Shire show gallops to success at Grantham

The 2014 Shire Horse Show at Arena UK Allington.

The 2014 Shire Horse Show at Arena UK Allington.

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The world’s largest Shire horse show came to Grantham at the weekend and attracted more than 4,000 visitors.

The Shire Horse Society held its National Show at the Arena Uk in Allington for the first time after many years hosting the show in Peterborough.

Chairman of Lincolnshire County Council Ray Wootten presents an award at the 2014 Shire Horse Show at Arena Uk Allington.

Chairman of Lincolnshire County Council Ray Wootten presents an award at the 2014 Shire Horse Show at Arena Uk Allington.

Among the special guests was chairman of Lincolnshire County Council, Coun Ray Wootten, who also presented an award at the show.

Coun Wootten said: “I really hope this becomes a regular event which is good for the local economy and tourism in Grantham.

“I spoke to the show’s president, Richard Fuller, who was pleased to be at the show’s new venue in the Arena UK. Visitor numbers were in excess of 4,000, double that expected. Over 300 horses were displayed over the two day event.”

Deputy Mayor of Grantham Ian Selby also visited the show with his father John, a former third generation blacksmith.

John Selby at the Shire Horse Show, Arena UK Allington.

John Selby at the Shire Horse Show, Arena UK Allington.

Coun Selby said: “It was a wonderful show and at an excellent venue Arena UK, Allington. The Shire horses were truely magnificent in all their splendour. To see the world’s largest gathering of this endangered breed on our doorstep was something special.”

 

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