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Shire Horse Society : Spring Show 2014

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Yes, that’s right… they’re definitely NOT sheep!

Every once in a while, something appears in the calendar which seeks to divert my attention away from the world of sheep. One such event is the Shire Horse Society‘s annual Spring Show.

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Although I’ve only been to the Show once before (in 2012 at Peterborough), I think a love of this majestic breed must be in the blood, as my father tells me that one of his first jobs after leaving school back in the 50s, was to help preparing Shires for the Show — my grandfather used to plough with them around that time. I certainly find them a joy to photograph.

I missed the 2013 Show, but was glad to be able to head up to the second day of the Show this year, at it’s new home, the Arena UK Equestrian Centre in Allington near Grantham.

After getting lost on the way there (not much in the way of signposting if you approached from the west, as I did!), I spent most of the day wandering around the stabling areas, finding plenty of subject matter there. I did, eventually, make it “ringside” towards the end of the show, to view the Grand Parade.

I’ve uploaded around 250 shots from the day into the 2014 Shire Horse Show gallery. These are available to purchase either as prints or as downloadable files.

As I mentioned, most of my shots are from activity away from the main ring. If you’re particularly looking for photos from the ring, I would suggest that you take a look at some of the great photos from various other photographers who attended the event, including: Carol Stevens, Tony Golding, Kevin Wright, Kirsty Farnfield and Tracy Muir.

 Although, judging from some of the social media ‘chat’, there appear to have been a few teething problems at Arena UK, I’m sure those lessons will have been learned, and that the organisers will ensure next year’s Show will be one to look forward to. I’ll definitely be there!

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