>> The 2014 Award Brass
The New N.H.B.S. 2014 Award Brass
To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of The Great War in 1914 The N.H.B.S. has decided to change the design of the horse brass awarded to horse men and women in various shows up and down the nation in 2014.
In 1914 The British Army had 25,000 horses. Within the period from the Declaration of war on the 4th August to the end of the month 750,000 men had volunteered to join the army and fight the Hun.
This meant a huge and sudden demand for a volume of horses to supply the largely non-mechanised forces. To this end The Army Remount Service of the Army Service Corps used the Army Act of 1881 to take 165,000 horses within the first fortnight of the war. These varied from tram horses to farm horses and fine hunters.
By 1917 the army had 591, 000 horses, 213 mules, 47,000 camels and 11,000 oxen at a cost of £67,000,000. A large majority of these beasts would never return to their homelands and suffered enormous hardships from Flanders to Mesopotamia.
In the N.H.B.S. we are dedicated to remember all that the horse gave to us by the award of this simple brass.
Below; one of the first of these brasses to be awarded seen at the Church Stretton meeting in 2014 on show on its harness with the winning horse in the picture below, so well done indeed; see also the Dorset Steam fair page.