Doug Joiner passed away peacefully on the 8th September.
We held a tribute to his life in Childer Wood on Saturday 25th October.
It was a magical evening with over 200 attending, reminiscing, celebrating
and mourning his passing.
For more of the event - please see
the details here.
The death of Doug Joiner leaves a huge hole in the worlds of both horse
logging and the working horse movement.
Doug was involved with the British Horse Loggers from its original formation
in the early 1990s, and became Chair of the BHL Committee in 2000, when
BHL was a specialist group within the Forestry Contracting Association.
Doug then led the BHL on a period of rapid change and development.
Under his leadership, the BHL separated from the FCA, and was established
as an independent group. Shortly afterwards, Doug’s practical example
and advocacy brought to the BHL the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales.
Royal patronage opened doors for a small organisation. The British Horse
Loggers Charitable Trust was formed with Doug as Chair, and this allowed
the creation and funding of the British Horse Loggers Apprenticeship Scheme.
Doug was always hospitable, and saw social gatherings as a very necessary
cement for a small organisation with a membership spread widely and thinly
across the UK and beyond. His woodland, Childer Wood in Herefordshire,
was the venue for the annual BHL AGM and Competitions over many years,
together with other courses and events.
He was a tireless and fluent advocate of horse logging, running demonstrations,
talks and training courses, encouraging and inspiring many new entrants
to take up the reins. Doug’s networking skills were phenomenal,
both by e-mail and face to face. He travelled widely in the UK and Europe,
especially in support of FECTU, and had visited horse loggers as far away
In more recent times, Doug’s interests diversified from his horse
logging core to a wider view of the modern working draught horse on the
land and on the streets. His personal enterprise, the British Festival
of the Working Horse, has promoted demonstrations of modern economic horse
power in market gardens, vineyards, and elsewhere.
For those of us who knew him, we are left with the memory of a big, genial,
generous, hospitable and, above all, passionate man. He is going to be
a very hard act to follow. The finest memorial we can give him is to continue
the cause of which he was so eloquent a champion.
Chris Wadsworth, BHL Committee Member
There is also a moving homage to Doug from his French Working
Horse friends on their website
tributes to his horses, Dot,
Diamond & Ella
can be read by clicking on their names.
For more information about Doug Joiner
a professional horse-logger and qualified trainer, based at Childer Wood
and Meephill Coppice in Herefordshire and working for National and Local
bodies, Wildlife Trusts, and woodland owners. He was an Approved Contractor
being on the Professional Register of the British Horse Loggers, the National
Industry Body for horse logging contractors. He had several working horses.
He also provided tuition and ran demonstrations of working horses at shows.