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THE ASHBOURNE SHOW HORSE SOCIETY

In 1881, four gentlemen founded a Society, with the aim of improving the standard of Shire Horses in the Ashbourne area. Originally known as the Ashbourne Cart Horse Society, later that year, they held their first a Show on the Paddock, at Ashbourne.

This was so successful, it was determined by public meeting to put the show on a permanent basis and apart from a few years lost to War and Foot and Mouth, an annual Show has been held ever since.

In 1888, the title Ashbourne Shire Horse Society was adopted and Royal Patronage was granted in 1899 by King Edward 7th, who was President in 1901. Shrovetide Football although much older, did not become Royal till 1928!

Although there have been ups and downs over the years, the ambition of the founders has been fully justified. It has grown, changed and evolved, with Cattle introduced in 1925 and Sheep in 1957. Other sections have also been added, so that it has become the modern Ashbourne Show, now presented by the Ashbourne Shire Horse Society.

However, what has not changed is the aim and ambition to produce a Show for the encouragement of excellence in agriculture and animal husbandry and for the information education and entertainment of the local community and the visitors to the area each August.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO ON SHOW DAY

Visit the displays from local branches of the WI, Ashbourne Vintage Tractor Club, Young Farmers and Ashbourne Camera Clubs, pop in at the Goat tent or enter the competitions in the Handicraft and Horticulture marquee.

  • Fun for the whole family
  • Come support your local county show
  • Free parking on show day
  • Food and refreshments throughout the day
  • Great entertainment in the Show Rings
  • Great shopping and show day offers

POPULAR QUESTIONS

  • Are dogs allowed at the Show ?

    YES. We have a Dog Show. – Nevertheless, all Dogs must be kept on a short lead at all times and are not allowed in showing rings apart from in their own classes.

  • Do you offer a FREE bus service on show day ?

    A free return bus service runs from Waterside Park, via The Bus Station and past Preston’s Garage, terminating at the Show Ground. Half hourly from 09.30 am with the last bus 5.00 pm.

  • Do you have parking nearby on show day, if yes, what does it cost to park ?

    We have extensive parking on show day around the show ground and all parking is FREE. There is a forward area for disabled visitors however space is limited.

  • Do you have accommodation locally for an overnight stay?

    There is a wide variety of local accommodation ranging from self catering cottages, through caravan sites, to country house hotels, through out the Peak District Information and locally, These can be found online or can be found through the local Tourist Information Centres as detailed below. Ashbourne - 01335 343666 Buxton - 01298 73153 Leek - 01538 483742.

  • Phone:
    01889 507497

  • Polo Ground, Osmaston
    Ashbourne, DE6 1LW

The Ashbourne Show

The Ashbourne Show makes a great family day out, with so much to see and do, Click Here for directions to the show.

Show Day Highlights
  • Showing Classes
  • Main Ring Entertainment
  • Trade Stands
  • Children’s Entertainment
  • Food Hall
  • Free Show Guide
Show News