School Holiday Adventures

Are you looking for something to do in the school holidays?  Our Approved Centres offer something for everyone including Shire horses! Located around the country please visit to find out about each one.  Some even have cake! Society members gain free admission (some conditions may apply).

Countryfile Live

The Shire Horse Society has had a fabulous four days at BBC Countryfile Live; the demo team worked so very hard in hot conditions and entertained the crowds with three stunning displays; a musical ride and drive; a tribute to Shires through the ages and Shires at Speed! We also had static demos, Farrier displays/shoeing and plaiting displays. Thank you to […] Continue Reading

Dennis Toomer’s Funeral

The funeral of Mr Dennis Toomer  (Eversley Shires) will take place on Tuesday, 21st August at 12.40 pm at Basildon Crematorium.   Mr Toomer will arrive in the Eversley Shires green dray. Afterwards at The Gunn, Bowers Gifford which is a few minutes from the Crematorium.   Please no flowers or black clothes.  Tweed/country wear preferred.  Donations to The British Heart Foundation […] Continue Reading

Countryfile Live

Returning to the spectacular grounds of Oxfordshire’s Blenheim Palace, Countryfile Live is one of the biggest events this summer and the Shire Horse Society is proud to be part of this with its Shire Horse Demonstration Team. If you’re attending this event, please do pop along to the Shire Horse Village (F115) and Society’s stand.  The equine arena is adjacent […] Continue Reading

300 Club Draw

The 300 Club is the Society’s in house lottery and the second draw in 2018 has taken place. Congratulations to Mrs D Badger who has just won £162.50; Mrs P Tawse £50.00 and finally third prize of £25.00 to ticket number no 25 (winner informed). Tickets are available at £25.00 per annum and can be purchased by visiting If you […] Continue Reading

Carriage Driving Awards 2018

The Shire Horse Society is delighted to announce that Mrs Wendy Toomer-Harlow’s Shire gelding, Walton Bomber was placed second in the Rare Equine Award at the recent Carriage Driving Awards 2018.   Intended to award excellence in carriage driving across the whole spectrum the sport encompasses, the awards are an opportunity for the carriage driving world to come together to […] Continue Reading

Mr Dennis Toomer

The Shire Horse Society is sad to report the passing of Mr Dennis Toomer from Eversley Shires on Monday, 16th July.   Mr Toomer was the force behind Eversley Shires and his daughter, Wendy, who is a Council Member, said that he was actively involved with the horses until a few days before his death.   Mrs Toomer-Harlow and her family intend to maintain his […] Continue Reading

Moorcroft/Shire Horse Society – Loch Anna Vase Launch

A great night is promised at Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre …. tickets are free and going fast.   The centre based in Cheshire will be open for all guests to explore and with the opportunity to meet Loch Anna too.  This will be followed by the presentation of the Moorcroft Loch Anna limited edition to the Shire Horse Society. Guests can […] Continue Reading

Mr Denis Oliver’s Funeral

The funeral of Mr D F Oliver, OBE will be held on Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018 at St. Wulframs Church, Grantham, Lincolnshire at 2.45pm.  Afterwards at The Angel & Royal Hotel which is a five minute walk away. There is ample parking at the hotel Once again the Society sends its deepest condolences to Mr Oliver’s family.  

New President

Our new President is Mr James Clarke.  James is the Managing Director of Hook Norton Brewery. Hook Norton still use Shires to deliver beer in and around Oxford. The brewery have previously supported the Society at Countryfile Live and we look forward to working with James and all at Hook Norton going forward.  

Mr D F Oliver, OBE

It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the passing of our former President, Mr Denis Oliver OBE. Mr Oliver was a wonderful man, a former Master Farrier, Father of the Company and well known vet – his knowledge and experience was unrivalled. Mr Oliver was also a former President of the British Veterinary Association, along with other decorated […] Continue Reading

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

Privacy Statement – General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) This is the privacy statement of the Shire Horse Society. In this statement ‘we’, ‘us’, ‘our’ or similar refers to the Shire Horse Society. ‘You’ or similar refers to the data owner. Background The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new regulation designed to strengthen and unite the data protection processes […] Continue Reading