SHIRE HORSES PULL
IN THE CROWDS
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
Click here to see the results from this show
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
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 years Show can be found at the Shire
Horse Societys website www.shire-horse.org.uk