Heavy Horse Turnout SocietyA new society has been formed to further the interests of turnout and in-hand harness showing. The Heavy Horse Turnout Society (HHTS) was inaugurated in Burton-on-Trent in November. The society’s flagship activity will be a prestigious annual Turnout of the Year Championship based on accumulated points gained by members throughout the season. This year it will be held in the new indoor arena at the East of England Showground on 6 September and £15,000 is being sought to cover the event. A working manual describing turnouts’ practical requirements is being drawn up to help show organisers and it is hoped they will affiliate to HHTS, helping to regulate standards. A panel of judges and judging criteria will be established. Membership fee is £20 and anyone with an interest in turnouts or harness classes will be welcome. Further information: David Lambert on 01636 821255.



2008 La Route du Poisson

British heavy horse cross-country driving enthusiasts are busy training their horses for the 2008 La Route du Poisson in France on 18-21 September. The commemoration of the transport of fresh fish from Boulogne to Paris is an international sporting event involving hundreds of people and draught horses from all over Europe every three years. The 27-hour relay race is a logistical challenge for the British Heavy Horse Driving Trials Club who field the British team. In 2005 they were thrilled with their third position in the event. Further information: Rowena McDermott on 01725 511951, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Great Yorkshire Show

Photographer Carol Stevens enjoyed a day with Dick and Mary Fuller and their three-horse Percheron team at the Great Yorkshire Show last year. Her memories of the preparations involved and her superb photographs provide a fantastic snapshot of the dedication and effort involved in presenting high-quality turnouts for show.


Roger Clark and Smyth Drill

Roger Clark is a great exponent of the Smyth drill and this issue he explains its history and development and describes how it works. “Smyth knew that he had a machine to beat all others,” says Roger, who uses one on his farm on the Essex/Suffolk border, working with two Percherons and a Suffolk.



Willingham Hempstall II at Percheron Stud Cambridgeshire

Willingham Hempsall II is the most recent foal to be born at Hempsall Farm, some 80 years after Gordon Bailey’s grandfather Ernest Bailey Senior started the business at Willingham, Cambridgeshire. The development of this important Percheron stud is outlined by Lucy Blain, chartering Gordon’s many achievements in breeding, in-hand and turnout showing and in particular, his triumphant win in the supreme in-hand equine championship at The Royal Show two years running.


Plus . . .
  • Your Letters – two pages packed with heavy horse interest
  • Big Shows Section – featuring shows from the end of last year and looking forward to the 2008 season
  • Heavy Horse World Shop 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’s five-page free Events List is included – as usual – in this Spring issue, enabling heavy horse owners and enthusiasts to plan their year ahead and enjoy the best of heavy horse activity. Any events not included in this issue can be included in the Summer issue.



Mike Bingham's The Incredible Journey




Agricultural lecturer Mike Bingham begins a new series in Heavy Horse World, The Incredible Journey, designed for the new heavy horse owner. This issue he focuses on the early days of your proposed new interest, especially training for horse people, and stresses the importance of finding a mentor. Future issues will cover finding and developing a horse and equipment and the first proper jobs with a single horse and a pair.


Southampton City Horse Retirement 40th Anniversary Event

Horses and drivers employed by the city of Southampton were remembered at a unique event to mark the 40th anniversary of the retirement of the last horses at the Corporation depot. Shires from Waldburg Shires were present for the occasion, when the Mayor of Southampton unveiled a commemorative plaque, and a number of former employees or their families with association with the horses were invited. A Southampton Corporation tip cart, restored to original condition for the occasion, was driven back into the former stable yard during the day.




Joanne Hartland - Hartland Carriages


Over 15 years Joanne Hartland has built a substantial business from her West Sussex base supplying European-built carts and carriages, English-made leather and Dutch-made synthetic harness and a wide range of harness and carriage furnishings. Vehicles from her diverse range have been acquired by a number of Heavy Horse World readers, including bespoke landaus suitable for Shires and cross-country driving vehicles. Further information: 01403 730244. Website www.hartlandcarriages.co.uk



Features in this issue include . . .

  • Successful first ploughing match for Wessex Society
  • Suffolks draw an omnibus in the New Forest
  • Modern ‘land girls’ connect with heavy horses
  • Cumbrian stallion conquers World Clydesdale Show
  • Horse-drawn machinery dominates at West Wales sale
  • Ironbridge Museum’s working horses – part of the interpretation team
  • John Owens – 20 years with heavy horses
  • Heavies under siege
  • Shires shift heavy timber for the National Trust in Cornwall

And . . .
  • Heavy Horse World Calendar 2008 – last few going for reduced price!
  • Heavy Horse World Video Sale – snap up the few videos remaining
  • Exclusive reader offer WIN TICKETS TO THE SHIRE HORSE SHOW!