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Heavy Horse World Summer issue is now out!


This issue features the breed shows of the Shire and Clydesdale breeds, kick-starting the breeding and showing season. Congratulations to all the winners at these two events – follow our reports from our top contributors and photographers in the shows, news and feature sections. We say farewell to Shire stallion Metheringham Upton Hamlet, and also to that great heavy horse supporter, Carl Boyde in tributes this issue. Highlights also include our new series on the Percheron in Britain in the lead-up to the British Percheron Horse Society’s centenary in 2018; the story of the horses that built London, through their work extracting Portland stone; and the campaign to save a breed on the edge, the 15hh Irish Cob. Plus, enjoy our photo features of drilling in Shropshire and logging in Worcestershire.


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  • Clydesdale National Stallion Show overall supreme and winner of the Prince of Wales Cup was Ronnie Black’s Collessie Jennifer. Photo: Jim Crichton


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  • Jonathan Worthington with his King George V Cup winner, Shire stallion Leverton Leon, at the National Shire Horse Show. Photo: Tracy Muir


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  • Stephen ‘Crunchie’ Whitby logging at Worcester Woods Country Park with his Cobs


  • New braiding films have been launched by Elaine Booty of Heavy Horse Decorations.


  • Biosecurity for working horses – Chris Wadsworth explains new practices for loggers and horse farmers.


  • The first heavy horses win tandem bars! Find out how David Curtis clinched the coveted awards with his Percherons.


  • 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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  • Big news section

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Heavy Horse World Calendar 2017

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The UK’s top calendar featuring draught horses only!


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How the Percheron came to Britain

Sum 16 How Percheron came to Britain 350x156William Castle begins our new series on the Percheron in Britain, in the lead-up to the British Percheron Horse Society centenary in 2018. In this issue he sets the scene for the breed’s arrival in the country during the First World War, including their use in the towns drawing omnibuses and the views of equine and agricultural commentators of the time.



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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.