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

Calling All Young Judges

The Society is to launch a Young Judges competition to be held annually to encourage new judges and provide support and training to aid the development of judges. It will consist of a team & individual competition and it is hoped that many of the competitors and those who attend the training sessions will then apply for assessment for the […] Continue Reading

We have a Winner!

The 300 Club is the Society’s in house lottery and the first draw in 2018 has taken place. Congratulations to Mrs S Flintham who has just won £100.00, Mr P Roberts (£50.00) and to Mr R Cook (£25.00). Your cheques are in the post! Tickets are available at £25.00 per annum and can be purchased by visiting

Show Preparation Day

Lincolnshire Shire Horse Association is holding a Show Preparation Day on 27th May, 2018 at Hockerwood Farm, Southwell Road, Upton, Newark, NG23 5TA between 11am and 3pm. The day will include plaiting of the mane and tail.  Please book your place with Sue on 01526 398 011

Plaiting Demonstration with Walt Bedford

The South West Yorkshire Shire Horse Society is holding a plaiting demonstration/guest speaker evening with Walt Bedford on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at 7.30pm at West Bretton Village Hall. Tickets cost £8 per person which includes a pie and pea supper. Numbers are limited so please direct any enquiries or bookings to Lucy Parr on 07551 340229 or email

Record of Shire Horses in Australia

Mr Bill Lambert, one of the founders of The Shire Horse Breeders’ Australia Inc.  has produced a wonderful booklet that traces the the Shire breed in Australia from the first import in 1981 to 2016. This is a limited edition booklet and may become a collector’s item.  To save postage, The Shire Horse Society will be doing a bulk order.  Please register your […] Continue Reading