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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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Heavy Horse World Summer issue is now out!


Welcome to Summer! The second issue of Heavy Horse World’s 30th anniversary year is packed with news and features – including of course the breed shows for the Clydesdale and Shire, with reports and fantastic photographs covering a huge centre-page section. Discover how history was made by the King family at this year’s National Shire Horse Show, and which are the horses to watch this year. Also, enjoy profiles of the first ever female judge of the Shire Horse of the Year championship, and one of our younger showpeople, Pip Read; delight in the working horse drawings of artist Evelyn Dunbar; catch up with a major horse logging contract in South Wales, and enjoy articles on harness and ploughing. Plus of course, don’t miss our feature on riding heavies from Annie Rose of Cumbrian Heavy Horses.


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  • Alistair King with his female champion, Cotebrook Loch Anna, repeating last year’s win, at the 2017 National Shire Horse Show.


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  • Matt Waller’s Suffolk Punch horse extracting felled trees in Essex as part of a flood reduction project.

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Other highlights -


  • Drum Horses for the Middle East.

  • Two new books from the UK and the US.

  • Travel guidelines for your horse

  • Heavy Horse Tails – let’s hear it for grey Shires!

  • 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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Latest Magazine Issue - view more here

Heavy Horse Tails – let’s hear it for grey Shires!

8   Morgan, FB IMG 1471376188931 300x169Read about a couple who set up a business focusing on the preservation and promotion of grey Shires – at a time when many are concerned about the future of the colour in the breed. You can see their animals at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park near Bristol. Martha Morgan says their Silver Shires Carriage Company centres on greys because of their rarity within the breed and they “are so striking to look at.”


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Babbage stallion painting sells well at auction

Spr17 Babbage stallion painting sells well at auction 250x206Bonhams Auctions sold an oil on canvas of Shire stallion Danesfield Stonewall in its January sale, for £3,250. The image of the winner at Olympia is signed and dated F. Babbage/1914 – one of the Shire breed’s greatest illustrators. The horse was owned by top Shire breeder Frederick Muntz – find out more in our news section.

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.