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Thousands of people flocked to the Festival of the Heavy Horse at Milfield on Sunday to watch rare breeds being put through their paces.

Despite the weather being colder than last year, the same number of people attended the festival which is now in its second year.

Over 3,000 visitors were attracted to the event which celebrates rare breeds like the Clydesdale horse, once a common sight in the fields of Northumberland.

The main ring entertainment featured Clydesdales, Suffolk Punch, Shires and Pecheron as well as gundogs displays. Elsewhere vintage machinery and traditional agricultural skills could be seen with wheelwright and blacksmith demonstrations. A crafts tent proved popular as did the birds of prey, bouncy castle and the various food outlets.

Show secretary, Viv Cockburn of the Milfield Heavy Horse Association, said: “The numbers were the same as last year which is great considering the weather wasn’t as warm. Last year we were amazed at the number of people who attended and we did wonder whether we could sustain it but we have, so it looks as though the Festival of the Heavy Horse is here to stay.

“Any teething problems we had last year have been sorted and I would particularly like to thank the Air Cadets for doing such a fantastic job with the car parking.

“We would also like to thank everyone who attended on Sunday because without them it would not have been the success it was. We even had a visitor from Brazil - Paulo Drudge de Lacerda, a cattle nutritionist - who commented on having a wonderful day watching both the horses and mastercrafters.”

The results were: Ridden champion - Eyke Diamond; Ridden reserve champion - Highland Perfect Expression; Clydesdale-in-hand champion - Auchengree Ted; Clydesdale-in-hand reserve champion - Shatton May Blossom; Shires-in-hand champion - Marshall Meadows Mascot; Shires-in-hand reserve champion – Edward; Suffolk Punch-in-hand champion - Eyke Diamond; Suffolk Punch-in-hand reserve champion - Long Meadow Alice; Driving champion - A Govan; Driving reserve champion - G Holmes; Overall show champion - A Govan with Edward, Tom, Mac and Donald; Overall show reserve champion - J Fairbairn with Marshall Meadows Mascot




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