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New website to showcase Shire Horse charity

A charity which promotes and protects one of the nation’s favourite horse breeds has unveiled a new website to help raise awareness of the animals.

The Shire Horse Society has updated its website with a fresh new look and a wealth of information about the horses, which as a breed almost died out a few decades ago.

The website features a library of documents, a calendar of events, details of the charity’s approved centres, an up-to-date news page, as well as a section showcasing horses for sale and links to the group’s social media feeds.

“We will be using the new website as a platform to raise awareness of the Shire horse and the work we and our breeders are doing to protect this wonderful breed,” said Shire Horse Society secretary David Ralley-Davies.

The charity, which is based at Rockingham, near Corby, 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.

Annually it holds the largest gathering of Shire horses in the world. The next Shire Horse National Show takes place on March 21 and 22 2015 at Arena UK, near Grantham, Lincolnshire, and is expected to feature 250 Shire horses from around Europe.

“Shire horses have had a fascinating history in the UK, and were once used in many trades and in a range of roles, but when technology advanced, the need for Shire horses fell. Numbers dropped from well over a million to just a handful by the 1960s and the breed was in serious trouble. Since then a group of enthusiasts has worked to ensure that the breed survives,” said David.

“We hope our new website will play a key role in ensuring that this work continues and thrives.”

Sue Fox