British Heavy Horse Grassroots Championship

The Rare Breeds of the Year Show will be held on 6th October at Arena UK, Grantham, and will this year have a full programme of heavy horse classes, to be known as the British Heavy Horse Grassroots Championship.

The aim of the British Heavy Horse Grassroots Championship is to encourage the more novice or inexperienced exhibitor into the competitive world of showing.  To qualify, neither the exhibitor nor the horse should be entered into any Horse of the Year Show qualifying classes for the 2019 show season.

The highest placed novice competitor at shows around the Country in their relevant classes will qualify for the British Heavy Horse Grassroots Championship.  This event will be held as part of the Rare Breed Show at Arena UK in October 2019.  This competition is for purebred horses that are registered in the main British stud books of the Shire, Clydesdale or Suffolk Horse Societies. Part bred animals are not eligible to qualify for the championship.

Competitors must be members of either the Shire Horse Society, The Clydesdale Horse Society or The Suffolk Horse Society.  For the avoidance of doubt, as the Percherons are not listed as British Native Rare Breed with the RBST, they are not eligible to join this show/qualification, with the exemption of the British Ridden Heavy Horse class.

Stallions are not permitted in the British Heavy Horse Grassroots Championship.  Qualifying rounds will be held at shows around the country, including shows in Scotland and Wales.  A list of shows will be available early shortly.

Victoria Clayton of the Shire Horse Society and Ian Roy of the Clydesdale Society both agreed what a great event this has the potential to be and that it is ‘our societies are delighted to be involved with this event.  It is important that rare breeds, in particular the heavies support grassroot events to encourage new owners and breeders’.

Dawn Hicketts, Secretary of the Rare Breeds show said ‘we are thrilled that finally the Heavy Horses are being included at the Rare Breeds of the Year Show’


Sue Fox