Lord Mayor's Coach pulled by Waldburg Shires TeamThe Lord Mayor’s Coach was pulled by a team from Waldburg Shires in November, the first time the coach could not be pulled by brewery horses, following the demise of Young’s Shires in the capital. Waldburg Shires, run by Elspeth Ross and David Lawless, won the contract after it was put out to tender. The team of six was driven by Alan Tillier, with Elspeth Ross riding postillion, backed up by a brakeman, footman and six walking grooms. Many weeks were spent in preparation and practice at the Waldburg Shires base at The Shire Horse Society’s centre at Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.



The British Festival of the Working Horse 2012, is to take place on 8/9 September at Windsor Great Park. Promoted by the British Horse Loggers, the festival will be a first for this country, and has been inspired by events such as PferdeStark in Germany. Following the sad death of Charlie Pinney the event will feature The Charlie Pinney Memorial Award for Innovation for new and innovatory horse-drawn equipment or machinery. Further information:




Swedish Horseman Hans Sidback's Book

Swedish horseman Hans Sidbäck explores the qualities horsemen need
to get the best from their equine companion. In an extract from his book, Hans looks at good personal qualities of the horseman, collaboration between horse and man, interpreting a horse’s behaviour and praise and correction.




Sustainably-Grown Vegetables using Draught Horses

Draught horses and ponies have a valuable role to play in increasing the availability of local, sustainably-grown vegetables
, says Rebecca Laughton. A few people are pioneering the re-use of horses in horticulture and succeeding in running economically viable businesses. Case studies included are from South Wales, Cornwall and north west France. “Draught animals are ideally suited to organic market gardens, where weed control is done mechanically and care of the soil is of primary importance,” she says.



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

  • Big Shows Section – featuring the second half of this season’s shows

  • Heavy Horse World Shop with our comprehensive selection of books, DVDs and videos 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




Cornish Horsepower Day at Trevaban Farm Marazion

Robert Eddy drove 10 working Shires at the Cornish Horsepower working day at Trevaban Farm, Marazion, Cornwall this year.
Driving them all on snaffle bits in five pairs, the six mares (with foals left in the lorry), one other mare, two geldings and one stallion were driven on a 70-metre square ring of stubble in figures of eight. It took two hours to prepare the team for the event and two hours to get all back into the lorry to head for home at the end of the day.












Ray Williams's Shire Dispersal Sale

Shire breeder Ray Williams’s dispersal sale in September was topped by Moorfield Sarah selling for £9,400 to J Walsh, Birmingham.
However Mr Williams, who made his mark on the breed in the relatively short period of 20 years, decided to retain his prize animals, the stallions Moorfield Edward and his son, Moorfield Ted, turning down bids to over £15,500. Ray Williams’s daughter, Ruth Walton, explained that the family is now considering the possibility of loaning Ted for the coming season. The auction totalled £521,000.



British Horse Loggers chair, Doug Joiner, asks are we breeding working horses for the future? In an article intended to stimulate debate he points out that elsewhere in Europe there are rigorous standards to ensure the correct horses are bred from, while in the UK no such standard is required. “The only way to achieve higher standards in the long term is to impose minimum standards,” he says. “We would like to see breeders and breed associations insisting on their breeding stock, male and female, providing their working ability, their docility and their adherence to the breed standard before being allowed to be used.”



Features in this issue include . . .

  • Shire Horse of the Year Championship

  • Charlie Pinney, obituary

  • The Tennants of Singlie Farm

  • The working horses of China

  • Pferdestark – William Castle visits one of the great working horse showcases

  • Bar None – the truth revealed? Richard Beard uncovers some new information on the great Shire stallion

  • Heavy horse owners and the Birdbush Wagon Works connection



And . . .

  • Heavy Horse World Calendar 2008 – available now for Christmas!
  • New range of books and DVDs for Christmas!

  • Exclusive reader offer – Malcolm Coward’s painting, Heavy Traffic, at 20% discount!