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2015 WHHS Spring Working and Ploughing Match PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 07 February 2015 18:19

The Spring Working and Ploughing Match this year is on Sunday April 26th, gates first open from 10am (publicised start time is 10:30), at our usual venue at Holden's Farm (see the Event Calendar for address and map link).


Richard Branscombe of Blue Horse Equine

Wessex heavy Horse Society director Richard Branscombe of Blue Horse Equine, at the 2014 Working, with a pair of Percherons and an example of just one of the types of working horse-drawn equipment that the company can supply.


The annual working will be bigger and more varied than ever this year. Our competitive horse ploughing match is joined by a new section for vintage tractors. There will be a selection of talks and demonstrations on heavy horse breeds, harness, and health, among other things. There is, of course, our regular sale of horse harness and equipment, refreshments, trade stands and wagon rides. A variety of horse-powered equipment will be out on the plot, and there is opportunity throughout the day to talk to the horsemen and women about their horses and the work they are doing with them. We will also be explaining how a heavy horse in-hand event is judged and what the horse and handler will be expected to do in the ring. Visitors will have a chance to try judging horses for themselves (children to be accompanied by an adult, please).

 

Pair plough behind retreiver

A plough match competitor can be seen in the background turning at the end of a furrow, while a Duck Tolling Retriever takes part in the gun dog demonstration at the 2014 Working.


All members are welcome to bring their heavy horse or working horse on the day (please contact the secretary in advance so we know to expect you), and some travel money is available for those bringing horses. In addition to the ploughing match prizes, we are adding a prize for the best working horse or team on the plot other than in the ploughing. If you are a trade stand owner and would like a pitch (outside only), please contact the treasurer- there is still space available at the moment.

Entry tickets on the gate, children free. Plenty of free parking available. Dogs are welcome but please keep them on a lead.

 

Mike Horler describes the harness of a Suffolk gelding

2014 commentator Mike Horler describes the parts and purpose of a set of heavy horse harness, worn here by a Suffolk (punch) gelding. Mike returns again this year to give his ever-informative input to the event.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2015 18:03