Membership Renewal

Thank you to those members who have renewed their membership this year.  If you haven’t done so already and would like to continue, please can you complete the renewal form sent with the newsletter in December or simply call the office on 01536 771611 with card details and we can process this for you prior to the Show. Members badges […] Continue Reading

Hurry Entries Close Soon!

SHIRE HORSE UK & OVERSEAS PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION 2019 How to enter The competition calls for images to be submitted at a minimum size of 300dpi, so it is recommended that entrants use a camera that takes shots of 6 megapixels or above. ENTRY IS FREE. Three pictures can be submitted for each entry.  Only hard copies (any size) will be […] Continue Reading

Show Hospitality

The Society will stage its three-day 2019 National Shire Horse Show at Bingley Hall, Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford between 22nd-24th March. With so much on offer to see and do at this world famous Shire Horse Show,  visitors can admire these magnificent Shires put through their paces as well as taking part in social events held at the venue too.  […] Continue Reading

Hero of the Year Award!

A Shire stallion who saved a mare’s life is named animal hero of the year.  A heart warming story for you all to read today. Credit: Horse and Hound Magazine

Christmas and New Year Office Hours

The Shire Horse Society’s office will close for the Christmas and New Year holidays on Friday, 21st December and will re-open on Wednesday 2nd January, 2019. Please direct all enquiries during this time to Happy Christmas to you all and thank you for support in 2018.  

Mr Basil Pike’s Funeral

Mr Basil Pike’s funeral will be held on 4th January 2019 at Clayhidon Parish Church, Devon EX15 3TJ at 12.00pm. Once again the Society sends its condolences to Mr Pike’s family.

Sneak Preview…..

Annual Dinner Auction Walt Bedford is kindly painting a picture of the fabulous Metheringham Upton Hamlet to auction off at the Shire Horse Society’s Annual Dinner on 22 March 2019. A work of art in progress and here’s a sneak preview of Walt’s painting so far. Thank you Walt for your support. Tickets can be purchased for the dinner via […] Continue Reading

Mr Basil Pike

The Society has learnt of the sad passing of Mr Basil Pike. Mr Pike was a well respected man in the West Country and Shire man through and through living and farming at Middleton for most of his life.   He was one of the founder members of the Western Counties Heavy Horse Society and was Chairman and President for many […] Continue Reading

Mr P Ball

The Shire Horse Society is sad to report the passing of Life Member, Mr P Ball on Saturday, 24th November.  Mr Ball’s funeral will be held on Friday, 7th December at 1:00pm at Bournemouth Crematorium, North Cemetery, Strouden Avenue, Bournemouth, BH8 9HX and afterwards at the Rising Sun, Bashley Common Road, New Milton, Hampshire,  BH25 5SF. The Society sends its deepest […] Continue Reading

Black Friday!

Black Friday Deal! Official 2019 Shire Horse Society Calendar now just £7.00 (was £9.95) valid on *Black Friday only! Packed full of colourful photographs of Shire horses both at work and play! Purchase online at or call the office on 01536 771611 between 9am-5pm on Friday, 23rd November, 2018. *Friday, 23rd November, 2018 offer closes at midnight.

Dope Testing at Horse of the Year Show 2018

At Horse of the Year Show 2018, a cross sample of animals competing in the showing classes were selected to be dope tested by the onsite veterinary team. Further to a blood sample being taken from the following three animals; Whittakers Prince, Melvale Tam O’Shanter and Fellthorpe Esther Jane, the samples have been analysed using documented LGC methods and they […] Continue Reading

Breakfast with Santa

Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre in Cheshire, one of our fabulous Approved Centres is offering their popular ‘Breakfast with Santa’ event. Bookings are now being taken via their website or by calling the number below. Details: Santa and his elves will greet you and take you to your table. He will then bring a special gift for each child. Children’s breakfast […] Continue Reading