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Shires repair damaged coastal path in Cornwall

Robert Eddy provided a pair of his Shires to help the National Trust replace a heavy granite clapper bridge on a section of the South West Coast Path at Zennor earlier this year. Using a timber arch and a sled, the Shires dragged the bridge’s three pillars down to the almost inaccessible River Cove, where the two large capstones were replaced with the help of farmer William Alford and his vintage Field Marshall tractor. They were taking part in a £200,000 repair job to the path after last year’s freak floods.




October sale of Suffolk horses

The first Suffolk horse sale of modern times is to be held on 16 October at Trinity Park, Ipswich, under the auspices of the Suffolk Horse Society. Auctioneers are Thimbleby & Shorland of Reading. The event will provide an opportunity for Suffolk breeders to sell their horses and increase the breed’s profile. The sale will also include heavy horse harness, implements and vehicles, and in particular a major reduction of Roger Clark’s heavy horse implements and equipment. Meanwhile another Suffolk breed supporter, the Suffolk Punch Trust, has officially opened its centre at Hollesely Bay, near Woodbridge, Suffolk: HRH The Princess Royal performed the ceremony.



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Big shows section!

Heavy Horse World Autumn issue features all the main shows from the first half of the showing season, including the Bath & West, Royal Highland, Newark & Notts, Suffolk breed show and Suffolk County, South of England, Three Counties, East of England, Cheshire, Royal Norfolk and Lincolnshire, with lots of colour photographs and results.





Norcliffe Maximillian – a Shire ambassador in Europe

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Shire exports overseas – particularly to Europe – have been a feature of the last two decades in the British heavy horse sector. One veterinary surgeon from Germany is thrilled with a stallion he bought from English Shire breeder, John Dale. Ulrich Mengeler bought stallion Norcliffe Maximillian who turned our as perfect as predicted – “an absolute gentleman, easy to manage, with lots of presence and a really fantastic character”. Max is ridden regularly by his wife, Barbara, and takes part in the 20-strong quadrille team of Shires at the German National Shire Horse Show.



Other features in this issue include…


  • Portsmouth Parade 2010

  • Obituaries, including Alan Tillier, and two well-known heavies from the ploughing scene and the Black Country

  • Growing rye for collar making

  • The transport minefield

  • British Percheron Horse Society’s stallion day

  • George Snaith Hill – a Derbyshire ploughman

  • A sticky question

  • Wagons & Carts in Focus – this time, a Lincolnshire wagon

  • Draught Horse Answers – Graham Duncanson focuses on horses and hard ground, and damage to check ligaments


Aut_10_image2 123x150New man at the helm of the Shire Horse Society

The Shire Horse Society has appointed David Ralley-Davies as its new development officer. David, 38, who has an equestrian background, brings commercial and legal experience to the society and is looking forward to the challenge of promoting and protecting the Shire breed as well as developing new ideas for the society for the future. Meanwhile, Andrew Mercer, the society’s secretary, who was also chief executive of the East of England Agricultural Society, is leaving for a new challenge developing Lowther Castle, Cumbria.



Horse logging continues to be one of the most dynamic working horse developments

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Tree surgeon and forester David Roycroft has added horse logging to his business: he says it seemed a natural progression. Inspired by the work of British Horse Loggers, the professional association for horse loggers in the UK, he and his partner, Karen, use an Ardennes horse in their Logs on Draught business, and have recently bought a timber arch and forwarder. Meanwhile another horse logger, Crunchie Whitby, describes a recent job he undertook felling 45ft ash trees near a viaduct carrying the Hereford-Ledbury railway line. Meanwhile, Kate Mobbs-Morgan has won the 2009 Woodland Management Award for her work at Cherry Wood, near Bath.



Horses on the Western Front

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Elspeth Johnstone begins a new two-part series on the use of horses on the Western Front during the First World War. Discover how Britain mobilised thousands of horses - reaching 468,323 by 1918 - and shipped them across the Channel for service in the mud and terror of the front line. How they were found, trained, who looked after them, how they were fed, and how they fared, often out in the open, and unable to seek shelter even in the inadequate trenches and shell holes that were at least potentially available to men.



Aut_10_image7 250x144Farming with heavy horses in South Africa

At the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, there is a small draught animal-powered farm, used to produce vegetables commercially using heavy draught horses and a small portable irrigation system. Bruce Joubert of the University’s Animal Traction Centre, describes how the farm was developed and how the horses demonstrate how local people can make a good living growing produce.



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