Shires return to BurtonShires Return to Burton

Shire horses have returned to Burton-on-Trent where the new National Brewery Centre was opened in May. Two young Shires have been acquired by the centre’s new owners, Planning Solutions Ltd, and a head horseman appointed. He is Andrew Whetton, a well-known figure in the Shire horse world, who is bringing on the horses, Major and Trooper, to pull the ex-Bass and ex-Coors drays once again.



Suffolks Spearhead a heavy horse business near Winchester

Suffolks spearhead a heavy horse business near Winchester

Ness and Andy Morris are making a business from their interest in Suffolks, along with some Friesians and Gelderlanders. Based on a farm near Winchester, they are busy with weddings, funerals, pub rides and birthday celebrations as well as taking part in heavy horse events in the south and East Anglia.


New Names take top honours at Spring Show

New names take top honours at Spring Show

Our eight-page feature on the National Shire Horse Show features John Bryant’s show report and photographs by Roy Fox and Kevin Wright. Congratulations to the King George V Cup stallion champion winners, Chris and Jayne Malkin with Milnerfield Sir William, and Frank Pickles, owner of the female champion, Providence Lady Jasmine! Meanwhile Kate Stephen reports on the Clydesdale National Stallion Show where an Irish-bred horse took the Cawdor Cup for the second year running.




Twenty years a carrier

Twenty years a carrier

Howard Yates’s Carts & Crafts Horse Drawn Services based near Milton Keynes is celebrating two decades in business – one of the only professional horse-drawn carting operations in the UK. Their services include coal and log deliveries, a recycling round and working for the Milton Keynes Museum.


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Liverpool Cart Horse Memorial unveiled

Liverpool Cart  Horse Memorial Unveiled


The Liverpool carters finally have their memorial to the city’s working cart horses, with the unveiling of the life-size bronze statue of a Shire opposite the Albert Dock on 1 May. The 13-year campaign to recognise the crucial role of Liverpool’s cart horses in the growth of the city’s docks ended in March with the final donations to the £150,000 project. Real Shires were on hand at the ceremony, attended by ex-carters and their families.



London Harness Horse Parade

London Harness Horse Parade

The magnificent sight of 100 horses and carriages celebrating the harness horse took place once again on Easter Monday at the South of England Showground, Ardingly, with a good selection of heavies present. Among the turnouts were Young & Co Brewery, Fullers Brewery, Southwood Shires and Eversley Shires.






What were the new ideas in the 1930s?What were the new ideas in the 1930s?

William Castle unearths some interesting historic photographs at the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading and finds out that some farmers were using American harness and implements all those years ago.



Other features in this issue include…

  • Southern Counties’ Heavy Horse Association Spring Working

  • Obituaries, including Brian Searle, and horses, Nottage Trump Card and Robin Worthington’s Jim

  • A year in the life of Bouddicea, the Jutland mare saved from slaughter

  • Ploughing a new furrow – a fresh interest for enthusiast with impeccable Shire ancestry

  • Vocational logging training in Cornwall

  • Draught animals in the USA: a viable alternative to the tractor?

  • British Clydes’ success in All-Canadian contest