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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 Spring issue is now out!


Welcome to our 30th anniversary issue! Heavy Horse World is the UK’s longest-running publication devoted to draught horses!

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For three decades we have been exploring and promoting the heavy horse breeds of the British Isles – the Shire, Clydesdale, Suffolk and British Percheron – as well as overseas breeds in this country and beyond, plus working ponies and crosses. Heavy Horse World covers all aspects of draught horse activity – showing, breeding, in-hand, turnouts, farm and market garden work, horse-drawn equipment (modern and historic), forestry work, promotional activity, driving trials and riding.

We hope all those of you who have contributed stories and pictures or have enjoyed reading the magazine over the years will celebrate with us!

The Spring issue is our shows issue – leading with the National Shire Horse Show which will be at the Staffordshire County Showground for the second time, on 17-19 March. Along with a wealth of interesting news and features on all aspects of the draught horse world in the UK, we focus on the upcoming show season, including our unique and popular free-to-join HHW Events List. Below is Tracey Muir’s image of the agricultural turnout class underway at last year’s show.

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There are some great articles in this issue, including news of the Shire Horse Society’s fifth approved centre, a trip to the coast for the horses at Chiltern Open Air Museum (pictured below), a profile of one of our senior breeders, Philip Moss, and in our Heavy Horse Tails column, relative newcomers, the Callisters’ Hideaway Shires team. Roger Clark begins a new series on sowing and harvesting crops with horses, and Mike and Ellie Paddock reflect on their first year on their working horse farm in Devon.

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  • Annie Rose of Cumbrian Heavy Horses continues our series for ridden heavy horse enthusiasts, this issue with Getting ready for Spring, and common diseases. Here is Sparky having an early spring roll!

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  • Waldburg Shires celebrates 10 years horsing the Lord Mayor’s coach at the annual Lord Mayor’s Show in London.


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  • Robert Sampson with his four-horse team of Percherons taking part in the Autumn Countryside Show at the Weald & Downland Living Museum, West Sussex.

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Other highlights -


  • How the Percheron came to Britain – the last in our series from William Castle.
  • New chapter begins at the Museum of English Rural Life – fantastic objects from the horse era on display.

  • Respect – salute to the working horse from horseman and painter Joe Godderidge.
  • Babbage stallion painting sells well at auction.

  • 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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What's in the Magazine


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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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Includes the heavy horse collection of the late R W (Bob) Jones of Kinsale Hall Farm, Llanerch y More, Holywell, Clwyd, a breeder of champion Shire horses.  He owned many pedigree Shires in his lifetime including the Premium Stallions, Celtic What’s Wanted and Hainton Wonder.  He was also a champion ploughman and exhibited and won with his horses at many national and county shows during the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s.  He died in 1984 leaving this large collection of his showing and working harness to his siste,r Ann Thomas, who stored it carefully until her death in January 2017.

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How the Percheron came to Britain – Part 4

Spr17 How the Percheron came to Britain Part 4 250x162William Castle ends his fascinating history of how the Percheron came to this country, following the breed’s popularity with our armed forces in the First World War, and in the lead-up to the British Percheron Breed Society’s centenary in 2018. This issue he focuses on a new era as the Percheron becomes accepted by the farming fraternity in Britain.

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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.

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.