Winter 2012 Issue

Win12_Martin_Clunes_presents_prizes_in_Scotland_350Martin Clunes presents prizes in Scotland

TV star and Clydesdale owner Martin Clunes was at Blair Castle International Horse Trials & Country Fair to present the prizes at the Ridden Clydesdale Championships. Winner was Virginia Osborne on Kinclune Danny Boy.

Win12_Horse_drawn_narrowboat_arrives_in_London_240Horse-drawn narrowboat arrives in London

A historic narrowboat was drawn by horse along London’s canals in August – a rare sight seen only a few times in the capital since the 1960s. The newly restored narrowboat, Ilkestorn, built in 1912, made a centenary journey through the British canal system from Ellesmere Port’s National Waterways Museum to the London Canal Museum at King’s Cross, drawn by horse on the final leg through Regents Park and Camden Locks. Buddy, the 15.2hh three-quarter Clydesdale is owned by Jenny Roberts who runs the passenger boat service on the national Trust-owned River Wey river and canal navigations in Surrey.

Win12_Europeans_in_Britain_for_the_2012_Horse_Logging_Championships_350Europeans in Britain for the 2012 Horse Logging Championships

German horse loggers were worthy winners of the singles and pairs championships at the event, held at the APF Forestry event in Warwickshire and hosted by the British Horse Loggers. Chief judge was Maggie Braunton, assisted by Chris Wadsworth and Kate Mobbs-Morgan. Trophies were presented by BHL chair, Doug Joiner.



Win12_Three_horse_power_350Three horse power

Frankie Woodgate is one of our top horse loggers. William Gibson went to meet her in the Kent woods, where she was using her Ardennes horses to extract a wide variety of heavy timber. Frankie, of Sylvan Environmental, specialists in the sustainable management of ancient semi-natural woodland. She uses a variety of methods, expecting to extract up to 10-20 tonnes of timber using the arch, but double that with the forwarder.



Win12_Western_Counties_demonstrates_working_horses_at_their_best_350Western Counties demonstrates working horses at their best

By holding its annual working in August Western Counties Heavy Horse Society ensures it can demonstrate a wider range of activities than at other times of the year. So visitors can watch ploughing and soil preparation alongside harvest reaping and loading, as well as hay-making demonstrations. This is a real treat!


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, Goodbye Old Friend – A Sad Farewell to the Working Horse, as well as the HHW 25th anniversary commemorative horse brass and the 2013 Heavy Horse World Calendar

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  • 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)!

Win12_Shire_Horse_of_the_Year_final_276Shire Horse of the Year final

John Clayton’s Sladbrook Benefactor won the 2012 Shire Horse of the Year final at Birmingham NEC, shown by Walt Bedford, and after a year standing at stud with Bill Bedford of Chequers Hall, Escrick, Yorkshire.








Win12_Working_Horse_Trust_loses_home_after_nearly_20_years_287Working Horse Trust loses home after nearly 20 years

The Working Horse Trust is urgently looking for a new home after the Nevill Estate terminated its farm business tenancy – it needs to leave its Eridge Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent base by the end of September next year. The trust is a registered charity run by volunteers and dedicated to the preservation of the traditional of the traditional working horse.



Win12_British_heavies_at_the_French_Fish_Race_2012_237British heavies at the French Fish Race 2012

The British Heavy Horse Driving Trials team took part in the 10th Route du Poisson (the Fish Race) in France in September, with Daniel Brown taking top honours with his fourth place in one of the specials, the boat pull, the British team’s best ever result in this activity held on the beach. Daniel also won his two stages. Discover who else took part in our report.



Shows from a wet and windy season!

Despite the weather, which saw the postponement and cancellation of many shows up and down the country, many went ahead and we have our usual spread from the first part of the show season in this issue. They include the Great Yorkshire, Aberdeen, Suffolk Spectacular, Shire Horse of the Year Championship, foal shows in the Midlands and North West & Wales, and the Heavy Horse Turnout Championship.





















Other features in this issue include. . .
  • Special appearance at HOYS by Collessie Cut Above

  • Suffolk Horse Society on the move

  • Kent Shire showmen fined for ill treatment

  • Horses at Work at the National Waterways Museum

  • Brass treasures – new series about horse brasses

  • How a rather special book led to a thriving business – Part 1

  • New book focuses on Lincolnshire’s farm animals

  • One thousand lots go under the hammer in the Peacocks’ sale

  • Men of the Shires – Samuel Gallimore and Thomas Massey