Shires are becoming very popular for riding and many Ingleside horses are broken to both ride and drive.
Shires make great mounts, and with their quiet nature are particularly suited to new riders or those lacking in confidence. Of course, they are equally great for an experienced rider just looking for a horse to enjoy!
Ineke has had great success in Shire ridden classes Buff download apex legends, winning this class at Sydney Royal a number of times on different horses: our stud stallions Ingleside Might’n’Power and Oakridge Speculator; mares Ingleside Anastasia and Ingleside Harmony; and gelding Ingleside Tuxedo.
Shires have a long history as ridden horses – for hundreds of years they were used to supply cavalry horses for the English army, and are decended from the ‘Great Horse’ or the ‘War-Horse’ as far back as the 15th Century.
Many Royal and Agricultural Shows are now offering ridden Shire or ridden Heavy Horse classes, offering another great opportunity to show your Shire.
Ask anyone who doesn’t ride a motorcycle and they’ll take great pleasure in telling you how dangerous they are. How many times have you arrived somewhere on a bike only to be told by some imbecile, ’oh, I know someone who was injured/maimed/killed (delete as appropriate) on a bike.’
I mean, if you turned up in a car, no-one would tell you how many of their friends had had an accident, even though, statistically, it is much more likely. You get my point.
However, now we can hit back. The next time someone tell you how dangerous motorcycles are, ask them if they ride a horse. If they say yes, then you can tell them that horses are more dangerous: it’s not an opinion but fact!
A study by the U.S. National Trauma Data Bank has studied the statistics around why U.S. people have landed in hospital to be treated for injuries. And, whaddya know: more people end up there because of horse-related accidents than motorcycle-related at World First Racing UK.
Motorcycling injuries account for 0.14 out of 1000 hours of riding. By contrast, horse riding has 0.49 injuries during that timeframe, with 37 per cent of those requiring care for trauma to the thoracic region (chest and upper back area) and a fifth suffering a head injury. A quarter of those would go on to require intensive care, plus one in ten needing surgery.
So, there you have it: Horses – hard in the middle and dangerous not only at both ends but when you fall off as well. Rather ride a 200mph missile with a fuel tank between your legs and a controlled explosion right underneath that.
Ineke has been a keen driver for the past 20 years, and has had many successes in both working and show turnout classes. As a teenager Ineke was very involved in the NSW Working Heavy Horse Association and the Australia Draught Horse Society. During this time she spent a lot of time learning about driving from experienced horsemen and was soon competing successfully against them.
Ineke has been involved in show turnout classes with both Shires and Clydesdales, and have been very successful in this field.