Shire Horse breeders grab rare opportunity

Shire Horse breeders grab rare opportunityThe Shire Horse Society is appealing to breeders to get involved in a special event to celebrate Britain's rarest equines.

The society has teamed up with eleven other equine rare breed societies to take part in the Rare Breed Heritage Show on September 22 and 23.

The two-day event, which is being organised by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST), will be held at the Bury Farm Equestrian Village in Slapton, Bucks.

Cleveland Bay Horses, Fell Ponies, Eriskay Ponies and Shire Horses and will all feature among the rare breeds represented at the show.

However David Ralley-Davies, Secretary of the Shire Horse Society, is calling for more Shire horse breeders to get involved.

“It is a sad reality that Shire horses are now considered a rare breed, despite the number of dedicated breeders we have across the country,” he added.

“However, this event promises a magnificent showcase of our endangered Shires and will prove to the rest of the country that the breed still has a place in the 21st century.”

The Rare Breeds Heritage Show will be held at the new indoor equestrian centre at Bury Farm Equestrian Village and features a number of attractions including a gala evening performance, in hand classes, show classes, jumping, driving, displays, demonstrations and trade stands. 

Car parking and entry for spectators is free.

To take part contact David Ralley-Davies on 01733 234451 or 07788422506

For more information about Shire horses, or on becoming a member of the Shire Horse Society, visit

Event date: 
Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 00:00 to Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 23:45