Shire Horse Society stages second annual open day at Shire Farm, Rockingham Castle

Twelve months after attracting hundreds of people to its first ever open day, the Shire Horse Society is preparing to throw open its gates once again.

Visitors to this year’s event on 13th September at Shire Farm, Rockingham Castle, will have the chance to find out more about the gentle giants of the horse world and see them in action.

Featuring demonstrations, the event will celebrate the survival of a breed that nearly died out a century ago, but is still endangered. It will also mark the second anniversary of the opening of the national charity’s headquarters at Rockingham, near Corby, on the Leicestershire/Northamptonshire border.

“Last year’s event was a great success and we were delighted to welcome so many visitors to our headquarters,” said Shire Horse Society secretary David Ralley-Davies.

“We hope that Shire horse lovers will support us again this year. Our event gives us the opportunity to raise awareness about the place the breed has in history and why it is important for us to protect Shires for the future. It also enables us to raise much-needed funds to continue the work of the Shire Horse Society charity.”

The Shire Horse Society is the only charity dedicated to the protection, promotion and improvement of the Shire horse. Since 1878 the organisation has been working to protect the breed, which was then known as the Old English Breed of Cart Horse.

It moved to Rockingham Castle from its previous headquarters at the East of England Showground near Peterborough in 2013.

The event on 13th September will include drays from Thwaites Brewery and Youngs Brewery, ridden and in-hand displays, and the chance to see Shire horse foals. A meet and greet with Shires will take place at 1.30pm, with a parade scheduled for 3pm. There will also be a bouncy castle, stalls and refreshments.

The event, which runs from 11am to 3pm on Sunday 13th September, is free to enter for Shire Horse Society members, or costs £5 for adults. Entry is free for children under 12.

All profits go to the Shire Horse Society Charity, which runs the Save Our Shires campaign to protect the breed for years to come.

For more information visit or follow the charity on Facebook or Twitter – and @saveourshires


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To contact David directly, call 01536 771611 or 07788 422506.

The Shire Horse Society, whose patron is Her Majesty the Queen, runs the Save Our Shires appeal. Although experiencing a resurgence in popularity, the breed is still endangered with fewer than 500 new foals registered in the UK each year.

Visit to find out how to support the appeal or contact the charity on 01536 771611.

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