Now I know I’m normally a cow girl, but I couldn’t resist posting these pics from the Shire Horse Spring weekend – these creatures are absolutely stunning!!
Apparently attendance for this event was massive with visitors coming in from across the world to see some 200 Shire horses compete in the largest Shire Horse Show in the World.
Organised by the Shire Horse Society to raise much needed funds to support this magnificent breed, visitors were able to see hundreds of Shire horses expertly presented and dressed in their traditional glory over the two-days, with a range of demonstrations and classes featuring in-hand, harness and turnout exhibits.
Cross-country driving, working demonstrations and dressage displays provided entertainment throughout the show. One of the most encouraging signs or the resurgence in popularity of the Shire was the young handler class, which saw a record level of entries.
As well as the horses, visitors were able to see a display of vintage tractors and farm machinery plus farm animals, including Red Poll cattle and poultry. There was frenetic activity on both days in the dog agility ring and also in the farriery competition – the largest competition between heavy horse farriers in England.
In addition to all the displays there were over 200 trade stands, including the food hall, craft fair and shopping pavilion.
Here’s some more pics……