Shire Horse Society Spring Show 2007
17th & 18th March
East of England Showground Peterborough



Despite a return to winter weather, thousands of visitors from across the country, as well as overseas, flocked to the Shire Horse Spring on the weekend of the 17th and 18th March to see over 200 Shire horses compete in the largest Shire Horse Show in the World.

Organised by the Shire Horse Society to raise much needed funds to support this magnificent breed, visitors were able to see hundreds of Shire horses expertly presented and dressed in their traditional glory over the two-days, with a range of demonstrations and classes featuring in-hand, harness and turnout exhibits.

Cross-country driving, working demonstrations and dressage displays provided entertainment throughout the show. One of the most encouraging signs or the resurgence in popularity of the Shire was the young handler class, which saw a record level of entries.

As well as the horses, visitors were able to see a display of vintage tractors and farm machinery plus farm animals, including Red Poll cattle and poultry. There was frenetic activity on both days in the dog agility ring and also in the farriery competition – the largest competition between heavy horse farriers in England.

In addition to all the displays there were over 200 trade stands, including the food hall, craft fair and shopping pavilion.

Andrew Mercer, Chief Executive at the Society said, "The Society is extremely pleased at the level of support given to this event, which is steadily increasing year on year."

Mr Mercer went on to say "It is vital that as a nation we continue to support this breed and the Shire Horse Spring Show is certainly a fantastic way of promoting this magnificent animal and encourage ownership amongst the younger generation to secure the breeds future existence".

Further detailsof this year’s Show can be found at the Shire Horse Society’s website –

Click here to see the results from this show


(c) Heavy Horses Online 2007