Heavy Horse World Magazine Autumn 2011 Selsey Lifeboat PullHeavy horses in lifeboat pull

Heavy horses re-enacted a lifeboat pull this summer to mark the 150th anniversary of Selsey Lifeboat Station in West Sussex. The 30ft long three-ton Bembridge lifeboat Queen Victoria, identical to the original used in the Channel waters off the Selsey Bill headland, was pulled around the town by Ringwood-based Robert Sampson’s team of British Percherons. Robert and his son Fred rode postillion to show how the horses would have been driven to launch the lifeboat into the sea in the 19th century.




“Unbelievable collection” goes under the hammer in Staffordshire

Heavy Horse World Magazine Autumn 2011 Les Oakes Collection Sale


The second reduction sale of the late Les Oakes’ extraordinary collection attracted a large and appreciative audience as Reading-based Thimbleby & Shorland sold a big selection of wagons and carts, implements and heavy horse memorabilia. By the time of his death Les had collected some 600 horse-drawn vehicles. Prices were generally depressed, as the recession remains for country folk and collectors alike. Heavy Horse World’s feature includes marvellous photographs from David Viner.




Big shows issue!

This issue is packed with reports from events across the country, notably the Suffolk Punch and British Percheron breed society shows, the Royal Highland, Newark & Notts, East of England, Royal Norfolk,

Heavy Horse World Magazine Autumn 2011 Suffolk Show

Heavy Horse World Magazine Autumn 2011 Suffolk Show Roger Clark


Heavby Horse World Magazine Autumn 2011 Royal Norfolk Show



Cotswold Working Day goes with a swing

Heavy Horse World Magazine Autumn 2011 Cotswold Working Day

Fifty working horses and ponies provided a feast of varied interest for the Cotswold Cart Horse Society’s much-upgraded Working Day in Gloucestershire. On the showground were a huge variety of different breeds and types, including all the British heavy breeds, plus European breeds, such as Ardennes, Dutch Draught and Breton and working ponies and heavy crosses. The society is trying to encourage people with ponies to work them, using the traditional skills well-known in heavy horse circles.




Hevy Horse World Magazine Autumn 2011 Mordearg Stud promotes Staffordshire Brewery






Mordearg Shires promote Staffordshire brewery


Paul and Yvonne Simmons’ Staffordshire stud is working with an expanding micro brewery to deliver beer with heavy horses and help promote the use of horses in local industry. The Mordearg Stud Clydesdales are being used in conjunction with Kinver Brewery, whose owners are keen to use them to promote their growing business, an award-winning brewery producing real ales for Midlands pubs.










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Heavy Horse World Magazine Autumn 2011 Bradford Industrial Museum Clydesdales under threatBradford Industrial Museum Clydesdales under threat

Bradford Industrial Museum could lose its celebrated Clydesdale horses due to the city council’s budget cuts. With a “consultation” under way about their future, a campaign has been launched to save the horses. Based at the museum since 1991, they currently cost £126,000 a year to run. The council says horses would not disappear altogether from the museum as horses would be invited to take part in special events. But Murdoch and Darcy, the current heavies on site, are used daily to tell the story of the urban horse in Victorian times.




Heavy Horse World Magazine Autumn 2011 Portsmouth Parade 2011 

Portsmouth Parade 2011

Portsmouth Parade remains the only dedicated heavy horse parade in the UK and this year’s was another success with teams from all over the country gathering on the seafront, to the delight of local crowds. The parade was founded by Mike Millington and John ‘Jumbo’ Lovatt and raises funds for the Wessex Cancer Charity.







Big shows issue!

More pictures from the Derbyshire, Hollowell, Cheshire, Lincoln Shows and more!

Heavy Horse World Magazine Autumn 2011 Derbyshire Show

Heavy Horse World Magazine Autumn 2011 Hollowell Show



Heavy Horse World Magazine Autumn 2011 Cheshire County Show


Heavy Horse World Magazine Autumn 2011 Top Loggers at National Championships

Top loggers compete at national championships

The annual British Horse Loggers (BHL) championships was open to spectators this year, and a small crowd of working horse supporters gathered in Childer Wood, Herefordshire to watch some of Britain’s top loggers compete. Among them were two Japanese horse loggers, guests of BHL chairman, Doug Joiner. The day included a morning competition centred on felling and extracting to exacting specifications and a woodland skills course in the afternoon.





Other features in this issue include…

  • Champion Welsh mare produces twins – with a twist

  • Runaway horse kills woman at show

  • Brickfields dispersal sale

  • Obituaries – including Bob Peacock and Jimmy Doran

  • Prince of Wales takes on horseman on his Duchy estates

  • British Heavy Horse Cross Country Driving Club events

  • Two heavy horse events at Chiltern Open Air Museum

  • Logging demonstration in the Scottish Borders

  • An unusual task in the South Pennines

  • SCHHA’s 40th Anniversary – a look back at its foundation

  • Oxen power the farm in Hertfordshire