Wessex Heavy Horse Society
Originally formed as a Stallion Hiring Society, a type of organisation that has a history in its own right, the Wessex Heavy Horse Society renamed itself to match its changing role in modern society. The Society now aims to preserve and promote all breeds of Heavy Horse, in their keeping, breeding, showing and working. It works to retain the heritage and the skills and knowledge of the past, while promoting the useful and environmentally sound roles in which Heavy Horses (and their crosses) can work in the modern world.
The Annual Show has been held almost every year since the first show in 1983 (only missing a couple of shows due to extreme weather conditions), originally at Shaftesbury Livestock Market and later at its current venue, the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Showground.