His Royal Highness discussing wine production at the British Festival of the Working Horse in July 2012.

HRH The Prince of Wales is Patron of the British Festival of the Working Horse and an active supporter of the use of working horses.

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Sponsors of this event

The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation

Anon

Gudrun Leitz

Charles Martell

Chloe Darling

Pete and Dawn Large

 

 

Our ambition is to launch the 'Living Horse Power' marque, identifying and certifying wines that are produced by British vineyards using real horse power.

The 'Living Horse Power' marque will be developed in conjunction with other national working horse associations, FECTU (the European Federation for the Promotion of the Use of the Working Horse) and the wine industry.

If successful, our wider ambition is to extend this marque to all produce using real horse power, whether vegetables, field crops, fruit, timber and forestry products.

 

The British Festival of the Working Horse

The British Festival of the Working Horse 'mini festival'

3rd to 6th May 2013

10.00am to 3.00pm daily.

“Working Horses in Vineyards”

This event, organised by the British Festival of the Working Horse, is hosted by The Three Choirs Vineyard, Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1LS. The festival is sponsored by HRH The Prince of Wales's Charitable Trust and private supporters

The vineyard has excellent facilities including a restaurant and accommodation and plenty of car parking. For information contact the vineyard

There will be opportunities to view the horses and equipment at work, meet the horses and their handlers, enjoy complementary snacks, wine tasting and a vineyard tour.

Horses are widely used for cultivation of the vines and related work, such as harvesting, in Europe. Their use in France is expanding considerably. Horse work in vineyards is not confined to organic and bio-dynamic wine production. Horses are also worked in 'conventional' vineyards.

The particular advantages they offer to all grape growers and wine producers is that they can result in a reduction in the use of chemicals, their low impact can help to avoid soil impaction or repair and restore heavily impacted soils, their high profile use can be a marketing attraction and offers a unique selling point and they can work flexibly and creatively whatever the weather. Horses are well known to be able to continue to work when other equipment cannot or should not!

 

 

This four day seminar and demonstration event will bring together a wide range of contemporary and innovative equipment from Britain, Europe and Northern America.

The equipment will be worked and demonstrated throughout the event by Mike Paddock, employed as horse man by HRH The Prince of Wales at Highgrove, and Henry Finzi-Constantine, a bio-dynamic wine producer from Italy, who works his own heavy horses to produce award wining wines.

British Festival of the Working Horse chairman, Doug Joiner, will also be on hand to present and discuss developments in horse work including introducing the "Living Horse Power" marque, an innovatory idea to identify goods produced using real horse power.

Row 61 Re-visited

Equipment demonstrated and displayed will be the PROMMATA 'Kassine' from France and the Pioneer 'Homesteader' from North America, both currently being worked in horticulture in Devon and the Noie e il Cavallo 'Multi' from Italy, currently being worked in Italy.

In organic and bio-dynamic production horses offer particular benefits and the quality of their work coupled with their low impact has been linked to increased grape and wine quality.

Doug and Henry sample the wine.

Henry's new wines, "Titouan Gavi" white wine and "Titouan Barbera" red wine are named after his first horse. They are now for sale

 

"Living horse power is cheap and readily available. We can breed horses, without limit, without endangering the planet.We know a lot about them and how to use them. They can pull things for us, carry us, help support our society, feed it and enable it to function. They can do so far better than they did in the past if we take advantage of some of the technical advances made in agriculture and machinery design. They can be fed from our fields. They don't destroy the environment but enhance it. They create employment, not replace it. They are a source of companionship in the workplace, a source of pride and pleasure when seen to be working to perfection in harmony with man and his surrounding. Why on earth don't we use them?"

Charlie Pinney. 2003.