Ray Williams is to disperse his Shire stud on Tuesday 18 September at 1pm at Shams Farm, Shakerley Lane, Atherton, Lancashire. Auctioneers are Wright Manley. Twenty-six horses will be for sale. Following a very successful breeding and showing career over two decades, Ray Williams has decided to retire. He purchased his first Shire from Cyril Leverett, Holywell, North Wales in 1984. His 16-year-old Super Premium stallion Moorfield Edward, and his son, Premium stallion Moorfield Ted have won championships up and down the country. His show achievements include five senior stallion championships at the National Shire Horse Show. Further information: Wright Manley on 01829 262170.



HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre in July, touring the visitor centre and the working stud farm which is home to some of the world’s champion Shires. During the visit they saw the centre’s 20+ stallions, mares and foals and met UK junior national champion stallion 2007, Cotebrook ben Macdhui. Janet and Alistair King, who set up the centre four years ago, showed the Royal couple around the 50-acre country park and the Alvanley Arms, the coaching inn next door which they also run. Further information:



After 35 years running the Norfolk Shire Horse Centre, West Runton, David and Jonquil Bakewell are to retire. The centre is one of the longest lasting of the heavy horse businesses to set up in the 1970s, and has stayed true to its heavy horse theme. This summer visitors have been delighted by comparing a new-born Farabella X foal standing just 21in high to her giant cousins, the Shires, which are 6ft tall. Further information about the centre: 01263 837339. For information about the sale contact Tim Stephens, Humberts on 0845 223 4337.



Heavy Horse World editor Diana Zeuner went behind the scenes to discover a working horse tradition dating back nearly 400 years – the drum horses of the Household Cavalry. Introduced by Charles II, the Cavalry currently owns three heavy horses used for carrying the weighty silver drums during HM The Queen’s annual Birthday Parade and other major events. Constantine, Spartacus and Rodney undergo a rigorous programme of training and exercise alongside a pampered existence as three of the best-known heavies in the country.



Plus . . .

  • Your Letters – three pages packed with heavy horse interest
  • Big Shows Section – featuring the first 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


Capespan Shires took the supreme driving championship at The Royal Show this year. John Goodwin’s unicorn of bays from the Isle of Sheppey beat Welsh ponies, hackneys and stagecoach turnouts.



A major festival of working horses is to be organised in 2012, the first of its kind in Britain. The event is being planned by the British horse Loggers (BHL) and will be held over the August Bank Holiday weekend, 25/26 August, 2012, the year of the London Olympics. The festival will feature horses working in forestry, agriculture, horticulture, vines and orchards, towns and cities, tourism and leisure. The festival has been inspired by European heavy horse events, such as Pferde Starke (Germany).



The Suffolk and British Percheron Breed Shows feature in this issue – champion Suffolk was Philip Morley’s Samford King Louis, and champion British Percheron stallion was Robert Sampson’s Willingham Axl.



Features in this issue include …

  • The oldest and the youngest! Shire Horse Society Council member Graham Ward celebrates 50 years, and Matthew Burks is elected as youngest member
  • Heavy horse artist Malcolm Coward stages one-man exhibition
  • New transport legislation ties horse owners in knots
  • Portsmouth Parade and Wessex and Northern Counties heavy horse societies’ spring workings
  • Shire production line deep in Cornwall: pictures by Phil Monckton
  • Fulfilling Shire dreams – Rodney Greenwood’s interest began with his great-grandfather
  • The heavy horse on the land – Richard Moore-Colyer’s series on the development of the draught horse in these islands
  • Ox yoke designs and comfort – Drew Conroy, a leading authority in the use of ox draught worldwide, looks at the development of the yoke and suggests some improvements
  • Horse loggers study Czech logging techniques


And . . .
  • Heavy Horse World Calendar 2008 – available now for Christmas!