Heavy Horse World Magazine celebrates its 20th Anniversary with the publication of the Spring 2007 issue, which for the first time in its history is in full colour throughout – and at no extra cost to subscribers! A 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Horse Brass has been created to mark the milestone. Like the 1997 10th Anniversary brass it has been designed by Terry Keegan, whose Heavy Horse Enthusiast business, now run by his daughter, Ali, has been such a staunch supporter of the magazine over the years. This issue features reflections on 20 years of the magazine and of heavy horses from editor, Diana Zeuner and contributor, Edward Hart. Champion ploughman Charlie Coffen was on the front cover of the Spring 1987 issue and is pictured in this issue still taking part in matches today.



The Suffolk Punch Trust took part in the Lord Mayor’s Show in November as part of the entry from the Worshipful Company of Farriers, the City Livery Company which last year celebrated its 650th anniversary. Stud groom Bruce Smith drove geldings, Eric and Charlie, to a dray lent by Paul Rackham. This is not the first time that Suffolks have appeared in the Lord Mayor’s Show: in 1947 they were entered by Albert Deptford, and since then Roger Clark and Cheryl Grover have both driven pairs in the parade.



The British Percheron Horse Society is holding a Stallion Viewing Day on 11 March at Gull Farm, Deeping High Bank, Spalding, Lincolnshire to encourage Percheron owners to seek a premium for their stallions and give breeders a chance to meet early in the season (picture left). Among premium stallions last year were Lime George, owned by Geoff Morton MBE, Willingham Axl, owned by current BPHS president Robert Sampson and Willingham Ernest, owned by E Bailey & Sons. The Percheron is the only heavy horse breed to attain Supreme In-hand Horse and Pony Championship at the Royal Show and has done so for three consecutive years with different animals.



The South Wales Shire Horse Society has hired a stallion in a new venture this year, its 24th. Ruskington Conner, a proven stockgetter will stand at society president Kerry Tanner’s Catwg Stud, Neath, South Wales for the season. The society’s annual show has grown in stature and is a qualifying event for the Shire Horse of the Year Championship.


Features in this issue include . . .
  • Roy Prescott’s Lancashire workhorses have been captured on canvas by artist Julie Piper
  • The Great Clydesdale Migration records how West Highland Heavy Horses relocated to their new home in Cumbria in a 450-mile trek
  • Coors Shires earn their keep at the Coors Museum of Brewing and Visitor Centre, Burton-on-Trent
  • How the British heavy horse began – Richard Moore-Colyer begins three articles on the development of the draught horse in these islands
  • Morphreys in East Anglia – Dennis Mills looks at one of the most unusual styles of horse-drawn vehicle, the hermaphrodite, in the first of a two-part feature
  • Unique in Britain – Phil Goodchild is the country’s only mobile harness-maker travelling the land making and matching heavy horse harness for his clients
  • A carrier’s journal – Howard Yates continues his diary about his commercial horse-drawn carriage company

And . . .
  • Heavy Horse World Calendar 2007 – last few left!
  • New DVDs – Cotebrook Shire Horse Stud – the breeding and showing Shires with Alistair King and The Shire Horse - DVD version of the film made in 1991 with the support of the Shire Horse Society.


Heavy Horse World’s free Events List covering five pages is included, as usual, in this Spring issue. More than 300 events all over Britain are listed, enabling heavy horse enthusiasts to plan their year! Events which did not respond to our mailing for inclusion or whose dates were not fixed, can be included in the Summer issue.



Elspeth Ross is to continue with her Shire business following the death of her father, Andy Ross, but it will in future be known as Waldburg Shires. Brookfield Shires was one of the best-known businesses in the heavy horse world: the new name has been chosen in her father’s memory. Waldburg is the name of a town in Germany where he raced motorbikes, and is the family’s registered prefix for their own-bred animals. Running the business with David Lawless, the harness sales and wedding and event bookings will continue as before, as will sponsorship deals with three major companies. The horses are currently based at Sacrewell Farm, near Peterborough but will move soon to a new base.”



The London Harness Horse Parade is “highly unlikely” to return to London following the imposition of draconian health and safety legislation and will be held instead at the South of England Showground, Ardingly, East Sussex. This year’s date is Easter Monday, 9 April. However, the parade organisers are determined to retain its London traditions and its reputation as the premier horse parade in the country.



A new heavy horse centre has opened on the western fringe of the Lake District in Cumbria, with the emphasis on Suffolk Punches. Farmers John Ashcroft and John Percival have turned over the farm to the centre which includes all the British heavy breeds, Fell ponies and donkeys. Suffolk mare, Breckland Beauty, is in foal again, to Neil Syrett’s Roebuck Classic the First, involving a 600-mile round trip from Cumbria to East Anglia. The Lakeland Heavy Horse Centre is on the A594 close to Cockermouth on a hillside site with views to the coast to the west and the Lake District fells to the east (picture right).


Plus . . .
  • On the road – John Bryant’s column from heavy horse shows around the country
  • Tomorrow’s Horsemen – Karen Anderson
  • Heavy Horse Heroes – Ithersay Courage
  • Your Letters – three pages packed with heavy horse interest
  • Heavy Horse World Shop with our comprehensive selection of books, videos 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