Looking for a Clydesdale to ride, Virginia and her mother travelled to the foal show in Northern Ireland and bought Danny as a three-year-old:
“He took off out the stable and we just said ‘we’ll have him’ simply because of his action. They are such capable horses with brilliant paces.”
Kinclune Danny Boy is by Dillars Cracker out of Peggyslea Bonny and has been entirely home produced.
William Ireland’s eight-year-old Suffolk Eyke Diamond took second place ridden by Richard Telford. By Golden Grandchild out of Eyke Thistle the mare qualified at the Suffolk Breed Show and represented this endangered breed here today in style.
New for this year, the Ridden Heavy Horse of the Year Championship celebrates the indigenous heavy horse breeds as ridden show horses, some of which are now on the endangered or the rare breeds list. The class is for purebreds registered in the main British Stud Books of the Shire, Clydesdale, Suffolk or Percheron Horse Societies.
The Championship was begun to help raise the profile of these breeds and, working alongside British Ridden Heavy Horse Society, highlight their ability to perform on a world class stage showcasing their potential under saddle.