Online Show 2020

The Society is delighted to run an online show in 2020.  Our National Show was sadly one of the first victims of the COVID-19 pandemic and as such we wish to provide a chance for our dedicated breeders, owners and members to showcase their animals.  The show will be judged on 24th July and we will produce a video of […] Continue Reading

Animal Health Trust Announcement

We are sorry to learn that the Animal Health Trust (AHT) will sadly close its doors and commence winding up proceedings.  We have enjoyed a great relationship with them over the years and have deep sympathy for all at the AHT.  Going forward and as previously released, we will be using Weatherbys for foal DNA and registrations.  All details are […] Continue Reading

Green light to openings!

We are delighted to hear that Approved Shire Horse Society Centres, Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre, Sledmere House and Wadworth Visitor Centre have now re-opened. Ash End Childrens’ Farm will open on Saturday 20th June. Click for details. This is great news and we hope you will support them by visiting but would ask you to ensure you visit their […] Continue Reading

Dyfed Shire Horse Farm

The Society is pleased to share a great story with you all. Shire mare, Dyfed St Helena owned by Dyfed Shire Horse Farm gave birth to her first foal on 21st April. This filly is a niece to Her Majesty The Queen’s Drum horse, known as Drum Horse Major Mercury of the Household Cavalry and was previously owned by them. […] Continue Reading


British Equestrian’s stance on riding and coaching reviewed Tuesday, 12 May 2020 Following the UK Prime Minister’s broadcast on Sunday 10 May, the Board of British Equestrian has convened to discuss their position on riding and training in the current coronavirus pandemic. Although the crisis remains at stage four, according to the government’s COVID Alert Levels, the spread of the […] Continue Reading

Member’s Spring/Summer Newsletter 2020

Owing to Covid-19 and the restraints placed on the Society’s office, the Society’s Spring/Summer newsletter will be sent to all 2020 members by e-mail only. If you think the office may not have your e-mail address please send this with your name, address and membership number (if known) to Please note on this occasion this newsletter will not be […] Continue Reading


Members, owners and breeders are asked to note the following changes and updates: DNA TESTING Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the Animal Health Trust DNA testing lab is closed. We have made arrangement for testing to be carried out by Weatherbys Scientific, Ireland, in the interim so that foal registrations can go ahead as normal. Please note that all hair […] Continue Reading

Stallion Premiums 2020

The Premium Panel ‘met’ via conference call on 15th April to discuss premiums for stallions and colts entered at the National Shire Horse Show and also those entered for a premium at home.  Before the conference call it was agreed by the panel that the owners who would have been showing their horses at the Show would be asked for […] Continue Reading

Research Questionnaire

Emily, a Master’s student at Hartpury University would like some help with her research work. Emily says “I have a particular interest in the breeding and conservation of rare equine breeds. “The initial study aims to investigate why the population of some breeds has reduced to the point where they have become classified as become rare breeds. As part of […] Continue Reading

Fun with the Campers!

We don’t want you getting bored so grab yourself a cuppa and a cheeky biscuit and watch the ‘Happy Campers’ with their horses! The Heavy Horse Camp will return in 2021 and in due course, dates etc will be found at Please remember to share the clip and subscribe to the Society’s Channel. Thank you to Caroline Eagle (Henny Show […] Continue Reading

It’s Quiz Time!

Here’s a fun quiz for you whilst stuck indoors. Sorry no prizes on this occasion!

Important Message

Exhibitors who haven’t received their refund from the 2020 Show are asked to send in their bank account details to so the payment can be made. This includes horse/trade/party & VIP tickets. Thank you. The date of next year’s National Shire Horse Show: 19th-21st March 2021 at Bingley Hall, Stafford.