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Heavy Horse World Winter issue is now out!


It’s been a fantastic summer season, with lots of innovations, including the first ever Heavy Horse Ridden Championship at the Horse of the Year Show, the HOYS reinstated Heavy Horse Musical Drive, the European Horse Ploughing Championships at the World Ploughing near York, and the first ever Countryfile Live show with its Shire and Suffolk presence. Watch out for a wealth of other show and event reports, a big news section and plenty of features, including our popular Under Saddle column, this time featuring managing winter pasture and mud fever, a five-page guide to the new sport for two-wheeled carts, a profile of one of our top judges, and the next instalment of our history of the Percheron horse in Britain.


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  • Clydesdale, Kinclune Danny Boy, ridden by Virginia Osborne, won the first ever Ridden Heavy Horse of the Year Championship at the Horse of the Year Show in October. Photo: Kevin Wright

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  • Jim Elliott from Beamish, Co. Durham won the European and British Ploughing Championships held in York in September. Photograph: Kevin Wright.

  • Don’t miss our five-page guide to two-wheeled carts, the latest popular addition to the heavy horse show scene. This is Elaine Ramsay at the great Yorkshire Show, photographed by Carol Stevens.

    Win16 Elaine Ramsay at Great Yorkshire Show Photo by Carol Stevens

Other highlights -


  • Martin Fountain triumphs as this year’s Shire Horse of the Year champion with Woodhouse Calendar Girl.

  • Staffordshire Shire man – Tony Wass profiled in the year he judged the Shire championship.

  • Heavy horses mark the farming year at Chiltern Open Air Museum.

  • We continue our new series on the Percheron in Britain in the lead-up to the British Percheron Horse Society’s centenary in 2018 – this issue we focus on the Percheron ‘invasion’ after their qualities were praised by British Remount Officers in the First World War.

  • And 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 including A Beginner’s Guide to Heavy Horses and Plaiting the Heavy Horse for Showing.

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  • 72+ pages packed with information on heavy horses

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  • Big news section

  • Historical features

  • Personality profiles

  • Practical features and tips

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Heavies take part in events across the nation

Win16 Heavies take part in events across the nation 250x172In addition to shows and ploughing matches, heavy horse owners cross the country to take part in a range of special events, from steam shows to workings, country events and canal festivals. We visit the Parkhead Canal Festival, the Chiltern Open Air Museum and Trimpley Heavy Horse Festival among others in this issue – including some great photos of all the action.

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Heavy horses at two rural museums – Beamish and Weald & Downland

Aut16 Heavy horses at two rural museums Beamish and Weald Downland 1 250x171These two top open air museums, one in Co Durham, the other in West Sussex, put much effort into supporting working horses and this year both staged major shows. At Beamish the focus was the horse in war, while at Weald & Downland, which focused on the war two years ago, the emphasis was on the working horse in the past and in the present.Aut16 Heavy horses at two rural museums Beamish and Weald Downland 2 250x140







Heavy Horse World Spring issue is now out!


  • The Spring 2015 issue is our shows number and looks forward to a busy season this summer with articles and adverts plus Heavy Horse World’s popular annual FREE Events List, listing shows, events and matches up and down the country which feature heavy horses. We have some great photos from ploughing matches held at the end of last year too – here’s one of Robert Sampson ploughing at the Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association’s match last October, taken by HHW editor Diana Zeuner.


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  • Win tickets to the Shire Horse Show – we have ten pairs of adult tickets to give away this issue. The closing date is 9 March, so hurry to get your copy of Heavy Horse World!


  • Tom and Sandy Walne have pulled off a truly remarkable feat – their Suffolk mare has won the Horse & Hound Outstanding Mare Award in the British Breeders Awards run by the British Horse Foundation – read about it in the news section. Co-incidentally we include a feature on the couple, taken from the Suffolk Horse Society’s recent oral history project. We love your stories – keep them coming in!


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  • Catch up with our series for ridden heavy horse enthusiasts, Under Saddle, written by Annie Rose of Cumbrian Heavy Horses – this issue she tackles saddles themselves, a subject we often receive queries about here at HHW. And read our latest profile, on Surrey horseman Daniel Brown, who has developed his love of heavies into a thriving business.


  • John Bryant interviews a veteran Shire enthusiast who will be known to many of our readers, Ces Burton, while Diana Zeuner catches up with the ‘Irish boys’, a group of working horse enthusiasts well known in the counties west of London.


  • William Castle tackles the latest examples of innovation and imitation in American horse-drawn machinery, and David Viner tells the story of the restoration of a Berkshire wagon in the village of Blewbury (pictured). We take a look at choosing the ideal draught horse - from a European perspective, and follow The Lizard Stallions’ successful second year in Cornwall.


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  • We’ve renamed our Letters feature ‘Mailbox’ as these days we get comments and views coming through by email and social media as much as through the post – we love to hear your thoughts on the heavy horse world – send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!


  • Plus, we have our regular features, Heavy Horse Tails,Tomorrow’s Horsemen, and Draught Horse Answers, and lots of news and information about heavies from all over the country.

  • And don’t forget to go to Heavy Horse World Shop(add link here) to see our full range of titles including The Working Horse Manual, Heavy Horses, Goodbye Old Friend, and a host of DVDs including A Beginner’s Guide to Heavy Horses and Plaiting the Heavy Horse for Showing.