The Alrewas Show


Shire horses have been part of our rural heritage since the 17th century. Direct descendants of the great battle horses of late medieval times, they were used as draught horses in farming and industry for over 300 years and are still the most recognisable breed of British horse.

The tallest horse in history was believed to be a Shire called Mammoth, standing at just over 21.2 hands (86.25 inches, 219 cm). In 1924, at a British exhibition, a pair of Shire horses was estimated to have pulled a starting load equal to 45 tons (equivalent to about 34 Ford Fiestas!)

They've been a feature of the Alrewas Show for over a hundred years, but as their use in agriculture has been superceded by tractors and other farming machinery, their population has dwindled to less than 1500, putting them on the "At Risk" register of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust

Nowadays, Shires are mostly kept for promotional uses and for showing, though there are a few breweries that still use them to deliver to local hostelries. The Alrewas Show is proud to play its part in promoting these superb animals, with our Shires competitions attracting dozens of entries from all over the country.

You can find out more about Shire horses by visiting the Shire Horse Society website.


2018 Shires Schedule


  1. Gelding
    (3 years old and upwards, Heavy Horse type)

  2. Barren Mare
    (3 years old and upwards)

  3. Two year old
    (Filly, Colt or Gelding)

  4. Yearling
    (Filly, Colt or Gelding)

  5. Brood Mare
    (3 years old and over, to be shown with her foal at foot. Mare only to be judged)

  6. Colt Foal

  7. Filly Foal

  8. Open
    (Ridden Heavy Horse, 3 years old and over)

  9. Open
    (Any Other Breed of Heavy Horse, Colt, Filly or Gelding & Mare)



Click Here to download this year's Shires Schedule, with full competition details including prizes to be awarded.

Click Here to download the Shires Entry Form

Animals & Livestock

Shires Steward:

Cliff Green

01827 373357


Shires Main Sponsor

Paul and Yvonne Simmons
Mr and Mrs P Strickland
The Harrison Family
Mr and Mrs I Kirkland
Dr Elaine and David Garrett
The Goodwin Family
The National Forest Spring Water Company
Mr R Rawlins
Mr Peter Coates
Mr M White
Marstons Brewery
Burton Town Brewery
Amber House Bed & Breakfast


2018 - a message from the Shires Steward

Once again we would like to welcome all our exhibitors and sponsors to this year's Show. We are very lucky to have exhibitors who are loyal to our show and their support is greatly appreciated.

Our sponsors are vital to the Show's success and once again they have given their support. this year we are looking for new sponsors, and if anyone is interested, please contact me.

Thank you on behalf of us all at the Alrewas Show, Kind Regards

Cliff Green.

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