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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!


The Summer 2015 issue kicks off the show season with our fascinating and authoritative reports on the Clydesdale National Stallion Show and the National Shire Horse Show from Kate Stephen and John Bryant. The events spawned a host of news stories to add to our usual eclectic mix of articles and features in this issue covering the full range of heavy horse themes, from riding and logging, to driving and working. Here’s a picture from the issue of Adventure Clydesdales’ horses taking part in a race at Exeter.

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  • Win a ride on a heavy horse in the beautiful Lake District, courtesy of Cumbrian Heavy Horses, with our competition on bits! And read the latest of Annie Rose’s Under Saddle articles, this issue focusing on moulting and bitting. Plus, find out how keen heavy horse riders can hit the trails in the South West of England now too, with Adventure Clydesdale on Dartmoor.

  • This year’s top Shire stallion prize went overseas for the first time in Shire horse history, when Dr Volker Schumann won the King George V trophy with Schumann’s Eragon, and took it back with him to his stud in Germany. Who is he? Find out in this issue.

  • In the steep Howgills in Cumbria, when machinery is not up to the job of planting trees what do you do? You contract the Dales ponies belonging to logger George Newton. Even so he had to be inventive to get equipment up the hills – discover how he went about it.

  • There is no end to the enthusiasm of the Midlands-based Young family for driving horses, especially their team of four Shires, with 19-year-old Peter turning heads with his abilities, both at regional driving events and overseas on La Route du Poisson. We have their story in this issue.

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Jonathan Waterer’s four Shires at the Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association’s Spring Event.


  • After four Shires were killed by ingesting poisonous Sycamore seeds last year, our Draught Horse Answers column focuses on poisonous plants, with vet Graham Duncanson explaining which ones to avoid.
  • After a momentous journey throughout the UK five years ago an American Suffolk enthusiast imported a Suffolk stallion from East Anglia to spread new genes among the breed in the US – read the story and see how the horse is getting on with his task.

  • Also from the USA, we have a detailed and authoritative eight-page article from Jenifer Morrissey on finding that elusive ideal point of draught on your horse – to ensure you get the best out of him and do it in the kindest way.

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The Waldburg Shires with the Young & Co Brewery turnout at the London Harness Horse Parade.


  • 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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Mullahead ploughmen set new record?

Sum 15 Mullahead ploughmen set new record 350x295A new record for the highest number of horses ploughing simultaneously for a minute is thought to have been set at this year’s Mullahead & District Ploughing Match, County Armagh, Northern Ireland – the organisers are waiting for confirmation from the Guinness Book of Records. The attempt was filmed using a drone. Forty-five pairs took part in the event’s 50th anniversary match, coming from as far away as the Isle of Sheppey in Kent and Cornwall.


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Win tickets to the Shire Horse Show!

Win tickets to the Shire Horse ShowOnce again Heavy Horse World has 10 pairs of adult tickets to the National Shire Horse Show to give away this issue. Get your competition responses in quickly – the closing date is 9 March. If you aren’t a subscriber and want to compete you can join the HHW readership at www.heavyhorseworld.co.uk. The show, on 21/22 March, is the premier UK heavy horse event of the year and the largest gathering of Shire horses in the world. It regularly attracts some 250 entries and a big crowd of heavy horse enthusiasts.


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.