Definitely keep clear of the racecourse for this showdown: the annual Clydesdale Race thundered across Exeter Racecourse on Sunday!
If you always imagined heavy breeds such as the Clydesdale couldn’t possibly sustain anything quicker than a bit of a peppy canter for short distances, you should watch the annual Clydesdale Race, hosted by Exeter Racecourse on its Devon Day.
The 2017 running took place last Sunday, with Syril (“Stobilee Scirroco”) piloted by Bryony Frost taking the win by a neck, followed by a photo for second. The Clydesdales only race about a quarter mile down the stretch at Exeter, and the annual “flying feathers” race is a benefit fundraiser for Devon’s air ambulance.
For anyone with qualms that these heavy horses are not aptly fit to be galloping, rest assured — these “Big Friendly Giants” or BFGs, as they’re affectionately known, hail from Adventure Clydesdale of Devon where they impress guests from all over the world with their versatility, ability to navigate the trails and their turn of massive hoof for a rollicking gallop over the countryside. These Clydesdales, under the care of Adventures Clydesdale’s Tim Ancrum, serve as ambassadors for what drafts are capable of as riding mounts, and Tim is happy to furnish horses for the annual benefit race. Learn more about Adventure Clydesdale in our feature.
A huge thank you to everyone who made the Adventure Clydesdale race so special today. Well done to winners Bryony Frost and Siryl, and to Nico De Boinville and Midge, Tom O'Brien and Frankie, Tom Scudamore and Solo, Nick Scholfield and Salvo and Lucy Gardner and Phil. Also to the bookmakers who supported today's race, and to Tim and Aileen Ware for bringing their gorgeous horses to Exeter.
Posted by Exeter Racecourse on Sunday, November 26, 2017
Okay, so they might not be breaking any land speed records anytime soon, but they sure are fun to watch.
Go Clydesdales! And go riding.
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