The Working Horse Trust Eridge

Details of our next open day - here
The Working Horse Trust at Eridge must be one of the best kept local secrets. A small charity, run entirely by volunteers, the Trust is dedicated to the protection of our Heavy Horse breeds: the Shire, the Clydesdale, the Suffolk, the British Percheron and the Ardennes.
Heavy horses were once the powerhouses of farming, industry, transport, forestry and the military. But with the development of modern machinery, the role of the working horse rapidly declined and by the early 60s, these horses were bordering on extinction. The Working Horse Trust hopes to make a difference by breeding these horses, by training people in the care and handling of them and by demonstrating that horsepower is still a sensible option in certain situations, not just an eccentric trip down memory lane. Most of all, the Trust aims to encourage wider interest and ownership.
At Forge Farm in Eridge, the Trust currently has 20 heavy horses. Much of our time is spent working away from the farm for organizations such as: The Woodland Trust, the Kent & Sussex Wildlife Trusts, the RSPB, the National Trust etc. We also attend many shows and local events. On the farm, we are still developing our faculties with the ultimate aim of providing a visitor and education centre for the local community and beyond.

Our fundraising programme includes a Sponsored Ride in June, a Sponsored Walk in October and a Race Evening in November. But the highlights of our year are our Open Days, to which we extend a warm invitation to everyone in the area.

The Working Horse Trust, Forge Wood Farm, Eridge Park (will be signposted from the A26) Open Day on Sunday 16 September 2007, 11.00 to 5.00 Admission Adults £3, Children £2, Members and Under 5s Free. Car parking free. Dogs on leads welcome. Meet our 20 heavy horses, there will be talks, demonstrations, wagon rides, have-a-go and an extensive range of home-made cakes. The day will incorporate a 'Fun Dog Show' which is open to all, pay on the day.
On Sunday 30 September we are organising a sponsored walk.

For more information on the Trust, please contact us on 01892 750 105 or email or just come along to our Open Days at Forge Wood Farm, Eridge - or visit our own website           Jo Ambrose