Scores pay final respects to ‘true Yorkshireman’

Victor Dent with one of his shires in a best decorated horse contest.
Victor Dent with one of his shires in a best decorated horse contest.

More than 200 mourners turned out to a village church for the funeral of Victor Dent, a well known Shire horse breeder and character from Burniston.

Mr Dent, whose funeral was held at St John’s Church in Staintondale, died on April 29 at the age of 76 after suffering from heart disease.

He was led to church for the service by two Shire horses provided by Buckley Shires.

Described as “a true countryman with a broad Yorkshire accent” Mr Dent was born into farming and horses at Rosedale east.

His passion for hunting and horses began when working with them ploughing, threshing and delivering milk.

He rode to work in Westerdale often in thick fog, and knowing the moors he usually managed to avoid the renowned bogs.

This rural life suited him whereas schooling did not. There are few records of him ever having attended school regularly.

In 1963 Mr Dent married Sylvia at Staintondale church and he was able to continue his passion for breeding and showing Shires as his father-in-law 
Walter Tate stood two stallions, the Shire Edingale Angus and Blue Beard.

Having worked in farming in Hawsker, Staintondale and Langdale End he began work for auctioneers Boulton & Cooper at Seamer and Malton Markets, a perfect job for such a sociable man who was well known and knew many in the farming 

His mischievous humour was often tested out on many people but he liked nothing better than to help someone out if he saw they were struggling.

Showing his beloved Shires was his passion throughout the summer months, winning with them for more than 50 years at shows in Driffield, Malton, Burniston, Danby, Egton, Hinderwell, Thornton Dale, Rosedale and the now defunct Whitby Show.

Mr Dent always kept a few Shire mares and each spring would spend nights in his caravan awaiting the arrival of their foals.

Foxhunting was also a major part of his life and he would hunt as often as he could on any horse that he could find.

During his funeral Gone to Ground was blown by Staintondale huntsman Stephen Hall as Mr Dent was buried within sight of the hunt kennels. He leaves his wife Sylvia, daughters Lorraine and Michele and four grandchildren.