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Spring 2020

Get ready for the National Shire Horse Show!

The National Shire Horse Show is the biggest and best of the heavy horse shows in the UK – and it’s on 20-22 March at Staffordshire Showground.  Heavy Horse World is running a special show sale for backnumbers and binders at discounted prices in the Spring issue – and you can buy the magazine at the Heavy Horse Enthusiast stand at the show.  One of the oldest horse shows in the world, 250 pedigree Shires are expected from the UK and Europe.  Visitors can enjoy the iconic breed in a range of classes and displays – and this year shoeing demonstrations return.  Tickets can be bought through the Shire Horse Society website.

Heavy Horse World’s 2020 Events List!

Once again we publish our free-to-enter list of events where heavy horses can be seen all over the country.  Armed with this list you can plan your year attending shows, events and matches, either with your horses, or just as heavy horse enthusiasts who enjoy watching them put through their paces in a host of different classes in rings, arenas and displays.

Sledmere House Shires joins SHS Approved Centres

The Yorkshire centre at Sledmere House & Estate at Driffield joins five other centres around the country. Visitors can explore the restored historic stable block and enjoy the horses, including Camalter Amy and Camalter Poppy.  The house has very close connections with working horses, through the story of the Wagoner’ Special Reserve based at Sledmere who were among the first to go abroad in the First World War, carrying supplies to the frontline in their horse-drawn wagons, driven east Yorkshire style.

Driving trials for Hallaton Horses

Last year was an interesting one for the Young family’s Hallaton Horses based in the West Midlands –  their first full season competing a four-horse team of Shires.  Read about how they got on at various events including Windsor Great Park.  “Driving trials is a fantastic sport,” says Ken Young, whose son Peter drives the team.  “We have found it to be very friendly, with competitors happily helping each other…”  The magazine includes some useful contacts for anyone wanting to get started in the sport.

Discover the role of the horse in farming

The Weald & Downland Living Museum, West Sussex is taking a new approach to its summer heavy horse event this year with one of its Historic Life Weekends devoted to Agriculture & the Role of the Horse on 4/5 July.  The museum’s Percheron and Shire horses will be working, and horse-drawn vehicles and implements from the collections will be on display.  Demonstrations and displays will feature historical information about crops and social history as well as crafts connected to farming and the horse.  Pictured is the museum’s horseman Andy Robinson drilling wheat at the museum last autumn.

Rolling with horses – step by step

In William Castle’s new series on practical jobs for working horses, this issue focuses on rolling.  “The roller is one of the most common and useful tools for anyone with land,” he says.  The article focuses on types of roller, their various uses, how to get the best out of them with horses, using them with hitch carts, and identifies some pitfalls.   “Make sure you don’t buy a roller that is too heavy for the number of horses you have or too light to work on your type of land.”

100 years – man and boy

Graham Kirk, who has for years worked on binder canvas restoration and a host of other related projects, recalls a special celebration last year when he and his friends marked a century of devotion to the binder by himself and his father.  He describes his father’s experiences with horses and binders and the introduction of the tractor, and recalls some fascinating anecdotes from across the years.  Plus, in other features discover more great personalities, former Midlands horseman Jim Ratcliffe (pictured), and one of today’s top wheelwrights working with heavy vehicles, Peter Small.

Rural craftsmanship under the hammer

Wagon expert David Viner reports from Bloxham in Lincolnshire and the sale of the late Peter Moore’s collection, built up since the 1970s.  The sale, conducted by Brown & Co, was “a treat, in lovely autumn sunshine”, he says recalling the sight of 25 wagons and carts all in a row – “this alone was worth the long journey to see.”  Pictured is a classic north Lincolnshire wagon, dating from 1905,  which sold for £1,080.

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Other features in this issue include. . .  

  • Ed joins the Cavalry!
  • Shires help move historic organ
  • Two major qualifiers at SESHA Show
  • Martin Clunes supports appeal for rescued Shire
  • The British Percheron’s AI Scheme
  • Legacy of a rare breed – horse decorations uncovered
  • How a British Blonde joined the heavies!
  • Breeding Brabants in the Cotswolds
  • The draught horse of Ireland

Plus . . .

  • Mailbox – your views and news – packed with heavy horse interest
  • Heavy Horse World Shop – our comprehensive selection of books and DVDs on heavy horse subjects
  • Heavy Horse World Breeders’ Directory & Classifieds – where to go for all your needs – horses, harness, vehicles, books etc
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