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Heavy Horse World Spring 2016 issue is out soon!

This issue is the 'shows' number, and includes our ever-popular free Heavy Horse Events List which lots of you use to plan your heavy horse year. There's plenty of news, features, profiles and information to keep you busy reading before the season really gets going. Highlights include a brilliant feature by Elspeth Ross and David Lawless on adding driving to riding for the ridden enthusiasts among you; the second part of our Modern Horse-drawn Equipment focus looking at logging and experiences with north American machinery; a profile of a Scottish horse logger who has completed her apprenticeship, and discover how horsepower is helping create a new nature reserve for London.  This picture from the issue shows Glenside Prince Harry, who is featured in our Heavy Horse Tails column.

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Heavy Horse World Winter issue.


The Winter 2015 issue features Part 1 of a special two-issue focus on modern horse-drawn equipment, with five major articles on this important subject for all those who work their heavy horses. It also includes our shows section with coverage of events from the last half of the season from all over the country. They include the Great Yorkshire, City of Aberdeen, Royal Lancashire, Bakewell, the Shire Horse of the Year final, the Shire foal shows and sales, and the first of the year’s ploughing matches. Get the latest news, read comment and pick up practical tips, as well as enjoying our wide-ranging features covering every aspect of the working horse world, from riding and logging, to driving and working. Here’s a picture from the issue of the City of Aberdeen Clydesdale Show’s male champion, Ronnie Black’s Collessie Prospect, photographed by Jim Crichton.


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  • Congratulations to Paul Bedford who has notched up his third win in the Shire Horse of the Year championship with his spectacular stallion, Metheringham Upton Hamlet.

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  • Congratulations also to turnout champion Tom Henfrey, ridden champion Stacy Fletcher (pictured) and top ploughman of 2015, Jim Elliott.

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  • Read our profile of Wendy Toomer-Harlow, a champion for heavy horses who has made a real difference on so many fronts, from her support for the Shire and enthusiasm for horse-drawn implements to her interest in driving two-wheeled carts and promoting riding.

  • Join editor Diana Zeuner as she follows the eager heavy horse cross country trials participants through country lanes and woods in the New Forest Beer Run.

  • Roy Fox’s last stand! Roy retires his camera after over 20 years photographing heavy horses at shows all over the country.

  • Read the latest of Annie Rose’s Under Saddle articles, this issue focusing on preparing your horse(s) for winter.

  • Follow David Viner’s look at the wagons on show at the Great Dorset Steam Fair and his article on the future of wagons displayed at the National Trust’s Dyrham Park.

  • 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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New DVD out for Christmas!


20 years National Shire Stallion Champions 120wA new DVD featuring the top stallion champions entered in the National Shire Horse Show over the last two decades!  The Shire horse is the largest horse in Great Britain and has served this country for over a hundred years: today there is a strong band of breeders dedicated to ensuring the future of the breed.  The National Show is held annually in March with approximately 200 entries, and this film looks at the stallions entered for the championships for each year from 1995:  the film focuses on the results as judged on the day of the shows - in some cases changes were made to the final result at a later date.  Authoritative commentary is provided by leading Shire breeder Alistair King of Cotebrook Shires, Cheshire.  Produced by Countryside Audio & Visual, who have filmed Shire Horse Shows for decades until this year, the DVD lasts 90 minutes.

Price: £18.00 + £2.50 postage (NTSC/American DVDs also available here)


Heavy Horse World Calendar 2016

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The UK’s top calendar featuring draught horses only!


Twelve fantastic colour pictures of heavy horses of all breeds from all over Britain – don’t miss it!


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Roy Fox retires his camera!

Roy Fox retires his camera 350x245For over 20 years Heavy Horse World readers have enjoyed the photographs of Roy Fox, who has devoted much of his time capturing the best of Britain’s heavy horses on film. Now, at the age of 82, he has decided to call it a day. Many thanks Roy!



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Logging event – and BHL Woodland Management Award

Aut 15 Logging event and BHL Woodland Management Award 209x350Logging took centre stage at a recent event in West Sussex: The Wood Show at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton included logger Frankie Woodgate from Kent and Robert Sampson from the New Forest moving timber felled from the museum’s woodland area. Plus, discover who won this year’s British Horse Loggers’ Woodland Management Award – we profile the candidates and their taxing logging contracts.

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.