Meet the friends on a mission to maintain the heavy horse plowing

Meet the chums on a mission to take care of the heavy horse plowing

There could also be 42 years between Alfie Trethewey and Bryony Gill, however age is not any barrier relating to their ardour for ploughing.

“I can discuss for hours and hours about ploughing,” laughs Bryony, 30, prompting a fast response from Alfie, 72, who jokes mischievously: “Bryony can discuss from London to Cornwall about ploughing. Imagine me, I heard it!’

What might look like a glamorous and nostalgic pastime to some, usually depicted on the entrance of greeting playing cards and cookie jars, is, actually, a lifestyle for these unlikely associates.

Bryony Gill with Angel and Alfie Trethewey holding Juna(Picture: DC Media)

Collectively, Alfie and Bryony are the Pikna Shire Horses, primarily based in St Austell, Cornwall. Whereas plowing is the primary pursuit, holding work demonstrations and competing in races up and down the nation, the couple additional complement their revenue with marriage ceremony bookings, faculty balls and carriage rides to the native pub.

However the custom they love, and the distinctive talent set that comes with it, is in peril of being firmly consigned to the historical past books because the plow horse group desperately seems for the following era of plowmen and girls to take the reins.

Alfie says: “Once I began plowing in Cornwall there have been 16 or 17 ploughs. Now there are three of us and we’re two of these three. Bryony is among the few younger individuals within the nation plowing at this time. We’re in peril of shedding this means, as a result of when my era dies, there isn’t a one to take over.

“More often than not, the youngsters who come to the plowing demonstrations and competitions are completely amazed – they only cannot consider the way it was carried out. They’re used to seeing an enormous tractor and plow within the discipline, however they’ve by no means seen a pair of horses doing it. It is one thing they prefer to see.”

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