The Shire Horse Society’s National Shire Horse Show will take place for the fifth year running at Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd March 2020.
“We had a fantastic show at Bingley Hall at Staffordshire Showground in 2019 and we are delighted to announce that we will be returning to the same venue once again in 2020,” said Victoria Clayton, secretary of The Shire Horse Society.
“Our 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 our charity was named the English Cart Horse Society.Only a few decades ago, the breed was in danger of dying out. But it has experienced a resurgence in recent years, although it is still on the endangered breed list compiled by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, with fewer than 300 pedigree Shire horse foals born in the UK every year.
The annual show is the flagship event for the Shire Horse Society – the charity that works to protect and promote the breed.
New for 2020 is free admission to the Show on Sunday only for children under 13 years of age.
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.