Summer venues (for animals aged two years and older):
Thursday 11 July 2019: c/o Allan and Ogilvy Webster, Laighlands Stud, Glenfarg, Perthshire, Scotland PH2 9PX.
This venue has been timed to allow applicants to compete at Perth Show in early August. The closing date for this venue is 7 June 2019.
If you live in Scotland and have a mare to be inspected, now is your opportunity, as Irish Draught numbers are relatively low in this country and inspections cannot take place every year.
Friday 16 August 2019: Annual Breed Show, Arena UK, Grantham. These inspections will be held from 2 p.m. on the Friday afternoon at the Annual Breed Show venue, to enable owners to show in-hand at the show. The closing date for this (and all subsequent venues) is 15 July 2019.
The stallion inspections which were due to be held at Moreton Morrell in Warwickshire on 17 April 2019 have been cancelled, due to insufficient applications.
The next date will be in the spring of 2020, for colts and stallions which were born in or before 2017 (three years old and older).
The three mare owners who applied to go to Moreton Morrell have been invited to attend alternative venues.
Spring 2019 venues in Yorkshire: The closing date has been extended to 31 March 2019.
We have responded to a request from mare owners in Yorkshire for an early inspection prior to the showing season, to enable them to show mares over four years of age in hand. We currently have applications in for 10 mares, which is very positive.
If you would like your mare inspected in the Spring, please apply using the Spring application form, which has now been updated for Yorkshire. You can download the form here.
Thursday 9 May 2019: depending on sufficient applications, we are looking at offering a venue at a private yard in the Sheffield area.
Friday 10 May 2019: Balinmore Stud at Bewholme, Driffield, East Yorkshire. There are already sufficient mares for this venue, but we would welcome more.
Full details of these venues and their equine influenza vaccination policies will be confirmed in the near future.
A member kindly forwarded these photos - taken at the 'Animals in War Memorial' on Saturday 10th November 2018.
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Draught horses power their own championships
British Dressage is proud to welcome the Draught Horse Championships into its competition calendar this year. Riders of these majestic breeds will now have the opportunity to qualify for a prestigious championship on Saturday 5 November 2016 at Keysoe in Bedfordshire.
Heavy horses and part-bred heavy horses are becoming familiar sights at BD shows – and it’s no surprise as they are more than proving themselves able within the white boards. These gentle giants of the horse world have been man’s loyal working partner for hundreds of years and were indispensable to generations of pre-industrial farmers.
Draught horses and draught crossbreds are versatile breeds used today for a multitude of purposes, including farming, draught horse showing, logging, recreation, and other uses. They are commonly used for crossbreeding, especially to light riding breeds such as the Thoroughbred, for the purpose of creating sport horses. These horses, with their high work ethic and amenable dispositions, are capable performers under saddle.