Billy Johnson - A Horseman?s Life
3 October 2008

Catch of Glimpse into the Life of Carriage Driving Legend Billy Johnson on Horse & Country TV.

The life of carriage driving legend, Billy Johnson hits the screens on Horse & Country TV over the next few months.

The film - A Horseman?s Life - with Billy Johnson tells the life-story of one of the real ?old fashioned horsemen? in the carriage driving world.

Billy grew up in the colliery town of Ashington, Northumberland, which is also home of the famous Charlton brothers. He came from a family of miners and for six months, worked for the local pit until he decided to quit and began to forge a career in driving horses.

Aged just 12-years-old, young Billy bought a pit pony with his savings and started to hawk rags around the back lanes of Newcastle. He also braved the freezing waves of the North Sea to haul coal that had washed up on the shore, which saw him earning a higher wage than his own father within months of leaving the pit.

Forty years on he has developed a national reputation for breaking-in horses for harness work and his traditional skills are in demand from carriage drivers across the country.

In the programme, Coast and Country Films travel to Appleby Horse Fair with Billy in his traditional cart, built by himself. The journey sees him recall the people who taught him everything he knows about breaking-in and looking after horses for carts and carriages.

Nick Ludlow of Horse & Country TV said: ?For Billy, the old-fashioned way is always best and here he passes on the wisdom of his experience to the viewers, sharing tips and tricks of an old-fashioned horseman.?

The film is currently scheduled for screening as follows:

Tuesday      14.10.08      21:00
Wednesday 15.10.08      03:00, 06:00, 13:30
Sunday       19.10.08      18:30

Tune in to SKY Channel 280 or visit