The Shire Horse Society’s Heavy Horse Camp now has its own dedicated website. Information and an online booking form for the 2020 Heavy Horse Camp can be accessed here.

Grateful thanks to Whistlefish for their support of the Camp.


The Society is delighted to announce that the 2nd Heavy Horse Camp will take place over the weekend of 15-17th May 2020.  It will again be held at Arena UK and will be open to all breeds.

The feedback from the 2019 camp has been fantastic with many owners who had previously not shown, now having the confidence to show after the camp.  This can only be good news for our beloved Shires and Heavy Horses.

The weekend was enjoyed by the attendees, the presenters and the Society immensely.  We will look forward to welcoming people back for 2020 and hoping to see new faces joining us.

The timetable will be revised and released later along with booking forms.

If you have any further queries please contact the office on info@shire-horse.org.uk / 01536 771611.


The Society ran a successful Heavy Horse Camp over the weekend of 17th-19th May 2019 at Arena UK, Grantham, Lincolnshire.

The camp was open to all heavy horses breeds and covered numerous topics over the weekend.

The weekend was run to educate current heavy horse owners and to encourage new heavy horse owners to purchase or existing owners to compete or use their horses for traditional and new activities.  All to preserve the four native heavy horse breeds.

Those in attendance listened and learnt from experienced men and women, judges, breeders, turnout and ridden judges to give them an opportunity to learn about the breeds and invest time in learning from people who have been successful in their relevant field.

Topics covered included:

Heavy Horse Conformation, Show Preparation & General Maintenance, Braiding, In Hand Showing & Ring Craft, Harness-fit and purpose, Ridden Showing and Ring Craft, Young Handlers, Horse Handling, Care of the Heavy Horse, Rules and Etiquette, and others.

The Society would like to thank all instructors, helpers, attendees and in particular Caroline Eagle for her help in organising the weekend.

Photographs by kind permission of Kev Wright Photography.