AN EVENT showcasing one of the biggest gathering of heavy horses in the UK takes place next month in County Durham.

Dapple Clydesdale Stud, owned and run by Gary Gorman, will again be hosting the show, which is now in its eighth year, on Sunday, July 8, at High Stoop, Tow Law, DL13 4HJ.

This annual show is organised by Mr Gorman and a show committee, which is dedicated to the breed and raising awareness about the versatility of the Clydesdale.

The show features more than 50 full and part-bred Clydesdales and other heavy horse breeds, shown in hand and ridden, and usually attracts more than 500 visitors.

Clydesdales, shires and other heavy horse breeds are gaining recognition for their ability to do most equestrian disciplines.

Their placid nature and steadfast attitude is increasing their popularity, which is vital for the survival of the breed.

The Rare Breed Survival Trust also supports this show, providing information leaflets, posters and magazines highlighting their campaign to save heavy horses.

Gates open at 10am and judging starts at 11am. Admission costs are £4 for adults, £2 for children or OAPs and £2 for ringside disabled parking. Refreshments will also be available throughout the day.

For more information, call Gary Gorman on 07971 987913 or James Wilson on 07710 429312.