Two exciting new attractions are being added to the world’s largest gathering of Shire horses, which takes place at Staffordshire Showground in March.
The gentle giants of the horse world will be on parade and dressed in all their finery as they compete at the National Shire Horse Show from Friday 20th March until Sunday 22nd March.
New for this year is a museum showcasing horse drawn vehicles and implements – illustrating how Shire horses have played a key role in Britain’s history over the centuries.
In addition, Jonathan Nunn of the British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association (Staffordshire Branch), will be providing horseshoe-making and shoeing demonstrations on two of the three days.
The colourful show – which features horses from across Europe being shown in hand, in harness and being ridden – takes place indoors at Bingley Hall, Staffordshire Showground, and is a fascinating day out for all the family, with trade stands, stable tours, children’s entertainment and other attractions.
The show is the flagship event of the Shire Horse Society – the only charity dedicated to the protection, promotion and improvement of the Shire horse.
Secretary of the Shire Horse Society Victoria Clayton said: “Our National Shire Horse Show is the perfect way for families to get up close to these magnificent horses and see them in action.
“Shire horses have played a really important role in history. We often describe them as having put the Great in Great Britain. So, we are delighted to be adding a temporary museum to our show this year, which will give insight into how Shire horses have supported this country’s industry, agriculture and other sectors. It will also be great to have shoeing demonstrations, and we look forward to hearing and seeing the familiar sights and sounds that the demonstrations will bring.”
The event is believed to be one of the oldest, almost continuous, horse shows in the world, having been held for the first time at the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington, London, in 1878, when the charity was named the English Cart Horse Society. This is the fifth year that the show has been held at Staffordshire Showground.
Ticket prices for this year’s event remain the same as last year and are now on sale via the Shire Horse Society’s website.
Tickets for adults are £10 in advance or £12 on the gate. Ticket prices for children aged five to 13 years are £8 in advance, or £10 on the gate. Family tickets (two adults and two children) are £32 in advance or £40 on the gate. Under fives are free. Car parking is £2, payable on the day only.
For more information and tickets please visit: www.shire-horse.org.uk/national-show.
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