Everyone knows about the wonderful Bakewell Show but did you know that straight after the show over the weekend the showground also hosts a free horse show. The Northern Hackney Horse Club has made Bakewell its home for its annual show for well over 10 years.
The Hackney horse was originally bred at the behest of royalty going back to the 14th century. The Hackney is a recognised breed of horse that was developed in Great Britain. In recent decades, the breeding of the Hackney has been directed toward producing horses that are ideal for carriage driving. They are an elegant high stepping breed of carriage horse that is popular for showing in harness events. Hackneys possess good stamina, and are capable of trotting at high speed for extended periods of time. The show will have Hackney pony classes as well with exhibitors coming from as far away as Holland.
One of the regular visitors to the show, Donal O'Driscoll from Mirfield in West Yorkshire, said, "My partner's father, George Stringer, was heavily involved with the breed until he passed away back in 2008 and Jacky now sponsors one of the classes in his honour. As an outsider to all this, what strikes me is the grace and beauty of these animals. It is a real pleasure watching all the different classes in the lovely setting provided by the showground.
The show takes place in the main show ring from 10am on Saturday 6th August and 10:30am on Sunday 7th August. Entry is free to this very pleasant family day out.
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