Shire Horse Display Information
Appearing at these timesSat, 10:00, 10:30, Countryside Arena
Sat, 13:00, 13:30, Countryside Arena
Sun, 10:00, 10:30, Countryside Arena
Sun, 15:15, 15:45, Countryside Arena
DetailsThe Shire Horse is a native of England, but the Midland counties of Lincoln, Derby, Cambridge, Norfolk, Nottingham, Leicester and Huntington, collectively known as “The Shires”, were the special homes. History mentions the horse by different names: the Great Horse, the War Horse, the Cart Horse, the Old England Black Horse, the Lincolnshire Giant as well as the Shire.
The Shire breed began over 1000 years ago, developing from the horses of Julius Caesar and infusions of the blood of Belgians, Horses of Flanders, and in the 18th century, Friesians. It was also during the 18th century that Shires came into use for drayage, farming, and coach use. The Shire Horse Society of England, the original registry for the Shire, was officially established in 1878 as the English Cart Horse Society, but changed it’s name to Shire Horse Society in 1883, as the term “cart horse” was used then much as “draft horse” is used today. The first Shires were imported to the United States around the middle of the 19th century, and the American Shire Horse Association was established in 1885.
The Shire is a good and faithful worker in agriculture and commerce, and has been said to be a synonym for strength, constitution, energy, and endurance. They are docile and kind, but have personality to spare and a strong desire to form a genuine partnership with the people who handle them. They are used for every discipline a horse can be used for, from logging to commercial carriage driving to dressage to trail riding.
Living up to his calm and accepting nature, the Shire has shown himself to be a champion in all these areas, from the show ring to the furrow.