6th May 2003

 

UNIQUE EVENT FOR RARE BREED HORSES

 

A unique competition will bring together two rare breeds of horse at Riseholme Park this weekend.

 

The University of Lincoln is to host an event for Cleveland Bay and Irish Draught horses on Sunday 11th May.

 

“Cleveland Bay and Irish Draught horses are very similar types of horse,” said Dr Mark Curry, senior lecturer at the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture.

 

“They’re both light draft horses, they’re both on the at-risk list and they’re both breeds which have traditionally been crossed with thoroughbreds to produce horses for showjumping and eventing.”

 

The university has organised the unusual competition in conjunction with the Cleveland Bay Horse Society and the Irish Draught Horse Society to show off the two breeds

 

“This will be a unique event, something that’s never happened before,” said Dr Curry, who is expecting 18 horses to compete from as far afield as the Isle of Wight, Somerset and Manchester.

 

The horses will compete in teams in dressage, showjumping and riding sections.

 

The event will begin at 10.30am and will close at around 4pm.

 

Members of the public, reporters and photographers are welcome to attend.

 

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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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