Huge heavy horse and country show plans

The South Eastern Shire Horse Association (SESHA) has been offered the opportunity to take over the Blindley Heath Country Show which has been run successfully for the past 11 years by Graham Page and his team at Osney Lodge Farm.

The amalgamation with SESHA’s own annual Heavy Horse and Country Show which has been growing from strength to strength will make a huge event to be called the Blindley Heath Heavy Horse and Country Show on the first May Bank Holiday weekend for families to enjoy and will further the charity’s aims of promoting the Shire Horse to a wide audience.

The amalgamation of the two shows will without any doubt result in a larger event incorporating all the rural traditions and countryside activities which together with the heavy horses, vintage tractors, historic vehicles, regional crafts marquee and the increasingly popular Dog Show will create two full days of interest for all ages.

Ploughing action at the show Poto: SESHA

Ploughing action at the show Poto: SESHA

The 2017 Show will be held on Sunday April 30 and Bank Holiday Monday May 1 and the venue will remain at East Bysshe Showground on the A22 between Blindley Heath and Newchapel RH7 6LF.

“We see this as a great step forward for the charity as the larger Show with added attractions will allow us to reach more families” said Paul Bower, Chairman of SESHA. “Still central to the enlarged Show will be the ever-popular classes which show off the traditional skills and the magnificent finale parade where more Heavy Horses will be gathered together than in any other place in southern England.”

The amalgamated Show will continue to be organised by SESHA’s Secretary Jackie Shearman and her team. The 2017 schedule for competitors will be available in January and information for trade exhibitors will be available shortly. SHESHA will be contacting sponsors individually and members will be receiving a newsletter within the next few weeks. All relevant information will be published shortly on the merged websites.

“These are exciting times ahead and we sincerely hope that you will want to remain part of our larger Show; your support is essential and much appreciated” said Paul Bower. Anyone wishing to hear more details or be part of this new-look Show should contact the Show Secretary on 01737 645857 or

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