Heavy horses are close to our hearts here at Whistlefish, with our founder, owner and MD Lyn counting 4 of these magnificent animals as part of her family at home.
With Lyn getting involved in supporting numerous equine causes over the years, for horses large and small, we are delighted to be sponsoring the inaugural Two Wheel Cart Showcase and Championship that is coming up in August.
The championship is the brainchild of Horse of the Year champion owner, David Curtis, and we thought it would be fab to grab some time with him to discuss the showcase and all things horsey!
Hi David. Thanks for taking time out to chat with us. To start off with where abouts in the country are you based?
We are based at Littleport nr Ely in Cambridgeshire. In the Fen’s where Percherons were used extensively on the farms, down our road there were three prominent studs providing Percherons to the surrounding farmers.
Wow that sounds idyllic! What a fab place to be. How long have you been involved in the heavy horse world?
Since the age of 8, we lived on a small holding in Willingham and out of my bedroom window I could see Mr Garners Stallion Raylons Maverick, I used to sneak round to look at him close up. Realistically I started showing with Owen Garner at the age of 13 and have barely missed a year of showing and working Percherons.
That's amazing, heavy horses have clearly been close to the heart of your life since the beginning. We are really excited to be sponsoring your upcoming 2 Wheel Cart Showcase and Championship. Can you tell us a bit more about the event and what it entails?
The show is aimed entirely at Two Wheel Carts because recently it has become very popular. The idea is to make it an affordable and fun show whilst at the same time keeping to a strict judging criteria to make it fair for everyone. The venue is superb and should prove a perfect place for the competitors to show their horses to their maximum, the indoor arena will lift the horses and it will make for a great spectacle.
We’re very grateful for the sponsorship from Whistlefish and all of our other sponsors because the costs are high to run a show like this especially in the first year.
We are more than happy to help with such a lovely and classic event. What gave you the idea to create the Showcase and Championship?
Purely to give those Horse people with a cart the chance show them off and to show others how versatile all breeds of Heavy Horses are and hopefully encourage new comers into the Heavy Horse world.
We hope so too and think it is just great that you are giving others chance to learn more about these incredible animals. What other shows do you compete in?
We compete all over the country but mainly in East Anglia with the county shows our favourite as we can compete at the highest level.
Here at Whistlefish we are always concerned when we read about the seriously declining numbers in certain Heavy Horse breeds. Is this something that concerns you too?
It is, hopefully promoting the two wheel carts might provide an outlet for breeders to sell quality, true to type Horses.
What exciting things have you got planned for the 2nd half of 2019 and beyond?
We are trying to qualify our Gelding Tim for the Horse of the Year Heavy Horse Ridden class at a couple more shows, namely the New Forest and Ashbourne shows and we have a few other shows and steam fairs where we will be showing or demonstrating at, hopefully with a bit of success!
Gosh that sounds like a year jam-packed with Equine fun! Thank you again for your time today David and we wish you all the best for your shows and of course the 2 Wheel Cart Showcase & Championship.
You can learn more about the Showcase on a dedicated facebook page here