Animal lovers invited to Europe’s biggest shire horse event

Row of shire horses

Row of shire horses - Credit: Archant

Horse lovers in the Fens are being urged to support one of the nation’s favourite breeds when the world’s largest gathering of Shire horses takes place on the doorstep next month.

The iconic breed was in danger of dying out just a few decades ago, and even now, fewer than 500 new foals are registered every year by the Shire Horse Society.

The charity has been running a Save Our Shires campaign to raise awareness about these gentle giants and numbers have steadily increased, thanks to the dedication of a band of enthusiasts.

On March 21 and 22 the society stages its national show at Arena UK, Allington, near Grantham, which is billed as the world’s largest gathering of Shires and is expected to attract horses from across Europe and visitors from around the globe.

Local horse lovers are urged to support the event, which includes a range of classes, as well as trade stands, stalls and demonstrations.

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Adult day tickets cost £8 in advance, with under 12s and seniors £6 or £10 and £8 on the gate.

Free admission to Shire Horse Society members on presentation of their society badge.

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