The Shire Horse Society Australia, established in 1978, represents Australia's leading Shire Breeders and enthusiasts who work to promote and protect this magnificent and very rare breed. The society is also the Registrar of The Australian Shire Horse Stud Book.




The Shire Horse is the English heavy draught horse breed.  It is the biggest horse in the world and has a long, well-documented history dating from when its ancestors were used by knights in battle hundreds of years ago.

The Shire Horse Society Australia promotes the breeding and showing of Shire Horses. The Shire Horse is an extremely versatile horse and we promote its use as a driving, riding and pleasure horse. Our committee upholds the breed standard in Australia by appointing an Official Panel of Judges and education about the breed.

The Society runs The Australian Shire Horse Stud Book, the Shire Shire Horse Registry and the Shire Sporthorse Registry.

We also provides services to its members and those interested in owning a Shire. We would love for you to join us in our mission to promote the future of the great Shire Horse both in Australia and globally as well.


 Our Latest News

Our Society lobbied for Shire Classes at the Queensland Royal in 2007-8. They said that they wanted about 15 entries all up to put on the Shire classes. They added the Shire Classes to the Schedule but unfortunately numbers never got close to the 15 that they wanted. And the last two shows have had 1 and 2 exhibitors respectively. The Ekka Horse Super has phoned us and then emailed us today saying that for 2021 at least there will be no Shire Classes. This is very sad but understandable. However they will review the decision if there is renewed interest in the Shire Classes.But on the other hand, the Gatton Field Days have very good Shire entries for 2021 so far plus wonderful sponsorship. ... See MoreSee Less
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Our Society would like to thank the Williams family for donating amazing prize money to the breed Shire Classes at the Gatton Heavy Horse Field Days in Queensland. Our Society is sponsoring the Gelding Classes. ... See MoreSee Less
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