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Top triumphs in Shire Horse of the Year and Ridden Heavy Horse Championships

The second half of the shows season is dominated by these two events at the Horse of the Year Show, and congratulations go to a much admired Shire mare who has come on steadily over the years and a multi-versatile Percheron who rounded off his first year as a ridden heavy in style – Martin Fountain’s Woodhouse Miss Dynamite and David Curtis’ Hales Hector.  Our big events section covers the whole country and includes the Royal Welsh Show, the Suffolk Spectacular, Leicestershire County Show, the Great Dorset Steam Fair, the Wessex In-hand and Harness Championships and the Midland and North West & Wales Shire Foal Shows.

Heavy Horse World trophy at Shire Horse Society’s first Working Horse Festival

Jane Muntz-Torres won the new Heavy Horse World Trophy for the Best Agricultural Turnout at the Shire Horse Society’s first Working Horse Festival in Nottinghamshire, presented by Heavy Horse World editor Diana Zeuner.  The qualifying classes were judged by Stephen Ledsham, who praised the quality of her show in the ring.  The event also included harness and ploughing classes, a demonstration of team trials driving and turnout classes.

Jim Elliott’s ploughing unsurpassed this autumn

Jim Elliott triumphed as overall champion for the third year in a row at this year’s British National Ploughing Championships at Bishops Lydeard, Somerset, and also won the championship at Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association’s Great All England Ploughing Match held near Alton, Hampshire.  Martin Kerswell was reserve in Somerset and Peter Hayler in Hampshire.

Shires on display at Countryfile Live and Sandringham

The Shire Horse Society was invited once again to the popular Countryfile Live event near Oxford, with a Shire horse village and daily demonstrations showcasing the breed in the past and today.  Exhibits included dray and driving trials teams, horses in decorated harness, a stallion, two-wheeled carts and riding, boat horses and plough horses.  The society staged a special and scaled-down version of its Countryfile Live performance in Norfolk later in the season at Sandringham Game & Country Show, which included N & J Heavy Horses’ display of ridden Shires to music.

Heavy Horse World 2018 Calendar + new book for Christmas!

The Heavy Horse World 2018 Calendar is selling fast!  Undoubtedly the best UK calendar featuring entirely draught horses, enjoy 12 fantastic colour photographs of heavy horses from all over the country throughout next year!  It’s available at £9.50 (+ £3.50 postage UK). Plus, we have a new book for Christmas – For Love of the Clydesdale Horse, in which Heidi Sands celebrates Scotland’s native horse in pictures.  It costs £12.95 + £3.00 postage. You can buy both through the magazine or from our online shop.

Monty’s moment

Beamish Museum in Co. Durham again welcomed the heavy horse community to its annual Horses at Work event, now extended to three days due to its popularity. Shires, Clydesdales, Percherons, Comtois, Irish Cobs and a pair of Percheron/Friesian cross-bred carriage horses were ploughing, cultivating, harrowing, muck spreading, rolling, fertiliser spreading, carting, manure-spreading, hauling colliery tubs, and people-moving!

A foot in both camps

Railways and heavy horses have long had strong links and one man who has an interest in both is Simon Powell who told Diana Zeuner how the two came together.  We explore his interest in railways (he restores locomotives) and how that spread to encompass railway harness, Shire horses and horse-drawn railway vehicles, leading to competing in shows, demonstrations and driving trials.

How a poorly foal grew into a prize winner

When Shire gelding Cefn Machyn Andy Bach took second place at the Royal Bath & West Show in June, his owners had more reason than most to be proud.  Then, at the Royal Welsh Show, he won his class.  Anthony Szopa and Gemma Isaac had taken on the ‘dumb’ foal at three-weeks-old, knowing his chances were slim.  But, against all the odds their efforts turned him into a show horse!  Discover Andy Bach’s unusual story in Cathrin Vaughan’s article.

Other features in this issue include…

  • RBST puts figure on saving heavy horses
  • Sourcing those difficult-to-find replacement parts
  • Six teams compete in New Forest Relay
  • Sledmere House commemorates East Yorkshire’s wagoners
  • Field to fork, tree to table – by horse
  • Under Saddle – our series on ridden heavies: this issue – clipping
  • Ball’s Northamptonshire ‘Criterion’ ploughs
  • The Right Way…? – what it means to be a horseman in the ‘New Horse Age’
  • The Shire world of 1913
  • Getting winter feeding right


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