Shire Horse Champion of the Year 2009 - John Wilkinson's Hainton Charlie Girl

Shire Horse of the Year Championship 2009

The Shire Horse of the Year champion for 2009 is John Wilkinson’s Hainton Charlie Girl. She took the honour at the Horse of the Year Show at Birmingham’s NEC in October. Second and third positions went to Paul Bedford’s Pantyrhuad Heidi and Bryan Banham’s Acle Sabrina. Judge was Nigel Blakey.



Heavy Horse Turnout Society Champion 2009 - David Curtis and Middleton Percherons

2009 Heavy Horse Turnout Champion

David Curtis and the Middleton Percherons took the second annual Heavy Horse Turnout Society Championship at Equifest at the East of England Showground, Peterborough. David lifted the pairs and teams titles under three judges. For the first time a prize was given for the best groom, and this went to Kate Waterfield, grooming for Wendy Toomer-Harlow, and Polly Drew and Luke Chapman, grooms for David Curtis.


Pferdestark 2009 at Westphalian Open Air Museum Detmold Germany

PferdeStark 2009

Every animal at Europe’s largest gathering of draught horses is at work – on every conceivable task – and often switching between driving, ploughing, logging and implement pulling as the weekend progresses. Held at the Westphalian open air museum of rural life at Detmold, northern Germany, some 200 heavy horses from 12 countries are present, attracting 20,000 visitors. Best known for its horse-drawn implements, William Castle singles out some of this year’s innovative machinery, including Briton Doug Joiner’s new combination forwarder for horse logging.



Other features in this issue include…

  • The Giffords run a grassland management day

  • Wagoners’ Special Reserve Museum Open Day

  • Wagons and carts in focus – David Viner’s new column on the best wagons in preservation

  • Driving trials championships, 2009

  • The horse-powered treadmill thresher

  • Horses on the Cowdray Estate, Midhurst

  • William Castle’s column focuses on the rules of horsemanship

Great All England Ploughing Champion 2009 - John McDermott with Percheron Pair

Great All England Ploughing Champion 2009

Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association Great All England Ploughing Champion for 2009 is John McDermott, who won the short turn furrow class with his Percheron pair at the October event in Hampshire. Reserve was Mick Puxty, who won the long turn furrow with his Shires. Best crown was won by the youngest ploughman present, David Kerswell.



Cornish Horse Power Group at Victor Barry's Treloan Coastal Heritage Farm

A second revival for the working horse? Leading the way in Cornwall

With new national training qualifications for heavy horse work underway one part of the UK has been quietly beavering away on new modules and ways of encouraging more people to work horses and ponies. The Cornish Horse Power Group has been focused on developing working horse training at Victor Barry’s Treloan Coastal Heritage Farm, running alongside real agricultural tasks year-round. Meanwhile Dr David Stokes, vice principal of Plumpton College, near Lewes, East Sussex, has been in talks with LANTRA, the sector skills council for the environmental and land-based sector, the British Driving Society and Cheryl Grover, one of the heavy horse world’s leading working horse practitioners. More news of the new qualifications will be available in the next issue.


200 Years of British Horse Ploughing Matches

Over 200 years of ploughing matches

Bob Powell begins a two-part series on the history of British Horse Ploughing Matches, reminding us that they are inextricably linked to the development and trials of ‘improved’ ploughs. He takes readers through the most important of these, the views of agricultural commentators of the time on the new matches, the introduction of prizes and some of the early champions. The second part will focus on the development of rules and matches after the Second World War.



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