Ingleside horses have been dominant in the show ring in recent years, winning many championships in led, ridden and driven events at all major Royal and Heavy Horse specialty shows.
However the story started back in 1990, when after falling in love with heavy horses we initially became involved in driving competitions at field days run by the Australian Draught Horse Society across NSW. Ineke was a keen competitor in ground driven and slide obstacle classes with her Australian Draught Horse gelding (Sam) and her Clydesdale mare (Tamara), winning many junior, lady and open competitions from 14 years of age.
The family were founding members of the NSW Working Heave Horse Association where they worked on the committee, competed at their field days and helped to organise more than 14 field days throughout the mid 90’s.
With this Association Korrie, Helen and Ineke were very involved in putting on heavy horse driving displays at shows and events with elaborate obstacle courses and entertaining novelty events. In fact it was Ineke, with a market gardener friend Tally, who invented the now famous and ever popular ‘Pumpkin Snatch’… while at an event Tally just happened to have a boot full of pumpkins when they were setting up a novelty class, and the rest is history!
Ineke was very active showing the horses at both field days and agricultural shows in led classes, driving competitions, agricultural turnouts and show turnouts. For a number of years they attended a show or field day every weekend from New Year through to the beginning of May.
Ineke first exhibited at Sydney Royal in 1993, again only 14, and has only missed one year since. She has competed in breed classes, show turnouts, agricultural turnouts, driving classes and ridden classes, breaking and training her own horses. She did everything from winning the Lady Driver class as a junior, the Junior Decorator class and her personal highlight – Reserve Champion Business Turnout when she was 19 with her Shire gelding Cedars Edward Mark.
In recent years, Ingleside Stud has been more active in competing in Shire breed classes, exhibiting Ingleside horses very successfully at both agricultural shows and the Royal Easter Show. Ingleside horses have been by far the most successful in the show ring of any Shire stud in Australia.
Korrie, Helen and Ineke love to help people to get involved with heavy horses of any kind, so that they can experience the pleasure that these wonderful horses can give you. Please feel free to contact them with any questions you might have about any aspect of Shires or heavy horses in general.