Largest gathering of Shire horses returns to Arena UK near Grantham

Shire horses return to Arena UK next year.
Shire horses return to Arena UK next year.
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The world’s largest gathering of Shire horses will appear at Arena UK near Grantham next year.

The Shire Horse Society’s Annual Show, which attracts horses from across Europe and spectators from around the globe, will be held on the weekend of March 21 and 22.

Around 250 Shire horses are expected at the event and it is billed as the best display of Shire horses in the country.

Shire Horse Society secretary David Ralley-Davies said: “The Shire Horse Society’s Annual Show is the perfect place to see these magnificent gentle giants of the horse world and find out more about the breed.

“It’s the largest event of its kind in the world, and is the chance to celebrate a breed that was once in danger of dying out but is now experiencing a resurgence in popularity, both as a working animal and a riding horse, thanks to a dedicated group of enthusiasts who work hard to ensure that the breed survives.”

As well as the competitions, there will be a range of stands and stalls for visitors to explore.

The annual show returns to Arena UK following its successful debut there this year. It is an opportunity to find out more about this noble breed, see Shire horses shown in style - in-hand, ridden and turned out – and to support the work of the Shire Horse Society, which 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.

The show runs from 8am until about 10pm on the Saturday to include the championship in the evening. It will be open from 8am until 4pm on the Sunday. Adult day tickets cost £8 in advance, with under 12s and seniors £6. Tickets are available from https://sales.webticketmanager.com/ShireHS Day tickets will be £10 and £8 on the gate. There is free admission to Shire Horse Society members on presentation of their society badge.

Sponsors for the event include botanical brewers Fentimans, Fullers Brewery, Young’s Brewery, Boldscan and Fosters Foods.

For more information visit www.shire-horse.org.uk or follow the charity on Facebook or Twitter - https://www.facebook.com/shirehorsesociety and @saveourshires