Spring 2014 Issue

Under saddle – and high up!

Spr14_Under_saddle_and_high_up_478x350Annie Rose of Cumbrian Heavy Horses begins a new series for ridden heavy horse enthusiasts. Her award-winning equestrian business has solely pure-bred heavy horses for people to ride on a range of specialist treks and rides in the beautiful Lake District. Riding heavy horses has, over the past decade, become a fast growing equestrian pursuit,” she says. “Using magnificent Shire, Clydesdale and Suffolk Punch ‘heavy’ breeds and a variety of heavy horses from Europe within various riding disciplines is becoming increasingly commonplace”. She looks at how riding heavies has developed and includes a useful Q&A section.



Win tickets to the Shire Horse Show!

Spr14_Win_tickets_to_the_Shire_Horse_Show_384x507Heavy Horse World has 10 pairs of adult tickets to win to this much-anticipated national breed show on 22/23 March at the new venue at Arena UK, Grantham, just off the A1. The event is the premier UK heavy horse show and the largest gathering of Shire horses in the world. Watch stallions, mares, youngstock, turnouts and ridden exhibits compete, and enjoy getting close to the horses in the stable area.

Heavy Horse World’s free Events List 2014!

Spr14_Heavy_Horse_Worlds_free_Events_List_2014_247x350The Spring issue is the one with our free Events List, compiled from information sent in by show organisers around the UK – the most comprehensive listing of heavy horse events anywhere. Heavy horse owners and enthusiasts use it to plan their show season – don’t miss it!








Sweet success for Woodhouse Stud

Spr14_Sweet_success_for_Woodhouse_Stud_480x363Last year’s Spring Show marked a ‘triple crown’ of successes for Martin Fountain’s Woodhouse Stud, only to be topped by his win in the Shire Horse of the Year (SHOY) final at Birmingham NEC in the autumn. Discover the history of this long-established stud and relive some of their successes.



Horses at War – special event in Sussex commemorating the First World War

Spr14_Horses_at_War_special_event_in_Sussex_commemorating_the_First_World_War_480x315A special event to commemorate the use of horses in the First and Second World Wars is to be held at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, West Sussex on 7/8 June. Horses at War: Remembering WWI & WWII will include re-enactments, parades and demonstrations marking the centenary of the First World War and 70 years since the D-Day landings in the Second World War. The event follows the very successful War Horse event held at the museum in 2012 which drew large crowds.



Milking heavy mares in Normandy

Spr14_Milking_heavy_mares_in_Normandy_480x420Barbara Sampson reports on an unusual visit to France when she and her family visited a farm where they run an unusual dairy. Standing in the large airy barn the animals were patiently waiting to be milked – not cows or goats, but horses. They watched and learned about Julie Decayeux’ efficient and caring operation with her 160 heavy mares and tasted her product – Chevalait.

Farming with horses – you can do it with determination

Spr14_Farming_with_horses_you_can_do_it_with_determination_438x94Discover how Clive Fry and his wife are almost self-sufficient on their small farm near Bude, Cornwall where he not only uses horses as his only power source but makes his own wagon from timber growing on his land, and his own binder canvasses, using the equipment to harvest products from wheat and potatoes to hay and firewood.


Rush collars – rare survivor from the horse era

Spr14_Rush_collars_rare_survivor_from_the_horse_era_387x654Bob Powell uncovers some fascinating facts about an unusual item of harness. Following an enquiry on the Rural Museums Network e-group forum relating to the significance of a ‘rush collar’, he relates his own research and finds on the subject, especially in Norfolk and Scotland, and we hear from Caroline Dale-Leech about how rush collars were used as spares by coachmen.




Other features in this issue include. . .

  • Wales’ biggest horse-drawn vehicle collection to open

  • Obituaries – including Geoff Morton MBE and John Lawless

  • Horse logging in the South Downs National Park

  • Clydesdale Winter Fair

  • How Dunlop tyres revolutionised carting work

  • The horse tamer’s secret

  • The harness maker’s story, with Peter Coates

  • William Castle completes his hay-making series

  • Suffolk Punch Trust opens for fifth season

  • The New Horse-Powered Farm – the new book reviewed by Alex Langlands

  • Signwriting, with Ron Burton

  • Blinkers – an open and shut case


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  • 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 2014 Heavy Horse World Calendar

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

  • Heavy Horse World Harness Makers’ Directory

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