Show first for hearses

Bakewell show 2011; Suitably grey weather for the unique parade of horse drawn hearses.
Bakewell show 2011; Suitably grey weather for the unique parade of horse drawn hearses.

Horses and hearses made for a world first at Bakewell Show last week.

A joint effort from Cheshire and Yorkshire that beat off stiff competition to win the first ever horse-drawn hearse competition at the show on Thursday, August 4.

And the weather stayed suitably grey as hearses competed in the deathly gloom.

Eight sets of traditional Victorian style hearses and horses took part in the competition which was open to either a pair or a team of four horses providing they were over four years old and a minimum of 14 hands height.

Participants were judged on their overall turn out which includes their style of walk and trotting, their overall turnout and the skill of the coach drivers.

James Jeffrey, owner of Carriage Occasions from Cheshire, and Duncan Jagger, of Elite Horse Drawn Carriages from Bradford, were awarded the Overall Champion at the UK’s first horse drawn hearse class.

The hearse driven by Mr Jagger with four Black Friesian Stallions – two from each business - also won the prize for Best Team.