WINTER 2016 ISSUE
Shire final and ridden UK championship top this year’s season!
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Shire Horse of the Year final and the first-ever Ridden Heavy Horse of the Year championship – Martin Fountain’s Woodhouse Calendar Girl, and Virginia Osborne with Clydesdale, Kinclune Danny Boy. The Horse of the Year Show was a particularly special one for the heavy horse world, as it also saw the reintroduction of the Musical Drive of the Heavy Horses.
Celebrate the winners at shows this summer!
Enjoy top quality photographs and show reports from the second half of the season from all over the UK, including the Great Yorkshire, Bakewell, Royal Welsh, Aberdeen and New Forest show, plus the Horse of the Year show reports and the Shire Foal Shows and Sales in the Midlands and North West & Wales.
Sweeping the board at European and British Ploughing Championships
Jim Elliott from Beamish, Co. Durham won the European and British Ploughing Championships in York in September, with Martin Kerswell runner up in both contests – a great plough-fest for ploughing enthusiasts from all over the UK and beyond. The pair repeated their one-two placings at Southern Counties Heavy Horse Society’s Great All England Horse Ploughing Championships a month later!
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The Shire and Suffolk both had prominent presences at the first four-day Countryfile Live event at Bleinheim Palace, Oxfordshire. The Shire Horse Society was invited to mount four days of demonstrations, co-ordinated by the new SHS secretary, Victoria Clayton, based on an equine village and featuring Waldburg Shires’ six-horse team pulling the Young & Co brewery dray. The Suffolk breed was represented in the Adam’s Farm rare breeds section, presented by Nigel Oakley, Bruce Smith and Matt Bundock with Banham Zoo’s Suffolk Punch, Gabriel. Enjoy our great picture feature.
Two-wheeled carts – another string to your bow?
Discover more about two-wheeled carts in our five-page special feature, in which editor Diana Zeuner talks to top heavy horse driver David Curtis and harness-maker Phil Goodchild. Driving a two-wheeled or ‘ladies’ cart is a great way to get involved with showing your heavy horse without too great a financial outlay, and especially if you are enjoying riding your heavy and want a new challenge. Find lots of information about the rise of this increasingly popular element to heavy horse showing, plus where to go for your cart, and which sort of harness to use.
How the Percheron came to Britain – Part 3
William Castle continues his fascinating history of how the Percheron came to this country, following the breed’s popularity with our armed forces in the First World War, and in the lead-up to the British Percheron Breed Society’s centenary in 2018. This issue he focuses on the Percheron ‘invasion’ just after the War, as keen promoters of the breed import top quality animals and divide them among themselves to spread the word about the Percheron’s versatility.
Staffordshire Shire man – Tony Wass
Rosemary Cooper discovers the story of this year’s Shire Horse of the Year judge, Tony Wass. A member of the Shire Horse Society for 50 years, he has been a judge for 33 years and on the council for 20. His family have bred and shown winners over the years, beginning with his grandfather in the Stoke-on-Trent area. Enjoy photos from Tony’s album, including some from the 1950s at the Staffordshire County Show.
Under saddle – enjoy our series for ridden heavy horse enthusiasts!
Annie Rose of Cumbrian Heavy Horses continues her popular column focusing on all aspects of riding heavies. This issue she focuses on managing pasture in winter, plus mud fever and how to deal with it. Discover Annie’s top tips for beating this – literally – irritating condition.
Horses pull their weight in the woods
Our professional horse loggers move very heavy timber using their highly skilled animals in woods across the UK – proving that the working draught horse has a secure place in the modern economy. Many foresters and landowners see the sense of using horses in environmentally sensitive and steep areas of woodland, encouraging conservation and habitat creation and restoration. Enjoy this image of Kent-based Frankie Woodgate extracting large-diameter Douglas Fir sawlogs with her Ardennes horse.
Heavies take part in events across the nation
In addition to shows and ploughing matches, heavy horse owners cross the country to take part in a range of special events, from steam shows to workings, country events and canal festivals. We visit the Parkhead Canal Festival, the Chiltern Open Air Museum and Trimpley Heavy Horse Festival among others in this issue – including some great photos of all the action.
Other features in this issue include. . .
New leaders for Shire and Clydesdale societies
Successful show season for Ironbridge Museum’s working horse
Recreating Constable’s Haywain
Southampton closes its historic former stables
Heavy horses at Heligan
Driving trials teams’ two-day New Forest event
Countryfile films Suffolk horses restoring a historic landscape
Horse-power at Gressenhall
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