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Winter 2019

Our pick of the Summer Shows!

Show reports are more than just collections of results – follow your favourite heavies as they compete to win rosettes and prizes all over the country and discover their fortunes.  Enjoy our great photos from our first-class photographers!  Among events covered this issue are: the Great Yorkshire; Royal Welsh; Aldborough & Boroughbridge; Aberdeen Clydesdale; Penistone; Keighley; Hollowell; Herts & Essex; Great Dorset; Trimpley and the Suffolk Spectacular. Pictured are: turnout class winner at Aldborough, Stuart Green with Jack in a working rulley, and Philip Moss’ Hillmoor Lady Luck at Hope Show where she won the brood mare class and her foal, Hillmoor Limited Edition,took best foal, both photographed by Carol Stevens

Congratulations to this year’s HOYS winners!

Paul Bedford’s Fellthorpe Esther Jane won this year’s Shire Horse of the Year Championship at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS), after glowing praise from the judge, William Livesey: it was Paul’s 15th such win. The championships are supported by the Shire Horse Society.  Winner of the McNeil Family British Ridden Heavy Horse Championships at HOYS was Melindwr Lady Olwen ridden by Abigail Gresty.  HOYS event director Emma Williams says: “The heavy horses are a significant part of our country’s heritage and to have them so well supported on such a large stage is great for the lifeline of these breeds.”

Catch up with the Autumn dispersal/reduction sales

After 45 years near Halifax, West Yorkshire, Rodney and Linda Greenwood made the difficult decision to relocate and reduce their activities.  Their sale, by auctioneers Thimbleby & Shorland of Reading, saw a fascinating collection of vehicles, implements and harness find new owners.  Meanwhile Martin Goymour was selling many of his vehicles further south in Norfolk, with the auction conducted by Clarke & Simpson.  Top price was an ex Truman & Whitbread’s brewer’s van which went for £13,000.  Pictured is the scene at Banham, Norfolk as selling got under way.

Heavy Horse World Calendar 2020 – selling well – don’t miss it!

The top UK Calendar featuring draught horse breeds only is now available for 2020!  Featuring 12 fantastic colour photographs of heavy horses from all over the UK, the Calendar is a satisfying square shape which adorns kitchens and stables wherever it’s hung!  The Calendar costs just £10 + £4.00 UK postage.  Heavy Horse World Calendars sell out quickly, so buy it here now!

Alice Ford – a young handler who made history!

We profile one of our top young handlers, the only person who has won the young handlers at the National Shire Horse Show and the Midland Shire Horse Society’s foal show and sale in the same year – so far! Alice comes from a family steeped in Shire breeding and showing (Hainton/Hainton Eardswick prefixes) and has just accompanied her mother Sarah, to Australia, where she judged the Sydney Show.

Harrowing with horses – step by step

After his popular recent series on ploughing, William Castle begins a new practical series on jobs for working horses, starting with a task open to everyone with a paddock – harrowing.  “One of the first real jobs that many people do with their horses, and often the first job a young horse learns to do, is to harrow,” he says, going on to explain why – and how to do an efficient, and proficient, job with a pair of horses and harrows.

Two-wheel Cart Championship pronounced a success

The first Two-wheeled Cart Championship, masterminded by David Curtis, took place at Collingham, Nottinghamshire and saw the Ramsay family make a clean sweep of the prizes!  With nearly 30 entries, and a full day of classes for the judges to oversee, the main championship went to Elaine Ramsay (pictured), with her daughter, Anna, taking reserve and winning the novice class.  Hugh Ramsay gave a masterclass in tandem driving.  Judge Tony Bull said he was honoured to judge at the inaugural show.  “There wasn’t a bad horse in the show and those who weren’t there missed a good do,” he said.

The way they were!

Roy Tidman has gone back to the early years of the English Cart Horse Society for Stud Book engravings of the champion stallions of the 1880s.  Their short-legged, deep-bodied, tightly-coupled shape, and without excessive hair then, marked out their importance for breeding working horses.  With 10 images to choose from we wonder what today’s readers make of them, and how they would place them if they were in a class at a modern show?  We’re looking forward to seeing what you think.  This image is of Admiral, a winner in 1880, and Spark, who won in 1881 and 1883.

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Other features in this issue include. . .  

  • Top ploughing honours 2019
  • Kilmannan ridden triumph at Equifest
  • Bracken rolling at Trelissick
  • First British Heavy Horse Grassroots Championship
  • North Wales Shire Horse Society marks 40 years
  • Horse power celebrated in Saddles & Steam in West Sussex
  • Great atmosphere at Western Counties Working
  • ‘Kentish’ or ‘Sussex Foot’ Turnwrest Ploughs
  • Cyril Eddy – photos show how he kept horse power alive in Cornwall

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  • Mailbox – your views and news – packed with heavy horse interest
  • 2020 Heavy Horse World Calendar – order your copies now!
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