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Heavy Horse World Autumn issue is now out!


The busy heavy horse scene countrywide is very evident in our latest issue! Our centre-page section features the Summer’s top shows so far, including the breed shows of the Suffolk and Percheron breeds, and top events like the Royal Norfolk, Royal Highland, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. Congratulations to all the winners at these events – and to all the competitors, who fly the flag for our great British heavy horse breeds. Two of them are featured in our profiles this issue, Ben Wright, one of our youngest breeders who’s keeping up the tradition in the Fens, and Maggie Smith, who takes her horses to many shows from her North Wales base. Two of our top rural museums, Beamish and the Weald & Downland, have featured draught horses in all their variety at events this year; enjoy our top quality pictures. Don’t miss the latest in our Under Saddle series, written by Annie Rose of Cumbrian Heavy Horses – this time she looks at riding horses in the ‘off season’. Other highlights include an insight into artificial insemination from Jon Mitchell of St Mary’s Equine Breeding Solutions, and Chris Wadsworth reports on his latest working horse job – from a Yorkshire stream (see picture below).


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  • The ridden heavy horse class line-up at the Royal Norfolk Show. Photo: Kevin Wright

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  • Horses were causing enjoyment and amusement all over the country this year – here’s Clare, The Countess of Euston’s Suffolk stallion stretching his legs at the Suffolk Show.

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Other highlights -


  • Driving trials notice day in Hampshire

  • The ridden heavy horse: novelty or modern miracle?

  • Heavy Horse Tails – how rider Jo Wadsworth took up driving a ladies’ cart.

  • 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 how they were ‘discovered’ 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

  • Full colour throughout

  • Big news section

  • Historical features

  • Personality profiles

  • Practical features and tips

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Other features in this issue include. . .

  • Fountains’ Canadian Clydesdale beats all at Nottinghamshire

  • Musical drive of the Heavy Horses returns to HOYS

  • Shire man demonstrates coaching in Suffolk

  • How heavy horses launched the Kilnsey Show

  • Real horse power on display at the Royal Norfolk Show

  • Driving trials novice day held in Hampshire

  • The ridden horse: novelty or modern miracle?

  • The virtues of chewing

  • Starting up a horse-powered farm

  • How the Percheron came to Britain – Part 2

  • Heavy horse tails – making the leap from riding to driving

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Read reports from our top contributors and photographers on these two major events which kick-start the breeding and showing season. Congratulations to all winners but especially Clydesdale National Stallion Show overall supreme and winner of the Prince of WalesSum 16 Discover winners at Shire and Clydesdale breed shows 4 350x234 200 Cup, Ronnie Black’s Collessie Jennifer (photo: Jim Crichton) and National Shire Horse Show King George V Cup winner Jonathan Worthington’s Shire stallion Leverton Leon (photo: Tracy Muir). Stacy Fletcher became the first ever qualifier for the new Heavy Horse Ridden Championship to be held at this year’s Horse Sum 16 Discover winners at Shire and Clydesdale breed shows 3 350x263 200of the Year Show in October (photo: Kevin Wright). Kevin Wright took this classic shot of the decorated harness winner, Faye & Mike Bottomer’s Fifield Admiral.Sum 16 Discover winners at Shire and Clydesdale breed shows 2 213x260 150








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.