AUTUMN 2015 ISSUE
Biggest shows section ever!
This issue includes our biggest shows section ever – 25 pages of fantastic photographs, insightful reports and results from events all over the country. They include the Suffolk and British Percheron breed shows as well as top county shows such as Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cheshire and the Royal Highland, and smaller events like the Melton Mowbray Show, the West Wales Shire Horse Show and SESHA’s two-day show in the south east.
A move for the Shire Show – and what next for greys?
The National Shire Horse Show is to move to a new venue, only two years after leaving the East of England Showground, Peterborough. Find out why and where it will be held in future. Meanwhile the future of grey Shires is hanging in the balance - one man is trying to help: discover what is being done about it.
Young judge a good omen for versatile breed
Young people are the future for heavy horses – read about Britain’s youngest ever judge, Michael White of Warwickshire, who placed the winners in the British Percheron Horse Society breed show. Here’s a picture of him showing his own mare, Willingham Mary, who took the championship at Ashby Show last year.
Building the Trem-y-Wyddfa stud
Discover how Welshman WH Griffiths built up one of the Shire breed’s top studs and how Edingale and Grangewood blood helped establish the line. “WH didn’t have a breeding policy as such,” writes Rosemary Cooper. “He bought whatever well-bred horses he liked, to either show successfully or to breed well.” The picture is of 2005 Shire Horse Show champion Trem-y-Wyddfa Mascot, with owner Lew Harrison.
Horses at work in the North East
Beamish Museum’s new event, Horses at Work in the North East, pulled in over 7,000 visitors over two days to watch 50 horses busy with a wide variety of activities. Part of the museum’s Festival of Transport, it showcased the use of horses in everyday life 100 and 200 years ago. The event is expected to be repeated next year.
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Logging event – and BHL Woodland Management Award
Logging took centre stage at a recent event in West Sussex: The Wood Show at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton included logger Frankie Woodgate from Kent and Robert Sampson from the New Forest moving timber felled from the museum’s woodland area. Plus, discover who won this year’s British Horse Loggers’ Woodland Management Award – we profile the candidates and their taxing logging contracts.
Full-on colour as Paul Rackham disperses his collection
As a major wagon and cart collection is sold in Norfolk, we bring you news of the beautifully restored vehicles and their history. A vision in yellow and red, Paul Rackham’s carefully collected vehicles attracted high prices as they were bought up by enthusiasts from around Britain. David Viner profiles some of them, from a Norfolk harvest wagon and a market dray to a refuse wagon and a game cart.
Driving horses with a single line – this time in Yorkshire
It’s a great skill and very few people in the UK today use it, but driving horses with a single line was once common in the Fens – we featured that last issue. Now find out how the practice differed in Yorkshire, where it was also common.
Other features in this issue include. . .
Archive project to explore the heritage of the Suffolk Punch
The Age of the working horse remembered in new exhibition
Drayhorse Shires branches out!
Draught Horse Answers – help and advice for owners
SESHA Show delights in its variety
Under Saddle – our column on riding: this issue – feed and bitting
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