2015 Shire Horse of the Year!

Congratulations to Paul Bedford who has notched up his third win in the Shire Horse of the Year championship with his spectacular stallion, Metheringham Upton Hamlet. Congratulations also to turnout champion Tom Henfrey, ridden champion Stacy Fletcher and top ploughman of 2015, Jim Elliott.

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Special two-part focus on Modern Horse-drawn Equipment

Special two part focus on Modern Horse drawn Equipment 350x277This issue enjoy the first part of our special two-issue focus on modern horse-drawn equipment, with five major articles on this important subject for all those who work their heavy horses. We review hitch carts; discover Amish equipment company, Pioneer; look at working implements for single horses and smaller equines, and seek out new European developments at the German extravaganza Pferdestark – William Castle sets the scene with his regular column, this time ‘Thinking about equipment’.


Heavy Horse World Calendar 2016

HHW Calendar 2016 400x384They’re selling fast and make great Christmas presents - order your copy now !


Our big shows section!

This issue includes events from all over Britain from the second half of the season, 16 pages of fantstic photographs, insightful reports and results – including the Great Yorkshire, City of Aberdeen, Nantwich, Bakewell, Royal Lancashire, Royal Welsh, Shire Horse of the Year final, the Midlands and North West & Wales Shire foal shows and sales, and the first ploughing matches of the season.  Our big shows section 1 350x266 
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Roy Fox retires his camera!

Roy Fox retires his camera 350x245For over 20 years Heavy Horse World readers have enjoyed the photographs of Roy Fox, who has devoted much of his time capturing the best of Britain’s heavy horses on film. Now, at the age of 82, he has decided to call it a day. Many thanks Roy!



Rock-solid for horses!

Rock solid for horses 350x273Read our profile of Wendy Toomer-Harlow, a champion for heavy horses who has made a real difference on so many fronts, from her support for the Shire and enthusiasm for horse-drawn implements to her interest in driving two-wheeled carts and promoting riding. “Horses have, and always will be my first love,” says Wendy. “It you cut my leg off it would have the word ‘horse’ written there like a piece of rock!”


Fun in the forest

Fun in the forest 302x350Join editor Diana Zeuner as she follows the eager heavy horse cross country trials participants through country lanes and woods in the New Forest Beer Run. Sponsored by Flacks Double Drop Brewery, Romsey, Hampshire, the Beer Run is a relay race carrying a barrel of beer from pub to pub through one of the most picturesque of British landscapes. Seven teams comprising two pairs and a single took part, with Shires, Percherons, Suffolks, Comtois and Cobs all included. Organiser Rowena McDermott said the participants had an excellent two days and were keen to run it again in the future.


20 Years of National Shire Stallion Champions – new DVD out for Christmas!

20 years National Shire Stallion Champions 400wDon’t miss out on ordering your copy of this new DVD, produced by Countryside Audio & Visual. It features the top stallion champions entered in the National Shire Horse Show over the last two decades, with specialist commentary by leading Shire breeder and showman, Alistair King.


Under saddle – enjoy our series for ridden heavy horse enthusiasts!

Under saddle enjoy our series for ridden heavy horse enthusiasts 350x305Annie Rose of Cumbrian Heavy Horses continues her popular column focusing on all aspects of riding heavies. This issue she focuses on preparing your horse(s) for winter, discussing feed and supplements; keeping them inside or turning out; rugging or not rugging; clipping or not clipping, and a host of other top tips.



Horse Power at Gressenhall

Horse Power at Gressenhall 350x228Workings are the mainstay of heavy horse enthusiasts up and down the country. Here’s a great one held in the eastern counties, at Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, near Dereham, Norfolk in conjunction with the Eastern Counties Heavy Horse Association (ECHHA). It included the Eastern Counties annual ploughing match, a decorated harness class, logging and farriery demonstrations and a talk on heavies from ECHHA president David Bakewell.


Farm vehicles at the Great Dorset Steam Fair

Farm vehicles at the Great Dorset Steam Fair 350x306The Great Dorset Steam Fair’s heavy horse event is one of the largest in the country, incorporating showing, demonstrations, a ploughing match – and a gathering of agricultural vehicles, introduced some years ago “to encourage them out of hiding”. David Viner focuses on some of the best. If you haven’t been to this event do go – it’s held each year at the end of August/beginning of September.

Other features in this issue include. . .

  • Shire Horse Society’s new volunteer area coordinators

  • Russia stages its first Shire horse show

  • HRH The Princess Royal at centenary Brailsford Ploughing Match

  • Relative champions – Rosemary Cooper spots a new trend

  • Heavy Horse Tails – Stacy Fletcher “over the moon”

  • Dyrham Park wagon loan comes to an end

  • Harvest parade in Bewdley

  • Operation Centaur – a unique draught horse programme in London

  • Let’s build a bridge – with Peter & Carole Coates and their Shire, Nathan


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