AUTUMN 2016 ISSUE

Celebrate the winners at shows around the country!

Aut16 Celebrate the winners at shows around the country 4 178x200Enjoy fantastic photographs - many from Kevin Wright - and quality reports from the first of the season’s shows from all over the UK, including the Suffolk and Percheron breed shows, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Cheshire, Suffolk, Royal Three Counties, Royal Norfolk and Royal Highland.

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Celebrate the winners at shows around the country!

Aut16 Celebrate the winners at shows around the country 3 200x162Enjoy fantastic photographs - many from Kevin Wright - and quality reports from the first of the season’s shows from all over the UK, including the Suffolk and Percheron breed shows, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Cheshire, Suffolk, Royal Three Counties, Royal Norfolk and Royal Highland.

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Heavy Horse World Calendar 2017

Heavy Horse World Magazine Calendar 2017 200x192Make sure you order your copies of the best heavy horse calendar in the UK! It’s on sale now, with 12 fantastic images of heavy horses - in-hand, in harness, drays, farm vehicles, ladies’ carts, ridden, ploughing, working – there’s something for everyone. It’s a snip at just £9.50 (+ £3.50 postage UK). You can buy it here.

 

 

 


Suffolks determined to dazzle

Aut16 Suffolks determined to dazzle 250x213Suffolk Punches added to the excitement for heavy horse enthusiasts ringside at the Suffolk Show with their aerial antics. Here’s Jane Muntz-Torres’ photo of Fiona Clark’s Shotleyfield Dazzling Duke, who had an excellent summer, winning among other things the supreme in-hand show championship at the Royal Norfolk, having won champion Suffolk and best Suffolk stallion.


Ancient and modern come together in Norwich

Aut16 Ancient and modern come together in Norwich 250x149Heavy horses launched the country’s most prestigious exhibition of contemporary art, British Art Show 8, in Norwich with a parade of six turnouts. The History Train combined historic tradition with cutting edge contemporary art as the drays delivered art works to venues around the city.

 


Moorfield Edward 1992-2016

Aut16 Moorfield Edward 1992 2016 200x250Moorfield Edward, one of the most successful Shire stallions of all time died at Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre at the age of 24 in spring. He qualified for the Shire Horse of the Year championships four times, but it was as a stock stallion that he really excelled, winning the William Hiles Stock Stallion Award an astonishing total of nine times. Edward has for many years been in the stewardship of Alistair King at Cotebrook, who describes him as “the greatest stock stallion that has ever lived.”

 


Heavy horses at two rural museums – Beamish and Weald & Downland

Aut16 Heavy horses at two rural museums Beamish and Weald Downland 1 250x171These two top open air museums, one in Co Durham, the other in West Sussex, put much effort into supporting working horses and this year both staged major shows. At Beamish the focus was the horse in war, while at Weald & Downland, which focused on the war two years ago, the emphasis was on the working horse in the past and in the present.Aut16 Heavy horses at two rural museums Beamish and Weald Downland 2 250x140

 

 

 

 

 

 


Two profiles – Ben Wright and Maggie Smith

Aut16 Two profiles Ben Wright and Maggie Smith 1 250x182Ben Wright, 26 and one of our youngest heavy horse breeders, is keeping up the tradition of breeding Shires in the Fens with his Old Croft stud at Littleport, Cambridgeshire. This year his colt, Old Stockley George, has been making an impact, including winning reserve junior championship at the Spring Show. From North Wales, Maggie SmithAut16 Two profiles Ben Wright and Maggie Smith 2 250x214 has been indulging her interest in heavy horses for a quarter of a century, progressing from showing a Shire in harness, through competing in agricultural turnout classes to a new pair on a brewer’s dray for the first time at this year’s Nottinghamshire Show.

 

 

 


 

Under saddle – enjoy our series for ridden heavy horse enthusiasts!

Aut16 Under saddle enjoy our series for ridden heavy horse enthusiasts 186x250Annie Rose of Cumbrian Heavy Horses continues her popular column focusing on all aspects of riding heavies. With summer translated into autumn, this issue she looks at riding your horse in the ‘off season’, including tips on clipping, rugging, high visibility clothing and turnout strategies.

 

 

 

 

 


An insight into artificial insemination (AI)

Aut16 An insight into artificial insemination (AI) 250x184Jon Mitchell of St Mary’s Equine Breeding Solutions, Berkshire, provides a brief overview of an increasingly popular breeding method for heavy horses. Although he works at one of the largest polo studs in the country, responsible for the breeding programme there, his passion is heavy horses and promoting the survival of rare breeds. He has his own Percheron, bought from Robert Sampson, whose foal was bred using frozen semen from the late Geoff Morton’s Percheron stallion, Lime George.


Horse in the water

Aut16 Horse in the water 211x250Chris Wadsworth, who loves finding new tasks for his working horse to tackle, describes his latest job, harrowing chalk streams in East Yorkshire to improve their quality for fish and wildlife. It’s not the first time it’s been done in modern times, but it doesn’t happen often. With all heavy horse jobs there are skills involved – find out what these are in the case of river silt clearance.

 

 

 


Horse logging – working with big timber

Aut16 Horse logging working with big timber 250x139The British Horse Loggers Progress Event in Herefordshire focused this year on felling and moving big timber for extraction by horses, using a range of equipment. Pete Harmer and Crunchie Whitby led the event, which carried out a proper job at the same time, reducing the density of oaks in semi-ancient woodland to let light in allowing natural oak regeneration.

 


Other features in this issue include. . .

  • Fountains’ Canadian Clydesdale beats all at Nottinghamshire

  • Musical drive of the Heavy Horses returns to HOYS

  • Shire man demonstrates coaching in Suffolk

  • How heavy horses launched the Kilnsey Show

  • Real horse power on display at the Royal Norfolk Show

  • Driving trials novice day held in Hampshire

  • The ridden horse: novelty or modern miracle?

  • The virtues of chewing

  • Starting up a horse-powered farm

  • How the Percheron came to Britain – Part 2

  • Heavy horse tails – making the leap from riding to driving

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