Shire horse display at Rockingham Castle

Shire horses at last year's open day
Shire horses at last year's open day

Rockingham Castle will play host to the second annual Shire Horse Society open day next month.

The event, at Shire Farm within the Rockingham Castle estate, will celebrate the survival of a breed that nearly died out a century ago and is still endangered.

Visitors on Sunday, September 13, will be treated to ridden and in-hand displays and get to meet the horses, with a bouncy castle, stalls and refreshments also on offer.

Society secretary David Ralley-Davies said: “Last year’s event was a great success and we were delighted to welcome so many visitors to our headquarters.

“We hope that Shire horse lovers will support us again this year as our event gives us the opportunity to raise awareness about the place the breed has in history and why it is important for us to protect Shires for the future.

“It also enables us to raise much-needed funds to continue the work of the Shire Horse Society charity.”

Tickets to the event, which runs from 11am to 3pm, are free for society members and under-12s, with adult entrance costing £5.

All profits go to the Shire Horse Society Charity, which runs the Save Our Shires campaign to protect the breed for years to come.