History

History Of The Midlands Heavy Horse Association

The Midlands Heavy Horse Association was formed in April 1993 when a group of people met at the Bass Brewery in Burton on Trent.  It was realised by Terry Keegan and John Nicholson that there was need for such an association in the Midlands.  Such an organisation would provide opportunities for heavy horse owners to work the horse in a more relaxed atmosphere than was previously possible.  It would provide a centre point for social get togethers with like-minded people to exchange views and advice. This sort of organisation is of particular benefit to newcomers in the skills of handling the heavy/working horse which is not always the gentle giant that it has been portrayed as!

Now in our twenty-third, as an Association we still take an active interest in the development of young people, they being the next generation of horsemen and women.  We hold an regular experience days and working weekends which youngsters are welcome to join and have a go at handling these magnificent creatures.

 

Who are the Midlands Heavy Horse Association?

We provide opportunities for heavy horse owners & and enthusiasts to enjoy their horses in a more relaxed atmosphere than was previously possible.

The MHHA is of particular benefit to newcomers in the art of handling the heavy horse by providing experience days, working weekends and & support.

We take an active interest in the development of novice and young handlers as they are the next generation of horsemen and women.

You do not have to own a Heavy Horse to join the MHHA; enthusiasts are welcomed for their input and support and in turn, we hope we can encourage their future involvement with these magnificent animals.

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Our quarterly newsletter to members is very well known and is called the Whisperer, after the name given to the older of horsemen at the turn of the century.  This advertises our forthcoming events, articles of interest and general 'news' from the Association.

You do not have to be a horse owner to join the association, enthusiasts are welcomed for their input and support and in turn we hope we can give encouragement for their future involvement with these magnificent animals.

Subscriptions to the Club Membership are paid every January. The Membership Application Form can be downloaded. This year’s council is made up of 7 members of the association, all from a wide variety of heavy horse backgrounds.

During the coming year we have a great number of activities that will be suitable for not only the more experienced horsehandler but also for the non-horse owner and for the beginner.

There are plenty of opportunities throughout the year for all our members to get involved in either working horses, experience days or at shows...our own CLUB SHOWwill be on 1st July 2017 with classes for Novice as well as Experienced Handlers.  The schedule will be available soon.