Over 150 horses from across the country will assemble at the National Museum of Rural Lifein East Kilbride for the Museum's highlight event, the Heavy Horse Show, on Sunday 20th July. Supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery, this is one of Scotland's biggest heavy horse events and attracts a wide range of participating horses competing in a range of classes, from Clydesdales to Shetlands.
This year, the Forth and Clyde Helix Kelpie models, which are 30-metre high horse head sculptures, will be displayed inside the Museum. These maquettes were sculpted by Andy Scott and have already been exhibited across the world. Modelled on the Clydesdale horse, it is fitting that visitors will be able to see them at this year's show.
Now in its 12th year, the Heavy Horse Show provides a fun day out for all the family and attracts over 2,500 visitors from all over Scotland. Children can ride ponies, make a hobby horse in craft sessions and have their faces painted. The show will also see the debut of the Museum's newest recruit, Anna, the Clydesdale yearling who will be learning her paces from an older Clydesdale, Mairi.
Shirley Maciver, General Manager at the National Museum of Rural Life, said, "The Heavy Horse Show is a great day out, with plenty to see and do for the whole family. We're really excited to have the Helix Kelpie models on display and to show off the newest member of our family, Anna, who joins our other Clydesdale, Mairi, already a familiar face at the show. We're looking forward to welcoming a great crowd to the event."
Kate Pearson, Deputy Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "I am delighted that players of People's Postcode Lottery are supporting the Heavy Horse Show as it is such a great day out for the whole family. I'm sure everyone attending the event will have a day to remember!"
The National Museum of Rural Life comprises a purpose-built museum exploring how 300 years of farming and rural home life have shaped and altered Scotland's countryside. The Museum has a milking parlour and working farm which uses traditional 1950s farming methods. Animal breeds include Aberdeen Angus cattle, Tamworth pigs, Ayrshire Dairy Cows and black-faced sheep.
The National Museum of Rural Life is part of National Museums Scotland, which has received a whopping £250,000 from our players to date. Its mission is to preserve and make accessible Scottish history and culture, as well as that of other nations.