports those members with their own horses, providing venues appropriate for introducing novice horses to new experiences and having many experienced horsemen and women to turn to for advice. It provides the opportunity for non-horse-owning members to come into contact with heavy horses and to begin to learn the skills associated with them. The Society is also there for its members, and as such is open for suggestions on further ways in which it might further that fundamental, basic aim: the preservation and promotion of the Heavy Horse.

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