After falling in love with heavy horses in 1990, the Kuipers 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.
Her husband Byron comes from a family of horsemen with a long history or riding and driving. Byron grew up playing polocrosse and competing in tent-pegging, in which he was a national junior champion. Byron’s family have also been very involved in combined driving, with his uncle Tony Biffin a national champion with his four-in-hand team and his grandmother was still driving her horse and sulky at 80 years of age.
Byron and his family are also very involved in entertainment riding and have featured in major events such as the Easter Show night entertainment, the nationally touring ‘Man From Snowy River Spectacular’ and his cousin is a recent star of the RM Williams ‘Australian Outback Spectacular’ on the Gold Coast.
Byron took the time to learn from his grandfather, Merv Biffin, who was a renowned horseman who had broken in and worked many horses on his dairy farm near Camden.
Together, Byron and Ineke have continued their love of horses and now have their own Shire and Clydesdale breeding and training program, as well as still riding and educating light horses.
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. For more information on their showing success click here.
Korrie, Helen, Ineke and Byron 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.