Shires at the BBC’s CountryFile Live!

The Shire Horse Society is delighted to announce its presence at the first ever BBC Countryfile Live!

The Society has been invited to provide demonstrations and create a Shire village at the event to be held at Blenheim Palace 4-7th August.

A small number of Council members are co-ordinating the event, and have secured some of the very best horsemen and women in the business to produce a timeline through history of the working shire, through to its modern day use.

Shire Horse Society, co-ordinator for the event, Victoria Clayton said ‘It’s a fabulous opportunity for the Society to highlight the history and diversity of the breed on a national stage; we are delighted to have been selected to be the heavy horse representatives. ‘  ‘We have a great team for the event, including the rarely seen six horse team, to be driven by David Lawless pulling the Youngs Brewery Show Dray. I am delighted that we have been able to secure the skills of some very talented people to help bring all of this together, and hopefully we have ring programmes that have something for everyone to enjoy.’

The event is expected to have a footfall of over 75,000 people over the four days and will be filmed by the BBC for a special edition of Countryfile to be aired after the event.

Victoria added ‘of course it would be fabulous to get some air time for the breed and hope we’ve provided plenty of opportunities to do so with the different demonstrations.’

Tickets and more information about the event are available via the Countryfile Live Website www.countryfilelive.com

Sue Fox