WHAT began as a hobby for the Parrys has turned into a love of heavy horses and their qualities.
The Denman family – Tony, Pam and their son Bill – are eagerly awaiting the St Heliers Heavy Horse Heritage Field Days this weekend.
Mrs Parry believes it is important to keep the heritage of heavy horses alive.
“It’s the main sort of heavy horse thing for this area, or NSW really,” she told the Chronicle.
After more than two decades working with thoroughbreds, the couple decided to try their hand at training heavier breeds.
They have since found the St Heliers weekend to be a fun and rewarding experience.
“It’s a great environment to learn and be around some really cool horses,” Mrs Parry said.
With the help of heavy horse expert Mick Carey, the pair is learning the ropes of heavy horse care.
“Mick has lots and lots of experience and helps us do the right thing and we’re just lucky to have him,” Mrs Parry said.
The family will be competing in the long reigning and obstacle classes, led classes, driven and pumpkin snatch.
They will also be participating in the grand parade tomorrow.
Their son Bill is also excited about the novelty of the horses and hopes to compete in the future.
“I’ve never done this before and it looks really fun,” he said.
“It’s not just for grown ups but for kids too.”
“Having the kids involved keeps the heritage going,” Mrs Parry said.
“Come and see the heavy horses doing what they used to do years ago.
“It’s amazing; there’s some sort of nostalgia about them I think.”
“It shows people are getting more involved,” her husband agreed.
Entry is $2 so don’t miss your chance to see the heavy horses in action this weekend.
Both tomorrow and Sunday will be packed full of action at St Heliers exhibition grounds, Sandy Creek Road.
For more information, phone John on 0414 399 327.
REWARDING EXPERIENCE: Pam, Bill, 13, and Tony Parry are excited about the St Heliers Heavy Horse Heritage Field Days this weekend, as is horse trainer Mick Carey (right).
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