A Suffolk Punch horse named Imogen from West Belfast has won the British Horse Logging Championships 2014 in Scotland last weekend.
Imogen is owned by Total Tree Care Company, a tree surgery and NPTC and Lantra training and assessment centre, based in Suffolk in West Belfast with the company’s yard near to a peace wall between Suffolk and Lenadoon.
The team who travelled to Scotland with Imogen to compete British Horse Logging Championships were the first from Northern Ireland to compete in the competition and successfully carried off the overall event against teams throughout the mainland UK.
Total Tree Care Company are in the process of starting an apprenticeship scheme to train people in horse logging through Lantra and promote the benefits of using horses on sensitive sites which would also be the first in Northern Ireland. At the moment such training and apprenticeships are only available in mainland UK.
A spokesperson for Total Tree Care Company remarked: “Imogen loves pulling logs – a traditional craft - which shone through when she won the British Horse Logging Championships last week.”