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THE ASHBOURNE SHOW HORSE SOCIETY

The governing body for Shires Horses is the Shire Horse Society. http://www.shire-horse.org.uk/.

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. Shortly after, the name was changed to the Ashbourne Shire Horse Society.

This was probably prompted by and in conjunction with the founding of The Shire Horse Society in 1878, to protect the breed that was then known as the Old English Breed of Cart Horse.

Over the years both Society’s have worked hard to ensure that the breed continues to grow and to maintain interest in these magnificent horses.

The Shire Horse Society summarise definition of a good Shire is as follows :–.

A good Shire Stallion should stand from 17.0 hands (173 cms) upwards, and weigh from 18 cwt (900 Kg) to 22 cwt (1100 Kg) when matured, without being overdone in condition.

He should possess a masculine head and a good crest with sloping, not upright, shoulders running well into the back, which should be short and well coupled with the loins. The tail should be well set up and not what is known as “goose rumped”.

Both head and tail should be carried erect. The ribs should be well sprung, not flat sided, with good middle which generally denotes good constitution. A Stallion should have good feet and joints; the feet should be wide and big around the top of the coronets with sufficient length in the pasterns.

When in motion, he should go with force using both knees and hocks, which latter should be kept close together, he should go straight and true before and behind.

A good Stallion should have strong character.

A Mare should be on the quality side, long and deep with free action, of a feminine and matronly appearance, standing from 16 hands (163 cms) and upwards on short legs.

She should have plenty of room to carry her foal.

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 entertianment in the Show Rings
  • Great shopping and show day offers

POPULAR QUESTIONS

  • What time does the show open and close ?

    The Show ground is open to the public from 9.00 am. Trade stands must remain on Ground until 5.00 pm.

  • 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
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