Medieval Tournament 2017

Join us on Sunday 28th May 2017 for our first Medieval Tournament of the year! Our Tournaments have proven very popular over the past 15 years and have seen thousands of visitors support the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre. 

The day will include a variety of entertaining performances including our medieval riding skill at arms! Visitors will also get to enjoy a dog agility performance, fire demonstration, horse breed show and of course traditional stalls, food and drink will be available.

Entry is £5.00 for adults and £3.50 for children/seniors. Gates open from 11am. 

Our events are vital to the survival of our charity and the protection of the horses and animals in our care. Without the work we do many of the animals wouldn't be here today enjoying a peaceful but rewarding life.

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Pluto's Accident

Well it never rains but it pours ..... poor Pluto has managed to get himself in the wars , not sure what has gone on, wether a glancing blow from another horses hoof, headbutt from another horse or if he's banged himself, who knows but whatever has happened though he has made a real mess of himself, and our vet said he is one very very lucky horse to have not done more damage. Pluto was sedated and the area numbed before Cath our fab vet put in stitches, sorry for the gory pic folks, but as you can see our vet has done a fab job :). Now all this of course comes at a price, and at the mo our income is critical, so this bill will sit on top of the existing vet bill that we are trying to pay off so if anyone would like to donate to our already outstanding vet bill it would be gratefully appreciated.

 

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Rocky's Pen Damage

During Storm Doris the weather created a bit of devastation to Rocky, our Goat's pen. As well as the roofing felt on the shop too. Luckily Alan saw Rocky in his garden and alerted us and then Alan and Geoff just managed to get some heavy pallets wedged behind the other fencing to prevent that from going to.

This of course means more work to repair as well as cost, at a time when we do 't have the finances. This time of year is always particularly difficult financially, and this year we are seriously struggling. If anyone would like to donate to the centre or to Rocky's new fencing then please see our supporting us page where you can details, we also have an amazon wish list where horse feeds can be bought and sent to us. Thank you to those that have recently sent feed and presents for the horses through Amazon. We'll be keeping the list fresh and updated! X

 

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Meet, Pierre. Our newest family member!

Hi folks,

I would like to introduce you all to our newest family member to join the charity. Please say hello to Pierre.
 

Pierre is a 13 yr old Boulonnaise draft horse which is a French breed. He stands around 18hh he loves life eating and X country jumping. Our good friends Barnsbridge Shires went down Kent to collect him and bring him back here and he came straight into his new bed and groomed his new neighbour Shiloh :).

We will keep you updated with pics and his progress as we go.

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Visits from Wendy

Well what a lovely day and a special day today has been. Jim and Fran came in extra today to help me with a special job, except jim decided to stay at the centre to help Geoff with the mucking out in the end. So it was just going to be myself Fran and Wendy. Our special job was taking Wendy our Shire horse to Meet a lovely lady called June (Nan) Who is I think ( hope she doesn't mind me saying) is around 85 years old and is very very poorly. Now June in her younger days had worked with shires and has a great love of the breed as well as all animals and often used to say to her granddaughter have you brought me my shire... So her granddaughter Sarah wanted to give her Nan a special present and asked if she would be able to hire us to take a shire to visit her Nan. So that's what today was. Fran groomed Wendy and loaded her into my lorry and off we went. And I have to say it was lovely. Sarah and family met us at our parking place and Fran walked Wendy to "Nan's" house. Wendy was certainly welcomed with open arms as were we. (Read more)

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Medieval Banquet 2016

Our fourth Medieval Banquet evening will be returning on Saturday 16th July 2016. 

The evening will include a mouthwatering hog roast dinner with a starter and pudding. Lots of exciting and unique entertainment will be on hand such as jesters, fire performers, trapeze artists and medieval dancing. Not forgetting a mini joust and riding skill at arms demonstration! Guests will also get the opportunity to meet the resident birds of prey including a Harris Hawk and Owl. 

Tickets cost £20 for adults & £15 for children. Tickets must be booked in advance. 

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Winter Newsletter

Our latest winter 2015 newsletter is now available. The past 12 months haven't been easy, we've had to say our heartbreaking goodbyes to four of our horses (Steve, Scooby, Charity & Duncan). But we've also had the pleasure of welcoming Wendy, our new shire horse, three birds of prey and two alpacas! 

We've also been busy with lots of urgent DIY including rebuilding our main fences. You can read our newsletter here

Our 2015/16 Christmas gift guide is also available filled with lots of gift ideas for horse lovers including our popular eco-friendly reusable shopping bags and some stunning horse cups! Our popular charity Christmas cards are also available!

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The Sad Loss of Duncan

Hi folks, I am sorry once again to tell you all that I have had to make the heartbreaking decision to have Our old Shetland Duncan put to sleep. Duncan was old and had a leg injury which he sustained earlier in the year, this was starting to cause problems and he had lost a great deal of weight which we had been trying to regain, but sadly he wasn't gaining weight & with the cold weather approaching i thought it was the right time to say our goodbyes. Duncan along with Bonnie was one of our oldest family members being in his thirties with Bonnie being older... he had been here since about 1990 I believe, arriving here with his cousin Douglas who we lost a number of years ago now. Both had enjoyed a fun filled time here being driven mainly as a pair by myself and Keith often at high speed around our paddocks as they were great little scurry ponies. With the loss of his cousin, Duncan palled up with our oldest pony Bonnie and the two oldies roamed the paddocks together and the yard, Duncan was always a firm favourite with our visitors, and he will be sadly missed. R.I.P. little man. Love always. xxx

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