SPRING 2009 ISSUE


Martin Kerswell, 20, of Buckfastleigh, Devon, became one of the youngest ever ploughing champions when he took the Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association’s Great All England Ploughing Match title. Nineteen when he took part, Martin won the high cut and best crown at the match, held near Selborne, Hampshire

Martin Kerswell, 20, of Buckfastleigh, Devon, became one of the youngest ever ploughing champions when he took the Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association’s Great All England Ploughing Match title. Nineteen when he took part, Martin won the high cut and best crown at the match, held near Selborne, Hampshire.

 


 

 
The British European Draught Horse Association (BEDHA) has been formed following an upsurge in interest in European breeders by UK owners, including the Comtois, Ardennes, Brabant and Belgian Draft. Founder, Jane Wordsworth says the new association aims to provide a network for people looking for suitable horses and wanting to use and show them in the UK.

 

A new society to cater for the interests of British owners of European draught breeds was launched in January. The British European Draught Horse Association (BEDHA) has been formed following an upsurge in interest in European breeders by UK owners, including the Comtois, Ardennes, Brabant and Belgian Draft. Founder, Jane Wordsworth says the new association aims to provide a network for people looking for suitable horses and wanting to use and show them in the UK.


 

 
For the first time the Shire Horse Society has published its breeding results in its bi-annual members’ newsletter, providing an important tool in increasing the efficiency of breeding Shires. Compiled by the society’s veterinary surgeon, Philip Ryder-Davies, the results from the UK 2006 covering season show an average figure for definite pregnancies of 68% which he regards as very good. Top stallion for coverings was Trem-y-Wyddfa Mascot owned by Lew Harrison, Preston, Lancashire, with 30, leaving 23 live foalsFor the first time the Shire Horse Society has published its breeding results in its bi-annual members’ newsletter, providing an important tool in increasing the efficiency of breeding Shires. Compiled by the society’s veterinary surgeon, Philip Ryder-Davies, the results from the UK 2006 covering season show an average figure for definite pregnancies of 68% which he regards as very good. Top stallion for coverings was Trem-y-Wyddfa Mascot owned by Lew Harrison, Preston, Lancashire, with 30, leaving 23 live foals.

 


 
Top heavy horse drivers came together for a special Heavy Horse Musical Drive at the Horse of the Year Show providing a great showcase for heavies at a major equestrian event. Paul and Chris Orchard captured the preparations and the event in pictures for Heavy Horse World.

 

Top heavy horse drivers came together for a special Heavy Horse Musical Drive at the Horse of the Year Show providing a great showcase for heavies at a major equestrian event. Paul and Chris Orchard captured the preparations and the event in pictures for Heavy Horse World.

 


 

 
Plus . . .
  • Your Letters – two pages packed with heavy horse interest

  • Big Shows Section – featuring shows from the summer season, plus

  • Heavy Horse World annual FREE Events List 2009

  • Heavy Horse World Shop – now FOUR pages - with our comprehensive selection of books and DVDs on heavy horse subjects

  • Heavy Horse World Classifieds – where to go for all your needs – horses, harness, vehicles, books etc

  • Heavy Horse World Breeders Directory – locate the breeder of your choice

  • Heavy Horse World Harness-makers Directory – up-to-date list of harness-makers countrywide


 
Waldburg Shires have been busy during the winter period. Their team of six drew the Lord Mayor of London’s Gold State Coach in the Lord Mayor’s Show for the second time.

Waldburg Shires have been busy during the winter period. Their team of six drew the Lord Mayor of London’s Gold State Coach in the Lord Mayor’s Show for the second time. And their 18.2hh Shire, eight-year-old Scott, stood still while photographs were taken of 19-year old Olypic Bronze medal winner Louis Smith vaulting over him.

And their 18.2hh Shire, eight-year-old Scott, stood still while photographs were taken of 19-year old Olypic Bronze medal winner Louis Smith vaulting over him. Sportsmail’s award-winning photographer Andy Hooper took this picture to show Louis’s sporting prowess.

 

 

Sportsmail’s award-winning photographer Andy Hooper took this picture to show Louis’s sporting prowess.


 

 


 

 
Three British breeders have imported the highly successful champion USA Clydesdale stallion, Great American Ben Franklin, to Scotland. Ronnie Black of the Collessie Stud, Fife, together with Angus Howie and Noel Porter brought the multiple=

 

Three British breeders have imported the highly successful champion USA Clydesdale stallion, Great American Ben Franklin, to Scotland. Ronnie Black of the Collessie Stud, Fife, together with Angus Howie and Noel Porter brought the multiple champion five-year-old over to Scotland from Indiana at the turn of the year. The aim is to inject new blood into the UK Clydesdale stock.


 

 
University-backed field trials into the effectiveness of the horse collar have been published following field trials by Andrew Barnett of Wolverhampton University using working horses pulling a sled. Utilising new ‘pressure mapping’ technology, the pressures and forces on several different types of collar were measured. The English collar came out best, with fewest pressure points on the animalUniversity-backed field trials into the effectiveness of the horse collar have been published following field trials by Andrew Barnett of Wolverhampton University using working horses pulling a sled. Utilising new ‘pressure mapping’ technology, the pressures and forces on several different types of collar were measured. The English collar came out best, with fewest pressure points on the animal.Shropshire harness maker Terry Davis describes how to keep your harness ‘road-worthy’ in a follow up to Mike Bingham’s The Incredible Journey feature for new owners. Photographs of poor quality harness are compared with new harness and the dangers of using damaged equipment explored. Guidance on cleaning is also offered

 

Shropshire harness maker Terry Davis describes how to keep your harness ‘road-worthy’ in a follow up to Mike Bingham’s The Incredible Journey feature for new owners.

 

Photographs of poor quality harness are compared with new harness and the dangers of using damaged equipment explored. Guidance on cleaning is also offered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographs of poor quality harness are compared with new harness and the dangers of using damaged equipment explored. Guidance on cleaning is also offered.

 


 

 

Other features in this issue include . . .

  • British Horse Loggers appoint first apprentice

  • From this side of the fence – William Castle’s new column

  • Robert Sampson designs a new plough

  • Trelow Father Abraham – the gift horse that conquered Australia

  • Draught Horse Answers – on arthritis and foot infections

  • Tomorrow’s Horsemen – Claire McDermott

  • Extreme trekking with the heavy brigade