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Discover the captivating world of heavy working draft horses through the UK's top magazine dedicated to the sector -  Shires, Clydesdales, Suffolk Punches, British Percherons, European breeds, draft crosses and working ponies in farming, forestry, market gardening, leisure, showing and breeding.

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Doug Joiner

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Doug Joiner on Monday 8 September.  Doug was a star of the working horse world in the UK, through his work with the British Horse Loggers and its charitable trust, and the British Festival of the Working Horse.  He will be very much missed.  There is to be a celebration of Doug's life on a date to be announced.  An obituary will be included in HHW Winter issue.


Heavy Horse World Autumn issue is now out!

  • The Autumn 2014 issue covers the first half of the showing season, featuring reports on the Suffolk and Percheron breed shows, together with top events including the Nottinghamshire, Royal Highland, Royal Three Counties, Cheshire, and the Royal Norfolk Shows. There is plenty of news and masses of features and articles on all aspects of your favourite equines - here’s a picture of Alistair King with his Derbyshire Show stallion class winner, Lockley Sir George, photographed by Kevin Wright.



  • The Heavy Horse World 2015 Calendar is already selling well! Complete your order form in the magazine or order it direct from this website here


  • Watch out for articles on a new working horse association; Mike Bingham’s dispersal sale in North Nottinghamshire; the truth about Comberton Thomas, one of the Percheron breed’s most important stallions; the second Shire horse race at Lingfield Park, and John Fairbairn’s triumph taking champion of champions at Northumberland County Show.


  • Discover Northumberland’s Festival of the Heavy Horse; a haymaking demonstration in Fife; the open day at Wales’ largest collection of horse-drawn vehicles; the British Horse Loggers annual gathering in the Scottish Borders; and a mini festival in Gloucestershire with demonstrations of working horses in horticulture – here’s a picture showing Ed Hamer with his cobs hitched to modern equipment preparing a seed-bed.



  • Catch up with our new series, Under Saddle, written by Annie Rose of Cumbrian Heavy Horses – this issue she tackles foot care, rugging and the effects of hot weather - and two articles on new harness developments, as well as two pages of Draught Horse Answers.


  • Editor Diana Zeuner was at the Horses at War: Remembering WWI and WWII event at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum in West Sussex, featuring the largest display of First World War horse-drawn vehicles since the 1940s.


  • Read Jonathan Brown’s feature on the men behind the development of one of our most iconic makes of plough, the Ransomes, and catch up with our latest Tomorrow’s Horsemen profile, on Oliver Chaffey, aged 14.


  • Don’t forget to go to Heavy Horse World Shop to see our full range of titles including The Working Horse Manual, Heavy Horses, Goodbye Old Friend, and a host of DVDs.


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  • 72+ pages packed with information on heavy horses

  • Full colour throughout

  • Big news section

  • Historical features

  • Personality profiles

  • Practical features and tips


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Other features in this issue include. . .
  • The truth about Comberton Thomas
  • The second Shire horse race at Lingfield Park
  • Tomorrow’s Horsemen – Oliver Chaffey (14)
  • Heavy Horse Tails – retirement beckons for Baron, the famous Clydesdale
  • Horse loggers’ annual gathering in the Scottish Borders
  • Riding classes ever more popular
  • Heavies at Chiltern Open Air Museum
  • Draught Horse Answers – laminitis, help and advice for new owners, equine polysaccharide storage myopathy and top tips for horses in wet weather

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Congratulations to Shire and Clydesdale winners!

The top horses for these iconic breeds were chosen at their respective national breed shows in the Spring, with Paul Bedford’s Metheringham Upton Hamlet taking the King George V Cup for the national Shire stallion championship and Charlotte Young’s Doura Master Eddie winning the Cawdor Cup and Prince of Wales Cup for the Clydesdales. Congratulations to them and all the class winners at Grantham and Stirling – read the full reports and see plenty of pictures in this issue.