Heavy Horse World celebrates its 25th anniversary – and 100th issue!Heavy Horse World celebrates its 25th anniversary – and 100th issue!

Heavy Horse World has now been published for quarter of a century – the longest running publication devoted to heavy draught horses in the UK ever. Special thanks are due to many who have made it possible, including stalwart contributors and photographers, and long-standing advertisers. Heavy Horse World has become the forum which gathers together all the strands of the heavy and working horse sector whether it be breeding, showing, farming, logging, leisure or promotion. See editor Diana Zeuner’s choice of the best front covers over 25 years.





Corrie notches up 89 wins in 11 years!Corrie notches up 89 wins in 11 years!

Well-known southern showpeople Brian and Norah Willis were amazed to discover, totting up their wins on a wet day last autumn, that Medstead Corylus Avelana had notched up over 89 championships in the 11 years since 2000. Their 13-year-old mare is a stalwart of shows and events throughout the south. Her wins include supreme and reserve at the West of England Championship.





Britain’s horseboating businessesBritain’s horseboating businesses

The choice of a photograph of a horse-drawn barge for the front cover of the BBC Countryfile calendar has brought into focus the country’s select number of horseboat operations. There are now only four established businesses running horse-drawn services on the canal systems throughout the UK, together with one new operation. Heavy Horse World’s feature highlights the horse-drawn passenger services in Surrey, Devon, Berkshire and Denbighshire, plus the peripatetic one with a base in Lancashire.


American-style Percherons in AustraliaAmerican-style Percherons in Australia

Jutta Jung visited Ross & Miriam Carbery’s stud in Holbrook, New South Wales, where she was given a guided tour of their 5,000-acre mixed farm, including sheep, beef cattle – and some fine American-style Percherons. Discover how they built up their interest in the American imports to develop the most advanced technical stud in the country.




Equine Machines – heavy horses in late 19th century LondonEquine Machines – heavy horses in late 19th century London

Dr Paul Parker explores his special interest in how city-based heavy horses were treated, housed and worked when they and lighter breeds were the sole source of motive power on the roads of our industrial cities. Illustrated with drawings from the time, the first part of this new two-part series examines the types of horses in use and how they were cared for in city stables.


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 a new book, Ron Creasey: Last of the Horselads, and a new DVD, 40TH Great All England Ploughing Championships as well as the HHW 25th anniversary commemorative horse brass

  • 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)!


Ron Creasey: Last of the HorseladsRon Creasey: Last of the Horselads

A new book to bring joy to any working horseman is published this Spring. It’s the story of East Yorkshireman Ron Creasey, one of the last farm horsemen to find work at a hiring fair in 1946 at the age of just 17. Heavy Horse World contributor William Castle recorded a long series of conversations with the horseman just before his recent death. Much of the book is a transcription of Ron’s own words with William drawing on his own experience of working with horses to provide background and context. The book includes a rich stream of knowledge and anecdote – all relating to horses and farming, and is accompanied by photographs and diagrams. At £19.95 the book can be bought through Heavy Horse World shop.

Heavy horse treasure-trove in Cornwall

Heavy horse treasure-trove in Cornwall

It was as a World War II evacuee to Herefordshire that Harry Gotts had his first contact with the Suffolk breed of heavy horse that was to have a life-long impact. The love of that breed and heavy horses in general has continued throughout Harry’s life and led him to set up the treasure-trove that is the Shire Horse & Carriage Museum near Redruth in Cornwall. Harry has arranged for the project to be run as a charitable trust from this year, to ensure its continuation into the future.


Shows from the late 2011 seasonShows from the late 2011 season

Read reports from shows, events and matches from around the country – as well as the 2011 World Clydesdale Show – the eight-horse hitch class at that event is pictured here. PLUS the five-page Heavy Horse World annual FREE 2012 Events List – the top listing of heavy horse events in the country.










Bracken bashing joins horse logging as new use for working horsesBracken bashing joins horse logging as new use for working horses

British Horse Loggers (BHL) chairman Doug Joiner describes how the withdrawal from sale of a chemical used to control bracken will mean increasing work for horse loggers, many of whom have bracken bashing equipment which efficiently deals with the problem in an environmentally-sustainable way. Meanwhile logger Chris Wadsworth reports on the importance of encouraging young people to ‘gain the knowledge’ about working horses – there have now been four apprentices on the BHL scheme.






Other features in this issue include…


  • Win tickets to the Shire Horse Show!

  • British Festival of the Working Horse plans

  • New guide published on horse transport regulations

  • Harness thieves at work again

  • More working horse training assessors needed

  • New pastures for last Stuntney stud females

  • Working heavy horses at Erddig

  • Hartland Carriages offers farm and yard vehicles

  • Colony Stud of Suffolk horses celebrates 125th anniversary

  • First country-wide survey of ploughs in museums

  • Earning a living with scrap carts

  • Gathering in swedes at Beamish