SPRING 2017 ISSUE


30 years of Heavy Horse World magazine!HHW 30th anniversary 2 high res 200

This year we celebrate our 30th anniversary – Heavy Horse World is the UK’s longest-running publication devoted to draught horses! For three decades we have been exploring and promoting the heavy horse breeds of the British Isles – the Shire, Clydesdale, Suffolk and British Percheron – as well as overseas breeds in this country and beyond, plus working ponies and crosses. Heavy Horse World covers all aspects of draught horse activity – showing, breeding, in-hand, turnouts, farm and market garden work, horse-drawnSpr17 30 years of Heavy Horse World magazine 178x250 equipment (modern and historic), forestry work, promotional activity, driving trials and riding. We hope all those of you who have contributed stories and pictures or have enjoyed reading the magazine over the years will celebrate with us!


300 Shires expected at Staffordshire for flagship event

Spr17 300 Shires expected at Staffordshire for flagship event 250x115The world’s largest gathering of Shire horses will take place at its new home, Staffordshire County Showground, on 17-19 March. Watch in-hand and turnout classes (last year’s agricultural class is pictured by Tracy Muir), ridden and driving classes, see top stallions and fantastic mares, plus youngstock at their first show. Enjoy the grand parade and presentation of top trophies.


Heavy Horse World Free Events List 2017

Spr17 Heavy Horse World Free Events List 2017 177x250The Spring issue features our popular and unique Events List 2017, featuring shows and events where you can see heavy horses in action. It’s completely free, covering nearly four pages, and nowhere else will you find such a comprehensive list. Use it to plan your show visits!


Babbage stallion painting sells well at auction

Spr17 Babbage stallion painting sells well at auction 250x206Bonhams Auctions sold an oil on canvas of Shire stallion Danesfield Stonewall in its January sale, for £3,250. The image of the winner at Olympia is signed and dated F. Babbage/1914 – one of the Shire breed’s greatest illustrators. The horse was owned by top Shire breeder Frederick Muntz – find out more in our news section.


Philip Moss and the Hillmoor Stud

Spr17 Philip Moss and the Hillmoor Stud 250x214In every country of the world where Shire horses are prized, Philip Moss, who will be 80 this year, is renowned as a top-class judge and breeder of the Hillmoor Shires. “Over the years, I’ve loved competing,” said Philip, “but my father always said: ‘You go in the ring determined to win, but you must be a good sport when you lose.’” Discover more about his life with heavy horses.


Shire Horse Society appoints fifth approved centre

Spr17 Shire Horse Society appoints fifth approved centre 214 250Robinsons Brewery & Visitor Centre in Stockport, Cheshire has become the fifth centre to be approved by the Shire Horse Society. Society secretary, Victoria Clayton, says: “I am delighted that the Robinsons Brewery has been voted by the council to be an approved centre. They undertake great work showing the heritage and history of brewing but also the Shire horse and the use of the horses through time to the present day. The horses and stables are immaculate, and a credit to head horsewoman, Helen Preece and her team.”


Jobs for heavy horses – Planting potatoes

Spr17 Jobs for heavy horses Planting potatoes 158x250Distinguished figure in the heavy horse world, Roger Clark, begins a new series on how he approaches a range of farming tasks using his horses on his farm in Suffolk. The first is on planting potatoes. “Part of the pleasure for me in owning cart horses is the satisfaction of using them to do the job they were bred to do,” he says. “As I fast approach 70-years-old, I am fortunate to have been brought up with men who we say in Suffolk ‘could take their work and leave it’!”


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

Spr17 Under saddle enjoy our series for ridden heavy horse enthusiasts 250x149Annie Rose of Cumbrian Heavy Horses continues her popular column focusing on all aspects of riding heavies. This issue she focuses on getting ready for Spring, and common diseases. Discover more of Annie’s top tips.


Respect – salute to the working horse

Spr17 Respect salute to the working horse 250x193Joe Godderidge has played a large part in ensuring the continuity of the working horse in the UK – through his horse farming at home, at events, in his articles over the years – and, perhaps uniquely, through his paintings of horses at work. He reflects on some of the aspects of his life – and his favourite creature.


How the Percheron came to Britain – Part 4

Spr17 How the Percheron came to Britain Part 4 250x162William Castle ends 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 a new era as the Percheron becomes accepted by the farming fraternity in Britain.