Winter 2014 Issue

Congratulations to the Shire Horse of the Year winner!

Win_14_Congratulations_to_the_Shire_Horse_of_the_Year_winner_275x350Paul Bedford won this prestigious championship with his magnificent stallion, Metheringham Upton Hamlet, the first time a stallion has won the contest twice. At the finale of the Horse of the Year Show it was Hamlet who was in the spotlight – providing the audience with a great memory of the Shire breed as they left to go home from one of the UK’s top equine events.

The ploughing match season under way!

Win_14_The_ploughing_match_season_under_way_246x350Discover successes at ploughing matches up and down the country, including the winners of the British National Ploughing Championships (horse section) and Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association’s Great All England Ploughing Match (still the largest horses-only match in the land), plus find out how Paul Nolan sneaked in a third Shire at the Forest of Arden event, attended by HRH Princess Anne.




All the summer’s main shows and events!

Win_14_All_the_summers_main_shows_and_events_1_204x297Win_14_All_the_summers_main_shows_and_events_2_238x156Our big centre section includes a huge range of shows and events from the second half of the season. They include the Great Yorkshire, City of Aberdeen, Bakewell, Nantwich, Royal Welsh, Shire Horse of the Year Championships,  Midland and North West & Wales Shire Foal Shows & Sales, West of England In-hand and Harness Championships, plus ploughing matches and festivals.








Under saddle – our great series for ridden heavy horse enthusiasts


Annie Rose of Cumbrian Heavy Horses continues our popular series. In this issue she covers the effects of the winter on heavy horses, both their care and how to go about exercising and enjoying them in icy conditions. “Winter is a huge financial and time commitment for any caring horse owner. There are no short cuts,” Annie says. You can experience riding heavies at Annie’s award-winning equestrian business in the beautiful Lake District.

Tributes to Doug Joiner

Win_14_Tributes_to_Doug_Joiner_196x299The draught horse world has lost a true champion with the death of Doug Joiner, aged 60. A tireless advocate of new and continuing uses for working horses in the UK, he significantly heightened the profile of horse logging in particular, winning the support and patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales along the way. We publish our obituary and tributes.

New DVD out for Christmas!

A Life Working with Heavy Horses_mA Life Working with Heavy Horses is a new DVD out in time for Christmas, a must for all heavy horse enthusiasts. Shire horses are a real link with our working past but have a place in the modern world. They can and do work for Jonathan Waterer all day, providing the pulling power for everything he does on the farm and in other tasks. Jonathan and Fiona run Simply Shires at Higher Biddacott Farm, Chittlehampton, Umberleigh, Devon.




Honest Tom returns home

Win_14_Honest_Tom_returns_home_291x309Read about the extraordinary story of how the preserved head of one of the most iconic horses in Shire history was rediscovered after being stolen and going missing for years. Through Shire breeder Ted Harrison’s determination, the artefact has been restored to its original owners and is now being cared for by the Shire Horse Society.

Cornish working horses commemorate the day the world changed


To commemorate the First World War David Jones and Robert Eddy have carried out a year of horse-powered agricultural tasks at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall, culminating in a day-long outdoor play watched by 3,500 people. The jobs included carriage work, ploughing, working down, drilling a five-acre field for barley and haymaking.


How a Shire horse saved lives in the East Coast floods


Read the astonishing story behind a Shire horse’s RSPCA award made following the 1953 East Coast floods. Researched by National Horse Brass Society member Bill Laker, it is told through the words of Mrs Harrison, a farmer’s wife from Saltfleetby, Lincolnshire, the daughter of the horse’s owner, revealing the cold wet conditions he and his family endured to save people’s lives.

Gawin Holmes – turnout supremo from County Durham


The successful turnout driver Gawin Holmes is the subject of our profile this issue. Rosemary Cooper discovers the story of this born and bred Geordie who lives at Beamish, County Durham, and shows his horses from singles to multiple team for sponsor Co-operative Funeralcare up and down the country. Discover how he got involved with heavies and find out about the horse characters in his life.




Danny Boy – “absolute superstar”


Our Heavy Horse Tails column features Virginia Osborne and her Clydesdale, Kinclune Danny Boy, who was again the winner of the Clydesdale Horse Society’s Ridden Championship at Blair Castle International Horse Trials this year. “Every time we have won at Blair it has meant a little bit more than the time before,” says Virginia, who describes how Danny came into her life and became such a versatile and enthusiastic mount.


Heavy Horses at South Farm, Alburgh, Norfolk


Horses were the main motive power at South Farm from about 1800 until about 1950 when tractors were introduced. David & Jonathan Bond and John Love remember the horses they used and the tasks they did on the 200-acre dairy and arable farm, especially their fondness for one horse in particular - ‘Short’ - named because he was…. well, short.

Other features in this issue include. . .

  • Suffolk twin foals make history

  • Results from the dispersal sales of Mike Bingham and Kevin Downs

  • Winners of the annual turnout and ridden heavy championships

  • William Castle’s From this side of the fence column focuses on our expectations of our horses

  • 19th century heavy horse paintings at the Blackbrook Gallery

  • Horses in action at Trimpley Festival

  • Tomorrow’s Horsemen – James Crockford (20)

  • Horse logging for real at APF 2014

  • Endurance Challenge puts Suffolks through their paces

  • Another great heavy horse day in North Wales!

  • More on ‘RN’ (Ransomes Newcastle) ploughs, by Bob Powell

Plus . . .

  • Your Letters - your views and news - packed with heavy horse interest

  • From this side of the fence: our column on current issues

  • Heavy Horse World Shop – our comprehensive selection of books and DVDs on heavy horse subjects

  • The 2015 Heavy Horse World Calendar – hurry to get your copy!

  • Heavy Horse World Classifieds – where to go for all your needs – horses, harness, vehicles, books etc

  • Heavy Horse World Breeders’ Directory - locate the breeder of your choice

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