Big shows section featuring all the events from the second half of the season!
Led by the Shire Horse of the Year and the British Ridden Heavy Horse Championships at the Horse of the Year Show, our centre-page section this issue brings you over 20 pages of photos and reports from all over the country. They include the Great Yorkshire; the Shire Horse Society’s Working Horse Festival; the Royal Welsh, the Suffolk Spectacular; Midland and North West & Wales Shire Foal Shows and Sales; the New Forest Show; the 50th anniversary Great Dorset Steam Fair Heavy Horse Event and more, + ploughing matches. Photos by Kevin Wright and Carol Stevens.
Two-wheeled cart championship for 2019
Excitement is building about the new two-wheeled cart championship being launched next year. David Curtis is promoting the event to be held on 17 August at the Indoor Oakridge Arena near Newark, Nottinghamshire. The venue has excellent facilities and offers of sponsorship and competitors eager to take part have been flooding in. Heavy Horse World is supporting the cost of an advert in the Spring 2019 issue. Pictured is Becky Churchill winning the two-wheeled cart class at this year’s New Forest Show, taken by Kevin Wright.
Great Dorset Steam Fair’s 50th anniversary show…
…featured a huge heavy horse event as well as usual, this year marking the end of the First World War with some fantastic activities and turnouts. Among highlights were a traditional hay-making demonstration, a Land Army display, the McDermott’s steam fire engine, a show day with in-hand and turnout classes, wagon and harness displays, and a ploughing competition. The working displays have been organised at the Fair by Barry Coffen for many years, and his sister, Neen Macey, runs the heavy horse section. Photo by Kevin Wright.
New book and HHW 2019 Calendar for Christmas!
Don’t miss the new book out this Christmas, The Tack Room, by Paula Sells, a major new equestrian hardback volume packed with information and photos which offers a completely new way of looking at horsemanship. Tack and harness reflects our social history and changing attitude to the horse over the last 300 years. The book covers harness, ploughing, farming, horse logging, carriage driving, the Royal Mews, the Household Cavalry, Wadworth Brewery and more, and costs £30 (+ postage) Purchase here. Meanwhile Heavy Horse World’s annual 2019 Calendar is selling fast, and includes 12 glorious colour photographs of all the heavy breeds busy with a wide range of activities all across the country. We’re really pleased with our fantastic front cover of Stephen Ledsham’s Shire in his striking yellow wagon. The calendar costs just £10.00 (+ postage). The picture below, for August, was taken by Kevin Wright.
From 1000hp…back to one
Mike Huddart tells the story of how his race engine talents have transferred to something from an earlier age. His growing interest in heavy horse vehicles led to the restoration of a Lancashire Dales cart, which won agricultural classes at the National Shire Horse Show and the Shire Horse Society’s Working Horse Festival this year where his son Michael also took the Heavy Horse World trophy for best agricultural exhibit. Mike Snr’s tale of how it all came about is captivating – and watch out for his next restorations coming to a show near you next year.
Horse loggers win awards this year!
Horse logging remains the accelerating activity for working horses in the UK today, with two top awards being made this year. Frankie Woodgate from Kent won the Edward Hardy Trophy for Forestry & Woodland Management, presented to her at the Kent County Showsince 1957: she was the first woman to have received it. And Kate Mobbs-Morgan, British Horse Loggers Chair, and her team of loggers were awarded a 2018 Royal Welsh Show Gold Medal, Woodlands category for the work they did for Natural Resources Wales at Ty’n-y-Coed earlier this year. This issue also includes stories on loggers undertaking bracken bashing at a new conservation project on the Bantham Estate, south Devon; how the Lenihan family turned their talents to conserving an historic ornamental pond at the National Trust’s Hare Hill in Cheshire, and news about training for budding horse loggers being developed by British Horse Loggers.
Home improvements for Wimpole’s Shires!
Big change is afoot at the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire, for the property’s Shire horses, and HHW editor Diana Zeuner caught up with progress earlier this year. Building work is continuing towards a new dedicated heavy horse area based on two historic barns being converted to loose boxes, stalls and a wash box, with hot running water, a yard for demonstrations of farriery and harnessing up, and a harness room where visitors can see everything up close. Looking forward greatly to the improvements are Emma Warner and Vicki Watt who lead the team caring for the Wimpole Shires. The home farm at the property has been busy fundraising for the project, which will open next spring.
Other features in this issue include. . .
- Top ploughing match wins for Jim Elliott and Martin Kerswell
- BHS Gold membership insurance cover – amateur or professional?
- Shire display team at Sandringham
- Heavy horse Driving Trials Trec and New Forest Relay events
- Wet and windy adventure shows Clydesdales at their best
- The Wilson Collection – a treasure trove!
- ‘The eyes (not ayes) have it’
- New displays for this year’s Countryfile Live
- The Suffolk horse and its history
- Horse power on show at Gressenhall
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- 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
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