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Summer 2017 Issue

King family triumphs at 2017 National Shire Horse Show

The 2017 flagship event for the Shire Horse Society saw history made when the King family from Cheshire took the stallion, mare and gelding championships, a feat rarely achieved. Over35 SHS, KW, DSC 1234 resize 300×200 three days of showing at the event’s new home, Staffordshire County Showground, visitors enjoyed in-hand, turnout, ridden and harness classes. Pictured is Matthew King with stallion champion, Snelson Gatsby, and the qualifier for the Ridden Heavy Horse of the Year at HOYS in October, J Anderson’s Gautby Arclid Flashman, ridden by Morag Snow.

Delma Nulty – encouraging young people into Shires

For the first time a woman will judge the 2017 Shire Horse of the Year championship at HOYS. Delma talks about her appointment, her life with Shires and her pride at introducing the Shire Young Handler of the Year championship, held annually at the Midland Shire Foal Society Show & Sale.

As much fun as you can have with Shires!

The heavy horse world is full of people making their mark in and out of the showring, and we spoke to Pip Read, who can be seen with her horses and friends at shows and events all over the country. Find out how she got involved with heavy horses, and read about her highlights and what she plans for the future.

New books from the UK and the US

We have two new books on offer this season, Art of Working Horses written by prolific American author Lynn Miller, who also penned Work Horse Handbook and Training Workhorses, Training Teamsters, and Amongst Farm Horses by Stephen Caunce, whose second edition of this important volume focuses on the working lives of young horsemen in the East Riding of Yorkshire. You can buy them from this website.

Ty’n y Coed, Creigiau – the largest contract

Kate Mobbs-Morgan, chair of the British Horse Loggers, writes about the team effort involved in one of her recent horse logging jobs in South Wales. Undertaken for Natural Resources Wales, several loggers came together to remove Norway Spruce and open up a canopy around ancient Oaks nestled in the wood.

Under saddle – enjoy our series for ridden heavy horse enthusiasts!

“Summer days… drifting away…” Annie Rose of Cumbrian Heavy Horses continues her popular column focusing on all aspects of riding heavies. This issue she focuses on enjoying hacks out in your local lanes, getting the horse and you ready for the summer, and safety first ideas. Discover more of Annie’s top tips.

“He that by the plough would thrive”…

Historian Bob Powell tackles assisted ploughing and its history, using archives and images to show how assisted ploughing happened more often than we think. He shows how the practice of having two people for ploughing goes back much further than the mid-1700s, and tells how the change over from oxen to horses was partly responsible.

Heavy Horse Tails – let’s hear it for grey Shires!

Read about a couple who set up a business focusing on the preservation and promotion of grey Shires – at a time when many are concerned about the future of the colour in the breed. You can see their animals at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park near Bristol. Martha Morgan says their Silver Shires Carriage Company centres on greys because of their rarity within the breed and they “are so striking to look at.”

Other features in this issue include…

  • Drum horses for the Middle East
  • Kinsale harness up for sale
  • On the trail of a ‘hoop’ of bells
  • Farmcraft – getting it right with horses on the farm, featuring Evelyn Dunbar’s drawings
  • Dolly in Wales
  • New travel guidelines help prevent dehydration
  • Wood dealers, in town
  • The traditional horseman’s language – “used in fields by unlettered men”


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