WINTER 2011 ISSUE


Heavy horse World Magazine Winter 2011 Issue - Horse Drawn Barge tops Countryfile Calendar images

Horse-drawn barge tops Countryfile Calendar images

An image of a canal barge pulled by horse was voted favourite by the public for the front cover of the BBC Countryfile 2012 Calendar. Sarah Williams’ picture, Pulling Power, was taken at the Grand Western Canal, Tiverton, Devon and shows Welsh Cob X gelding, Taffy, pulling the Tivertonian. The choice of front cover is great news for working horses, providing them with a high national profile.


 

Heavy Horse World Magazine Winter 2011 Issue - Jim Elliott wins 40th anniversary Great All England Ploughing MatchJim Elliott wins the 40th anniversary SCHHA Great All England Ploughing Match

A week after winning the 2011 British National Ploughing Championship, Jim Elliott repeated his triumph at Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association’s match, the largest horses-only match in the country. BBC TV presenter, Alex Langlands, from The Victorian and Edwardian Farm series, presented the prizes at Rogate, Hampshire in October.


 

Heavy Horse World Magazine Winter 2011 Issue - Happiness is a Horse called Hamlet“Happiness is a horse called Hamlet” – Shire Horse of the Year championship results

Paul Bedford took SHOYS 2011 honours with his two-year-old 18.2hh Spring Show reserve junior champion stallion, Metheringham Upton Hamlet. Described by Heavy Horse World reporter John Bryant as “beautifully closely-coupled” Hamlet was chosen by judge Terry Gardner, who described him as “a fantastic mover”. Runner-up position went to Dutchman Jan Verhoeven’s Robin Hood Stables Rosie. Among the finalists were the youngest lady handler for 30 years, Rebecca Lund, and the youngest horse owner ever to have appeared, 17-year-old Edward Whittaker.


 
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Cornucopia of show reports!

Read reports from shows, events and matches from all round the country – here are some picture tasters!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Heavy Horse World Magazine Winter 2011 Issue - They've got balls!

They’ve got balls!

Known for its working Shire stallions, Kent-based Drayhorse Shires is a successful horse and carriage company. Speaking to co-founder, Nara Stevens, Anna Bruce discovers their winning formula and their dedication to their Shires and carriages, including the stallions who are their hallmark.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Heavy Horse World Magazine Winter 2011 Issue - Developments from across the pondDevelopments from across the pond
William Castle reports from this year’s Horse Progress Days in the USA – the top place to go for new designs and ideas in modern horse-drawn machinery. He highlights machines such as White Horse Machine’s ground-drive hitch cart and three-point trailed cart; I & J Manufacturing’s ground-drive hitch cart and mower and Groffdale’s 3ft discs made for a single horse.

 


 

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 DVD, Riding the Shire Horse, and a new book, The Collector’s Anthology of Antique Horse Brasses, out for Christmas!

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  • Heavy Horse World Breeders Directory – now two 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)!

 

 


 

Heavy Horse World Magazine Winter 2011 Issue - English Percheron stallion approved for breeding in FranceEnglish Percheron stallion approved for breeding in France

The English Percheron stallion, Willingham Hempsall II, has been approved for breeding in France. It is believed to be the first time a British stallion has been accepted for the French National Stud Book. Hempsall flew the flag for England at the Percheron World Congress held at Haras Du Pin, France in September. A four-year-old stallion, bred by G Bailey & Son of Willingham, Cambridgeshire, he is owned by Lucy Blain and shown by her husband, Warren.


 

Heavy Horse World Magazine Winter 2011 Issue - How British is the PercheronHow British is the Percheron?

The British Percheron Horse Society (BPHS) has for some time been campaigning for acceptance for their versatile animals to be accepted as a ‘native breed’ alongside the other British heavy horses, the Shire, Clydesdale and Suffolk. They were delighted that their case was accepted earlier this year and the British Percheron is now on the Farm Animal Genetic Resources Breeds at Risk register. Muriel Bond presents the evidence that led to the decision, including fascinating facts from the early years of the breed’s importation into this country.


 

Heavy Horse World Magazine Winter 2011 Issue - Triumph for Gardiners at foal showsTriumph for Gardiners at foal shows

Joan & David Gardiner had a double triumph at the two major foal shows in the autumn, with Shearbrook Princess Natasha winning the foal championship at both the Midland and North West & Wales Shire Foal Shows & Sales. Natasha was adding to her already impressive total of seven championships, having been unbeaten in any foal classes during the 2011 season.


 
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Cornucopia of show reports - more images

Read reports from shows, events and matches from all round the country – here are some more picture tasters!

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Heavy Horse World Magazine Winter 2011 Issue - A Country Fair in 1819A Country Fair in 1819

A painting by Jacques Laurent Agasse depicts prominently in the foreground what was doubtless considered an excellent example of the old English Black Horse. Richard Beard describes the picture, reproduced in the Live Stock Journal Almanac of 1906, focusing on what breeders were looking for in their top horses in the early 19th century.

 


 

Other features in this issue include…

 

  • Working Horses return to Thorpe Hill, North Yorkshire

  • Isle of Man trammer recovers from eye cancer

  • Obituaries – including Bob Claridge and Suffolk, Colony Charlie

  • Quality Shires in Banham’s Acle Stud sale

  • Cornish Horse Power’s From seed to flour event

  • Keeping working horse skills alive in the Midlands

  • Recording oral culture around the heavy horse

  • Suffolks display their versatility at the annual Spectacular

  • Tom Henfrey makes a clean sweep of Heavy Horse Turnout Championships

  • Iconic draught horse of Austria – the Noriker

  • Flora Gathorne-Hardy’s Journey with working horses

  • Tomorrow’s Horsemen – Abigail Stott