ADVENTURE CLYDESDALE
Trail riding country wide on magnificent Clydesdale horses

CROWDFUNDING PROJECT

ADVENTURE CLYDESDALE, A PLACE TO CALL HOME

My name is Brae Park Tom, but my friends call me Tom Parker and I am a Clydesdale Heavy Horse, an old Scottish breed once used to pull ploughs, harrow fields and generally manage heavy work on the farm before the machines took over.  We are tough, hard working and nobly carry within us all the traditions of an age old farming way of life,  I live at Brimpts Farm on Dartmoor along with 11 other Clydesdales, where we work for a our living taking humans out on our backs to admire this beautiful place.  We have been doing this job now for six years on Dartmoor and we have become quite famous.  People love to ride us because we are very good at our job and we always impress them with our ability and our determination to get the job done.  Quite often we do very long rides of several days and we stop at interesting new places sometimes the grass is better and sometimes it's not.  We pride ourselves on our good nature and our patience with sometimes annoying humans!  I think they call it "our temperament".

Our owners say that we are a rare breed and that we need to prove to people that we are worth protecting and, if that's true then I'm well up for it!  We do other things at the farm as well.  Some of us are good at pulling things which the humans call draught work,  and we don't mind that as long as they feed us.  We quite like meeting people too, we are especially loved by children and seem to bring particular comfort to those who have special needs.  Not to say that we can't thunder down a race track to raise money for Devon Air Ambulance when required.

The Kind people at Brimpts Farm, Andy Bradford and Gabrielle Cross have let us stay here and show people what special horses we are, but the cows in the shed next to us are complaining that we have taken their shed and they want it back and who are we to disagree?  So our proud owners, Tim Ancrum and Aileen Ware are hoping to build a new shed next door.  This will give us a place to work so that we can continue to prove we are worth looking after.  Trouble is, whilst we can work hard enough to pay our way, we can never earn enough to pay for building the new shed so Tim and Aileen are planning to run a crowd funding campaign on our behalf (we're not very good at social media) to raise the money for the project and this is where you come in as our friends and supporters

Me and my pals are writing to you to ask if you can help us in any way to make this happen.  Apparently there are only a few thousand of us Clydesdales left in the world and so if you humans don't help us we will soon disappear for ever and we won't be able to be your special companions any longer,  If you can, please show us your support so we can continue to do our work for people in this very special place at Brimpts Farm.

The project will be launched on Sunday 3rd February 2019. To support us please go to www.crowdfunder.co.uk/adventure-clydesdale-home

https://facebook.com/adventureclydesdale

Thank you

Tom Parker

ADVENTURE CLYDESDALE

 

CLYDESDALE RACE – Exeter Race programme

CLYDESDALE RACE – Exeter Race programme

No 10
TOM PARKER            
Jockey:  Conor Smith
Trainer: Tim Ancrum
Owner: Alison Schwalm    
Colours:  Yellow, blue cross belts, yellow cap
 
FORM: Last year’s winner, a real powerhouse.  Plenty of foot,
But beaten by Solo in a re-match.  This is the Usane Bolt
of the Clydesdale world.
 
No 11
BIG ALLAN                 
Jockey:  Nick Scholfield
Trainer:  Aileen Ware
Owner: Bathwick Tyres Wayne and Sarah Clifford
Colours: Red and yellow
 
FORM: Last year Big Al was third, but this year he is even bigger and
stronger and more experienced and still has his very long legs.
 
No 12
SIRYL
Jockey:  Daryl Jacob     
Trainer:  Becky Kennan
Owners: Jon Cadman and Veryan Codd
Colours: White body, green spots, green arms, white cap.
 
FORM: Stayed on well last year and loved the job.  Always enthusiastic,
will go well as long as his forelock doesn’t get in his eyes.
 
No 13
ECCO                                         
Jockey: Alice Mills
Trainer: Becky Kennan
Owner: Gill Otway + Friend
Colours: Blue and green quartered jacket with reverse sleeves and quartered cap
 
FORM:Consistent, reliable character who knows he’s good looking.  Quickest when dinner is being served.  Always ready to plunge in the river or to go mountain climbing.
 
No 14
SOLO                                                                
Jockey: Aidan Coleman
Trainer Tim Ancrum
Owner: Jen Blythe
Colours: Purple navy halved jumper, reverse sleeves, purple and navy quartered cap
 
FORM: Speedy Solo pipped Tom Parker at Flete Park and has gone from
strength to strength.  Royal Highland show winner.
 
No 15
MIDGE                                                                   
Jockey:  Lucy Gardner
Trainer: Juliette Snelgrove
Colours: Beige and white stripes, quartered cap
Owner: Susanna and Brad Weller, Miranda Robson
 
FORM: A great performer to music, having excelled in the dressage arena.
Small but with a big heart, his first race, can he up the tempo?
 
No 16
FAROE   
Jockey:  James Best     
Trainer: Hannah Coote
Colours:  Blue, light blue chevron, white cap, blue spots
Owner: Wendy Hawkes, Vanessa Fenessy and Aisha Wilson
 
FORM: The pink horse.  Solid, reliable performer, first time racing.  Could surprise. Uncomplicated horse who will try his best.

Feathers flying and tiny hooves dashing on Devon Day

Feathers will be flying and tiny hooves will be dashing on Devon Day at Exeter Racecourse on Sunday, November 23 with the racing Clydesdales making a return and the racecourse staging the first ever race for Dartmoor’s native ponies.

The pint-sized ponies will come under starters’ orders at 12pm and their wee little hooves will come tearing down the track as they demonstrate their versatility as tough, hardy and fast children’s ponies.

Then the beguiling Clydesdales will take centre stage with professional jockeys’ on board. They’ll come thundering down the home straight at 12.20pm and are once again sure to have the crowd captivated by their astonishing turn of foot.

Nick Scholfield, who rode in the race last year, said: “I can’t wait to ride again. You can’t help smiling all the way to the home straight when you’re on them. They are such wonderful animals and their very presence seems to make everyone so happy.”

The racecourse has linked up with Devon Food and Drink and local food and drink producers will be selling their wares at a Farmers’ Market, Exeter Morris Men will provide traditional entertainment and of course there are seven thrilling races to enjoy.

For a really special day out, hospitality suites can be booked, or a traditional Sunday can be enjoyed in the Desert Orchid Restaurant where racegoers can book a table and relax there for the day while enjoying the spectacular views across the racecourse.

Devon residents are being offered a £5 discount off the normal price of a Grandstand and Paddock ticket if booked in advance. Children aged 17 and under race free.

The first of seven races is off at 1.05pm, gates open at10.30am and there’s a free bus from Exeter St David’s at 11.15am and the Bus and Coach Station 11.30am, returning half an hour after the last race.

Racing Clydesdales and dashing Dartmoors take centre stage at Exeter

 

Tom Parker, who won last year’s inaugural race for Clydesdales at Exeter Racecourse, will be reunited with his jockey Micheal Nolan on Sunday (Nov 23) at the racecourse’s annual Devon Day as they bid to repeat last year’s win.
 
Nolan, who is based with Minehead trainer Philip Hobbs, said: “It was absolutely brilliant last year and all the jockeys who took part felt privileged to do so. I can’t wait to be back on Tom Parker again and hopefully we’ll retain our crown.”
 
Seven horses will be taking part in the race which is staged at the racecourse to highlight the breed which is regarded as ‘at risk’ by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and to illustrate their versatility.
 
The horses belong to Tim Ancrum of Adventure Clydesdales, which specialises in providing riding holidays across Dartmoor.
 
He said: “Last year’s race was wonderful and so many people enjoyed it. We’ll be racing them over two furlongs again, and we hope they will provide a thrill for racegoers.
 
“They won't do what a racehorse will do, but then a racehorse won't do what a Clydesdale can do.
 
"I would say that they will do 18-20mph when they are really going. It's like a Range Rover sport, compared to a Ferrari."
 
Also taking place for the first ever time is a race for ponies bred on Dartmoor with six of all different shapes and sizes racing down the home straight.
 
Charlotte Faulkner of the Friends of the Dartmoor Hill Ponies said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity to experience something completely different and for everyone to se how wonderful the ponies are.”
 
The pony race comes under starters’ orders at 12 noon, closely followed by the Clydesdales at 12.20pm. The first of the seven races for thoroughbreds comes under orders at 1.05pm.
 
The racecourse has linked up with Devon Food and Drink and local food and drink producers will be selling their wares at a Farmers’ Market, Exeter Morris Men will provide traditional entertainment and of course there are seven thrilling races to enjoy.
 
Devon residents are being offered a £5 discount off the normal price of a Grandstand and Paddock ticket if booked in advance (quote RESDEVON). Children aged 17 and under race free.
 
The first of seven races is off at 1.05pm, gates open at 10.30am and there’s a free bus from Exeter St David’s at 11.15am and the Bus and Coach Station 11.30am, returning half an hour after the last race.