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Shire Horse Success at National Show

Hook Norton Brewery returned triumphant from the National Shire Show, the world’s largest gathering of Shire horses held at Newark Showground over the weekend of 19th and 20th March 2022.

Competing for the first time in their 173 year history the Brewery entered Brigadier, their 3 year old gelding who competed in the 3 year old gelding class, bringing home a respectable 3rd place, before parading in the Newcomer class and securing 1st place and being presented with the Barbara Meddings Memorial Perpetual Trophy. In between classes, Brigadier was admired by HRH Countess of Wessex, President of The Shire Horse Society, who took the time to reward him with his favourite pint of Hooky.

Situated just off the A1 in the East Midlands, Newark Showground was the ideal venue attracting around 250 pedigree Shire horses from across Europe, which were shown in-hand, ridden or driven. The show offered visitors the opportunity to see these majestic horses and learn about the important role they play in Britain’s history.

The Shire horse breed is on the ‘at risk’ register compiled by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, with fewer than 300 pedigree Shire horse foals born in the UK every year. The annual show is the flagship event for the Shire Horse Society – the charity that works to protect and promote the breed

Hook Norton Brewery has recently achieved the status of ‘Shire Horse Society Approved Centre’ status, meeting a rigorous set of criteria ensuring their stables confirm to the highest of standards and the knowledgeable team on site are working in unison with the Society to support and raise awareness of these magnificent animals.

Nicholas Carter, Head Coachman commented ‘It’s been a fantastic start to the show season for us, putting Hooky well and truly on the map. Brigadier behaved impeccably and has enjoyed a few days off in the field before being back in his stable once again to meet and greet our visitors. We look forward to working with the Society even more throughout the year and continuing to raise the profile of these fantastic animals.’

To keep up with the Brewery’s two resident Shire horses and Clydesdale, head to their Facebook ‘Hooky Brewery Heavy Horses.’ @hnbheavyhorses