War horses earn right to be hailed as veterans

IT took Michael Morpurgo’s tear- jerker of a book, and the subsequent Steven Spielberg film and stunning stage version of War Horse, to convey the carnage suffered by horses drafted into service in World War One. Eight million horses and countless mules and donkeys died overall. Britain alone lost over 484,000, one for every two men.  One-quarter of all deaths …

France’s big hitter in the draught horse world

  WHAT sets the Boulonnais, little known in Britain, apart from other draught horses ? Two words: Their ancestry. Originally descended from horses imported by Julius Caesar’s  legions to Pas de Calais, France,  ready to invade the British coast, it was left to the  Crusades and the Spanish occupation of  Flanders to introduce a considerable  amount of Oriental and Andalusian …

Essentially France

Ports are places to pass through, which is one good reason why Calais, and the surrounding area have tended to lose out. Now, helped by the World War One commemorations, the full richness of which was once just Nord-Pas de Calais – but now along with Picardy forms Hauts de France – is gradually being recognised for its true worth. …