SUMMER 2016 ISSUE
Discover the winners at the Shire and Clydesdale breed shows
Read reports from our top contributors and photographers on these two major events which kick-start the breeding and showing season. Congratulations to all winners but especially Clydesdale National Stallion Show overall supreme and winner of the Prince of Wales Cup, Ronnie Black’s Collessie Jennifer (photo: Jim Crichton) and National Shire Horse Show King George V Cup winner Jonathan Worthington’s Shire stallion Leverton Leon (photo: Tracy Muir). Stacy Fletcher became the first ever qualifier for the new Heavy Horse Ridden Championship to be held at this year’s Horse of the Year Show in October (photo: Kevin Wright). Kevin Wright took this classic shot of the decorated harness winner, Faye & Mike Bottomer’s Fifield Admiral.
Hat-trick for the Kings at the Shire Horse Show
The King family celebrated a hat-trick after three of their Shires were crowned winners – including 24-year-old Moorfield Edward awarded the prestigious champion stock stallion award for the ninth time – sadly Edward died the following month (we will print an obituary in the Autumn issue). Other wins went to Cotebrook Loch Anna, overall champion female, and Sparkland Hercules who took the national gelding title. (Photo: Tracy Muir)
John Wilson’s harness sets on display
At Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association’s Spring Event at Harbridge, New Forest, Hampshire, there was a celebration of the late John Wilson and his passion for harness. Colleagues paid tribute with six sets of his harness on display in the show ring. Other highlights of the event were the appearance by two teams of four horses on working implements, a timber loading demonstration and competitions for ridden and driven horses. This was the first event following the death of SCHHA president and founder Carl Boyde, whose obituary appears in this issue.
How the Percheron came to Britain
William Castle begins our new series on the Percheron in Britain, in the lead-up to the British Percheron Horse Society centenary in 2018. In this issue he sets the scene for the breed’s arrival in the country during the First World War, including their use in the towns drawing omnibuses and the views of equine and agricultural commentators of the time.
Biosecurity for working horses
The British Horse Loggers has drawn up guidelines for good practice in biosecurity for people using their horses in forestry and on farms and market gardens. Chris Wadsworth, who led the initiative, explains why the new measures are necessary to help keep diseases at bay. “The overall principle is ‘Clean In, Clean Out’, and avoidance of transmission of any soil or vegetative material from an infected site,” he says.
The first heavy horses win tandem bars!
David Curtis’ Middleton Percherons have caused a stir by qualifying to join the prestigious Tandem Club. They are the first and only heavy horse tandem to achieve the honour. With difference in speed and agility between light and heavy horses, it was always going to be a tough ask. But assessors and judges were so impressed with the quality of his skills that he passed with flying colours.
Horses that helped build London
Stuart Morris explores how, for centuries, Portland Stone has been in demand for architectural masterpieces of the capital, used in buildings such as St Pauls Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and the British Museum. But the story of how horses were involved in extracting the material from the quarries on the Isle of Portland in Dorset is truly epic. Illustrated with amazing photographs, prints and drawings of the procedures the quarrymen used, discover how they did it.
Breed on the edge – the 15hh Irish Cob
Ireland’s traditional 15hh Irish Cob is under threat, with very few remaining in the country, says one of the last breeders. Brigid Devine says a lack of breeding and changed interest to smaller animals among the travelling fraternity means that a future for the showy Cob horse is at crisis point. She has built up an extraordinary team of impeccably bred Irish Cob stallions, now used to showcase the breed at events throughout the country in an effort to arrest the decline.
Under saddle – enjoy our series for ridden heavy horse enthusiasts!
Annie Rose of Cumbrian Heavy Horses continues her popular column focusing on all aspects of riding heavies. This issue she continues her watery theme, focusing on how to introduce your horse to the beach. Following her comments on getting your horse used to water in streams, and from the hose in the last issue, this time she turns her attention to having fun at the coast.
Wagons & carts in focus – New homes for old?
David Viner reflects on auctions of horse-drawn vehicles of recent years, and looks at the issues facing wagons and carts being dispersed by museums, increasingly threatened with cost and space pressures. Nevertheless, there is an upside, as their actions offer new owners opportunities to build their own collections, the life blood of collecting. The wagon pictured here is off to a new home in the Sussex Weald following the dispersal of the National Trust’s Dyrham Park collection in South Gloucestershire.
Other features in this issue include. . .
Bakewell collection sells in Norfolk
Saving Douglas Bay Horse Tramway
Floods, food and fertility – exploring impact on the soil from horses v. tractors
Crunchie’s Cobs show their mettle
Jonathan Worthington – born and bred to horses
Farewell to working Cobs
New braiding films from Heavy Horse Decorations
Drilling in March
Borders’ thistle cutters
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