Calling all Shire Horse Show Exhibitors!

BBC1’s The Farmers’ Country Showdown is back for another series and filming with farming families this summer. Are you planning to exhibit at any of the following 2021 shows and interested in taking part in a programme? Mid Devon Show – 24th July Heckington Show – 24th July Royal Cheshire Show – 31st July Mid-Somerset Show – 15th August If […] Continue Reading

Jamie’s Adventure

Shire Horse Society member, Jamie Alcock is driving two of his Shires from his home in Gloucestershire to Elgin in Morayshire to raise money for Police Care UK and The Fire Fighters Charity. Jamie starts his adventure with Millie and William on 5th June 2021 and the journey will take about eight weeks, and in Jamie’s words ‘give or take […] Continue Reading

Hook Norton Brewery Shire Horses back delivering beer

The Oxfordshire roads around Hook Norton will once again ring out to the sound of the heavy footfall of the Shire horse this week as the brewery re-starts its horse-drawn deliveries on Wednesday 7 April 2021.  Due to the various lockdown restrictions, it has been almost two years since Commander and Lucas visited the local pubs in the area, delivering […] Continue Reading

Dates announced for 2022 National Shire Horse Show

PRESS RELEASE April 2021 Dates announced for 2022 National Shire Horse Show The organisers of the world’s largest gathering of Shire horses have announced the date of next year’s event. The National Shire Horse Show will take place outdoors at Newark Showground over the weekend of Saturday, 19th and Sunday, 20th March 2022. With Covid-19 still firmly at the fore […] Continue Reading

Young Handler Accumulator Competition

When the pandemic hit us all hard in 2020, all shows were unfortunately cancelled but we are pleased to see a trickle of summer shows affiliating to the Society for 2021. These are small and positive steps and in turn the Society will be supporting these shows by running the ‘SHS Young Handler’s Accumulator Award’ at those holding young handler classes.   The […] Continue Reading

National Shire Horse Show 2021

The Society is currently working towards the delivery of the National Shire Horse Show in 2021.  The show was very sadly cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 and as such, the Society is keen to avoid a similar scenario. Therefore, the Society can announce that the show for 2021 will move to a new venue and will be outdoors.  The […] 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

BEVA Advice

The following guidance on how and when to call your vet, farrier etc during the COVID-19 crisis. has been received from BEVA. ‘It is mutually agreed that farriery is considered essential work. We are currently at the beginning of an initial three week lock down period and in the coming weeks we will continue to liaise with them. Whilst we […] Continue Reading

Big Raffle Raises Funds for Society

With less than four days to the start of the 2020 National Shire Horse Show, organisers, The Shire Horse Society were thwarted in their endeavour to stage the event owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Prior to this day, with each Downing Street briefing the Society’s officials grew increasingly concerned about the possibility of the Show being cancelled. Finally on Monday […] Continue Reading

Help and support us by buying tickets in this fantastic raffle!

Following the sad cancellation of the National Shire Horse Show 2020, the Society has been bowled over by the support and generosity of its members, traders, sponsors and followers. To help generate some income we are now holding a raffle as suggested by Joanne Exton from The Big Horse Shop. Tickets are on sale now ending at 5 pm on […] Continue Reading