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Autumn 2019

Great photos from the shows!

Get your shows fix with our 25-page section dedicated to shows from all over the country!  Our photographers and reporters have been hard at work covering top events from the first half of the season including: the Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, Royal Three Counties, Derbyshire, Royal Cheshire, Royal Norfolk and the Royal Highland Shows to name just a few.  In-hand, turnout, ridden, two-wheeled cart, young handlers – we feature the winners and competitors in all the classes. Pictured is J Bower’s supreme champion Shire at the Suffolk County Show, Thames Oak Heavens Gift, and Gawin Holmes’ Royal Three Counties Show turnout champion, both photographed by Kevin Wright.

What happened at Heavy Horse Camp?

Find out how everyone got on at the first ever Heavy Horse Camp, organised by the Shire Horse Society but featuring all the breeds.  It was a fantastic opportunity for new and current heavy horse showmen and women to get top tips from the experts – on show preparation, what the judge looks for in in-hand classes, driving basics, riding instruction, farriery and foot care and harness fitting – to name just a few of the topics.  Another camp is planned next year – watch out for more news.  Photo by Kevin Wright.

Don’t miss our tribute to Roger Clark

Roger Clark seemed like a permanent fixture in the countryside, says Philip Ryder Davies, but sadly he died recently and with him his kaleidoscopic knowledge on horses, farriery, hunting, driving teams, ploughing and all the farming tasks – and more.  If you thought you knew everything about him, you may be surprised at some of the revelations in Philip’s obituary.

Heavy Horse World Calendar 2020 now for sale!

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!   Shires, Clydesdales, Suffolks and British Percherons are all included, from shows, ploughing matches, workings and just enjoying some well-earned leisure time.  The front cover features Kevin Maling’s plough pair resting at the headland during Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association’s Great All England Ploughing Match last year, photographed by Diana Zeuner.  The Calendar costs just £10 + £4.00 UK postage.  Heavy Horse World Calendars usually sell out quickly, so buy it here now – and get ahead for Christmas!  The calendar is also available from The Heavy Horse Enthusiast at shows around the country.

The couple taking the heavy horse world by storm

Emma & Richard Green tell us the story of how they met and the Shires they have known and broken in, the multiple riding championships with a number of different steeds, the turnout successes for Thwaites Brewery, and their thoughts about the heavy horse world and their plans for the future.  Photo by Kevin Wright.

Logging horses – real jobs for equines in the woods

Horse logging runs through the magazine as a theme this issue, with reports from activities all over the country.  Catch up with keen woodsman from the Cotswolds at Monkey Moon Meadow, how British Horse Loggers members got on at this year’s annual competitions held on the Chatsworth estate in Derbyshire’ read about how Carole & Peter Coates came to own a North Swedish Forest Horse and share Simon Lenihan’s reflections on his latest challenging timber job and his life with logging horses.  Photos by Carol Stevens and Simon Lenihan.

‘Homecoming’ at Beamish

Heavy horses were among 50 equines taking part in the Horses at Work event at Beamish, Co Durham, which this year had a ‘homecoming’ theme, marking the country’s return to peacetime after the end of the First World War.  Among highlights were Steve Ledsham with his Shire pair to a landau, Dan Brown and his Comtois with the omnibus in the recreated town, David Lawless with his Shires on the road, the Darleys with their Clydesdale working a tip cart and Jim Elliott working a potato planter.  Pictured is Ethel Worthington returning from the fields at the end of the day, photographed by Kevin Wright.

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Other features in this issue include. . .  

  • New heavy horse stables open at Wimpole
  • Haymaking for new horseman at the Weald & Downland Living Museum
  • Vintage removal vans in Stratford parade
  • Clydesdale Celebration at the Royal Highland Show
  • The Cholderton Stud of Cleveland Bay horses
  • The remarkable record of Fellthorpe Clarry
  • The Swiss romantic and his more than lucky stallion
  • Draught Horse Answers – covering canker and coronary band dystrophy
  • New obstacles format for driving trials

Plus . . .

  • Mailbox – your views and news – packed with heavy horse interest
  • 2020 Heavy Horse World Calendar – order your copies early!
  • Heavy Horse World Shop – our comprehensive selection of books and DVDs on heavy horse subjects
  • Heavy Horse World Breeders’ Directory & Classifieds – where to go for all your needs – horses, harness, vehicles, books etc
  • Order an annual subscription to Heavy Horse World for friend or family – £30 (£32 Europe/£34 Rest of the World)!