Society going places with move to Rockingham Castle, Market Harborough

The Shire Horse Society has announced major plans to move into new purpose built premises by the summer.

The Society, which is currently based at the East of England Showground in Peterborough, will move to Shire Farm, part of the RockinghamCastle and estate in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, later this year.

David Ralley-Davies, Secretary of the Shire Horse Society, said: “Following the termination of the existing administration contract and a thorough review of the options available to the Society we took the decision to run our own administration.

“We want to establish a home for the Society where the members feel like they can just pop in and the move to RockinghamCastle will allow us to do this and promote the breed to a much larger audience.

“The core objectives of the Society will remain the same but we will be able to widen the work undertaken to achieve these and educate and inspire the next generation of Shire horse breeders.”

The new premises will form part of the Rockingham estate, which is home to a number of high profile events already including Brigstock International Horse Trials, Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club Concours, Rally, Jousting and Medieval Living History Village and the Rockingham Country Fair.

David added: “In the current challenging financial times it is even more important to continue to promote the Society and the increasing need for charitable donations and proactive fundraising.”

The Society will use the move to increase public awareness of its work and enable the development of promotional activities with plans to hold Society open days in the future.

“The new facilities will allow a greater opportunity for membership participation and interaction with Society events and will help us raise awareness not just nationally but internationally,” said David.

“The venue will eventually provide us with our own dedicated facilities for office administration, open days, on-site training for all levels and the opportunity to be involved with existing events held at Rockingham Castle.”

Sue Fox