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Western counties heavy horse society working at West Hatch 20th-21st July 2019.

Here are a few pictures from the hugely successful working weekend at West Hatch last weekend. It was a great weekend, a wonderful atmosphere and a massive hit with the public.

visitor numbers were disappointing on the Saturday largely due to a poor forecast. Sunday saw a huge increase in paying guests. The venue was fantastic, a large level site, good access and ample parking. 

A huge thank you to our host and chairman, Mike Yorke, for providing such a great venue and for putting in so much work.

A big thank you also to the non horsemen who put in so much time and effort, especially, Adrian and Beryl Medland, our president, Chris Woods and Mikes friend Ian who was every where all the time helping with whatever was needed, a great thanks too to our commentator on Sunday, Mr David Jeffries, whose wealth of knowledge and elequence is second to none.

This was one of the best working weekends I have attended, great content, well horsed and well presented. A great success for the society. Here are just a few of the many pictures taken of the weekend.

 

Robert Eddy, on the rides dray Saturday.

The shoeing demonstration.

Mike Yorke, spreading dung.

Myrtle Jones, ten years old and with a broken arm, working the hay kicker.

More dung spreading.

Loading the waggon.

Finding shade.

The hapole and waggon.

Horse shoeing demonstration.

Loading the waggon Sunday.

Harrowing 

The mower.

The wonderful plaiting demonstration by Marie Mcallister.

More wonderful plaiting by Marie.

The man, Robert Eddy, with his man, Trenuggo Roberts Pride.

John Mattingley, with his four horses.

The hay kicker.

John Mattingley, rowing up. John put his horses in nearly every implement over the weekend, a credit to his ability!

Robert Eddy, sweeping, the master man.

Too hot to walk!

Randy in the rides day, Sunday.

Adrian and Beryl Medland, taking a break in the take down on Monday. A big society thank you to them for all there help.

Suffolk’s.

Looking lovely!

The hay sweep.

The side rake.

The ridden display.

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