This year’s Glendale Show on August Bank Holiday Monday will see one of its biggest ever livestock parades. Research has shown that this event is one of the favourite parts of the show, and this year the thousands of people who will attend with have the opportunity for the first time in decades, to see magnificent Clydesdale Heavy Horses in the line up.
The links between these huge animals and The Glendale Agriculture Society go back many years. Records show that the first ever Clydesdale Stallion Show held in Glasgow in 1860 attracted purchasers from The Glendale Agricultural Society.
Each year the Glendale Show’s Livestock Parade in the Main Ring is one of the highlights and – this year the traditional sheep will be joined by the Clydesdales courtesy of the Tillside Clydesdale Stud, Icelandic horses from Etal based AC Icelandic Horse, alpacas courtesy of Barnacre Alpacas Hartburn and a haltered cow and calf.
Commenting on this new line up, Glendale Show secretary Rachael Smith said: “We are absolutely delighted to have the Clydesdale Heavy Horses joining in the Livestock Parade this year. It is a wonderful way of linking the Glendale Show’s heritage with the present day and I’m sure that all visitors will enjoy seeing these horses back on the show field in Wooler and in our 119th year.”
Originally bred in Scotland in the 18th century, Clydesdale Heavy Horses were used extensively in Scotland and the north of England for transporting goods and for work in farming, forestry and even shipyards.
Viv Cockburn from the Tillside Stud who has an extensive collection on the history of the breed, also has records and pictures of James Wood who in the 1930s worked for the Harvey Family farmed at Turvelaws and who’s son still lives in Glendale.
During the breeding season, the Glendale Agricultural Society hired a Glydesdale Stallion named Craigie Culdoch and each week James travelled with the stallion over 56 miles on foot visiting mares on farms in a journey which took in Kilham, Felkington, Budle Hall, Bells Hill and Lilburn Steads.
With the rise of vehicles after the war, horses became less popular and after the war in 1947, 100,000 were slaughtered. There are now only 300 breeding mares left in the UK and they are officially recognised as an endangered rare breed. However thanks to the Tillside Clydesdale Stud, Clydesdales are once more back in Glendale as Viv explains: “At all times our aim is to help preserve this breed of magnificent horses, so by attending this year’s show we are giving people a new exhibit and hopefully raising the profile of the Clydesdale Horse. We will be bringing mare and a the prize winning gelding Singlie, Storms Apprentice.”
The Glendale Show takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 29 at the Wooler Showfield, south of the town.