Suffolk mare wins top award

Suffolk mare wins top awardTom and Sandy Walne have pulled off a truly remarkable feat – their Suffolk mare has won the Horse & Hound Outstanding Mare Award in the British Breeders Awards run by the British Horse Foundation – beating all those fashionable Thoroughbreds and sport horses who would usually take such an honour. Good for them! Read all about the award in this issue, along with a feature on Tom and Sandy which HHW and Jeff Hallett of the Suffolk Horse Society were already working on when the news of the award broke.

Don’t miss Heavy Horse World’s Events List – the most comprehensive guide to heavy horse events in 2015!

most comprehensive guide to heavy horse events in 2015The Spring 2015 issue is our shows number and looks forward to a busy season this summer with articles and adverts plus Heavy Horse World’s popular annual FREE Events List, listing shows, events and matches up and down the country which feature heavy horses. We have some great photos from ploughing matches held at the end of last year too – here’s one of Robert Sampson ploughing at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, West Sussex.


Reminiscing with Ces Burton

Reminiscing with Ces BurtonJohn Bryant interviews a veteran Shire enthusiast who will be known to many of our readers, Ces Burton. John went to see him with their mutual friend, Ray Scott, just after his 92nd birthday, discovering his family’s links with Shires and Ces’ long involvement with the Shire Horse Society, both as council member and judge.



Win tickets to the Shire Horse Show!

Win tickets to the Shire Horse ShowOnce again Heavy Horse World has 10 pairs of adult tickets to the National Shire Horse Show to give away this issue. Get your competition responses in quickly – the closing date is 9 March. If you aren’t a subscriber and want to compete you can join the HHW readership at The show, on 21/22 March, is the premier UK heavy horse event of the year and the largest gathering of Shire horses in the world. It regularly attracts some 250 entries and a big crowd of heavy horse enthusiasts.


Under saddle – our great series for ridden heavy horse enthusiasts

Under saddle our great series for ridden heavy horse enthusiastsAnnie Rose of Cumbrian Heavy Horses continues our popular series. In this issue she covers the subject of choosing saddles – something we often get queries on here at the HHW office. “The main issue is the saddle must fit the horse, and be appropriate for the discipline it is being used for!” Annie begins. Discover her answer to FAQs in this feature. You can experience riding heavies at Annie’s award-winning equestrian business in the beautiful Lake District.


Catching up with the ‘Irish boys’

Catching up with the Irish boysHHW editor Diana Zeuner discovers the story behind a group of horsemen who put the working horse first in the counties west of London. Centred around Ken Allison’s Shires and his extensive collection of horse-drawn vehicles and implements, the team take every opportunity to take their working horses to the public.


Meet a draught horse all-rounder

Meet a draught horse all rounderWe profile a Surrey horseman who has developed his love of heavies into a thriving business. Daniel Brown describes how he got the heavy horse bug and how his involvement with Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association and British Heavy Horse Driving Trials Club members has led to a business promoting the working horse and encouraging others to enjoy heavies.


The latest in American horse-drawn machines

The latest in American horse drawn machines

William Castle looks at developments across the pond which are most relevant to our working horse sector here in the UK. Since the 1970s the number of small American companies producing horse-drawn equipment has burgeoned, and more established companies continue to refine their products. Many find their way over here for use by our working horsemen. What’s the latest?

The ploughing and ploughs at the 2014 Scottish Ploughing Championships

The ploughing and ploughs at the 2014 Scottish Ploughing ChampionshipsBob Powell takes a detailed look at the ploughs in use at this event, and describes their history and applications for work. Discover the Ransomes YL (of course) as well as the IRDCP and ‘Guidtop’ models, plus those of Hally & Sons and Sellar of Huntly. Which one would you choose?

Blewbury’s restored Berkshire wagon captures the limelight

Blewburys restored Berkshire wagon captures the limelightDavid Viner continues his occasional series, Wagons & carts in focus, with a look at a wagon from the Oxfordshire/Berkshire tradition, used in the village of Blewbury all its working life. Now it’s been restored by wheelwright Warren Blain, for the village, which has just been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to build a shelter for it and publish a booklet on its restoration.