Spring 2013 Issue

Spr_13_Shire_Horse_Society_moves_to_Market_Harborough_350x221Shire Horse Society to move to Market Harborough

The Shire Horse Society is to move into new purpose-built premises by the summer, leaving its East of England Showground home where it has been based for many years. The new site is on the Rockingham Castle and estate in Leicestershire. This year will also be the last time the National Shire Horse Show is run at Peterborough, with a move for next year to Arena UK, Grantham.


Spr_13_The_Ploughathon_a_first_for_heavy_horses_350x272The Ploughathon – a first for heavy horses

Ploughmen are preparing for an unusual new activity in April – a 24-hour Ploughathon – ending on the day of Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association’s Spring Event at Harbridge Farm, Ringwood, Hampshire on 14 April. Four ploughmen will start their challenge on the afternoon of 13 April. Readers can sponsor them, with funds going to the Wessex and Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulances.


Spr_13_Cyber Shire_227x325Cyber Shire

Gairloch Challenger is taking on the world. A YouTube clip of his dressage performance has scored 17,000 hits and counting. Anna Bruce talks to his owners and rider to find out more about his story – and how he is helping make riding Shires ever more popular.










Spr_13_Heavy_Horse_World_2013_Events_List_243x350Heavy Horse World’s 2013 Events List!

Yes – it’s the UK’s top listing of shows, events and matches where you can see heavy horses! Each year we sell extra copies of the Spring issue to people who are keen to get their hands on this list. Follow your favourite heavy equines around the country – and showmen use it to plan their seasonal activities too.












Horse-drawn farm implements – an introduction

If you are a newcomer to working heavies and need to know where to start on the farm implements front – read this two-part feature starting this issue, from Museum of English Rural Life honorary fellow Jonathan Brown. Discover the essential implements needed to prepare, care for and harvest crops in the horse era.



Plus . . .

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

  • From this side of the fence: William Castle’s column on current issues

  • Heavy Horse World Shop – our comprehensive selection of books and DVDs on heavy horse subjects plus the new book in its second edition, The Suffolk Punch, as well as the last few HHW 25th anniversary commemorative horse brasses and the 2013 Heavy Horse World Calendars

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

  • Heavy Horse World Breeders Directory – now two and a half pages! Locate the breeder of your choice

  • Plus…order an annual subscription to Heavy Horse World for friend or family – just £24 (£26 Europe/£28 Rest of the World)!


Spr_13_Cornish_ploughwoman_at_Western_Area_Agricultural_Competitions_350x229Cornish ploughwoman pictured at Western Area Agricultural Competitions in Cornwall

Bryony Gill is shown tackling the match at Polgiga, near Land’s End last autumn with Alfie Trethewey’s grey Shires in this great picture by Phil Monckton. See more of his images later in the magazine.



Spr_13_Ride_heavy_horses_deep_in_the_Lake_District_240x273Ride heavy horses deep in the Lake District

Cumbrian Heavy Horses - the world’s only trekking centre with heavies only – is getting ready for the 2013 season. From their base in the unspoilt Whicham Valley in the Lake District the centre offers farm, fell and beach rides suitable for everyone from beginners to the very experienced. This year a new ride striking deep into the heart of the Lakes has been added to the programme.







Spr_13_Shires_are_the_greatest_pleasure_for_Jason_Holder_350x275Shires are the greatest pleasure for Jason Holder

Jason Holder qualified no less than three mares for the Shire Horse of the Year championship last year, quite an achievement for someone relatively new to Shire breeding and showing. Rosemary Cooper finds out how his interest began, focuses on his top horses and looks to the future for the Forest of Dean showman.




Spr_13_Northern_counties_wagon_collection_dispersed_at_Epworth_350x226Northern counties wagon collection dispersed at Epworth

The British tradition of heavy wagons and carts is close to the hearts of many of our readers. These works of art in wood have been the focus of many a collector, and – sadly – the late John Harris’ extensive collection of them in north Lincolnshire was sold last year. Enjoy the colour and detail of this collection with David Viner to guide you



Other features in this issue include. . .

  • Portsmouth Parade comes to an end

  • Heritage grant for history project on the Suffolk Punch

  • Reader Offer - £50 voucher for professional harness horse drivers risk management training

  • Improving a Lancashire upland farm by horse

  • New working horse paintings from Rosemary Sarah Welch

  • Tyring a wheel

  • Shires hooked up to popular Cotswold beer

  • How a rather special book led to a thriving business – Part 2

  • Victorian seed-drill restored – with a little help from India

  • Re-appraising horse-era museum objects

  • Lincolnshire muck hills – Bill Laker remembers a back-end job from his youth