2018 Young Handler Competition Winner

Several affiliated Shows around the country staged young handler classes with points awarded to each of the Society’s Junior members placings. The winner of the 2018 Young Handler Accumulator Competition is Jess Evans and the Society sends its congratulations to Jess and to each and every young handler who took part in these classes. Grateful thanks to Mr Matthew Burks […] Continue Reading

2018 Horse of the Year Show Qualifiers

The Shire Horse Society is pleased to announce that all qualifying Shows have now been held and the qualifiers are listed in the document below. Congratulations to all those who have qualified for the Shire Horse of the Year Championship which will be held on Sunday, 7th October, 2018 at the NEC and good luck for the final! For more […] Continue Reading

Sandringham Game & Country Fair

The Society’s demonstration team will be in attendance this weekend 8th & 9th September at Sandringham Game & Country Fair in Norfolk. If you’re visiting this popular event please do pop along to see the Shire horse displays and visit them in their stables. More information can be found here

2019 Photographic Competition

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


The Secretary and Society have been monitoring exhibitor show numbers and it has been noted that there has been a sharp drop in entries at a number of shows around the Country.  This could have an impact on shows and their potential ability to host Shire Horse classes in the future.  The Secretary feels that as a Society we should […] Continue Reading

Date Announced for the 2019 National Shire Horse Show

Photograph by Jacqueline Pettigrew Organisers of the world’s largest gathering of Shire horses have announced the date for the 2019 National Shire Horse Show. The Shire Horse Society will return to Staffordshire Showground for the fourth time next year – staging its annual show from 22  to 24  March 2019. Expected to attract around 250 pedigree Shire horses from across […] Continue Reading

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 http://www.shire-horse.org.uk/shire-horse-centres/ 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 http://www.shire-horse.org.uk/300-club/ 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