|President: Fred Pilling, Te Kowhai, Hamilton
Phone: 07 829 7032 or Email: email@example.com
Fred was born in the early 1940’s and from the age of about 12 Fred
has been involved with work horses and for the past thirty years been a
supporter of the Waikato Heavy Horse Association.
|Vice President: Derrick Thornton, Maungatautari, Cambridge
Phone: 07 827 4701 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Derrick was born in the early 1940’s, his parents were dairy farmers and like most farms a Clydesdale horse was used for general farm work.
Derrick has spent his whole life with horses, riding to Orini school from the age of 5, a member of the Hamilton Light Horse Club, showing ponies at Gymkhanas and A. & P Shows, travelling all around the Auckland, Waikato & King Country areas. Spending school holidays with the Edwards Bros. Pony Breeders of Tahuna, helping with the breaking in and riding of these at their sales. Hunting with Waikato Hounds and later Maramaru Hunt, 8 years whipping for Maramarua Hunt.
After leaving school in 1958 he spent the next 4 years as an apprentice farrier in Hamilton with Dick Logan qualifying as a Master Farrier. The next 16 years were spent shoeing mainly thoroughbred horses around the Waikato, a move to Te Awamutu and the employment of 4 apprentices. The purchase of 20 acres at Hairini out of Te Awamutu, with his own children now riding ponies, attending pony club, A & P Shows and hunting, this saw him branch into lifestyle farming, milking a small number of cows sending cream to the factory, and rearing pigs on the skim milk. His main income still coming from the shoeing of horses.
After a badly broken leg and being in plaster for months the decision was made to look around for a larger farm, this brought about the purchase of 200 acres at Waerenga North Waikato. The next 19 years were spent milking cows, part owning and training a few thoroughbred hurdle and steeplechase horses, of course these were firstly educated on the hunt field. Some of the better ones, King’s Legend, Braemar, Rip Off, Azastar and Ballybrooke.
Still supplementing his income shoeing horses. He met John Gibberd and family, John worked Clydesdales on his farm in Waerenga, Derrick’s interest in the working horse was renewed and he started using Clydesdales on his farm, feeding out in the winter as they did not make the mess that a tractor did on the steeper country of Waerenga.
In 1995 the Waerenga farm was sold and 32 acres were purchased at Maungatautari with semi retirement in mind, this has never happened, as income was still supplemented with farrier work and Clydesdale numbers increased. Today he enjoys breaking in Clydesdales, ploughing and showing, along with the camaraderie of likewise enthusiasts. Also enjoying the challenge of a problem horse he is always available and willing to assist others with their horses.
|Secretary: Deb Garner, Morrinsville
Phone: 07 889 0979 or Email: email@example.com
|Webmaster: Gareth Pryce, Tongaporutu
Phone: 027 2725 644 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gareth and wife Jacquie own and operate Blackwood Clydesdale stud at Karapiro. Gareth works as an IT professional in Cambridge and enjoys working, riding, showing, and breeding registered Clydesdales. He can be found at most shows and ploughing matches throughout the Waikato supporting the Waikato Heavy Horse Association. Gareth also enjoys restoring horse drawn vehicles and implements.
|Publicity Officer: Michael Kerin, Hamilton|
|Committee Member: David Wilde, Whatawhata, Hamilton
Phone: 07 829 8778
David began working on a dairy farm as a cadet in
1955 using modern equipment although some was horse drawn equipment
converted for the tractor.
|Committee Member: Vivian Simmons, Gordonton, Hamilton
Phone: 07 884 7666 or Email: email@example.com
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