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Summer 2019

Discover a wealth of stories from this year’s Shire and Clydesdale breed shows!

Congratulations to Charlotte Young and Doura Magic Touch who won the overall and male championships at the Clydesdale National Stallion Show, with Amanda Stewart’s female champion Mollinhillhead Donna’s Dream reserve overall. At the National Shire Horse Show William Bedford’s Landcliffe Charlie was the winner for the second time running, shown by his brother, Walt, and another brother, Paul, won the female championship with Fellthorpe Esther Jane. In the ridden section John Anderson’s Gautby Arclid Flashman ridden by Morag Snow was the winner and qualifier for the British Ridden Heavy Horse of the Year championship at HOYS – the horse was sold at the show. Pictured are Ronnie Black’s Cawdor Cup winner Collessie Connoisseur from the Clydesdale National Stallion Show and Martin Fountain’s Woodhouse Rainman who took the reserve stallion and junior championships at the Shire Show.

All you need to know about ploughing with horses

William Castle ends his Learning to Plough series by putting together all the tips and techniques he introduced in the previous issue. Luckily many of the skills can be learned one at a time, he says, and horse skills are the highest priority. You can learn a lot by watching and talking to ploughmen, he stresses, but the only way to learn how to guide and adjust the plough is by actually ploughing. The well-informed and easy-to-read text is accompanied by helpful illustrations.

Harvey’s Shires – part of a big extended family!

We speak to Beckie Harvey, chair of Eastern Counties Heavy Horse Association, and find out how she got involved with heavies, the horses they have at home and take to shows, what she enjoys most and how much she loves the camaraderie of the heavy horse fraternity.

Harness and vehicles – lots to discover!

Enjoy our features on these crucial elements of the world of the heavy horse. Tim Peel from Australia writes expertly about how to ensure you have the right collar for your horse – so often they are too big or too small – and how to find the line of draught. Phil Goodchild reviews an important element of harness, the backband, and describes different designs and its uses. And David Viner reports on two sales from the spring, the annual auction run by Thimbleby & Shorland at Reading and the second sale from the Paterson collection in the Norfolk Broads. His ability to seek out the stories behind the wagons, carts and implements brings the vehicles to life.

Photo project will celebrate working horses

Photographer Geoff Smith has embarked on a personal project capturing working horses in a very special artistic way, which he hopes will eventually lead to a photo-book and perhaps an exhibition.  “My aim is to photograph horses that still work or were bred for work in their different roles,” he says.  “I would like to include as many breeds as possible to illustrate and showcases the horses and celebrate their past and future.”

From the horse’s mouth – Ed’s blog

Already an internet sensation, Ed, who lives in West Wales, is a beautiful five-year-old Shire gelding at Dyfed Shire Horse Farm in North Pembrokeshire.  In his first article in print he introduces us to his fellow heavies and gives his view on the two-legged creatures “who help them”!

Focusing on – farm wagons

Bob Powell begins a new occasional series of remarkable photographs from his own significant archive of working horses and their world. This issue we focus on farm wagons, using nine fantastic images showing horses with wagons dating from as far back as the 1870s.

Other features in this issue include. . .  

  • World Clydesdale Show to be in Scotland in 2022
  • Robinsons Brewery begins new Shire breeding programme
  • Horsemen gather for SCHHA Spring Event
  • Heavy Horse Tails – Derek Hallwood remembers Bella
  • Photos from Selby Ploughing Match
  • A Willingham odyssey – a journey through a significant Percheron breed line
  • Tomorrow’s horsepeople – Pippa Tallowin and Suffolk horses
  • The right horses for the job – update from the Paddocks’ farm in Devon
  • Twists and turns bring a medal to life

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